BITE SIZED

ADVENTURES ON THE

FINNISH WEST COAST

 

 

Protruding from the most westerly coast of Finland, the rocky, shallow-watered Kvarken Archipelago contrasts sharply with Sweden’s High Coast on the opposite side of the Gulf of Bothnia. Together, these areas form two sides of the same coin and form a joint UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

After berthing at the small harbor, the rugged landscape meets you immediately at the water’s edge and welcomes the spirited visitors who are ready to meet the challenge of a trek or ride around the island.

The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, ‘De Geer moraines’, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago. The Archipelago is continuously rising from the sea in a process whereby the land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at a rate of 8mm per year, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

There is no shortage of picturesque locations to set up a Trangia stove to warm up some lunch or coffee whilst you appreciate the views. With fresh air in your lungs and the summer sun beginning to set, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the area’s wild beauty in this slowly evolving landscape. With the right boat and equipment adventure is out there waiting for you on a scale that suits you.

An island for friends seeking a mini adventure off the beaten track.

Ritgrund Lighthouse Island stands as a tiny sentinel on the north edge of the Kvarken Archipelago, over 7km from the nearest inhabited island. In 1863 a wooden beacon was built as a “daymark” on the island as a warning to ships, later being updated to a functioning lighthouse in 1945. It’s the only lighthouse in Finland that has gone through this transformation and it’s also the only one made of wood. The lighthouse is located on the north-eastern side of Replot Island and it stands at the edge of an important seaway, from the Bothnian Bay to the Bothnian Sea.

This area is popular for boaters and canoeists who have an urge to have a short exploration of the rugged island on the outer edge of the archipelago, making it an ideal location for a friends’ daytrip with electric fat bikes.

Making time for a small adventure is a chance to break free from our busy work lives.
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It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the area’s wild beauty in this slowly evolving landscape.

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When it comes to moving confidently and quickly over rough terrain, electric fat bikes are the best tool for the job.

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The area is popular for boaters and canoeists who have an urge to have a short exploration of the rugged island on the outer edge of the archipelago.

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The significant range, speed, and carrying capacity of an electric fat bike give you all the security and confidence you need to continue your adventure.

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After berthing at the small harbor, the rugged landscape meets you immediately at the water’s edge.

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It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the area’s wild beauty in this slowly evolving landscape.

When it comes to moving confidently and quickly over rough terrain, electric fat bikes are the best tool for the job. Their wide tyres mean you can pedal them over the kind of surfaces that would stop anything narrower dead in its tracks, and the addition of a battery-powered torque boost makes a huge difference to the rider’s ability to maintain traction whilst navigating the varying terrain. Overland adventures can put you in places far off the beaten track, sometimes presenting terrain that would be too difficult or tiring for an average biker to progress through on a non-electric mountain bike. The significant range, speed, and carrying capacity of an electric fat bike give you all the security and confidence you need to continue your adventure.

Making time for a small adventure is a chance to break free from our busy work lives. Our brains aren’t tireless machines. When we slow down and change the usual busy normal pace of working life to take in some beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel physically refreshed, but our mental performance improves too. Technology isn’t the problem, but rather it’s how we use it, how often we use it and what gadgets we use. Electric fat bikes are a great example of using technology that doesn’t distract us from our adventures, like a smartphone, but rather it compliments our efforts to exercise and explore nature. So what are you waiting for? Get out there!

A tiny sentinel on the north edge of the Kvarken Archipelago.
The rugged landscape meets you immediately at the water’s edge and welcomes the spirited visitors who are ready to meet the challenge of a trek or ride around the island.