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Queen Tamar Airport
Mestia, Georgia

Queen Tamar Airport

Despite being tiny and rural this Georgian airport looks like a sci-fi boondoggle.
43.0531, 42.7489
Towers of Svaneti
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia

Towers of Svaneti

Fortified homes of highland warriors that are still in use today.
42.9178, 43.0157
Tbilisi, Georgia

Bank of Georgia Building

Unusual building appears to be haphazardly built from randomly piled bricks.
41.7358, 44.7709
Gävle, Sweden

Where All Powerlines Meet

Only spot in the world where an HVDC powerline, a single phase AC and a three phase AC powerline all meet.
60.5363, 17.1884
The mine worker Fet-Mats Israelsson's gravestone in Falun.
Falun, Sweden

The Grave of Fet-Mats

His body was found mysteriously preserved in a Swedish mine over 40 years after his initial disappearance.
60.6144, 15.6274
On of the polar bears in the museum.
Hammerfest, Norway

Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society

This one-room museum is dedicated to Norwegian history and jokes.
70.6647, 23.6806
North Cape (a/k/a Nordkapp), Land of the Norwegian midnight sun
Nordkapp, Norway

North Cape, Norway

At the very tippity-top of Europe is a cliff from which you can view the midnight sun.
71.1849, 25.6759
Polaria
Tromsø, Norway

Polaria

The world's northernmost aquarium looks like it has fallen over.
69.6439, 18.9494
Ishavskatedralen
Tromsø, Norway

Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen)

This functioning parish church is also the site of many concert performances due to its wonderful acoustics.
69.6480, 18.9875
Roald Amundsens statue in the morning fog, Tromsø
Tromsø, Norway

Roald Amundsen Monument

The great polar explorer is remembered in this far north Norwegian town, where he embarked on his final expedition.
69.6481, 18.9589
Entrance
Norway

Svalbard Seed Bank

Cold storage for agricultural biodiversity.
78.2357, 15.4913
Pyramiden
Pyramiden, Norway

Pyramiden

Abandoned Russian mining village predicted to resist decay for longer than any other modern human settlement.
78.6561, 16.3440
Original cemetery, now abandoned
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen

In the northernmost city in the world, it's illegal to be buried because it’s too cold for bodies to decompose.
78.2232, 15.6267
Church of St. Mary in Luebeck, the bells, partly melted during the fire in WWII.
Lübeck, Germany

The Broken Bells of St. Mary's

The bells remain in a shattered heap exactly as they fell when the church was bombed in World War II.
53.8674, 10.6844
The northernmost point in Hammerfest, Norway
Tartu, Estonia

The Struve Geodetic Arc

A historic scientific breakthrough that crosses nine borders.
58.3788, 26.7193
Oranki Art.
Pello, Finland

Oranki Art

A little-known sculpture park of contemporary environmental art in a Lapland forest.
66.9452, 23.9914
The competition has just started and the competitors are off!
Övertorneå N, Sweden

The Unofficial Mosquito-Catching World Championship

A Swedish town came up with an out-of-the-box way to eliminate the bloodthirsty insects.
66.3810, 23.6799
The finished product
Skellefteå, Sweden

Västerbottensost Visitors Center

This little gallery is devoted to one small town's public extolation of a very special cheese.
64.5209, 20.6557
Boden N, Sweden

Treehotel

Series of treehouse hotel rooms on the outskirts of an Arctic forest.
66.0729, 20.9817
Detail of carving
Eskilstuna N, Sweden

Sigurdsristningen (Ramsund Carving)

Stone carvings record the Norse myth of Sigurd, providing a glimpse into Scandinavia's transition from paganism to Christianity.
59.4415, 16.6347
The Kvarntorp Pile offers a spectacular view over the surrounding landscape.
Kvarntorp, Sweden

A Pile of Art

An eclectic sculpture park rises atop a giant pile of ashes in Sweden.
59.1257, 15.2543
The long-"lost" urn, in its new setting
Washington, D.C.

Cuban-American Friendship Urn

The only National Monument ever to go missing for nearly 50 years then resurface in a dump.
38.8785, -77.0383
The Gaddafi Canal cuts through the landscape like an open wound.
Gourma Rharous, Mali

Gaddafi Canal

Muammar Gaddafi's well-intentioned investment in his favorite city turned out to be a nightmare.
16.7234, -2.9915
Gergeti Trinity Church against the Caucasus backdrop
Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church

Take respite inside this jaw-dropping church while climbing the volcano where Georgia's Prometheus was once chained.
42.6625, 44.6203