Day 13 – Tour de Laponie 2013: Levi – Pallasjärvi

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Sleeping at over 300 hundred metres was definitely a quiet choice, but maybe not the best in terms of temperature. During the night I had to add some clothes as the temperature went pretty down. However, the morning was sunny, as the rest of the day, so there’s always a positive side.

Once there, I tried to go up until the end of the road, hoping to reach the top of Levitunturi. Unfortunately the road ended much earlier, so this is the best picture I could take of the rocky top.

Top of Levitunturi hidden by the trees

Surprise surprise, some other reindeer coming to say hello

That happened to be also the highest point reached in this journey, at about 410 metres. Days of records this one, read on.

The idea was to go north from here, but I wanted first to say hello to a friend of mine who was in Kittilä, so I decided for a morning loop to the south and back, and at the same time I managed to cycle all around the hill of Levi.

Church of Kittilä

A fighter plane and my bike at Kittilä airport

Levitunturi from a distance

In going back to Levi and from there to the north I also had the chance to enjoy some of the rare tailwind of this trip (all in all it has been mainly a no-wind trip), which ended anyway at a certain point and became headwind again. What do you know of the mysteries of nature.

Reindeer also as post boxes

And then again cycling cycling cycling, pedalling pedalling pedalling, here you have it:

1000 km!!!

I admit it was my secret goal. When I noticed that the trip was becoming longer than planned, I immediately realised that I can make it. Nothing compared to the 4300 km of three years ago, but well, back then I had plenty of time.

So, I was saying north we go: the idea was that, after Levi, I should go to see a higher tunturi of the north, and so I ended up in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

Entrance of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Some well-preserved stones from the last ice age in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Pallastunturi is getting closer with its 800 metres. No, I won’t climb on the top. This time

Being in a National Park in Finland means some limitation in camping: normally you can freely camp in the forest, as long as you don’t go in someone’s backyard, but for example in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park camping is allowed only in defined places. I noticed on the map one at the lake Pallasjärvi just beside the hill.

Approaching Pallasjärvi

The thing is that, apart from a sign on the map at the entrance of the park, there were no other signs whatsoever along the road. So I had to rely to my map, get into a gravel road, and cycle thinking I will never find it. Well, it took several km of desperation (I was almost going to camp in any place if I couldn’t find it), but then it arrived, and it wasn’t bad at all. It also had a fireplace so I could get hypnotized once again by the flames (love them).

Some fire to prepare dinner

The lake and the scenery here is very peaceful and beautiful.

The quite Pallasjärvi

So nice that I opted for a refreshing bath.

Pallasjärvi with an intruder

Also today I managed to cycle a long distance, maybe tomorrow I’ll slow down a bit?

Day 13 – Tour de Laponie 2013: Levi – Kittilä – Levi – Pallasjärvi

Trip distance: 106 km
Total cycling time: 7 h

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