Gone Backpacking

Places i've been to, photos and my gear

Liesjärvi national park

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Liesjärvi is a small national park with quite nice lake scenery and trails of varying difficulty. The ridge across the lake Liesjärvi is beautiful. It's reachable by a 1,5h bus ride from Helsinki, making it an excellent weekend getaway even without a car. There's only a few lean-to shelters and it has a kota, but unfortunately the kota was closed due to vandalism.

2018/08 Liesjärvi thru hike
2018/03 Liesjärvi spring overnighter

Teijo national park

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Teijo was a place i've wanted to visit for some time and it was totally worth it. There's a lot of narrow duckboards as it's quite a lot of bogs/swamps here. Plenty of lean-to shelters to choose from, and all of them were really nice. Only a 1,5h drive from Helsinki and if you're thirsty you can visit the Mathildedal brewery.

2018/02 Teijo winter overnighter

Sipoonkorpi national park

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A new national park really close to Helsinki. Technical MTB trails, nice gravel roads for CX riding and some nice lean-to shelters. Rather easy access with bus from the south and east entrances. Not too many lakes meaning you have to either carry water or have a filtration system. The Bisaträsk hill and Kantorsträsk lean-to shelter is one of my go-to places for a quick overnighter.

2018/06 Exploring Sipoo archipelago and Sipoonkorpi
2018/09 Hiking in the northern parts of Sipoonkorpi

Repovesi national park

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Repovesi is one of my favourite places due to it being close to Helsinki. Great in both winter and summer. The rental huts are especially nice in winter time, because you can go with quite a light pack. The Mäntyharju – Repovesi MTB trail is also fun if you are into mountain biking.

2018/01 Weekend at Mustavuori rental hut
2015/10 Repovesi bikepacking
2015/02 Weekend at Mustavuori rental hut
2014/06 Mäntyharju bikepacking

Helvetinjärvi national park

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A popular place a bit further away from Helsinki with some really beautiful scenery. Would definitely like to go again.

2014/10 Hiking around Helvetinjärvi

Seitseminen national park

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Not far away from Helvetinjärvi lies Seitseminen. Had heard good things about it but it was a slight dissapointment. The trails were a bit boring, more like gravel roads than actual trails.

2016/10 Hiking the southern parts of Seitseminen

Saariston rengastie


A biketouring route in the archipelago of Turku. Possibility to go multiple routes, i've ridden the Turku-Korpo-Åland-Brändö-Turku route. The smaller islands and Åland were really nice, the bigger islands closer to Turku were rather boring as it was mainly small roads going across the center of the island with no epic scenery. Also the ferry timetables are made for cars, meaning that you're either in a hurry to get to the next ferry or then you spend quite some time waiting on them. Lots of camping sites with small cabins for rent for those rainy days though.

2015/06 Rengastie biketouring


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A big island outside of Sweden quite popular among bikers. We took the ferry over to Stockholm, rode down to Oskarshamn (~400 km) in two days and then had a bikeslacking trip on the island itself. From Visby we road along the west side to Fårö and down along the east side to Ljugarn. Visby, Kappelshamn, Forå, Katthammarsvik and Ljugarn were definetly my favourite places. Not a lot happening between the towns, but nice and calm roads. Going outside of the high tourist season meant that many places were already closed.

2014/08 Gotland biketouring

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