Winter Fatbiking

Fatbiking in the winter scenery

The wide tire of the fatbikes make it possible to enjoy biking along the winter trails, too! Going gets really easy once you hop on an elecctric fat bike.

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Rental shops around Ruka: RukaStore, Sport House RukaHead Ski RentRuka SafarisRukapalvelu and Kuusamon city Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki.

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Winter trails for biking

In the winter you can ride for example in Oulanka National Park. There is a winter trail 26km from Juuma to Oulanka visitor center, which will be laned from mid-february to mid-april. Please note: Winter biking is forbidden only at Little Bear's trail in Oulanka area.

In Ruka area biking is possible in Hirsilampi's winter trail 4km  and Antiperän fatbike trail 5km. Konttainen and Valtavaara areas are not recommended for biking in the winter (due to traffic on trails and steep hills). Bikers need to take note to the other people on the trails and that the snowshoe trails are rather narrow.  Winter biking is forbidden on cross-country ski trails.

Hirsilampi winter trail 4 km

Hirsilampi winter trail is easily reachable snowshoe and fatbike trail at Pyhävaara area. Trail goes partly on the Pyhän Jyssäys route, past Hirsilampi. Mostly easy and flat, but difficulty level can change according to the weather. Route is maintaned with a snowmobile when snow conditions allow.

Winter biking at Pyhävaara (video: Pekka Lintusaari)

Antinperä fatbike route 4,5 km

Mostly easy and flat route. Route can change according to the weather, especially the snow situation. Route will be maintaned from when snow situation allows till easter or later, always after a snow fall.

Hossa winter biking trails

Winter biking is allowed in Hossa National Park (one hour from Ruka) on the following trails: Jatkonvaara 12 km, Värikallio route 5,4 km, Hossa Reindeer Park trail 800 m. These trails are marked by blue color in Hossa winter trail map.

More beautiful winter trails can be found about an 2 hours from Ruka at Syöte National Park.

Fatbiking winter etiquette

In the beginning of the season the trails are still soft and suitable to ride only with low tire pressures. When the trails get harder surface after multiple maintenance routes, you can ride them also with normal tire pressures. After heavy snowfall the trails should always be ridden with low tire pressures.

If the trail is used for both snowshoeing and fatbiking, stay on the right and make sure your speed is under control especially in tighter corners. 

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