Next Friday I'll take the night train to Lapland and then get on the bus to Hetta. I should be there at 16:20 in the Saturday afternoon. The plan is to ride long days and sleep seven nights on different places in my tent. The total length should be around 360-400 km, of which 60 km is on road and the rest is ATV trails, some singletrack and some bushwacking. Depending on my progress I'll probably check out some more dead end trails, which should yield more kilometres. The planned route is the following (view it in satellite mode, since the map is unusable):
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Most of the gear is easy to choose, but I'm still working on some details. The shelter and sleeping gear has been tested well enough (Tarptent Double Rainbow tent, North Face Beeline 900 sleeping bag and Thermarest Prolite 4 Short sleeping pad). The bike is also a clear choice. I'll take my Pugsley with a frame bag and a drysack both on the front and rear rack, with a small LowePro Slingshot backpack for the camera gear. The rest is typical lightweight or ultralight outdoor gear.
I'm still debating whether to take my old MSR PocketRocket canister stove or the BushCooker wood gas stove. Since the weather forecast does not show too much rain now, I'll probably take the BushCooker complemented with some Esbit tablettes.
Regarding the water, I'm currently leaning towards taking some water purifier tablettes with me, since there are lots of lemmings and mice this year. I haven't read any reports from Finnish Lapland yet, but in the Swedish mountains people have gotten sick from the water and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health currently recommends against drinking water directly from the nature, also for outdoor purposes. I've never purified water in Lapland or the Scandinavian fells before, but it might make sense now. The reason the water is usually drinkable in Lapland and the Scandinavian fells is not because there are no disease carriers in it, but rather since it is cold enough to hinder bacteria growth and anything usually gets sufficiently diluted. The area I'm going to has some big rivers that surely are safe to drink from, but there are also lots of smaller streams I'm forced to use. A dead reindeer or a bunch of drowned lemmings upstreams in a smaller stream might be all it takes to get sick.
I also finally got my Sealskinz waterproof socks, which I had to order from the UK, since all shops I've visited in Finland, Sweden or Norway were out of size L. I'll take only one pair of SPD MTB shoes, and they will get wet, at least when fording streams with rocky bottoms.
During my recent family vacation in Sweden and Norway I spent a small fortune on Real Turmat outdoor food, so that should be pretty much covered. I still have a lot to plan regarding the food. I'll aim for about 3000 kcal per day, which would leave an energy deficit of at least 2000 kcal per day. It should be manageable, since my body should be fairly efficient at using body fat for energy. I might complement with a protein powder drink in the evening, if it looks necessary.