Bikepacking Across Lapland in Winter

In the next few days, French adventurer and photographer Joffrey Maluski will start cycling west to east across Lapland. Beginning in Norway, he will cross into Sweden and eventually finish in Finland. He’ll camp as he goes.

At this severe time of year, daylight is limited to a few hours a day. Maluski will be cycling in the dark most of the time. He hopes that Lapland’s northern lights will shed some glow on the route ahead. He will pull his kit behind his fat bike in a sled.

Joffrey Maulski bikepacking across Iceland.Joffrey Maluski bikepacks across Iceland. Photo: Joffrey Maluski

So far, Maluski has released few details of his journey, such as how long he expects it to take, the exact route, or how often he will resupply.

However, Maluski is not a winter newbie. In March 2023, he cycled 1,000km across Iceland in 28 days. He took the highland route, from Seydisfjordur in the east to Bjargtangar in the west. Here, he contended with extreme winds and polar temperatures similar to those he will face in Lapland.

winter cyclist

Photo: Joffrey Maluski


Introduction to polar cycling

He first crossed Iceland with fellow cyclists during three months in the summer of 2021. He then decided that he wanted to go back to discover Iceland in its “wildest and most basic form.”

bike and tent in winter

Maluski will camp throughout his trip across Lapland. Photo: Joffrey Maluski


The Iceland trip gave him experience in arctic winter camping. However, his biggest challenge in Iceland was the wind rather than the cold. Sometimes he had to wait out 150kph winds in his tent for days.

Maluski lies amongst all of the kit he took to Iceland

His Iceland kit. Photo: Joffrey Maluski


Maluski’s first long cycling trip came In 2020, when he cycled, climbed, and highlined his way across the Pyrenees with friends. In 2022, he cycled 4,500km from France to North Cape.

Highlining at dawn in the Pyrenees.

A highlining interlude in the Pyrenees. Photo: Joffrey Maluski

Rebecca McPhee

Rebecca McPhee is a freelance writer for ExplorersWeb.

Rebecca has been writing about open water sports, adventure travel, and marine science for three years. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as an Editorial Assistant at Taylor and Francis, and a Wildlife Officer for ORCA.

Based in the UK Rebecca is a science teacher and volunteers for a number of marine charities. She enjoys open water swimming, hiking, diving, and traveling.