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Pause for thought

Reflecting on the past couple of months we came to realise that the first part of the trip up to Nordkapp had been conducted at quite a lively gallop. Fair enough, we didn’t actually want to be fighting through pack ice and eating our dog à la Shackleton Expedition, so a moderate amount of speed …

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Pope-Dodging

It possibly won’t have escaped your notice that our progress through the Baltic States has been conducted in the shadow of His Holiness the Pope’s impending visits to their capitals. We arrived in Tallinn; HHTP was due to arrive three days later. Riga, once we turned up, was plastered in posters advertising his visit in …

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Former Soviet Stuff

Bidding a fond farewell to Tallinn we decided to have a look at what the Soviets had left behind.  Guided as ever by atlas obscura we steered the van towards Haapsalu, a route that would allow us to take in a former nuclear missile base close to the coast, followed by a pilots’ graveyard on …

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Tallinn

Utterly captivating.  Once again, we found a parking site close to the Old Town and all of 200 yards from where we’d driven off the Helsinki ferry.  We had a day of blazing sunshine to explore the small but perfectly formed Old Town and what a joy it was. The streets were largely empty as …

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Technical Announcement

Just to say that I think I’ve managed to shove up an extra bit of website that’ll show my most recent Instagram posts, so you needn’t go to the effort of opening an account of your own.  Sorry if I’m too late for some of you…

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Helsinki

At this point it’s probably time to introduce another of our digital go-to sites; you may have noticed that we’ve been spending roughly two nights out of every three parked up in apparently random places.  To counter this we’ve been paying for ‘proper’ campsites with electricity and showers and wi-fi between times, in the interests …

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Back to Weirdness

You can’t imagine how pleased we were to find that we were about to return to those bits of Finland that the atlas obscura website has something to say about. Beautiful as the wilderness was, after days of seemingly endless forest we were starting to feel trapped in a sort of three-dimensional barcode land as …

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Finland, Finland, Finland

There’s more of it than you might have suspected, but say what you like about Finland, it’s not Scandinavia. The scenery tells you that for a start. It’s all much more subdued than the wild western coastline of Norway, yet it’s a good deal wilder than most of Sweden. Having driven down through the emptier …

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Wilderness Part 3

Yes, well, sorry  about this but there’s yet more wilderness to come.  By this stage you’re probably getting as numb as we were, so here are the key points… Kautokeino is a horrid town in the Arctic tundra.  It once had a ski jumping tower and slope, which as far as we could tell was …