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Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Dag 24, etape/stage 18: Kittilä-Pokka

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour Bike trip to the North Cape

Added on 03 Mar 2014

on 20 Apr 2014

Cycle route metrics

ridden

Total distance in km

88

Cumulative elevation gain in m

536

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,61

Cumulative elevation loss in m

446

GPS track data

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Rights owner

Ottocolor

Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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by Ottocolor on 06 Mar 2014

Track points in total

629

Track points per km (avg)

7

Start/endpoint

Start location

Kittilä, Pohjois-Suomi, FI (172 m NHN)

End location

Kittilä, Pohjois-Suomi, FI (262 m NHN)

ridden on

09 Jun 2010

Weather

A mix of everything. I saw remaining spots of (artificial) snow at the ski resort of Levi. First it was rainy, then the skies cleared. Later again a very menacing sky together with sunshine and a beautiful rainbow. Only little wind and still cold.

Accommodation

Tieva Baari
Inarintie 6595
FI-99195 Pokka

Properties

Dangerous, narrow road from Kittilä to Levi. For the first time in Finland I felt uncomfortable in the relatively dense traffic. They were building a bike lane. From Levi all the way to Pokka I cycled almost 60 km on a gravel road. It was not really bad, but the good track was quite narrow and with many holes to avoid. In terms of road conditions one of the most challenging stages of them all.

Remarks

The first day of the two-day-stretch from Kittilä to Inari. The stage goal was uncertain. Most likely a nature spot near something called Naatsukka Aapa, where I could pitch my tent. It turned out a lot better. But the road there was strenuous! Saw the ski resort of Levi. Tried to feel the special Alpine atmosphere, they tried to create up here in Northern Finland. The ski here until the month of May. But now it was dead. Here I had lunch outside the tourist information. After Levi som serious climbs and a bad road. I had a pizza in Rauduskylä, where the host booked a cabin for me on the phone in Pokka, about 50 km further down the road, as he knew the host of Tieva Baari there. That was my luck! Between these two villages nothing but an endless forest. Excellent cabin, but without tap water, but I had a bucket full brought in. The best saunatrip of the whole tour in a genuine Finnish logfired sauna with a bath in a small lake. Made a pasta dish with salmon in the cabin. Probably one of the best meals in terms of enjoyment! 

Travel report

En tavle fortæller om skisportsstedet Levi/A roadside board tells about the ski resort of Levi
En tavle fortæller om skisportsstedet Levi/A roadside board tells about the ski resort of Levi
Godt, jeg ikke skulle cykle derop/Happy not to have to bike up there
Godt, jeg ikke skulle cykle derop/Happy not to have to bike up there
Skilifterne op ad bjergsiden/The ski lifts up the moutain slope
Skilifterne op ad bjergsiden/The ski lifts up the moutain slope
Stadig en smule sne tilbage/Still a little snow remaining
Stadig en smule sne tilbage/Still a little snow remaining
Husene prøver at skabe en alpeatmosfære/The houses try to create an alpine atmosphere
Husene prøver at skabe en alpeatmosfære/The houses try to create an alpine atmosphere
Det virkede forlorent på mig, men måske om vinteren .../I felt it rather tacky, but maybe in winter?
Det virkede forlorent på mig, men måske om vinteren .../I felt it rather tacky, but maybe in winter?
Grusvejen fra Rauduskylä til Pokka/The gravel road from Rauduskylä to Pokka
Grusvejen fra Rauduskylä til Pokka/The gravel road from Rauduskylä to Pokka
Rensdyrflok langs vejen/A herd of reindeer at the roadside
Rensdyrflok langs vejen/A herd of reindeer at the roadside
Det føles som op og ned i én uendelighed/Feels like endlessly up and down
Det føles som op og ned i én uendelighed/Feels like endlessly up and down
En flot regnbue over skoven/A pretty rainbow above the forest
En flot regnbue over skoven/A pretty rainbow above the forest
Nyder en ʺBatteryʺ-energidrik/Enjoying a ʺBatteryʺ-energy drink
Nyder en ʺBatteryʺ-energidrik/Enjoying a ʺBatteryʺ-energy drink
Grusvejen er våd efter en byge/The gravel road is wet after a shower
Grusvejen er våd efter en byge/The gravel road is wet after a shower
Min hytte ved Tieva Baari i Pokka/My cabin at Tieva Baari in Pokka
Min hytte ved Tieva Baari i Pokka/My cabin at Tieva Baari in Pokka
Saunaer er næsten altid bygget ved en sø/Saunas almost always have access to a lake
Saunaer er næsten altid bygget ved en sø/Saunas almost always have access to a lake
En sauna uden øl er som en brønd uden vand/A sauna without beer is like a well without water
En sauna uden øl er som en brønd uden vand/A sauna without beer is like a well without water
Det her smagte bare himmelsk/This tasted absolutely heavenly
Det her smagte bare himmelsk/This tasted absolutely heavenly
Mit ydmyge luksushjem for en nat/My humble, luxurious home for one night
Mit ydmyge luksushjem for en nat/My humble, luxurious home for one night