No matter the time of year, you can satisfy your need for speed and distance while experiencing stunning Arctic landscapes. Lapland has cycling trails routes open for use all year-round.
Finland’s northernmost city, Rovaniemi, offers a tour that takes you to all the most important cultural and historical spots. In Ylläs, fatbikes are waiting to carry you across the fresh snow, to show you the mountains and winter landscape of northern Finland. In Salla, you can strap on your helmet and ride out into the crisp spring air and watch the world melt in anticipation of the long summer days. And Utsjoki has ancient trails, connecting your speedy tires with the same paths the Sami people have tread for thousands of years.
Lapland is packed with mountain bike trails, and Ylläs is the perfect place to get your heart pumping. First, the lift takes you and your bike (rentals available) to the top of Ylläs Fell. From the summit, you let gravity and experience do the rest. Ylläs Bike Park offers a number of marked cycling trails, with difficulties ranging from beginner to advanced. Ylläs even has a number of new wintertime mountain bike paths.
As popular as mountain biking is, it’s no surprise that Lapland hosts several races, great and small, every summer. Every year, mountain bikers gear up for the Ylläs-Levi MTB race, which carries them through the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and through some of Lapland’s wildest terrain. Pyhä & Luosto offers up a mountain bike festival in their national park with 81 km of pro track, 44 km of adventure, and even a 15 km family track. Or you can join the Ruka Mountain Bike Competition with 20km, 40km, and 60km tracks.
Check out these great mountain biking experiences:
- Have some fun and break a sweat at the Ylläs Bike Park
- Climb Finland’s southernmost fells at Ruka & Kuusamo
- Explore the northern wilderness in Saariselkä & Inari
Frosty white snow covers most of northern Finland for more than half the year, but snowfall doesn’t mean you have to pack up your helmet; Lapland has fatbikes designed for traversing the wintry landscape. The Pyhä-Luosto National Park offers guided fatbike tours through pristine forests, or you can break away from the pack and explore the woody trails on your own. Fatbikes are a winter cycling staple across Lapland, and you’ll find them in almost every winter vacation destination.
Check out these cool fatbike experiences:
- Let a fatbike guide show you all the best spots in Pyhä
- Experience the unique bike hotel at Iso-Syöte
- Hop on a fatbike and explore the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi
When the snow has melted, the days are warm and long, and Lapland offers hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of bike trails and routes for long peaceful treks. Endurance is the name of the game, as Salla offers trails ranging from a dozen kilometers up to 200 kilometers, leading away from the Salla fell and hugging the Finland-Russia border. The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi, naturally offers dozens of kilometers of bike routes, looping around and through the city or leading to adventure elsewhere. In northernmost Finland, the village of Utsjoki offers ancient Sami trails for your cycling pleasure, as well as pathways leading to longer adventures across the Norwegian border.
Check out these long bike treks:
- Behold Samiland from a bicycle in Utsjoki
- Leave your luggage behind in Salla
- Wind around the fells and lakes in Ylläs
Under the Midnight Sun or knee-deep in snow. An arduous trek across the fells or a leisurely ride with the kids. An experience or just some fun exercise. However you want to enjoy cycling, you’ll find the bike path you’re looking for in Lapland.