It took me six years to cycle around the world. Every day I would take at least one photo with my trusty Canon camera. This is a selection of 37 special places and moments I captured along the way.
#1 Wroclaw Bridge
It’s a tradition that young couples put a lock on this bridge in Wroclaw, Poland when they get married. I spent a couple of days in this beautiful city with good friends who were also perfect guides. Poland is an interesting country. So close to Denmark, yet culturally so different. You don’t have to travel around the globe to experience a different culture.
#2 The Merry Cemetery
The Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa, Romania is famous for its colourful tombstones with paintings describing the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. A lovely place that I enjoyed to visit.
#3 The Bosphorus
In Istanbul you take a short ferry ride across the Bosphorus strait and suddenly you are in Asia! I went there an early morning and got this shot of a bird flying behind the ferry.
#4 Snow in Damascus
When I reached Turkey I thought I had managed to escape the winter. Not quite. In Damascus, Syria I was taken by surprise by 5 days of snow. Not at all a bad place to be stuck though.
#5 Escaping the Crowds at Giza
I expected the pyramids in Giza to be swarmed with tourists. In some parts they were, but I found my own path leading behind one of the pyramids and spent three hours there all by myself reading a book. Possible the most special place I have ever read a book.
#6 The Paryaya Festival in Udupi
I was lucky to arrive in Udupi, India just in time for the annual Paryaya festival. A spectacular show.
#7 The Center of Attention
In rural India a western guy on a bicycle will draw a lot of attention. This is usually what happens if I stop for 5 minutes in a village to buy a bottle of water.
Hampi and the ruins of Vijayanagara is a fascinating area that you could spend weeks exploring. The area is so big that cycling between the ruins is the best way to move around.
#9 Orissa Street Scene
In a small town like Bhadrak, 400 km south of of Calcutta, there might not be any tourist attractions to see. On the other hand there is plenty of street life. What the picture doesn’t capture is the sounds and the smells that are also a very integrated part of traveling in India.
#10 Thai Beauty
While talking about natural beauty, the beaches around Krabi in southern Thailand are hard to beat. A perfect place to rest the legs for a week or two.
#11 The World’s Biggest Water Fight
The Songkran festival is the celebration of the Thai New Year and is also known as the biggest water fight in the world. If you venture out in the street during those 3 days, you will get wet. With the temperature around 35 degrees I didn’t mind the extra cooling as I cycled towards Malaysia.
I didn’t have a chance visit China yet, but in SE Asia you will usually find large Chinese neighborhoods. Here in a Chinese temple in Penang, Malaysia.
#13 Bromo Erupting
I spent my 28th birthday on top of the erupting Bromo volcano on Java, Indonesia. I didn’t know what an erupting volcano would be like. That night I had to clean my bags and wash my clothes as there was ash everywhere.
#14 Aboriginal Kid
In Northern Territory in Australia you will meet many aboriginals. While the adults can be somewhat shy and not like cameras, the kids are the opposite.
The iconic Uluru might just be a big rock, but what a rock. I happened to go there on a rainy November day. I guess not many people get to see Uluru in it’s rain colors.
#16 Mount Cook Cycling
New Zealand is just such an incredible beautiful place. When you add to that the fact that the Kiwis are also some of the friendliest people on this planet, you got a killer combination that makes cycling touring there a pure pleasure.
#17 Along the Andes
I was following the majestic, snow capped Andes Mountains all the way from Ushuaia in Patagonia towards the northern end of South America. Being out there among the mountains was a hard ride, the wind was usually not in our favour, and we climbed several times to over 4000 m of altitude. If there was something I learned from all this it was: A hard ride is worth it! Photo by Petter Hällberg
#18 The Milky Way
The ride north of Mendoza in Argentina and into the mountains was one of the most desolated places I have been. I was cycling with my Swedish cycling mate Petter who took this photo of the Milky Way one day as we were getting ready to sleep. Our 5 million star hotel room for the night. Photo by Petter Hällberg
#19 Laguna Brava
After I had teamed up with Petter, the cycling became even more adventurous. We were loading up the bikes with 20 days worth of food as we would climb towards Laguna Brava at 4400 m. That would turn out to be an epic ride.
