Posts Tagged ‘Finland’


Vast open spaces. Sun. Heat. Flying salmon. Cheap groceries. Military zone.  A lovely day’s cycling.

Day 54. 120km. Bugøynes – Kirkenes. Map and gpx.

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A cloudy, slow day, ending at the most northern point in the EU. Hello Finland!

Day 52. 78km. Veste Jakobselv – Nuorgam. Map and gpx.

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What an awesome day. Night cycling alone in the sun on the Finnmarksvidda and following the Alta River down to the final big plunge to the coast. Arctic-cycler is happy cycling in the Arctic.

Day 38. 205km. Leppäjärvi – Alta. Map and gpx

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Today was a day of cloud watching. Spectacular light and dark contrasts over the Finnish arctic landscape. I’m back on the campervan pilgrim trail. Night cycling is called for.

Day 37. 90km. Karesuando – Leppäjärvi. Map and gpx.

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Today I was caught in a time warp. I passed 4000km since my start in Eindhoven and crossed the Arctic Circle, where I suddenly grew 16 years younger and met Ed (who cycled the first 60km of my 4000km). Ed also looked younger.

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Day 34. 171km. Kalix – Pello. Map and gpx.

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Wind. Slow. Kilometres crawl by. Irritation.
Wind drops. Side roads – forest road, meteor crater road, sunny entrance into Vasa. My last day in Finland for this part of the trip. A sunny exit.

Day 29. 124km. Kristiinankaupunki – Vasa. Map and gpx.

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I couldn’t resist to use the Finnish name for this beautiful Swedish speaking city – Kristiinankaupunki. Try pronouncing that!
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Forest, forest stampeding cows, Finnish Pavlova, clouds and Swedish language. Yay!

Day 28. 120km. Yyteri – Kristiinankaupunki. Map and gpx.

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