• FINLAND
  • Mountainbiking in Rovaniemi Finnish Lapland

    Tiina Kivelä Creative MTB

    I really thought I had already written something about mountainbiking in Rovaniemi. Especially after the great winter ride last winter (see the pic below). But no, I hadn’t. And so here you go, finally, a little story about biking in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland.

    In Rovaniemi, the easiest way to the MTB trails, summer and (!) winter is in Ounasvaara, the hill right next to the city centre.

    The past years local cyclists and entrepreneurs (with some help from the town) have done a great job opening, mapping and signposting the trail network. Currently, the biking trails might even be the best signed and groomed of all the trails there is (thing of which I am sometimes a bit sad when on my nordic skiing or running mode).

    Basically, you can just hopping on your (own or rented) bike and go. Alternatively, you can book a guided tour from any activity firm in town (below my favourite). Extra nice is that the mellow hills makes the trails very suitable for beginners and casual riders, as long as you know how to ride a bike.

    Mountainbiking in Lapland

     Also note that in Finland, including Lapland, you are allowed to bike on almost every trail and public road. Exception the trails in national parks and other restricted areas, and no biking on the nordic skiing trails either. Nevertheless, national parks with their magnificent nature and sceneries have started to open and prepare some of their trails for biking too. Both in summer and winter.

    While mountainbiking in Rovaniemi is good enough, there’s nowadays many other good places for biking both south and especially north from Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi working as kind of a gate for the real wilderness and outdoor possibilities in whole Lapland.

    When traveling a bit north from Rovaniemi, Pyhä-Luosto National Park or all the way to Urho Kekkonen National Park (UKK) in Saariselkä, or north-west to Ylläs, you will find excellent network for both summer and winter biking. In addition, some ski resorts like Levi and Ruka offer a bike park for downhills etc.

    Tiina Kivelä Rovaniemi

    Special treat: Go in winter and rent a fat bike and maybe a guiding too (RollOutdoors is a good company for that – non paid advertisement this is ) and have fun in the winter wonderland.

    And if going in summer (too), go biking at night. The midnight sun’s something you don’t want to miss.


    Where: Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

  • BLOG
  • Graubünden: Pontresina

    Tieläina Kiv

    Finally got myself to Graubünden in autumn and oh boy it’s great. Not just for hiking, but also for biking and skinny dipping and cross-country skiing in winter etc. I really see the potential and understand the hype.

    Last Friday, on my last weekend of the season in Switzerland (where did the summer and autumn go?) I took the train to Pontresina (or Puntraschigna as it goes in romansch, 1805m), past Chur etc. (tip: SBB supersaver day pass). Since it’s been a great indian summer in here I just had to use the last chance and go, even though going to Graubünden for days is way better idea than my few hours. (Take a note).

    Nevertheless, when I finally arrived in Pontresina, I did a little and I really mean little hike up to the direction of Piz Languard, then to the right to Paradis – with the amazing view to Piz Bernina (4047m ) and Morteratsch glacier – and back down.

    I’ve had bit of a flu and overtrained leg, so no big adventures lately and this one wasn’t an exception. Therefore, can recommend this tour to kids and more into easy hikes kind of people as well (or well, cocktail hikes, see the signposts) – and there’s also possibility to take the lift up and/or down to Alp Languard.

    My little day tour in here, about 13km and 700m up and 700 down, 4h).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

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    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Pontresina 

  • BLOG
  • Hiking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Quickly came to tell you a bit of my hiking in Zermatt week ago. For me the weekend was mainly work, but I managed to squeeze in few evening runs/walks and one big Sunday hike in the moody gloomy weather (the days working where nice though).

    There’s so much more in Zermatt than this and so many more good trails and especially elevations for even more awesome hikes, and for the biking as well. In other words, these aren’t anything suuuper amazing in the Zermatt scale (which reaches kinda high btw). But still, I would especially suggest checking the village of Z’mutt and the Schönbielhütte. Those were nice even in the bad weather of Sunday, when I did about 24km hike to the Schönbielhütte and back through the Z’mutt, and I can imagine how awesome they are when the big mountains and glaciers aren’t hiding behind clouds.

    For a combination tour of the same kind or the kind of a shorter evening run/hike I did (about 5km), I would suggest going up to the restaurant Edelweiss (maybe good for food and drinks too, I didn’t try so can’t say sure though) from the church and making a loop which again on a good weather would give a nice view to the Matterhorn. And on the Gornergrat side of the village, I just did a little evening walk on (apparently) amazing trails for biking too, which for once gave a nice view to the Matterhorn. In there, you might also give a try in the restaurants bit more higher  – to which you might also take the train – for me it was too late for a meal and walking further on before dark, so turned back and had about 7,5km hike.

    You may see all the loops I did in the map in here, two of them with the starting point by the Zermatt Kirche (in where you can fill your bottles easily with fresh water too) and the one on the right on the Gornergrat side starts and ends in the map at the Zermatt Youth Hostel.

    Oh, and say hi to the sheep and goats if you see them – Zermatt has a very special kind of creatures in addition to the special trails.

    Zermatt Sheep

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt