Arctic Bike 2015
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Arctic Bike 2015

 

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Denmark/Finland/Germany/Netherlands/Norway/Sweden, Europe

Lat/Lon: 71.17095°N / 25.78374°E

Date Ridden: Jan 10, 2015 12:00 am

Activities: Paved

Season: Winter

 

Page By: boriskrielen

Created/Edited: Dec 16, 2014 / Jan 7, 2015

Object ID: 290376

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Arctic Bike 2015

Winter 2015 I'll set off on an epic journey through Scandinavia. During the coldest and darkest period of the year he will bike 7200 km from the Netherlands to the North Cape in Norway, and back. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter!


Route of Arctic Bike 2015 with supporting Scandic HotelsRoute

I'll start biking in The Hague in the Netherlands, reach the northernmost point of the route at the North Cape, and return to The Hague. On the way up I’ll cross Sweden and Finland. On the way back he’ll go through Norway. 

Basically the route is a combination of the routes I biked in winter 1993 and 1995. On both routes there were some parts I didn't get to bike, either because of bad weather circumstances, or due to physical problems. I always had a desire to complete them one day. 

On my Ice-X website I made a route page with a day-to-day planning. Also on that page I'll update the actual day-to-day stages and distances whenever Wifi is available.

High Points

Extra challenges are added by climbing the highest points of Denmark (Møllehøj 171m), Norway (Galdhøpiggen 2469m), Sweden (Kebnekaise 2113m) and Finland (Halti 1328m). While Møllehøj is hardly more than a bump in the road, the other 3 require quite a detour by bike and even days on foot with snowshoes to reach and climb them.

Logistics

The main distance will be covered by mountainbike, a BULLS Copperhead 3, specially prepared by Kester2Wielers in The Hague. The MTB is fitted with Schwalbe studded tires and plenty of Axa bike lights. Short parts are done on foot, to reach and climb the 4 high points. Water crossings are done by ferry and kept to a minimum.

The mountainbike will pull a small trailer to carry all the necessary biking, climbing and camping equipment. Nights will mostly be spend outdoors in a tent. Meals will be prepared on a stove. Most of the food will be purchased locally.

Scandic intermediate camps 

At regular intervals – about once every 10 days – indoor stops are planned to shower, wash clothes, recharge batteries, and recover in a normal bed. Former expeditions have showed that these stops are crucial to boost morale. Also, these stops will be perfect opportunities to arrange interviews with local media and post updates on social media. Also these stops are perfect opportunities to arrange interviews and post updates on social media. 

Several Scandic Hotels have generously invited me to stay with them. The following Scandic Hotels are supporting me:

Scandic Hotel in  at km on day
Helsingborg Nord
Helsingborg, Sweden 855 9
Skellefteå
Skellefteå, Sweden 2235 23
Luleå
Luleå, Sweden 2370 24
Karasjok Karasjok, Norway 3070 32
Alta Alta, Norway 3577 39
Ferrum
Kiruna, Sweden 4193 48
Narvik Narvik, Norway 4373 53 
Bakklandet Trondheim, Norway
5273 62
Kristiansand Bystranda
Kristiansand, Norway
6233 75


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chaberton Merry Christmas

Voted 10/10

My best wishes Boris, for this wonderful adventure that awaits you.
Roberto
Posted Dec 17, 2014 1:29 am

boriskrielen Re: Merry Christmas

Hasn't voted

Thnx Roberto! :D

PS. I won't be able to update this page until I'm back home, but you can follow me on fb or twitter, if you like.
Posted Dec 17, 2014 1:48 am

AnimalFromSpace wow!

Voted 10/10

awesome adventure!
Posted Dec 23, 2014 11:51 am

boriskrielen Re: wow!

Hasn't voted

Yeah I think so too! :) Starting January 10...
Posted Dec 24, 2014 1:46 am

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