Center of Gravity?

Thanks to COVID and Vlad The Poisoner this site has not been about touring in Russia for a good while now. I’m infact planning a short biketrip to Sweden this summer. This post is mostly based on my amateur observations on how to load your touring/bikepacking bike for a more comfortable ride. Front Lowrider racks…

Route Description: Lake Ladoga

This is an instant classic. Cycling around the lake makes perfect sense and allows you to see different kinds of regions in one trip. The downside is that you are, at times, forced to cycle on bigger roads. In other words this is not a bikepacking route designed to satisfy the needs of your sport-specific…

Route Description: Kola Peninsula

There is a lot to see in the Kola Peninsula. The Arctic megacity Murmansk and the closed military areas create such a contrast with the surrounding natural beauty. Here’s some routes for you to consider. Note that they are beta -versions only and not even been tested (by me, yet). Map / Route Planner Salla…

Route Description: Imatra – Petrozvodsk

This just might be my personal favorite. When we were cycling towards Petrozavodsk (Petroskoi for Finns) it felt like every decision was a risk taken in the last minute and every time it paid of. Another thing that struck me was the realisation that older people outside the old border spoke Finnish. Or Karelian but…

Route Description: Areas Lost in the War

This is a beta-version of the route! COVID is still making travelling extremely hard and certainly not safer. This route goes through the Areas Lost in the War (Luovutettu Karjala). The Isthmus (Karjalankannas) is so close to Saint Petersburg that it’s partly inside its commuting area. The road network is way better than in most parts…

Route Description: Olonets region

This is a beta-version of the route! COVID is still making travelling extremely hard and certainly not safer! This route is a roundtrip between Ladoga (Laatokka)and Onega (Ääninen), the two largest lakes in Europe. Olonets (Aunus) region is said to be the most Karelian part of Karelia. Map link (under construction) You can start wherever…

Route Description: White Karelia

This is a beta-version of the route! COVID is still making travelling extremely hard and certainly not safer. Visit the villages of White Karelia (Viena in Finnish, Belomorskaja Karelija in Russian) where the majority of the material used in the epic tales of Kalevala was found. The distances between inhabited areas are rather big, but…

Where is the Focus?

This is a hard one. Originally I thought I should only search for information on the areas Finns lost in the Second World War. This is what people are interested in, right? After we cycled through these parts and went further east – culturally, and in this case also geographicly – I realised that only…

Pyöräilyreitit: Äänisen ympäri

Karttalinkki (hyvin vaiheessa) Kannattaa ehdottomasti katsoa Arvo Tuomisen dokumentti Äänisen vettä. Se esittelee Euroopan toiseksi suurimman järven ympäristön nähtävyyksiä Petroskoista myötäpäivään kiertäen. Samalla kerrataan alueen historiaa tekijälleen ominaiseen tyyliin. Perustiedot kohteista löytyvät myös Markus Lehtipuun käytännöllisestä kirjasta Suomalainen matkaopas, Karjala. Dokumentissa ei juurikaan näy Äänisen itäpuolella kulkevaa pääväylää. Koska se on reitti Moskovasta Murmanskiin, uskoisin…

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