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The Outdoor Guide to Rovaniemi

The Outdoor Guide to Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, located on the Arctic Circle, is very much the beating heart of Lapland. As the capital city of the region it forms a central hub from which the rest of Lapland and the larger Barents region can be easily accessed.

With the third busiest airport in Finland, the second-to-last Northern stop on the train network, and its location on the E8 highway, Rovaniemi is easy to reach from other destinations, and is a frequent stopping-off point for people travelling further North.

But positioned as it is at the point where the Lapland Fells begins to rise from the surrounding plains, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore and relish in Rovaniemi — so many in fact that a comprehensive guide would be impossible in the space of a blog post. What follows, therefore, is a “best of” list of activities and places to visit if you happen to find yourself in town for a short visit or the long haul.

Sarek: Gear Analysis

Sarek: Gear Analysis

I've been meaning to write some observations about backpacking gear successes and failures from the Sarek trip this year. Unfortunately, because of too many other commitments, things fell by the wayside a bit, and it's taken me this long to clear some much-needed head space and return to thoughts of backpacking and picking apart equipment. 

Views from Sarek

Views from Sarek

In the beginning of August I spent a fantastic week in Sarek National Park, Swedish Lapland, with my (increasingly) old friend Bob Blaker. In lieu of an actual trip report (which will appear in another format later this year), I present here a series of “Views from Sarek” – notes, observations and opinions about the trip, the trail, and the park, accompanied by a selection of photographs.

Muotkatunturi – A Wilderness Adventure

Muotkatunturi – A Wilderness Adventure

When my friend Antoine said he'd like to come backpacking with me one day as he'd never been hiking anywhere before, I smiled – it's always nice to introduce a trail virgin to the joys of the outdoors. I started looking at maps, wanting to find a place that was a little bit special, and less likely to be busy. A wilderness adventure beckoned.