August 17, 2021 (day 19 of 19)

From Koło 🇵🇱 to Nieuwstadt 🇳🇱

Koło is a town on the Warta River in central Poland with 23,101 inhabitants. It is situated in the Greater Poland Voivodship, having previously been in Konin Voivodship, and it is the capital of Koło County. 🔗

Nieuwstadt is a city in the Dutch province of Limburg. It is a part of the municipality of Echt-Susteren, and lies north of Sittard. 🔗

August 16, 2021 (day 18 of 19)

Pasvalys 🇱🇹

Pasvalys is a town in Panevėžys County, Lithuania, located near the bank of the Svalia River. 🔗


August 15, 2021 (day 17 of 19)

Ferry from Helsinki 🇫🇮 to Tallinn 🇪🇪

Helsinki is the capital, primate, and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland. 🔗

Tallinn is the most populous, primate, and capital city of Estonia. Situated on a bay in north Estonia, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea, Tallinn administratively lies in the Harju maakond. Tallinn is the main financial, industrial and cultural centre of Estonia. 🔗


Parked for the night 🇱🇹

August 14, 2021 (day 16 of 19)

Haiharan Kartano, Tampere 🇫🇮

Haihara Manor in Tampere is haunted by The Blue Maid, former maid of the manor. 🔗


Sanatoriumintie Nurmijärvi, Röykkä 🇫🇮

An abandoned hospital in the village of Röykkä is told about rumors of paranormal phenomena, like the windows of the building show mysterious lights, and on the edge of the roof there is a woman who commits suicide by jumping down.

There is also a rumor that the hospital might be haunted by the spirit of a girl who died there at a young age. 🔗


Bodominjärvi, Espoo 🇫🇮

The Lake Bodom murders is one of the most infamous unsolved homicide cases in Finnish criminal history.

On 5 June 1960, at Bodom Lake, 15-year-old girls Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki and 18-year-old man Seppo Antero Boisman were killed by stabbing and blunt-force trauma to their heads, while sleeping inside a tent. The fourth youth, Nils Gustafsson, then 18 years old, was found outside the tent with broken facial bones and stab wounds.

Despite extensive investigations, the perpetrator was never identified and various theories on the killer’s identity have been presented over the years. Gustafsson was unexpectedly arrested on suspicion of committing the murders in 2004, but he was found not guilty the following year. 🔗


Parked for the night 🇫🇮

Found an old, abandoned mill to spend the night.

August 13, 2021 (day 15 of 19)

Olavinlinna, Savonlinna 🇫🇮

By far the most famous story of Olavinlinna is the tragic love story of the Finnish maiden.

The daughter of the castle’s Lord was in love with a Russian soldier and one night she opened the castle gate to let him in. But she was betrayed by her lover when he brought more soldiers with him. The Russian forces were fought off and the traitorous lover was killed in the attack. The maiden was sentenced to death for treason and buried alive in the wall of the courtyard.

Shortly afterwards a rowan tree grew on the burial spot and the white flowers which bloomed on the tree were said to be symbolic of the girl’s innocence. 🔗


Russian borders, Änkilänsalo 🇫🇮 & Pajarinkylä 🇫🇮

This is as close as I could safely get to the Russian borders in Finland.


Parked for the night 🇫🇮

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