Day 47 – Nurmes to Lappeenranta

A long drive through seemingly endless forest to the most easterly point of the EU on the European continent.


The border with Russia runs through the island photographed. There’s no physical barrier for much of the EU eastern border between Finland and Russia. Each side restricts access for about 4km either side of the border zone, the place where we took the photo is an exception but where you cannot tread is clearly marked. The actual border is inspected annually in a joint exercise by both sides, and is marked by white stones, with red and green pillars on the Russian side and blue and white pillars on the Finnish side. These pillars and the white border stone can just about be seen in the middle of the island.

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