Hiking Adventure from Tallinn to Lisbon!
In and around Gdansk

In and around Gdansk

On day 86, a period started in which we circled around Gdansk and Tricity (Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia) – during 9 hiking and 7 rest days. We took a train from Elbląg to Gdansk and stayed there for six days. While still based in Gdansk, we did our first hiking tests after José’s foot treatment,… Continue Reading

Copernicus Trail

Copernicus Trail

Our first days in Poland were marked by good weather, pretty medieval towns, countryside hiking and – waymarking! For the first time on our hike, we were actually following a marked hiking trail. The E9 in Poland runs along several existing trails, each marked with a certain colour, which we could find at trees and… Continue Reading

Kaliningrad in short

Kaliningrad in short

Days: 5 (2 hiking days) Km: 42 Paid accommodation: 2 nights Free accommodation: 3 nights Best food: Samsa (Uzbek snack, freshly made at the beach promenade in Zelenogradsk) Best drink: Kvass  Favorite word: za znakomstva Favorite place: Kant Island Kaliningrad in one word: Kaliningrad Kaliningrad was a positive surprise for us. We enjoyed the nature, the people, city life –… Continue Reading

Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad

We have to admit that this part of the trip worried us the most. Would we get a visa? Would there be any issues at the border? Would it be dangerous? Would people in Russia be unfriendly, grumpy, closed? To get a visa was easy as pie through an travel agent in Riga. At the… Continue Reading

Lithuania in short

Lithuania in short

Days: 8 Km: 109 Paid accommodation: 8 nights Free accommodation: 0 nights Best food: Pickled Herring Best drink: Memelbräu (Moiken), Svyturys Baltijos (José) Favorite word: labas Favorite place: Grey Dunes Lithuania in one word: Tourism In Lithuania, we reduced our daily hiking distance to 15-20 km and also had some rest days in Klaipeda. Rest days are important to… Continue Reading

Curonian Spit

Curonian Spit

We really managed to get up earlier than usual on day 74; at 7.00 AM we were outside of the apartment, ready to go. We caught the early ferry to Smyltinė, and after only 15 minutes voyage, we landed on the Curonian Spit, a 98 km long and 1-3 km wide strip of sand, separating… Continue Reading

Lithuanian Coastline

Lithuanian Coastline

Day 68 was the day we crossed the second border of our trip. We almost missed it, because a) we were practically on Lithuanian territory since Pape and b) the borderstone at the beach marking the real border between both countries was well hidden. As we learned from our Lithuanian hosts the evening before, the… Continue Reading

Riga!

Riga!

We had plenty of things to do in Rīga: Relax, get to know the city, buy hiking stuff that was missing, find a barber to bring José’s beard back in shape and – oh yes, we also needed Russian visas for Kaliningrad, and hoped to get them during our stay. We imagined that the Latvian… Continue Reading

Estonia in short

Estonia in short

  Days: 31 (+5 in Tallinn) Km: 540 Paid accommodation: 22 nights Free accommodation: 8 nights Best food: Roast Moose Best drink: Vana Tallinn Favorite word: terviseks Favorite place: Hiiumaa Estonia in one word: Nature We were really new in this long hiking thing when we started on May 1, but we learned a lot: How… Continue Reading

Tallinn

Tallinn

Crossing the Gulf of Finland separating Helsinki and Tallinn, one leaves behind the very Western, design-oriented and modern capital of Finland and reaches the Estonian capital, with an Eastern past and a Western future, celebrating the Middle Ages as well as its youth’s creativity. As many others, we did this passage onboard a nine-deck cruise… Continue Reading

Statistics

km 12 crossed countries 319 hiking days 89 resting days Updated on 11/06/2016 – ARRIVED IN LISBON! Continue Reading