Russian Karelia

St. Petersburg, 02.05.2019 From Rabocheostovsk the drive back to the main highway from Murmansk to St Petersburg took about 45 mins through Kem and over a pretty beaten up stretch of road. The impressions of Solovki were still fresh. The Mini moved slowly while I managed to take some pics driving by. I realised many …

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The island of priests and prisoners

Solovki, 31.05.2019 It was late when I left Murmansk. I had wanted to reach the port of Rabocheostovsk by 20.00. This now seemed impossible As I drove further South I mentally prepared for camping, at about 18.30 I started to look for a places to pitch the tent. Around here there were no datchas at …

Finnish Karelia, Laponia

Kirkenes, 29.05.2019 It's been just 14 days since I left Barcelona, and I'm on another planet somehow. I thought I had changed planets three days ago when I reached Helsinki in the morning. Finland is one of those places in a Scandinavia that seen from Southern Europe or the US is very far away, terribly …