Arctic Circle question ...

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Arctic Circle question ...

Heading off up there next week on a two week tour of Sweden and Finland (and maybe Russia if they let us in - anyone know if you need a visa?), and want to take a pic of me bike next to a sign that says 'Arctic Circle'. Anyone know if such signs actually exist?

Yes they do. Deffo remember seeing at least one in Finland. Try near Rovaniemi (probably the most touristy/biggest centre in Lapland anyway, so you're bound to end up there)You deffo need a visa for Russia and importing a vehicle even for a short time is a major league PITA. Unless things have changed a lot in the last 5 years or so.....not sure of much in the way of roads up there either, that border was always a pretty sensitive one in Cold War times

Thanks! wasn't that fussed about going into Russia particularly anyway - really just want a pic of me rat beside the border, but if they'd've let us in without too much hassle it'd've been worth it for a couple of hours, y'know?From what I've seen on the map and experienced last time I was in Finland, anyway, the roads aren't too bad. I'm not really that worried because the rat has, I'd imagine, similar off-road capabilities to summat like a BMW GS (albeit not as fast on the rough stuff) so dirt tracks and logging roads don't really concern me ...

Nik Samson wrote

I'm not really that worried because the rat has, I'd imagine, similar off-road capabilities to summat like a BMW GS (albeit not as fast on the rough stuff) so dirt tracks and logging roads don't really concern me ...

In that case, you may find further inspiration here. (Slightly off topic but I was browsing through that link this morning and your post seemed to fit That's an impressive rat )

On the Swedish side near the Finnish border is a nice place where they have the signs and stuff up. It's on a road leading northbound from Kalix, IIRC and is also right next to a river so a very pleasant place to stop off too.Just be careful of the wildlife. The reindeer, elks and deer all love to use you as target practice, especially at dusk (a relative term for that region in the middle of summer). The elk stay hidden in the shadows of the trees next to the road and then dart across right in front of you as though it's their last ever chance of getting across - they just have to do it right in the last seconds.You also have to be a bit careful of the roads because up north they buckle and crack due to freezing and thawing so can be quite bumpy in some places, even some main roads. When you get further north of the arctic circle, permafrost sets in so the roads stay lovely and smooth. You might also want to watch out for loads of sand and grit still lying on the sides of roads due to winter gritting etc. as they're not long thawed up there now Cheers.

Thanks for the advice!Count, that link is great - thanks! And ta for the kind words about the bus, I've had it for ten years now and it still brings a big stupid grin to me face every time I ride it. This is the other bike that's making the trip too (there are also a couple of stock Fazer Sixes, but we won't mention them, eh?). Most people think that me an' me mate are quite, quite mad for doing the run on these ...

Nik Samson wrote

Thanks for the advice!Count, that link is great - thanks! And ta for the kind words about the bus, I've had it for ten years now and it still brings a big stupid grin to me face every time I ride it. This is the other bike that's making the trip too (there are also a couple of stock Fazer Sixes, but we won't mention them, eh?). Most people think that me an' me mate are quite, quite mad for doing the run on these ...

Mad? Oh yes! Long may it be so the world is bland enough!!That's also what I liked about that link...the bike standing happily on the cylinders either side of the rut says it all ....perfectly daft....and completely admirable!Glad that someone has 'ratted' a GS too (at the Rat Show)....inspired!

Oh, and just another thought. If you're travelling north or southbound in Sweden, don't take the E4 along the east coast - it is the Swedish equivalent of the M1/A1 and M6 combined (with a little less traffic of course). This is the route all the HGVs take. There is a much better alternative route that takes you through the middle of the country. Find lake Siljan and you'll find the road going north.At normal speeds, from lake Siljan it takes about 12-13 hours to get to Kalix but it does take you into the mountain region of Sweden too, so I think it's worth the slight detour compared to the E4.Have fun.

Ta!

Yep, we did this last year. The best place for photos is on the Norway side - there's a Polar Circle Centre right on the main E6. You get one photo by the monument, another of you building a litlle cairn of stones, and one proudly standing by your mo'bike in the carpark. Oh, and there's a cafe. Errrr, that's it!We went a bit further north, then went across to Arjeplog in Sweden before striking south again through the so-called Wilderness Route.

Nippy wrote

Yep, we did this last year. The best place for photos is on the Norway side - there's a Polar Circle Centre right on the main E6. You get one photo by the monument, another of you building a litlle cairn of stones, and one proudly standing by your mo'bike in the carpark. Oh, and there's a cafe. Errrr, that's it!We went a bit further north, then went across to Arjeplog in Sweden before striking south again through the so-called Wilderness Route.

Wilderness Route?

Hell what a trip Nik.Have a bloody good one and pist pics on your return.Regards Alan.

Semtexsam wrote

Hell what a trip Nik.Have a bloody good one and pist pics on your return.Regards Alan.

I will, mate, don't worry ...

Count Steer wrote

Mad? Oh yes! Long may it be so the world is bland enough!!That's also what I liked about that link...the bike standing happily on the cylinders either side of the rut says it all ....perfectly daft....and completely admirable!Glad that someone has 'ratted' a GS too (at the Rat Show)....inspired!

The track in that photo runs up next to my old mans house. The pictures don't do it justice, it's slippery as fook and a lot of the puddles are way over the axles. It's a bugger on my MT, let alone a bloody great GS.

Mr Kay wrote

The track in that photo runs up next to my old mans house. The pictures don't do it justice, it's slippery as fook and a lot of the puddles are way over the axles. It's a bugger on my MT, let alone a bloody great GS.

Yup! They're barking aren't they? They're all completely nuts on ADVrider too. Madness...it's the new black. (Sorry Nik...I'll let you get back to the Arctic Circle now...and I'll raise a beer to 'those that do things that shouldn't be done' )

Count Steer wrote

(Sorry Nik...I'll let you get back to the Arctic Circle now...and I'll raise a beer to 'those that do things that shouldn't be done' )

No problem, thread hijacks don't worry me, you carry on ...

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