• BLOG
  • Pyhä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Monday morning well spent.

    I used to live and work in here briefly, in the Pyhä Ski Resort and Pyhä Luosto National Park in Northern Finland, above the Arctic Circle. Back then (I sound so old – not really sooo back then, just a few years ago) on these trails, and in a matter of fact on all the trails in this and other national parks in Finnish Lapland, mountain biking was prohibited.

    Back then, this was just a sleepy hiking and trail running paradise in summer, and skiing (alpine and Nordic) paradise in winter. This was also the place I and many more learned to really ski and where we, the kids from the neighboring towns, spent almost every winter weekend.

    Later some made it to the Olympics, some bumming to the Alps.

    Nowadays the place’s still all that but also a mountain biking paradise, both in summer and winter. This thanks to last year when, after many years of talking and lobbying, many trails in the national parks and near them were opened and even built from scratch for the two-wheeled ones, with the help of the modified park rules and the growing trend.

    In winter on snow and in summer in the most rocky parts – kind of which you find plenty of here –  the trails are best with a fatbike. A normal one is also more than fine in summer, but remember to keep a well-equipped maintenance kit with you (and good protection on) then.

    The quartzite doesn’t have much mercy.

    This time I was just trail running the appr. 12km path through this tunturiaapa marshland to the Isokuru gorge and past Karhunjuomalampi day hut back to the ski resort, and snapping few pics of these silvery pine woods, my rare favourites of the dead things in nature, and of the hill chain (tunturiketju, as we call these in Finnish) which continues north from Pyhä to Luosto ski resort and village.

    Things haven’t changed much since I left and this is always a good place to come back for a visit, as one of the few places in Lapland with the authentic original Lapland spirit left, with grey log cabin, one small hotel (which would need a renovation though) and many stories and legends to read and hear when in town.

    For starters, ask for the story of Huttu-Ukko, or of the hill on the left in the pics – Noitatuntunturi, Witchhill.

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Pyhä Ski Resort / Pyhä-Luosto National Park, Lapland, Finland.

    mtb trailmap

  • Badi
  • Jetsetliv At Jungfrau Region

    Tiina Kivelä

    There are good friends. And then there are very good friends. Who ask “You wanna go for a helicopter ride?” on a Sunday morning. And off we went. Me tired from Saturday’s hike; from Wengen along the famous downhill slope to Laubernhorn and from there to a traditional hiker lunch at Chalet Eiger Nordwand (melted cheese – so simple and so good!) in Kleine Scheideggen, then up to Männlichen, cable car down to Grindelwald and after hike beer while watching the town buzzing of Eiger Bike Challenge in the August heat wave.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    HIGH LIFE HELICOPTER STYLE

    All this hiking and the heat has had me planning a lazy beach day for the Sunday, but since you can’t say no to offers like “do you wanna fly today” I soon found myself up in over 4000, with views as good as Mont Blanc.Have to say – skydiving is one the most interesting jobs one can have, and maybe one day I make my down with only a parachute myself. But not yet – today I just enjoyed the ride and was safe and sound with Swiss Helicopters.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    JETSETLIV

    After the ride and with the help of the adrenaline rush, I decided to continue enjoying the amazing weather to the fullest and rode my bike (heavy mountain bike – not the best option for bitumi and tunnels and scenic roads really, but a very good exercise machine) to Merligen, where they have this amazing infinity pool by Lake Thun. I even found a Wellness & Spa Hotel Beatus, which seems to offer saunas I often dream about. Next staycation destination maybe ? Changing the mtb to road bike or Fiat 500 and a little drive for a evening swin, sauna, sunset dinner, good night sleep and champagne breakfast by the lake….  .

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    What this weekend proved is that for a perfect holiday one don’t need to travel far from home, if and when one happens to live in the Bernese Oberland and especially the Jungfrau Region. This was an amazing weekend I can highly recommend my home for your active relaxing holiday too. More detailed tips when asked.

    Take care!


    Where & What: 

    Wengen

    Kleine ScheideggenChalet Eiger Nordwand

    GrindelwaldAppenzeller Bio Weizebier 

    Skydive Interlaken

    Interlaken Activities*

    Swiss Helicopter

    Strandbad Merligen

    Wellness & Spa Hotel Beatus 


    * Booking a skydive or something else from Interlaken Activities? Say greetings from Tiina and you may get some discount. 

  • LIFE
  • Just A Perfect MTB Day: Grindelwald

    Tiina Kivelä

    This sunny morning, I loaded my bike (and myself) to the train towards Grindelwald (tip: buy a day bike pass from SBB & hang your bike by the hooks in bike carriage) having in mind a long MTB tour up to Grosse Scheidegg, Bachalpsee and back to Grindelwald. Though in Grindelwald, I noticed I had forgotten to load my sunglasses, and started the tour buying the first “good enough” (and expensive) pair I found in one of the shops in Grindelwald. I had been thinking of buying new, alpine environment suitable pair for some time already, but I didn’t think it would happen this way. Nevertheless, as I didn’t  want to waste too much time indoors since the weather was perfect and my goal was high, I loaded the money on the table and headed up.

    MTB AROUND GRINDELWALD

    And so I went with my bike & my new shades, up up (it wasn’t easy with my heavy bike); first to Grosse Scheidegg, then First and Bachalpsee (dipped my feet in, of course) and finally down along some winding and bit scary singletrails. I can’t really say I’m a master on bike, nor that today’s trip would have been easy (I know my legs will be hurting a lot tomorrow) but still today was one of the best days in my life. I made it, safe and sound, and the views and the weather… No words to describe how awesome it was. Hope these pics talk a bit more though.

    On my way up I had time to think how I really should find time to write down more about my weekend trips, share my tips and lessons I’ve learned during my stay until now (if you have some specific questions already you may email me directly though, and I’ll do my best to answers asap). Because no matter how awesome the days are, I do wish I could share these with the best people. Which, on the other hand, is a good reason to re-launch Tiina’s bootcamps (some of you know).

    This Switzerland edit. would be just awesome.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Grindelwald – Grosse Scheidegg – First – Bachsee – Grindelwald. 

    TOUR TIPS

    You may skip the first part from Grindelwald to Grosse Scheidegg (it’s really better with road bike) by taking a PostAuto, which offers bike transport too (for some price before, and free after 4pm).

    Some of the trails you have to share with hikers and on some trails biking is prohibited during the high season in summer. Follow the red biking signs and ask for more information in one of the bike shops in Grindelwald, where guiding is also offered.