• HIKING
  • JETSETLIV @ 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.


    FI: Olipa kerran maastopyöräretki Grindelwaldin ympäristössä aurinkoisena hellepäivänä. Interlakenista lastasin itseni ja pyörän junaan (tähän tarvitset SBB:n pyöräpassin joita voi ostaa kätevästi nettikaupasta päiväksi tai vaikka koko vuodeksi) ja suuntasin Grindelwaldiin huomatakseni ensimmäisenä jättäneeni aurinkolasit kotiin. Olin jo hetken suunnitellut alppikelpoisten aurinkolasien ostamista, mutta hieman kirpaisi kuinka pakon edessä (eli aurinkoinen päivä; ei hetkeäkään hukattavana) oli lyötävä luottokortti tiskiin ja ostettava ensimmäiset hyvin istuvat lasit Grindelwaldin nimeltä mainistemattomasta urheiluliikkeestä.  Kallista, mutta kuten raskas pyöräretkikin, kaiken sen arvoista.

    Aurinkolasiepisodin jälkeen oli aika täyttää juomapullo ja aloittaa itse retki, eli polkea juna-asemalta ylös Grosse Scheideggiin (jonne voi myös valita linja-autokuljetuksen sekä itselle että pyörälle, jos ei ns. kunnon treeni kiinnosta). Minä valitsin polkemisen omalla raskaalla pyörälläni (asfaltille olisi ollut parempi kevyt maantiepyörä) ja muutamaan kertaan tuli mietittyä oman järjen tasoa, mutta toisaalta olipahan hyvä harjoitus. Ylhäällä, ansaitun oluen jälkeen, matka jatkui Firstin hissiasemalle, josta pyörää taluttaen koukkasin vielä maisemareitin Bachalpseen kautta, josta olikin sitten vain mielenkiintoinen alamäki/pikkupolkuviidakko Grindelwaldiin. Huomautettakoon tässä, että taitoni (tai oikeastaan uskallukseni) alamäkipyöräilyssä ovat vielä aika heikolla tasolla. Mutta ei sitä opi jos ei tee, joten alas tulin, tyylipisteistä välittämättä.

    Vinkkinä seudulle pyörän kanssa suuntaville haluaisin lisäksi vinkata, että kaikki reitit eivät ole pyöräiltäviä kesän vaellussesonkina, joten hetkittäin pyörää on talutettava. Mutta alueelta löytyy silti lähes vuoden ympäri virallisia pyöräreittejä, jotka on merkitty punaisin opastein ja paikalliset pyöräliikkeet tarjoavat mielellään vinkkejä ja ammattitaitoista opastusta. Vastaan myös itse mailitse tarkempiin kysymyksiin, jos tämänkaltaiset reissut näillä main kiinnostavat.

  • BLOG
  • PLAY IT COOL @LAUTERBRUNNEN

    Tested this today and it takes appr. 1h to bike from home (Interlaken) to Lauterbrunnen. The village and the valley is THE base jumping location, therefore also known as Death Valley. But base jumping aside, the valley and villages around and above offer amazing (and dramatic) background for many other activities too.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Play it tourist: see the 72 waterfalls and take the cablecar up to Schilthorn.

    Play it biker: bike (or take the train / cablecar) up to Wengen. Winteregg, Mürren or my favorite (that little cute alpine hippie village) Gimmelwald. Choose your path and try to keep your eye on the road and not on the marvelous mountaintops, glaciers, gliffs, goats, chalets  (mission impossible for me and therefore I take lots of breaks while up).

    Play it hiker: hike (or take the train / cablecar) up to Wenger, Winteregg, Mürren, Gimmelwald… Hike a hour, two or whole day, find a hütte or hotel and take a beer.

    Play it cool: bike the main road in Lauterbrunnen, past all the cafés and try to look as pro as possible.

    Today I played the biker; took my bike up to Lauterbrunnen, then Winteregg and past carless Mürren and Gimmelwald back down to Lauterbrunnen and home. It was hot, it was tough, but it was all worth it.

    Now I dream of 5-star hotel sheets and fondue dinner (yes, still no holiday in sight before September) but seems like I have to be happy with homemade pasta and H&M sheets. Which of course is more than fine too.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Locations: Gsteigwiler, Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, Mürren, Swiss National MTB Route

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä