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Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi's Arctic Circle Border

If you visit Santa's village, you can get your passport stamped to show you crossed into the Arctic Circle.
Rovaniemi, Finland

Santa Claus' Main Post Office

Roughly 17 million letters to Santa have found their way to this Arctic Circle post office.
Helsinki, Finland

Lyhdynkantajat (The Lantern Bearers)

These enormous, stern-faced statues greet visitors with lanterns, and sometimes costumes.
Helsinki, Finland

Pohjola Insurance Building

This insurance company building reminds customers that witches, bears, and gnomes are out there, best be insured.
Helsinki, Finland

‘Viisas Hiiri’ (‘Wise Mice’)

The tiny, studious rodents greet visitors to the National Archives of Finland.
Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
Alta, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

The world's northernmost ice hotel.
Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Monument

An abstract monument to a symphonic composer.
Dublin, Ireland

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Dublin's most modern, visually spectacular bridge is modeled after Ireland's national emblem.
Dublin, Ireland

'Meeting Place'

This statue celebrating everyday life in Dublin has a few unsavory nicknames.
Dublin, Ireland

Dublinia

Experience what life was like in Ireland during the Viking and medieval ages.
Jääkäri, Finland

Astuvansalmi Rock Paintings

These 5,000-year-old cave paintings provide a glimpse into prehistoric Finnish life.
Finland

Högberget Cave

Crawling into this primordial cave may feel disconcertingly familiar.
Enontekiö, Finland

Treriksröset

This lake-bound geographical marker sits at the point where three European countries intersect.
Dawson City, Yukon

The Sourtoe Cocktail

A famed drink seasoned with an amputated toe, now on its tenth digit.
London, England

Café in the Crypt

This coffee shop lies hidden beneath a historic church.
Killeany, Ireland

Teampall Bheanáin

A diminutive, thousand-year-old church believed to be the smallest in Ireland.
Clare, Ireland

Doolin Cave

This controversial Irish show cave is home to a massive formation known as the Great Stalactite.
Bristol, England

Henrietta Lacks Statue

A monument dedicated to the unrecognized Black "mother" of modern medicine.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Tatyana Markus Memorial

A tribute to a Ukrainian heroine who went undercover and killed several Nazi operatives.
Lakewood, Colorado

Casa Bonita

At this Denver landmark, the meals are compulsory, the sopapillas are complimentary, and the insanity is everywhere.
Wamego, Kansas

Beecher Bible and Rifle Church

This historic church is named for abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher and the ruse to arm his fellow abolitionists.
Westmeath, Ireland

The Hill of Uisneach

The symbolic center of Ireland, this summit also offers panoramic views of the countryside.
Sussex, England

Ouse Valley Viaduct Bridge

The elegant structure of this 19th century railroad bridge creates an illusion of infinity.