Urho Kekkonen National Park – Finland

Urho Kekkonen National Park – Finland
Urho Kekkonen National Park in Finland, is the first stop of my road trip that brought me far above the arctic circle! First time ever visiting Finland, I went there to see the autumn colors, photograph wildlife, hike a lot and discover the country. Despite I was unlucky with the weather (wind, cold and rain), the colorful landscapes were very astonishing, and it was incredible to hike there. I was hoping to watch northern lights, but it was too cloudy …

Haut Val de Bagnes – Valais – Switzerland

Haut Val de Bagnes – Valais – Switzerland
The Haut Val de Bagnes, in Valais canton of Switzerland, has been a protected zone since 1968. With a surface of 150 km2, this is the second biggest nature reserve in Switzerland, among its 1600 reserves, after the Zernez national Park. Hiking in the Haut Val de Bagnes will let you encounter the swiss Wildlife, with many ibexes (mountain goats, reintroduced in Bagnes from 1926), chamois and marmots. I didn’t see that many that day, even after exploring those mountains …

Tre Cime di Lavaredo – Dolomites – Italy

Tre Cime di Lavaredo – Dolomites – Italy
Probably the most famous moutains in the Dolomites, Italy, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the three peaks of Lavaredo) offer a great place to explore, to all mountain hikers. If you plan to visit the italian the Alps, I advise you to hike around those three incredible peaks. The borderline between South Tyrol and the province of Belluno, passes above the Tre Cime di Lavaredo summits. On the main photograph, you can see the Mount Paterno, on the left, and …

Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes

Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes
Continuing to explore the Dolomites in Italy, my road trip brought me to the Val Di Funes, where a small baroque church stands. Visible on many pictures of the Dolomites, the Ranuiā€™s Church of St Johann was built in 1744 (Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui). It was really impressive to discover it with my own eyes, after seeing it through photographs on the web. Nearby is the church of Santa Maddalena (or St Magdalena) which saw its first building …

Lago Di Braies, Italy

Lago Di Braies, Italy
Lago di Braies in Italian, or Pragser Wildsee in German is a small alpine lake in the north-east of Italy. Known as the pearl of the lakes of the Dolomites, it is at 1,495 meters above sea level, at the feet of the Croda del Becco mountain (The Seekofel). It is possible to rent a boat to sail the turquoise waters of the lake. Hiking trails start from Lago Di Braies and allow you to explore the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park …