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Travelling to Scandinavia is not a big problem. Just go to the nearest station, enter a train. Or take the car to the sea and enter Scandinavia by ferry. However you can even the airplane!

When I was a 6 year old boy I visited Scandinavia (Sweden) with my parents for the first time. We did camping and went by car and ferry.
Of course I took a glance on the map and saw the connection between Russia and Scandinavia, so we didn’t had to use the ferry!

The idea of going to Sweden again, but over land via Russia was born. Of course my parents weren’t fond of this idea at that time.

After my trip to Iran in 2011 I decided to face the journey in summer 2012.

I was on the road for 50 days – from 13th July till 1st September -, covered a distance of about 10.800 km, half of them by hitch-hiking, and spent about 1100€.

Apart from two nights spent in hostels (Riga, Tallinn), 4 nights in my tent (Dobele, Pärnu, Honningsvåg and Kukkolankoski), 2 nights in a train (Warsaw-Kyiv, Petrozavodsk-Murmansk) and some without sleeping at all, I used couchsurfing.

A huge THANK YOU, TACK and СПАСИБО to all of my couchsurfing hosts and those I met because of couchsurfing or hitch-hiking or just on the route !!!

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In fact I created this blog especially for those who are thinking about such journeys, too and want to get some information. So don’t hesitate to contact me: blog[ät]johannes-nickel.de

I want to apologize for any mistakes I made. If you find any, it’ll be nice if you let me know.

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The route (simplified at GoogleMaps):The route

U→ U

10865km

TRAIN(blue)/BUS(black)
Berlin-Vilnius U→ F 2400km
Siauliai-Klaipeda G→ H 160km
St.Petersburg-Egorievsk-Moscow N→ O 970km
St.Petersburg-Murmansk-Norway N→ R+220km 1575km
Kyiv-Prypiat-Kyiv C→ D 330km
HITCH-HIKING(red) 5350km
Vilnius-Siauliai F→ G 210km
Klaipeda-Nida H→ I 110km
Liepaja-St.
Petersburg
J→ I → N 920km
Moscow-Piter O→ N 700km
Norway-Berlin R+220km→ U 3410km
BICYCLE(green) 80km
Lithuania-Liepaja H+30km→ J 80km

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