#20 Camping at Salar de Uyuni
I knew I was in for something special as I left the strange tourist town of Uyuni and headed towards the famous salt lake. Just how magic the place would be I couldn’t have imagined though. As I put up my tent I felt like the only person left in the world.
It was only a few days cycling from the Salar de Uyuni that I arrived in a village where the biggest fiesta of the year was reaching it’s climax. Everyone in town seemed to be out dancing and drinking! The somewhat reserved Bolivianos had suddenly turned into real latinos!
#22 Climbing Chachani
It was in Peru that we decided that we would no longer just look at the summits of the Andes Mountains from the bike – we would try to climb up there to enjoy the view as well. We aimed for the 6057 m high Chachani volcano close to Arequipa. Climbing the mountain was no walk in the park, but the feeling of standing at the summit for sunrise made it absolutely worth it.
#23 Coastal Desert
Cycling through the coastal deserts of Peru reminded me of being back in the Middle East. A steady tail wind pushed me north along the Pacific Ocean.
#24 Billion Star Hotel
The morning view of the 6000 meter high Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador after spending another night in my 5 billion star hotel…
#25 Crossing The Line
Yes, I was happy 🙂 After 3 years in the southern hemisphere I crossed the equator in Quito and was back up north again.
#26 Tropical Paradise
Cycling Around The World is not a beach holiday. But, in Mexico I took a day off to visit Islas Mujeres – picture perfect – but this paradise come with a million tourists…
#27 New York, New York
New York, New York… the city of cities. It was a big moment for me to arrive here by bike and cycle down 5th Avenue and through Central Park.
#28 Wild Beauty
In 2016 I flew to South Africa to the ride through the 6th and final continent. Two weeks later on my first day in Namibia I was cycling through those amazing landscapes.
#29 Out Of This World
Wow! They told me Namibia would be beautiful… but not that the whole place would be out of this world!
#30 Me, me, meeee
“Take a photo of me, no me, no meee”, the kids are not shy in Namibia…
#31 Watch Out for Elephants
I was looking all day but didn’t see any…
#32 Simplicity and Freedom
With 10000 km to go in Tanzania I felt I had entered the final stage of the ride. In some ways I was looking forward to return to a more stable life style. At the same time I also very much knew that once I returned I would miss the freedom and the simplicity of life on the road for the rest of my life…
#33 Tribe Country
It was a big contrast to leave the civilization of Nairobi behind and make it into the remote Lake Turkana area. The road turned into sand tracks and the local tribes with their traditional clothes were suddenly seen everywhere. The crossing into Ethiopia would be a proper adventure!
#34 No Man’s Land
I was cycling in no man’s land between Kenya and Ethiopia as I met these young boys. It’s not easy to see in the photo, but that’s AK47 riffles they are carrying; the tribes out here often fight each other… I shared a bit of water and food which created a good atmosphere before I took this quick photo and continued into Ethiopia
#35 Costa del Sol
Africa had been a real adventure – a place that made a lasting impresion. Things got more relaxed and comfortable in Spain where I cycled with Manon, met old friends, and went for daily swims in the Mediterranean between a bit of cycling as well. Life was pretty good on the bike those days. Photo by Manon Koningstein
#36 Wild Camping
In Africa my daily budget of 20$ would get my a room for the night and plenty of food from the cheap road side restaurants. In Switzerland 20$ will not get you very far – back to wild camping!
#37 Home Sweet Home
58.201 km, 2200 days, and 58 countries… but those are only numbers. What’s really important was the memories; the fascinating places I saw, and the amazing people I met. Trust me, the world is generally a good place 🙂 At the same time it felt right to be back among friends and loved ones again. Such were my thoughts as I cycled into the Copenhagen City Hall Sqaure yesterday – the very same place where it all started back in 2010. Thanks for coming along. Photo by Jørn Alsted