Ride Wild 2014 - Finnish Blogger Satu Vänskä-Westgarth Cycles the Wild Atlantic Way.

Finnish Blogger Satu Vänskä-Westgarth takes on the challenge of a lifetime – cycling 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard – Starting in Derry ~ Londonderry and finishing in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal route and takes in some of the most stunning and dramatic scenery Ireland’s west coast can offer. 

We caught up with Destination Unknown Blogger Satu before her pedalling odyssey to see how she has been preparing for the cycle of a lifetime:

Questions and Answers - Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Blog #RideWild2014


1. How have you been preparing physically and mentally for the 5 weeks of cycling ahead of you on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way?

To be honest, I’m a total newbie when it comes to bike touring or biking long distances in general, hence I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible on my bike. I think the best training so far, both mentally and physically, was a 4-day bike tour I did here in Norway with a friend who knew what she was doing – I got so many tips, great advice and also a taste of what it’s going to be like in August.


2. How many kilometres do you intend on cycling per day?

We’ll be doing approximately 100 kilometers a day, five days a week and take the weekends off for bit of rest. Although I think resting is going to be difficult, there’re so many things I’d like to do along the coast from surfing to sea kayaking, hiking, horse riding…

3. Which end of the Wild Atlantic Way will you start at? And Why? 

We will start from Derry and finish in Kinsale.  I wish I could give you an educated answer for why we are doing it this way – but really, it just felt more natural this way and we wanted to  celebrate in Kinsale and Cork in the end.



4. Will you have someone to keep you company along the way?

Two of my friends are joining in, unfortunately due to work commitments they can’t come for the whole ride but Anne-Marit Storødegård from Norway will do the first couple of weeks and Kate Cornfield from England will do the last weeks with me. We used to all raft guide together in Norway many years back, so this is a great way for us to come together again. We have also few other friends and family members who are talking about joining in along the way, I’m hoping that my parents might even join us for few days! 

5. What is it that interests you about the Wild Atlantic Way?

I did my university studies in Ireland and I still feel like I’m coming home whenever I visit, and although I’ve seen some places along the coast, to explore the whole length of it on bike is a dream come true. I think by biking the distance we will be able to take in so much more than by driving the Wild Atlantic Way, I just hope we have enough energy to document it all too!

6. The Wild Atlantic Way has its own sound track Solomon Grey’s “Dathanna” meaning colours in Gaelic – do you have a soundtrack prepared for your epic journey? 

Not yet and that’s something we will definitely have to do soon!


7. Tell us about your blog and you as a blogger, what do you find most enjoyable about blogging and why did you start?

I started blogging in 2009, only in Finnish at first, when I quit my then dream job in Finland and went off traveling and white water kayaking around the world. At first the blog was a way to keep connected to family and friends, but it quickly grew much bigger than that.  I love the creative side of blogging – writing and photographing , but maybe even more I enjoy the community of both bloggers and readers. I never even imagined I would and could meet so many interesting people through blogging when I started! As my family and I are settled in Norway these days I write quite a lot about life there, but also about outdoor adventures around the world and how it is to travel these days with a baby and toddler in tow.


Some scenic highlights Satu will experience along the Wild Atlantic Way include:

Slieve League

Achill Island

The Cliffs of Moher

The Skellig Rocks

Garnish Island

You can follow Satu’s five week epic journey on Facebook, twitter and her blog of course Destination Unknown and don’t forget Instagram for all those amazing pictures!!

Hashtag #RideWild2014

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