Olov, a true biking enthusiast packed his bike and went up the mountains, took a dip in the Atlantic ocean and rode along the sandy beaches on the islands of Swedish Lapland. And he brought a friend – Kevin. Let’s play ‘Have you met Kevin?’
– I’ve been to Sweden twice for my main summer holiday, and I’ve also been to Luleå in the winter, and to Stockholm a few times for city breaks. In the rest of arctic Europe, I’ve been cycling in Norway 3 times and Finland 5 times, but Finland mostly for cross country skiing package holidays.
I first met Kevin in March when he was coming to Luleå to participate in Bothnialoppet. A ski race along the ice between Piteå and Luleå. Since Kevin is a cyclist at heart and fat biker by soul he of course was participating in the fat bike class. It was the first time ever a cycling race was held on the ice but due to weather circumstances, the race was unfortunately cancelled. That however did not stop Kevin from exploring the the islands of Swedish Lapland by bike.
I prefer the Swedish mountains because you are almost immediately in the “good stuff”.
When Kevin returned this august to do a coast-to-coast adventure holiday, I hooked up with him in Björkliden. The idea was to explore the mountain trails of Swedish Lapland and ride along the Rallarleden down to Rombaksbotn in Norway, to dip his fat tires in the Atlantic Ocean. Then explore the archipelago of the Bay of Bothnia that he only seen frozen.
I got the chance to have a little chat about why he keeps returning to Swedish Lapland and what’s so good about it, especially in comparison to the Alps.
– I go abroad at least once a year for an adventure holiday. I’ve never gone on a beach holiday, Kevin confesses. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve cycled in the alps. Must be almost 20 times. Mainly Switzerland, but also France and Italy.