The Åland Islands – Tranquility, History and Sunshine

First of all: Thanks to Jesper and Susan from The Biveros Effect for this incredible post. This is the first seed of a collaboration between Mapping The Map and Biveros. Don’t miss what Jesper and Susan explain about Åland Islands. It is really a paradise in the north of Europe.


Water as far as your eyes can see, red granite cliffs and a tranquility that calms your soul. Welcome to the beautiful Åland Islands! 6500 skerries and islands in the Baltic Sea form an autonomous and demilitarized region that is located between Finland to the east and Sweden in the west. It is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland and it is also the smallest region in the country. With approximately 30 000 inhabitants, you rarely feel overwhelmed by the crowds. Believe it or not, it is also the area in the Nordic countries with the most hours of sunshine!

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Beautiful sunset in Åland Islands

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Krimmler, Europe’s largest waterfalls

It was August in Austria but it was only 3ºC when we got up at 2,600 m in Grossglockner Alpine Road. We had a plan for that morning: to drive towards the Salzach Valley and then to the West to find the largest waterfalls in Europe, the Krimml waterfalls. They are found at the entrance of the valley in the Hohe Tauern National Park and they are one of the most breathtaking destinations in the entire alpine region.

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Statue of a chamois in the first viewpoint

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The Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

As we explained some weeks ago when we were back from Namibia, one of the reasons for us to visit the south of the country was the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. This town was once a rich diamond mining village built in the German architectural style. But, in the middle of the last century, the village was abandoned and today only the sand of the Namib desert lives there.

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Welcome to Kolmanskop!

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Autumn in Montgrony

Autumn is a perfect season for bohemian people. Most of us live in big cities surrounded by cement and asphalt. If we don’t go out from the cities we don’t realise about the season changes as others do in the countryside. For this reason nature has become a value for the modern society. As you know we live in Barcelona, one of the densest cities in Europe where parks and gardens are not so often as we would like. We need to connect with nature sometimes and we did it this week by going by car to one of our favourite places for having a walk and a great lunch with magnificent views. Do you want to discover this place just one hour and fifteen minutes from Barcelona?

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Sant Pere de Montgrony

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