Start: Kajaani Airport

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Fat Biking in the Bear Kingdom Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | Group | 7 days | 6 nights | From £1069 per person
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Fat biking in Martinselkonen untouched wilderness areas is unforgettable experience. The silent surrounding in middle of the rugged forest is a great place to gather strength and relax after the hectic work period. Tons of pure snow offers great opportunity for biking and enjoying the beautiful winter landscape.

We are driving just next to the Eastern border of EU, seeing the signs telling how near we are to the Russia. In summer time these forests belong to the King of Forest– Bear, but in the winter they are in deep sleep.

During the trips to the wilderness we can see many animal tracks in a snow. In the evening we can relax in a heat of a sauna and don’t forget to look outside there might be northern lights dancing in the sky.

Cycle Tour Highlights
– First guided winter biking –package in Finland
– Experience the new way of moving in Finnish Taiga Forest
– Enjoy the unspoilt nature in Martinselkonen Nature Reserve
– Relax in the silent wilderness in EU’s Eastern Border
– Good work out in pristine wilderness under the Northern Lights

About the cycle route

The fat bike trails in Martinselkonen are maintained tracks where the snow is dragged as hard as possible. In the longer trails there is always a snowmobile going in front marking the trail and guide comes last. So everyone can drive the speed that is best for them.

Driving in a snow is harder than in hard surface, so participants need good basic fitness and previous experience of biking. Martinselkonen Bikes are Finnish built SUP bicycles that are especially built for Finnish winter conditions.

We reserve the right to change the trails in case of difficult weather conditions.

There are 2 different sizes of bikes.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival

Guide will welcome you at the Kajaani/ Kuusamo airport. Transfer by private car/coach to the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre (duration 2 hours). Dinner is served at the dining area.

Day 2: Get to know your bike and evening snowshoeing

After breakfast its time to get to know the bikes and equipment. The guide will make sure that everyone’s bike has right adjustment for the rider. We learn to use the bike gears and brakes and guide gives tips for safe driving in a snow.

At first we will try the bikes on the road. Then its time to move off road. There are 2 trails in a forest around the Martinselkonen Centre, length about 2-3 km. We will drive these routes to get the first touch on driving on snow. The aim of the day is that everyone is comfortable with the bikes and driving on snow.

Lunch and dinner are served at the dining area.

Evening snowshoeing trip In the evening we will go explore the forest with snowshoes. We will walk about 4-5 km with the snowshoes listening to the quietness. On the way we will enjoy some hot drink. If we are lucky we might see the Northern Light.

Day 3: Teerilampi trail 17km

After breakfast its time to start our first longer biking day. We will head to the Teerilampi circle trail that will take us to Martinselkonen Nature Reserve. We will drive in the snow-white landscape just next to Russian border. We will enjoy outdoor lunch at Teerilampi wilderness hut.

Day 4: Lake side trail 15km

This day we will head to Lake trail. This trail goes around beautiful Öllöri-lake. One part of the trail is on ice. On they way we can see the Finland-Russia border stones. Outdoor lunch in enjoyed by the open fire.

Day 5: Lehtovaara trail 19km

After breakfast we will leave by car to Lehtovaara (drive time about 20 minutes). In Lehtovaara we will hop to the bikes again and start following the East Border winter trail towards Martinselkonen. This trail goes partly in the same Martinselkonen Reserve than Teerilampi trail and we will enjoy the lunch again in Teerilampi wilderness hut.

Day 6: Favourite trail

Last day is time to decide which of the 3 trails were the groups favourite. We will return to this trail once more to complete the week in beautiful winter nature.

Day 7: Departure

It’s time to say goodbye. After breakfast transfer to the airport by private car/coach.

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Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The fat bike trails in Martinselkonen are maintained tracks where the snow is dragged as hard as possible. In the longer trails there is always a snowmobile going in front marking the trail and guide comes last. So everyone can drive the speed that is best for them.

Driving in a snow is harder than in hard surface, so participants need good basic fitness and previous experience of biking.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Fat Biking in the Bear Kingdom tour stays in the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. A small family-run company located at East border of Finland in Suomussalmi. The old border guide station has been transformed in to comfortable accommodation facilities.

Accommodation in twin or single rooms. Each of the rooms have en-suite bathroom. The main house has cosy dining area for 32 persons. Both accommodation buildings has drying rooms for clothing. There is sauna in client’s free use..

Food

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre offers home- style meals using many local ingredients. Berries and mushrooms have grown in these forests.

Fish comes from the lakes and local fish farms. Meat is often game meat from these forest or reindeer from the local Reindeer Farm. All the meals are prepared in Martinselkonen from fresh ingredients.

Included Services

- Airport transfers,
(Kajaani/Kuusamo-Martinselkonen- Kajaani/Kuusamo) – Accommodation in twin rooms
– Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack)
– 5 days biking with the Fat bikes (bike and helmet)
– One evening snow shoe trip
– Daily evening sauna
– Guiding in English


By air

Transfers to and from the airport are included in most of the packages. Depending on the tour the meeting point is whether Kajaani, Kuusamo or Oulu airport, all operated from Helsinki by Finnair and Oulu also by Norwegian.

Please check the joining point for the trip and transfer schedule in the tour description. Please notice that we organize only one airport transfer for each group on arrival and departure.



By Train

The main railway routes to Kajaani are: Oulu-Kajaani from the west, Helsinki-Kuopio-Kajaani from the south. Travelling time from Helsinki to Kajaani during the day is from 5,5-7,5 hours.

More information about the train connections at VR. 
If the joining point for the tour is Kuusamo you should continue by bus from Kajaani or Oulu as there are no trains.



By Bus

The excellent network of long-distance express bus services between the larger towns in Finland offer the easy way to travel. More information about the bus connections at Matkahuolto.

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Rental Bike Information

Martinselkonen Bikes are Finnish built SUP brand bicycles that are especially built for Finnish winter conditions.

There are 2 different sizes of bikes.

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Your Prices

Fat Biking in the Bear Kingdom, 7 days, 6 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.

2018 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
22nd – 27th of January 2018
19th – 25th of February 2018
23rd – 29th of March 2018

Prices per person including bike hire
22nd – 27th of January 2018: £1069 | Book online here >>
19th – 25th of February 2018: £1069 | Book online here >>
23rd – 29th of March 2018: £1069 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £99

Hotel Category Description
Martinselkonen Wilds Centre is a small family-run company located at East border of Finland in Suomussalmi. The old border guide station has been transformed in to comfortable accommodation facilities.

Accommodation in twin or single rooms. Each of the rooms have en-suite bathroom. The main house has cosy dining area for 32 persons. Both accommodation buildings has drying rooms for clothing. There is sauna for client’s free use.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: From £1069
Single Supplement: £99

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