• Postcard From Davos


    Switzerland Davos Tiina Kivelä Creative

    This week I stumbled directly into a vintage travel poster for Davos. Or well, it was real. But still.

    More stories from Davos coming soon, but first some rest. Because my little two nights getaway to Davos was also a damn good xc skiing training awesomeness session.

    Where: Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland

  • Appenzell
  • Cross-Country Skiing In Appenzell

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    First, note to self: When cross-country skiing in Appenzell, make sure you stop by in the Brauerei Locher or Getränkemarkt Ziel on your way home. For the Quöllfrisch Naturtrüb (my favourite) or the beer of the month.

    I mean, there should be no Appenzell trip without Appenzell beer. Because cross-country skiing you really earn the beer. And well, it’s a beer region.

    Nevertheless, this little mishap didn’t ruin my overall great cross-country season opening in Switzerland, in a perfect weather in Gonten, Appenzell. It’s 45min by train (=excellent updated train by Appenzellerbahn, power outlets and all) from St. Gallen and currently comes with heaps of snow.

    Tageskarte CHF10 (day pass for the well prepared tracks) and cross-country skiing center near the Gonten railway station (Loipe-Höttli aka Waschhöttli) for changing, ski service and patio. With Säntis views and lots of sunlight (no note to self about this, remembered the sunscreen).

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    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: (23km skating style), Gonten, Appenzell, Switzerland 


  • 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