Through ancient forests by fatbikes
NEW TOUR 2018! A guided fatbiking tour on some of the best mountain biking trails in Finland. Guaranteed departure in August.
Fatbiking is a new and exciting way to explore Finnish nature up close. Fatbikes, with oversized tires, are designed for riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. They are ideal for this tour which takes you on some of the best mountain biking trails in Finland. With your fatbike, you cycle along eskers and through isthmuses meandering between small lakes which are predominate features of north east Finland.
Whilst cycling, you can enjoy the silence and nature of the ancient forests. Even though fatbiking is a laid-back way of moving, you still get to enjoy the speed and excitement on the downhills!
price / person
Jun 1-Sep 30
Other departures for groups on request.
8 days/7 nights
Guaranteed departures without minimum number of participants, max. 10 persons.
Kuusamo airport, please see "good to know" for further information.
Included in the price
*Accommodation on days 1–2 in hotel on twin sharing basis, on days 3-4 in log cabins with private facilities (2–3 persons/cabin) and on days 5–7 in rooms for 2–4 persons (no private ensuite facilities – showers and toilets are located in the corridor) *Daily breakfast, take-away lunch and dinner *Airport transfers and local transfer according to the program *Luggage transportation between the accommodations *English speaking guide *Daily sauna
Fatbike rental 150 €
Day 1: Arrival and” warm up” ride
Arrival is at Kuusamo airport where you will be met by your local guide. Transfer (45 min) to Hotel Herkko, your accommodation for the first two nights. Before dinner we will take a short,” warm up” ride, allowing us to get to know the bikes and make any necessary adjustments. We then cycle to Taivalkoski village centre to the Taivalkoski rapids then climb up Taivalvaara hill where, from the top, you can admire the panoramic scenic views.
Cycling: 1-2 hours
Day 2: Eskers Taivalkoski and Pahkakuru canyon
The first full day cycling takes us through beautiful boreal forests along MTB and skiing trails. We then stop at Pahkakuru view point, which overlooks the canyon and have lunch in a lean-to shelter on the shores of Lake Porraslampi. After lunch, we continue along a sandy ridge following the beautiful River Iijoki. There are plenty of reindeer in the area and it is very likely you will see some during the day. In the evening, there is a sauna and dinner at the hotel.
Cycling: 25-30 km / 6-7 hours
Day 3: Taivalkoski–Kylmäluoma
After breakfast the tour goes on towards Kylmäluoma recreational area. We follow a MTB route named after famous Finnish author Kalle Päätalo, born in Taivalkoski. We pass through Päätalo’s home lands, which are also the settings for his books. On route, we will visit an old loggers’ cabin and have lunch around an open fire next to Lake Kylmäluoma. The last few kilometres are along a narrow ridge. Finally, we arrive at our cabins. After check-in, there is a chance to relax in a steaming hot Finnish sauna.
Cycling: 37 km / 8 hours
Day 4: Circular route in Kylmäluoma or free day
Today, after yesterday’s long stage, is up to you. You can choose between a free day today or join a guided circular tour on trails close to the cabins. You can of course explore the surroundings independently, or choose another activity such as stand up paddling (SUP), fishing or Frisbee golf which are all available at an extra cost. Lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant. Cycling: 15–20 km, 3–4 hours
Day 5: Hossa national park
This morning we take a short (30 min) car transfer to Hossa national park where we will check-in at the Jatkonsalmi log cabin for our remaining three nights. Hossa is known for its numerous small lakes, ridges and pine heathlands, and easy-to-ride MTB trails. Today we cycle a 13-km route called,” Harjujen Huikonen” which takes us past Hossa visitor centre where we will stop for lunch. The lake-side sauna will be heated for our return to Jatkonsalmi. Don’t miss a refreshing swim in the lake!
Cycling: Approx. 12 km / 2 hours
Day 6: Sininen Saavutus -path
Today we set off on the longest stage of the week. Depending on what the group decides, we will cycle 25 or 45 km along the,” Sininen Saavutus” route. This takes us to the remote, quiet wilderness area. There are many picnic shelters along the route and we will choose one of them for our lunch break.
Cycling: 25 or 45 km / 4 or 8 hours
Day 7: Kokalmuksen kierros -path
Last but not least, we will cycle the best MTB route of Hossa national park called, ”Kokalmuksen kierros”. The trail weaves along the shores of crystal-clear lakes, eskers and isthmuses. The last picnic of the week will be enjoyed at Muikkupuro lean-to shelter, a beautiful spot between two lakes. In the evening, we will gather for a farewell dinner at the cabin.
Cycling: Approx. 20 km / 3–4 hours
Day 8 Return
After breakfast transfer to Kuusamo airport. Depending on the schedule we may stop for some souvenir shopping.
Good to know
The joining point for this trip is Kuusamo airport. The single-timed group transfers are organized coinciding with these Finnair flights:
Arrival: HEL-KAO AY489 12.20-14.00
Return: KAO-HEL AY490 14.20-16.00
It’s also possible to arrive at Oulu airport (operated by Finnair and Norwegian) and take a bus (at your own cost) to Taivalkoski. There are several connections daily. Schedules and prices: www.matkahuolto.fi
The daily cycling distances are from 15 to 45 kilometers taking from 3 to 8 hours at an easy pace. There will be plenty of short breaks, as well as a longer lunch break, most of them around an open fire.
The route follows easy to ride ski trails and gravel roads but also includes technically more challenging MTB trails with roots and rocks. Some previous mountain biking experience is required, along with a good level of fitness to cope with many short steep rises on route.
See map of the locations here.
See all our Finland cycling tours here.