The track runs along the gravel and forest roads around Saariselkä. Along the way, there will be some short tarmac sections as well as forest trails. The trail map will be published in detail late May, once the snow in Saariselkä melts and we can verify the track. Saariselkä is located in the fell area of Northernmost Finnish Lapland. The village is surrounded by two big wilderness areas – Urho Kekkonen national park and Hammastunturi wilderness area. The gravel roads run through the arctic forest and fell sceneries. Some major climbs and descents will be included in the trail.
The terrain of Saariselkä is known for its few key charasteristics. Although we don’t have huge mountains we still have some of Finland’s longest climbs and descents. Our fells also have some stones, which many people have noticed after having several punctures. 🙂
But not to worry, proper tires will last all of our stones. The fact that our trails go through some of the last real wilderness areas in Europe means that there aren’t many stuctures on the trails. Along the trails you will walk and ride through several small rivers and streams. Besides all of this, our trails are a real blast to ride on!
Each year a group of cyclist consisting of top elite athletes and enthusiast start for Saariselkä MTB Stages. However, Saariselkä MTB Stages is not a piece of cake – and it is not even supposed to be one. It is supposed to be the greates challenge of 2020 after which each finisher can feel like a champion!