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Old January 28th, 2016, 05:53 PM   #1
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Arrow [Travelling] FinLine 2016 - 25th anniversary inline skating event in Finnish Lapland


I have not been promoting our FinLine multi-day skating events here for a few years because we have had already enough participants because of word of mouth. But now I make an exception because this time is the 25th anniversary of this annual skating event.

We have chosen Lapland, with its beautiful landscapes and exotic flora and fauna, as the destination. This is a unique opportunity to experience the northern Europe/Finland in a different way. – Have you ever skated above the N 68 parallel of latitude? How many locations there are in the world where you can really inline skate closer to the north pole?

Here is my personal message for everybody who are interested:

“I have been skating in Lapland on FinLine 2001 and FinLine 2006. I would say this is a ‘once in a decade’ opportunity that you should really consider to take. Lapland is so remote location that you have to wait for probably at least for one more decade for the next possibility.

What you could expect from a FinLine in Lapland? Honestly saying, not much: treeless tundra, semi-wild reindeer, skating under the midnight sun, lots of mosquitoes (if we are lucky, it rains instead), refreshing arctic rivers to swim, high summits, long uphills and downhills. But the thing is the silence of the sparsely inhabited wilderness: empty roads, tens of kilometers without any houses. We stay in different places, from the quiet Pallas national park hotel above the tree line to the rich services of the alpine skiing world cup location Levi, not forgetting the night in huts beside a lake in the middle of nothing.

My feeling based on earlier experience is that although the hills are longer, there are less of them and the resulting total climb per leg is less than in southern Finland: it has been rather exhausting to skate up and down small bumps on recent years. Also the preliminary altitude profiles for FinLine 2016 support this feeling.

Some of you have expressed their concern about the road conditions in Lapland. I would say that anything is possible – it is the ‘salt’ of FinLine – but in general the surfaces are at least as good as in southern part of the country. The thick snow cover protects the surface from tire studs and the smaller amount of heavy traffic allows the use of smoother tarmac. Also, many of the roads were originally narrow and therefore they have been recently rebuilt for safer winter-time tourist traffic.

I hope that you and your friends will be able to share this unique experience with us!”

For practical details, visit http://www.katukiitajat.fi/english/ as soon as possible. There are less than twenty seats left, so in order to join you must act in a few weeks!

Hope to see some of you next summer in Finland! There have been skaters traveling from e.g. Brazil, Japan, and USA for FinLine, so do not worry about the distance...

And even if you cannot join this time but have been on FinLine earlier, this thread is a good place for digging through your memories and to share your experiences.

Last edited by panuworld; January 29th, 2016 at 10:44 AM. Reason: misc. edits
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Old April 1st, 2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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Default Some photos...

It is still possible to join the Lapland skating event because we had received some cancellations (e.g. because of bad currency exchange rates).

As a teaser, I put some photos here showing how it looked like when I was skating in Lapland last time (2001 and 2006).

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beautiful, but i'll give u a ring when i go to finland, i have a good friend there.
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Old July 30th, 2016, 10:16 AM   #4
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Back from FinLine 2016 with 540 km of Lapland hills; and may be next week I'd like to start skating again...

For anyone interested to join in the future, here is a video summarizing the scenery, weather, and feelings of our journey this year:

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