Gustavsrundan is a loop that ends in the same place it starts. Your trip will start from the parking at Söderpårasvägen 109, 68500 Kronoby. From the starting point the trail will be wide and easy to follow, just be prepared for some muddy parts and bumps in the form of roots ahead of you. After around 5,5 kilometers you will arrive at Lillträsket, with a beautiful view of the swamp of the same name, Lillträsket. This is a good place to take a break and eat something. This is also the spot where the main part of the more difficult terrain ends, and you will soon find yourself on the fast and hard track in the open pine forest.
When finished eating/drinking or simply enjoying a break with a view, turn around and after 50m you will see the track going to the right.
On the rest of your trip you will experience a lot of different types of trails, from hard and fast single tracks to sandy parts and some steep downhills. Enjoy!
Safety informationAlways bring a friend. There should be no problem with phone coverage. You will be crossing roads that are frequently used by cars so be careful with that. Helmet and a water bottle is a minimum to bring on this trip. Bring a map or phone (preferably with gpx file), it is not always obvious in what direction the track continues.
Tips and hintsIt is possible to ride the trail both ways, but it is recommended that you follow the trail that starts where you park your car (at the given address previously mentioned). On your way back you will arrive at the parking spot by riding on the paved road.
The easiest way to reach this location is by car.
When traveling from the center of Pietarsaari / Jakobstad:
- Take Route 741 to Kolpintie/Kållbyvägen/Route 68 (1.9 km)
- Follow Kolpintie/Kållbyvägen/Route 68 and E8 to Kronobyvägen/Kruunupyyntie in Kronoby (19.9 km)
- Continue on Kronobyvägen/Kruunupyyntie. Drive to Söderpåraksentie/Söderpårasvägen (3.6 km)
Link to route description: https://goo.gl/maps/iVfEiDdvWWvaQiLB9
When traveling from the center of Kruunupyy / Kronoby:
- Head south on Kronobyvägen/Kruunupyyntie toward Kirkkotie/Kyrkvägen (850 m)
- Turn left onto Söderpåraksentie/Söderpårasvägen (1.1 km)
Link to route description: https://goo.gl/maps/tmzvTn9mCBz93zRV9
ParkingSöderpårasvägen 109, 68500 Kronoby (you will see a small parking area next to the paved road)
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentMountainbike, helmet, maintenance equipment for your bike, water and some snacks are needed. There is no place to rent any equipment so bring your own.