I Traveled 40,000km Around Europe, Visited 17 Countries, And Brought Back These Beauty Images

Photographer Johan Lolos is from Belgium, and 4 years ago I decided to leave Europe and travel the world.

When I jumped into photography, first as a random backpacker traveling in Australia and New Zealand for two consecutive years, I was far from realizing that Europe has so much to offer in terms of landscape and diversity. As a very inexperienced traveler, I thought I needed to travel to the other side of the planet to be able to see unique sceneries and experience unforgettable road trip vibes. It took me three years to figure out my hometown Liège is less than a day’s drive away from some of the most beautiful mountains in the world: the Alps.

From the moment I realized that, I started to list all the places in Europe I would like to visit during the summer months. I have had a few road trip experiences in the past, but they never exceeded three months, which has always been the perfect duration for me. Not too long, not too short, just what I needed to start missing home yet being fully satisfied with the trip. However, three months didn’t seem enough to explore most of the Old Continent, and this time I really wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. Eventually I came out with an itinerary covering three main regions of Europe, and going through 17 countries in a period of five months. I wish I had included more countries and more regions but this would have required to be on the road for an extra 5 months, which I didn’t want.

On May 15, 2017 I started my journey, which I named “Peaks of Europe”. The trip was divided into three legs: the North, the Balkans and the Alps, and I returned home on October 6, 2017. 145 on the road, 17 countries visited, 23,280km / 14,465miles driven and a total of 40,760km / 25,330miles traveled if we include the few planes and ferries.

I hope you’ll enjoy those images and that they will give you itchy feet for your next trip in the summer.

More info: peaksofeurope.eu | boredpanda

1. Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

Augstmatthorn, Switzerland by Johan Lolos-1

2. Lago Di Braies, South Tyrol, Italy

Lago Di Braies, South Tyrol, Italy by Johan Lolos-2

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3. Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland by Johan Lolos-3

4. Seceda, South Tyrol, Italy

Seceda, South Tyrol, Italy by Johan Lolos-4

5. Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye, Scotland by Johan Lolos-5

6. Hamnøy, Lofoten, Norway

Hamnøy, Lofoten, Norway by Johan Lolos-6

7. Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

7. Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia by Johan Lolos

8. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

8. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece by Johan Lolos

9. Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland

9. Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland by Johan Lolos

10. Lago Di Carezza, South Tyrol, Italy

10. Lago Di Carezza, South Tyrol, Italy by Johan Lolos

11. Þórsmörk, Iceland

11. Þórsmörk, Iceland by Johan Lolos

12. Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

12. Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway by Johan Lolos

13. Lech, Vorarlberg, Austria

13. Lech, Vorarlberg, Austria by Johan Lolos

14. Gerold, Bavaria, Germany

14. Gerold, Bavaria, Germany by Johan Lolos

15. Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

15 Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

16. Matterhorn, Valais, Switzerland

16. Matterhorn, Valais, Switzerland by Johan Lolos

17. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

17. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia by Johan Lolos

18. Meteora, Thessaly, Greece

18. Meteora, Thessaly, Greece by Johan Lolos

19. Mangart, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

19. Mangart, Triglav National Park, Slovenia by Johan Lolos

20. Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

20 Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

21. Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Greece

21. Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Greece by Johan Lolos

22. Nordenskiöld Land National Park, Svalbard (Norway)

22. Nordenskiöld Land National Park, Svalbard (Norway) by Johan Lolos

23. Háifoss, Iceland

23 Háifoss, Iceland

24. Dubrovnik, Croatia

24. Dubrovnik, Croatia by Johan Lolos

25. Lötschental, Valais, Switzerland

25. Lötschental, Valais, Switzerland by Johan Lolos

26. Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

26 Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France by Johan Lolos

27. Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

27 Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia by Johan Lolos

28. Lac Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

28. Lac Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France by Johan Lolos

29. Landmannalaugar, Iceland

29. Landmannalaugar, Iceland by Johan Lolos

30. Aiguille Du Midi, Haute-Savoie, France

30. Aiguille Du Midi, Haute-Savoie, France by Johan Lolos

31. The Quiraing, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

31 The Quiraing, Isle Of Skye, Scotland by Johan Lolos

32. Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

32. Augstmatthorn, Switzerland by Johan Lolos

33. Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

33 Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway by Johan Lolos

34. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

34 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro by Johan Lolos

35. Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

35. Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway by Johan Lolos

36. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

36 Durmitor National Park, Montenegro by Johan Lolos

37. Valbonë National Park, Albania

37 Valbonë National Park, Albania by Johan Lolos

38. Pyramiden, Svalbard (Norway)

38 Pyramiden, Svalbard (Norway) by Johan Lolos

39. Gorner Glacier, Valais, Switzerland

39 Gorner Glacier, Valais, Switzerland by Johan Lolos

40. Elafonisos, Peloponnese, Greece

40 Elafonisos, Peloponnese, Greece by Johan Lolos

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