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Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
Helsinki, Finland

Kamppi Chapel

An alien church provides much needed silence in the midst of a Finland shopping center.
Helsinki, Finland

Lyhdynkantajat (The Lantern Bearers)

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

Tampere Cathedral Frescoes

The church's remarkable frescoes incorporate Finnish artist Hugh Simberg's trademark themes of death and the supernatural.
Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Field

This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
Iceland

Kerið Crater Lake

This eye-popping Icelandic crater lake is surrounded by red volcanic rock.
Hveragerði, Iceland

Hveragerði Sunnumӧrk Shopping Center

The Hveragerði fissure runs through this unassuming shopping center.
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

South Iceland's Bra Fence

Along this wire fence, travelers have been leaving a particular memento since 2012.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic Punk Museum

This tiny museum's sizable collection is jammed into a former underground public toilet.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Icelandic Phallological Museum

An encyclopedic collection of mammal penises.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Piece of Berlin Wall In Iceland

A bit of the Berlin Wall was gifted to the Icelandic capital to commemorate the 25th anniversary of German reunification.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

One of the tallest buildings in Iceland, and perhaps, the most visually impressive.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Fischersund

This aromatherapy shop and mini-museum cofounded by the Sigur Rós frontman documents Icelandic history through scents.
Reykjavik, Iceland

EVE Online Monument

This monument to one of the largest science fiction games of all time bears the names of hundreds of thousands of players.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

One of the oldest family businesses in Reykjavík serves lamb-based hot dogs.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa

This stunning concert hall has become a symbol of Iceland's national recovery.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Ingibjörg H. Bjarnason Statue

The first woman to become a member of the parliament of Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland

'The Black Cone, Monument to Civil Disobedience'

A monument dedicated to the civil uprisings that took place during the Pots and Pans Revolution.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Monument to the Unknown Bureaucrat

Iceland's tribute to its thankless civil servants.
Montreux, Switzerland

Freddie Mercury Statue

This statue pays tribute to the iconic musician in the place where he recorded his final studio album.
Colares, Portugal

Cabo da Roca

One Portuguese poet described this cape, the westernmost point in mainland Europe, as "where the land ends and the sea begins."
Moreira do Rei, Portugal

Stone House

A small Portuguese cottage formed between boulders in the countryside.
Lyngvær, Norway

'Untitled'

This solitary convex mirror sculpture at an abandoned ferry station at the edge of a fjord reflects the scenery back at the viewer.