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Finland – Kingdom of the Bear 2017/18

£1,145.00

TOUR REF: FN18/FN181/FN182 
TYPE: Fat Biking
LEVEL: Challenging
DATES:
22 Jan 2018 – 28 Jan 2018
19 Feb 2018 – 25 Feb 2018 
23 Mar 2018 – 29 Mar 2018 
 
DURATION: 7 days
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Mixed
 
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Finland – Kingdom of the Bear

  • Our first guided winter biking package in Finland
  • Experience a new way of moving in the Finnish Taiga Forest
  • Enjoy unspoilt nature in the Martinselkonen Nature Reserve
  • A good workout in pristine wilderness possibly under the Northern Lights!

Experience a new way of moving in the snow covered Taiga Forest. During this one week holiday you’ll cycle specially designed Fat Bikes about 80km in untouched wilderness, home to Brown Bears (luckily during the winter they are in deep sleep!) Enjoy the unspoiled forest and the silence next to the Russian border while cycling a bike.

On the way we will see many animal tracks in the snow, experience some wonderful Finnish cooking, try other ‘snow-related’activities if you wish, enjoy fabulous saunas, and there is a good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights too!

 

Day 1:
Transfer from Kajaani or Kuusamo airport to the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. Accommodation in twin rooms. Dinner.

Day 2:
Breakfast. Get to know your bike. Guide will give you tips on safe cycling in snow. Cycling short tracks around the Centre. Evening snowshoe trip.

Day 3: 17km trail. First full day cycling. We will head to the Martinselkonen Nature Reserve to cycling 17km trail.

Day 4: 15km trail at a lake just next to Russian border. Full day cycling.

Day 5: 19km trail following the East Border Winter trail. Full day cycling.

Day 6: We return to the group’s favourite trail once more. Full day cycling.

Day 7: Breakfast and Transfer to the airport.

NB: Breakfast and dinner are eaten every day at the Centre. Lunch is an outdoor lunch eaten in open huts or outside next to an open fire. Recommended flights are to and from Kajaani. Recommended arrival time (2017) to Kajaani airport: 17:15 and departure from Kajaani: 13:35.

Accommodation

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre is a small family-run company located at East border of Finland in Suomussalmi. This old border guide station has been transformed into comfortable accommodation facilities (twin or single rooms). Each of the rooms have an en-suite bathroom. The main house has a cosy dining area for 32 persons. Both accommodation buildings have drying rooms for clothing. There is a free sauna for clients to use.

Food

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre offers home-style cooking using many local ingredients, including berries and mushrooms, and fish from local lakes. Meat is often game meat from these forests or reindeer from the local Reindeer Farm. All the meals are prepared in Martinselkonen from fresh ingredients.

Bikes and Biking

The fat bike trails in Martinselkonen are maintained tracks, where the snow is dragged as hard as possible. On the longer trails there is a snowmobile in front marking the trail and a guide sweeps. Everyone can cycle at their preferred speed.  

Cycling in snow is harder than a hard surface, so participants need good basic fitness and previous experience of biking.

Martinselkonen bikes are Finnish built SUP bicycles that are especially built for Finnish winter conditions. There are 2 different sizes of bike.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about any of our trips, please call us on 0800 002 9559 or send us a message below.


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