Monday, August 6, 2018

While summer still hangs around

After a hiatus in July due to holidays, Sub24 is back on the saddle!

Let's enjoy the warm weather and head to a nice location, preferably with a swimming option (lakeside).

Destination could be the good old Nuuksio area, shout out if something else comes to your mind.

Anyway, let's cut short to the trip details:

- Date: Friday, August 10th
- Meeting point: Bemböle gas station
- Meeting time: 17.30
- Destination: Nuuksio
- Cycling distance: 20-25 km
- Overnight camp, cycling back to Helsinki on August 11th.

See you on Friday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sub24 awakes!

As summer returns, Sub24 awakes!

Fellow outdoor enthusiasts, join us for for a leisury bike ride along one of the most scenic roads in Helsinki region, Hirsilantie, followed by a swim and camp in Varänsby.

Trip details:

- Date: June 1st
- Meeting point: the eastern entrance of the bridge over Espoonlahti
- Meeting time: 17.30
- Destination: Varänsby (Porkkala peninsula)
- Cycling distance: 20-25 km
- Overnight camp, cycling back to Helsinki on June 2nd.

Planned route in blue available below:

Any questions, comment this page or send us an email/facebook message!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy new year to all of you outdoor enthusiasts!

As you probably noticed, the last few weeks have not been kind to the cyclist/camper, and as a result we put the Sub24 outings on hold for now.

However shall dry/sunny/snowy weather come back, please do look at the blog as we might organize a some Sub24 then.

In the meantime, wax your skis, sharpen your skates, and put some air in your tires, and remember the good winters:

 January 2013, -25°C

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October 6th

Sub-24 will be rolling again on Friday 06/10.

Details will follow, but expect a 17:30 departure from Bemböle heading on asphalt towards Vaakkoi for a trip with a difference...

02/10 update, all details revealed!

Special destination for this autumn edition of Sub24: the eräkämppä of Suomen Latu in Vaakkoi. The kämppä is located halfway between Luukki and Salmi, a short distance from Vihdintie. Expect a 15-20 km bike ride from Bemböle.

The kämppä is well equipped with beds and mattresses, cooking stove, a wooden sauna with a lake view (and easy access for swimming) and outdoor toilets.

If you are a member of Helsingin Latu the price of the night (including the sauna use) is 6 euros. For non-members, 11 euros. The number of places is limited, so let us know on this blog/by email/on facebook  by Wednesday 4/10 in the evening if you're planning to join.

Note: Vaakkoi has a talkoot at 10 am on Saturday 07/10  so we'll have to be ready to leave around that time. Or give an helpful hand for those who wish.

See you on Friday in Bemböle at 17.30!

- Florian.

A few pictures of the trip:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sub-24 September 1st

Five intrepid travellers from Britain, Finland, France, Singapore and Switzerland rode their bicycles to Hynkänlampi for an evening of eating, drinking and merriment.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sub24 on kayak!

July edition.

For this special edition, sub24 headed to the archipelago of Helsinki on kayak. Departure from the remote harbour of Laajalahti, between the bird protected area and the Gallén-Kallela museum, which are worth a visit by the way. It took a bit of time to get the equipment sorted out under constant assault from flying blood sucking monsters, but we managed to launch the kayak and start paddling. A light breeze prevented us from suffering from heat and we happily progressed on the water. The group included a broad range of kayaking skills but nobody had major trouble with their kayak. We passed by Madeluoto, in front of Otaranta, under the bridge to Otaniemi and took a break on Keilalahti to enjoy some sweets and rest our arms. We resume the trip, passed the gorgeous Koivusaari metro station, went to the south side of Lautasaari and arrived finally to the welcoming sand beach of Käärmeluoto after seven kilometers of paddling.

We explored this beautiful island and set camp at the top. The island is made of a pretty high rock, which offers splendid views on the archipelago and on Lautassari. To the east, some islets offer breeding ground to ever screeching birds to remind us that we sit at a major hub for bird migration. Despite the noise and their well-established aggressivity, I esteem these long-distance travellers, that have seen quite a bit of sea and storms in their life. Anyway, at this time of the year, they are busy shouting at each other non-stop for a month and a half.

A very important time at each sub24 started: the cooking of the evening meal. Chips, cake and red wine were offered around and soon pasta, risotto, new potatoes and herring and other delicacies were ready. By the time we were finished, the clouds were mostly gone to unveil a spectacular sunset, which kept us busy until midnight. Birds had find louder than themselves and some loud karaoke was going on at the mökki of the Police.

The following morning was bright and windless. We slowly enjoyed our breakfast and headed to the kayak, just to see a very frightened rantakäärme, a harmless black snake. The weather was so warm that a few of us decided to play with kayak with some kayak capsizing, self re-entry, mostly failed eskimo rolls and balance exercise. The water was chilly and it took me a few hours to be completely warmed up after that. We headed back with a slightly longer route to the harbour and we arrive tired and hungry as usual. Thanks to everybody for joining! Olivier

P.S.: Thanks to Tuisku Pirttimäki for the pictures.







Monday, July 3, 2017

sub24 July we go paddling

Special edition. We go paddling.

*All the kayak are booked*. You can join only if you have your own kayak.*

This Friday 7th at 17h30 at Laajalahdensatama. From there we rent kayak (20 e) and paddle to Käärmeluoto.

Since the number of kayak is limited, send an email  to register in advance, binding of course. First come first served.

The kayak trip is at your own risk.

Exact location of the meeting point:

Photo: Helsinki City Museum