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71° 10′ 21″ - The fascination of the North Cape 71° 10′ 21″ - The fascination of the North Cape

71° 10′ 21″ - The fascination of the North Cape

What's actually at the North Cape to see what you can't find elsewhere in Norway? A breathtaking view in the midst of a gigantic setting with the sea, cliffs and an endless horizon one can also experience in many other places in gorgeous Norway.

Kiitos, Finland - lakes, sauna and Santa Kiitos, Finland - lakes, sauna and Santa

Kiitos, Finland - lakes, sauna and Santa

More than 1.600 km lie between Helsinki, from where we started our journey through Finland, and the Norwegian border in Finnish Lapland. So much land, so many trees - but we never felt bored while looking out of the window.

The leap over the Arctic Circle The leap over the Arctic Circle

The leap over the Arctic Circle

An invisible line runs through Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland - the Arctic Circle. North of it, the midnight sun never sets during the summer months, while in the dark polar nights in winter the sun never rises.

Helsinki city / Helsingin kaupunki / Helsingfors stad

Helsinki city / Helsingin kaupunki / Helsingfors stad

In Finland, a tongue twister lurked on every corner. Learning the Finnish language seems to take a century, while the country with its amazing capital wowed us immediately.

Pienas, Piens, Piim - the Baltic States. A summary.

Pienas, Piens, Piim - the Baltic States. A summary.

The three Baltic countries are in culture and language similar but not identical.

Crisscross through Estonia

Crisscross through Estonia

Estonia is one of the most sparsely populated and densely wooded countries in Europe. Free access to the forests and its use as a recreational area is a national good - the so-called "everyman's right" applies, of which we also made use.

The underestimated magnificence of Latvia`s shore

The underestimated magnificence of Latvia`s shore

In Latvia we traveled along its Baltic See coastline - starting from the popular seaside resort of Liepaja, passing the port city of Ventspils, we headed to Latvia`s capital city Riga.

Lithuania - the unknown enthuses

Lithuania - the unknown enthuses

Lithuania was for us a blind spot on the map. Only the fact that it is the southernmost and largest country of the Baltics we did remember from school days. Everything else was like the conquest of a great unknown.

Poland from south to north

Poland from south to north

Our journey through Poland led us from the country's south to its north. Skipping big cities, we drove along idyllic villages, juicy green meadows and uncountable small lakes populated by an army of mosquitos.

Between selfie-sticks and commemoration

Between selfie-sticks and commemoration

Thoughts on our visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Up and down in Slovakia or: “Here is Johnny”

Up and down in Slovakia or: “Here is Johnny”

The first country through which we traveled on our journey through Europe had many steep curves ready for our car and reminded us of a horror movie. Slovakia is definitely worth a visit.

When do you depart?

When do you depart?

We could not stand this question anymore. We had no answer. Not anymore. Our departure date had already been postponed several times.

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