Finland's best winter cycling in Saariselkä

Fatbike route Kiilopää-Saariselkä

Trail length

Total length 50 km. Routes marked in green are so called shared routes which means walking and snowshoeing is also allowed.

Route level

Easy. The red segments are more demanding and not recommended for beginners.


Recommend to prepare for at least 3 hours on the trails.

Recommendable bike

We recommend fatbike.


Snowy season, appr. November-April. First parts of the route are made as soon as there is enough snow. In windy weather, the sections in the open fell are the first to close.

Winter biking in Saariselkä is a great option for the ones who seek an active and a fun way to enjoy winter nature. The Kiilopää winter biking route is one of the best fatbike routes in Finland and it offers an amazing fell landscapes and fun flow trails for beginners and more advanced riders.

Roll Outdoors maintains the route system of appr. 50 km which runs between three villages and there are plenty of services available. Stop for a coffee at Savotta Café or Muotka, grill sausages at Rönkönlampi hut or continue via Piispanoja hut to the Saariselkä winter trails!

The route is made safe for beginners, but also so that more experienced riders can have fun on the winding and hilly route. The best landscape experience is in Ahopää fell route.

The trail will be built in autumn as soon as there is enough snow to snowmobile on the terrain. The winter biking route is marked with fatbike signs.

Winter biking is a great alternative to traditional skiing, downhill skiing or even snowmobiling. It is a more environmentally friendly and quieter way to get around in nature, allowing you to better connect with the surrounding nature. In addition, winter biking offers an effective and varied form of exercise, suitable for both fitness and adventure.

If you are looking for activities in Saariselkä, winter biking is absolutely worth trying. Biking allows you to explore the incredible fell scenery and nature at your own pace, while enjoying the fresh winter air.

At any case winter biking is a great alternative to Saariselkä’s winter activities, and Kiilopää’s famous fatbike trail is one of the best opportunities to try this fun and exciting sport.

Route map and gpx

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Need a “navigator”? Follow the route and find your location on the map on the website. You can also download a GPX file from Trailmap to your navigation device.

Use of the route on your own fatbike is free of charge. Riding is always at your own risk!

Supporting route work

Winter route needs a lot of grooming and maintenence. If there is no route, there will not be winter biking. Although it doesn’t really cost anything to ride the trails, you can still get involved and buy yourself a voluntary “season ticket”, a handsome sticker of support.

Buy a sticker and support your trail work!

Route etiquette – Respect the trail!

The route is maintained by volunteers, and it takes a lot of the entrepreneurs’ little time and even less money. We therefore hope that you will show respect for fresh and newly groomed trail. Only ride with wide fat tyres and enough low tyre pressures. A narrow tyre or a fat tyre that is too hard will sink through the surface of the trail and in the worst case, freezing the trail into a groove. Afterwards, of course, everyone behind you will thank you for a groovy route. The more snow that has fallen over the past few days, the longer it will take for the route to harden. Usually at least couple of hours after last grooming. After a good blizzard it can take even couple of days!

Route user guide in brief:

1. Ride a fat bike only.
2. Ride with soft tyres. With the right tyre pressures (0.2 – 0.5 bar), the tyre spreads evenly over the surface of the trail and does not make a groove.
3. Use the full width of the trail. Do not ride in the middle, so as not to create a narrow groove in the route.
4. If the tyre sinks, turn back
5. If you have to walk, walk on the side of the trail.
6. Avoid lock braking.

Let’s let the snow-covered route harden before we go out there to drive!

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