Having found my travel rhythm, I cycled through France, Belgium & Luxembourg to Germany with my dad. Stopping in Holland first, I then continued to Denmark. Over five months the journey took me all the way up the Norwegian coast (even up to Svalbard!), back down through Sweden and then across the Gulf of Bothnia into Finland. I made it up to Lapland before travelling south to Klaipėda, Lithuania, via Estonia & Latvia, for a ferry which took me back to Germany. From Kiel, Germany, I was able to make it home for Christmas.
Ready to go!
Following the Avenue Verte
Orval trappist abbey – some of the best monastic beer on this planet is brewed here
Palastgarten, Trier, Germany
Hans Brinker Hostel happy hour, Amsterdam
near the Universiteit van Amsterdam, considering how different life might be had I taken the place I was offered to study here
A windmill near Groningen
Turning Torso, Malmö, Sweden
Påholmen, near Borås. I was able to visit this gorgeous place thanks to a chance meeting in Gothenburg
Boat & buoy
The golden hour
Approaching Trolltunga. Camped the night in a cabin at the summit thanks to a chance encounter with a mountain guide and his spare set of keys!
Bergen. View from my host’s window whom I met in Voss!
After a 24 hour train journey up the Norwegian coast, leaving Bodø by ferry
Arriving in Reine, Lofoten Islands
Skinnydipping at Kvalvika Beach
Djupfjorden. The Lofoten islands have proven an absolute tour highlight
Hitched a ride with these Belgian & German photographers for a few days
My host, and pirate-y inspiration: Opal
Sailing in the Kaldfjord
After a hitchhiking adventure up to Nordkapp, returning via the famous Hurtigruten ferry
Svalbard. A higher population of polar bears than people!
Longyearbyen, the northernmost settlement on this planet. 78° north
A quick detour out to Pune, India, to perform with Bollywood duo Ajay-Atul?!
View from Tukai Devi Mandir temple
Back on track – Domkyrka, Uppsala, Sweden
Performing with friends in their hometown of Närpes in the Swedish speaking region of western Finland
My friend Marianne joins the adventure – hitchhiking in Lapland
The most isolated hostel I’ve found yet – Raudanjoki, Lapland
The cabin I stayed in in Sami country. No running water, but a frozen lake next door and a sauna; what more do you need?
Frosty, icy, cold as can be
Rautujärvi, near Inari
After a sleeper train south, the view from the Pyynikki Observation Tower, Tampere
The Suomen Joutsen full-rigger
Churches, street lights & crosses
I travelled to the Russian border. Here’s the ticket office in Narva
A market in Narva. The town is 94% Russian speaking
Looking across the River Narva
Roasting chestnuts in Riga, Latvia
Akmens Tilts Bridge
A pitstop in Münster, Germany. The St.-Paulus-Dom
I visited my old friend Marlowe in his new home in Den Haag. Here he is inside the Dutch parliament building