The Gulf of Finland, April 2023. In front, open water splashes in Virolahti, in the southeast corner of Finland. The rider looks at the sea and wonders where the journey will take him next. The Arctic Ocean in Norway – you have to get there. The target moves 1100 kilometers north as the crow flies on the map.
– When you have enough distance behind you, you notice that the adventure has suddenly moved into your own comfort zone. Then it doesn't matter whether you ride three or ten thousand kilometers, Joni Maununen describes his feelings in the southern parts of Finland. At that point, 1800 kilometers had been driven on the spring adventure.
Joni's journey had started five days earlier from the yard of his home in Ivalo, Lapland. Like the most memorable trips of the Lynx ambassador, who is known for his insane adventures, the Easter time’s ultimate adventure started without any foreplanning .
– I first drove 360 km from Ivalo to Rovaniemi, and there I wondered, where to go next. Originally, I had thought that I would drive to Tulppio, which is considered a legendary sledding destination in eastern Lapland. I thought that there must be such bad phone coverage that I didn't think I dare to go there alone to adventure against the night.
After spending the night in Rovaniemi, Joni turned Xterrain RE’s front end towards Bothian Bay. From the shore of the sea, the voyager headed to Ii for the night, when the journey to Oulu was interrupted at the boat channel between Ii and Oulu.
– There is no reason to play with unfrozen waters in winter.
After resting overnight, the traveler's idea about the next direction of the journey became clear.
– I thought that everyone else had gone sledding north for Easter, so I decided to go south.