Israeli military personnel visiting Auschwitz
Lots of white storks in Poland
Bale of hay in Lithuania
The White Stork (gandras) was declared the national bird of Lithuania in 1973. Lithuanians believe that storks bring harmony to the families on whose property they nest; they have also kept up the tradition of telling their children that storks bring babies. Stork Day is celebrated on March 25 with various archaic rituals: gifts for children, attributed to the storks, such as fruits, chocolates, pencils, and dyed eggs, are hung on tree branches and fences; snakes are caught, killed and buried under the doorstep; straw fires are lit. Notably, Lithuania is a beneficial and important habitat for these birds: it has the highest known nesting density in the world
A beach in Kuršių Nerija National Park (Lithuania)
Kuršių Nerija National Park
Vilnius or Вильнюс ?
The Hill of Crosses (Lithuania)
The number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 100,000 in 2006.
The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport, situated on the mouth of the Daugava. With 706,413 inhabitants (2010) it is the largest city of the Baltic states and third-largest in the Baltic region, behind Saint Petersburg and Stockholm.
Our car, Peugeot 5008 in Riga
A beach on the Baltic coast
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies an area of 159.2 km2 with a population of 411,980.
Since independence, improving air and sea transport links with Western Europe and Estonia's accession to the European Union have made Tallinn easily accessible to tourists.
The main attractions are in the two old towns (Lower Town and Toompea) which are both easily explored on foot. Eastern districts around Pirita and Kadriorg are also worth visiting and the Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) in Rocca al Mare, west of the city, preserves aspects of Estonian rural culture and architecture.
If only they knew how beautiful Croatian islands are.. Mljet for example...
Lucky me, they don't!
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland, the population of the city of Helsinki is 588,195 (2010), making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland.
A girl from Belgium had been traveling by her Vespa from St. Petersburg back to Belgium. The photo was taken at one of Helsinki's camping paces.
Finnish lake houses
Škrbo i Lacko
The north of Baltic Sea. Oulu (Finland)
Maša La :)
Finnish gravel road
A souvenir shop in Rovaniemi - a town where Santa Claus lives.
Crossing arctic circle
The first encounter with reindeer
The Finnish tourist maps are really up to date...
Laker Inari is the third largest lake in Finland and the largest lake in Sápmi. It is located in the northern part of Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. The lake is 117–119 meters above sea level and it is regulated at the Kaitakoski power plant in Russia. The freezing period normally extends from November to early June.
Lapland is is the largest and northernmost of the regions of Finland. It is the home of about 3.6% of Finland's population, and is by far the least densely populated area in the country. The biggest towns in Lapland are Rovaniemi (the regional capital), Kemi, and Tornio. In 2009 Lapland had population of 183,748
A road to Norway! Up and down...
Porsanger is one of the largest municipalities in the Northern Norway that are not dependent on fishing. Instead the local people historically farmed reindeer, which is still an importance source of income.
The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a deer from the Arctic and Subarctic, including both resident and migratory populations. While overall widespread and numerous, some of its subspecies are rare and one (or two, depending on taxonomy) has already gone extinct.
Lots of them crossing roads
This 307 metres high cliff is usually referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. It is however not Europe's northernmost point, not by any definition. The northernmost point of the European mainland is Cape Nordkinn (Kinnarodden), at 71° 08′ 02″ North and 20 km from the village of Mehamn on Nordkinn Peninsula.
Tourists on Nordkapp, while the true northernmost point of Europe (Kinnarodden) is seen in the back.
Škrbo and Lacko
Fishing cod probably...
As dark as it gets...
This is how we roll
Camping on Nordkapp is included in visiting price.
After it jumped and died..
Our Peugeot admired by a raindeer!
The north of Norway
A bridge for Lofoten
Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world's largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude.
Winter temperatures in Lofoten are very mild considering their location north of the Arctic Circle, this is the largest positive temperature anomaly in the world relative to latitude. This is due to the Gulf Stream and its extensions: the North Atlantic Current and the Norwegian Current. Røst and Værøy are the most northerly locations in the world where average temperatures are above freezing all year
Reine has been a commercial centre since 1743. Today tourism is important. In spite of its remote location thousands of people visit this neighborhood annually.
The largest weekly magazine in Norway (Allers) selected Reine as the most beautiful village in Norway in the late 1970s. A photograph over Reine from the mountain Reinebringen has been used for the front page of several tourist brochures and books.
Ramberg beach in Flakstad
Norway, heading to Sweden
Somewhere in the north of Sweden
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,181,239
Street life in Copenhagen
Voracious Danish gull
They think they are English :)