A Finnish family has cycled the breadth of Europe to soak up the sun on the Greek island of Crete.
The Chanela family – William Chanela, his wife and three children aged eight, six and three – set off from Finland at the end of June 2017, crossing to Germany before travelling through Austria, Hungary and Serbia.
Now in Crete to spend a month, William Chanela told the Greek City Times: “From Serbia, we had to take the train for Greece.
“Of course, you need to be careful when crossing roads and you need to think about the safest cycling routes, and you always have to be cautious. However, we haven’t found it that difficult.”
Travelling with only the basics and on two electric bokes, the family are experienced cyclists, having already covered their native Finland and neighboring Estonia.
“Bicycling gives you the opportunity to make many stops and experience more things,” says William. “I do not know how it will be by car because neither of us has a driver’s license, but if you travel by bus, by air, and other means of transport you often see lots of nice places but you can’t stop.”
When asked about Crete they said: “It’s really nice here, people are very friendly and the weather is like it is in June in Finland.”