BIG no. 9 - Guolasjavri
Thank you to our friend and BIG 108 Ard Oostra, Switzerland for his write up and beautiful photographs of this climb.
This Norwegian climb starts at sea level in the village of Birtavarre.
Riding from Birtavarre about 7 km to the start of the climb is along a fairly flat asphalt road.
As soon as the road becomes unpaved the percentages rise abruptly, between 7 and 10% average for the next 5 kilometers (there is a 10% 3 km segment beginning at km 3.7). .
Share the road!
The road has some hairpins and has coarse gravel at some spots.
By choosing carefully one's path to follow, its possible, most of the time, to ride on smooth patches of the road, thus enabling us to climb Guolasjavri on a road bike.
Arriving at an intersection with a closed cattle gate, we must turn left (eastward) to enjoy the views on the lake.
Lake Jualasjavri at the top of the bike climb
The road is fairly flat but gravel is coarser, being some challenge on a road bike. For the enthusiastic cyclist, the road continues fairly flat for several more kilometers in the direction of the Norwegian-Finnish border with views on Finland’s highest summit.
Ard Oostra (August 2018), ArdWorks2018