Category Archives: Finland

Bicycle Touring in Sweden, Finland and Norway – 15 Important Things You Need To Know

Sabine and Jens Kunze of Fahrradnomaden

Sweden, Finland and Norway are the three most northern countries in all of Europe… and these Nordic nations also happen to be three of the best places of go bicycle touring in the world. I know that Sweden, Finland and Norway are great bicycle touring destinations because I’ve spent more than seven months of my […]

Cycling to the North Cape in Nordkapp, Norway

Darren Alff kneeling next to his Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 tent and Co-Motion Cycles Siskiyou touring bicycle in Sweden

During the summer of 2017, I flew from Los Angeles, California (in the United States) to Umeå, Sweden (in northern Europe) and began cycling to the North Cape in Nordkapp, Norway. Along the way, I passed through three different Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland and Norway), camped in my tent each and every night of the […]

My 2017 Bike Tour In Sweden, Norway & Finland

Pitching a tent on a bike tour

It’s time to announce the plans for my 2017 bike tour in Sweden, Norway and Finland! This summer I will be participating in a three-month long cycling adventure in some of Europe’s most northerly places – many of which are high above the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets during the summer months and […]

Random Video Footage From My 2014 Bike Tour In Europe & Asia

During the second half of 2014, I rode my bicycle across 14 different countries in Europe and Asia. Because I’m traveling alone most of the time, and because it’s easier to do, I tend to shoot mostly PHOTOS on my travels. But I did happen to capture a few moments on VIDEO as well – […]

The Best Moments Of 2014 – Plus, The Lessons I Learned Along The Way

2014 has been a pretty amazing year… and I wanted to take a moment to look back on everything that’s happened. Over the last 12 months I have cycled across 15 different countries on 3 different continents (North America, Europe and Asia); I published the new and improved version of “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint” – […]

It’s The People You Meet Along The Way That Make Bike Touring So Special

It’s kind of cliche, but it’s also terribly true. One of the best things about bicycle touring is the people you meet along the way. But meeting someone special takes time. It doesn’t happen every day. If you travel alone (the way I do much of the time), weeks can pass before you have an […]

This Young Woman Says Finland Is A Safe And Enjoyable Cycling Location For Female Travelers

Several months ago I received an email from a woman named Heidi Nunnemacher… and this is what it said: Dear Darren, My heart skipped a beat when I read in your email this morning that you are planning on touring in Finland this year. I’ve been meaning to email you for the past six months […]

Bike Tours Helsinki: 1-Day Guided Bicycle Tours Of Finland’s Capital City

What’s the best way to take in a big city like Helsinki, Finland… and do so in the shortest amount of time possible? One way to do it is by participating in a memorable guided bike tour! During my recent trip to Finland, I spent a day in the country’s capital city, cruising around and […]

How Much Does It Cost To Go Bicycle Touring In Finland? (And Other Interesting Travel Tips)

I was really looking forward to my trip to Finland… but I was fearful about just how much my 25-day bicycle tour through the country was going to cost. After all, I had heard from countless friends, strangers and reputable travel bloggers that the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway are some of the […]

Upitrek Bike Tours: Go Bicycle Touring In Central Finland & Experience Europe’s Largest Forest

There’s something special about Finland that makes this usually cold, snow-covered country of the north the perfect destination for a summertime bike tour. With a population of just 5.5 million people (most of which are centered around the country’s capital city of Helsinki), Finland admittedly lacks the big cities and iconic monuments you find in […]

Bike Touring & Mucking About In The Central Finland Cities Of Kajaani, Kuhmo and Sotkamo

After completing my week-long bicycle tour from Helsinki to Kajaani, Finland with my friend Rob, I needed a break. I had been traveling for more than two-and-a-half months at this point, with very few rest days in between all my cycling. So with a few days to kill in Kajaani before the start of my […]

Cycling 650 Kilometers Across Finland: Roberto LoRusso’s First Self-Supported Bicycle Tour

Several months ago, my friend Rob (full name – Roberto LoRusso) decided he was going to fly from his home in Canada, with his bicycle and a whole bunch of clothes and camping gear, and meet me in Helsinki, Finland for a week-long, 650-kilometer, self-supported bicycle tour. I had met Rob for the first time […]