The Green Ribbon is an off-road tour of around 1,300 km from the southern Swedish mountains to the northern point at Treriksroset where Sweden, Finland and Norway meet, or vice versa. Back in 2015 I attempted to ride this as part of a longer off-road journey from Hjo in the south of Sweden to Treriksroset, the point where Sweden, Norway and Finland meet. The accompanying blog never got finished unfortunately. Upon my return daily life got in the way of quality time at the key board. In summary, I made it all the way to Staloluokto in Padjelanta National Park where my journey was terminated. Apparently, cycling is not allowed there and I was sternly informed that the only way out would be by helicopter (!!!) as walking with my bike to the park’s boundary was also a no go. A bit of a bummer after riding 2000km, but alas, an expensive lesson learnt.
I’ll give it another try in August-September 2020. This time starting either in Abisko or Treriksroset, depending on the Norwegian quarantine requirements in August, terminating the journey about a month later I hope in Grovelsjon. I obviously won’t be moving through Padjelanta this time, but will stick to the Kungsleden at those lattitudes.
In this blog I will (try to) detail the preparation and ride itself.
The bike of choice is my 11ANTS elephANT, a fat bike that rolls on 4.0″ tires. The idea is to ride self-supported and re-supply every 6-10 days. The expected average daily distance is around 50km, giving me a total of around 30 days in which to complete the trip. Wish me luck!