My name is Johan Lolos. I'm a self-taught travel photographer from Belgium, and 4 years ago I decided to leave Europe and travel the world.

When I jumped into photography, first as a random backpacker traveling in Australia and New Zealand for two consecutive years, I was far from realizing that Europe has so much to offer in terms of landscape and diversity. As a very inexperienced traveler, I thought I needed to travel to the other side of the planet to be able to see unique sceneries and experience unforgettable road trip vibes. It took me three years to figure out my hometown Liège is less than a day’s drive away from some of the most beautiful mountains in the world: the Alps. 

From the moment I realized that, I started to list all the places in Europe I would like to visit during the summer months. I have had a few road trip experiences in the past, but they never exceeded three months, which has always been the perfect duration for me. Not too long, not too short, just what I needed to start missing home yet being fully satisfied with the trip. However, three months didn’t seem enough to explore most of the Old Continent, and this time I really wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. Eventually I came out with an itinerary covering three main regions of Europe, and going through 17 countries in a period of five months. I wish I had included more countries and more regions but this would have required to be on the road for an extra 5 months, which I didn’t want.

On May 15, 2017 I started my journey, which I named "Peaks of Europe". The trip was divided into three legs: the North, the Balkans and the Alps, and I returned home on October 6, 2017. 145 on the road, 17 countries visited, 23,280km / 14,465miles driven and a total of 40,760km / 25,330miles traveled if we include the few planes and ferries.

Every day, I was sharing my daily life through my Instagram Stories on my account @lebackpacker. My followers' response to these candid and genuine moments of life was huge, and they suggested I should publish a book out of this trip. I shot a total of 4Tb or images and came back home with a full 1Tb hard drive. Out of those 30,000 photos, I made a selection of 200+ images that I curated in a photo book: "Peaks of Europe".

My book can be pre-ordered on my website www.peaksofeurope.eu, but I first wanted to give you a little preview of what Europe has to offer in all its diversity. I hope you'll enjoy those images and that they will give you itchy feet for your next trip in the summer.

More info: peaksofeurope.eu

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Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

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Dagmar Galt
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3 years ago

Had to ..look ..twice..WOW bababotheyesopen

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Lago Di Braies, South Tyrol, Italy

Lago Di Braies, South Tyrol, Italy

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Nga Kieu
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3 years ago

This look so peaceful.

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Celina
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3 years ago

ICELAND IS AWESOME!

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Seceda, South Tyrol, Italy

Seceda, South Tyrol, Italy

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Pat Wooster
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3 years ago

I'm speechless! How did he get these?

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Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

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Pat Wooster
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3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Hamnøy, Lofoten, Norway

Hamnøy, Lofoten, Norway

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Sandy Murphey
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3 years ago

The little houses protest being dwarfed by the majestic rock formation, by being the most attention getting color.

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Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Ilona Glaubitz
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3 years ago

Natur , de szép

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Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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Troux
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3 years ago

They just look like little toys.

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Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland

Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland

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Celina
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3 years ago

SO PRETTY!!

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Lago Di Carezza, South Tyrol, Italy

Lago Di Carezza, South Tyrol, Italy

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Mama Panda
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3 years ago

I have the sudden urge to skip a few rocks

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Þórsmörk, Iceland

Þórsmörk, Iceland

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Celina
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3 years ago

Tis country is the best

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Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

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Mama Panda
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3 years ago

Wow!!

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Gerold, Bavaria, Germany

Gerold, Bavaria, Germany

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Lech, Vorarlberg, Austria

Lech, Vorarlberg, Austria

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Celina
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3 years ago

COOL!

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Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Matterhorn, Valais, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Valais, Switzerland

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Meteora, Thessaly, Greece

Meteora, Thessaly, Greece

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hawkeyefan95IA
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3 years ago

LINKIN PARK!

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Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

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TC
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3 years ago

I love Croatia

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Mangart, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Mangart, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

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Nordenskiöld Land National Park, Svalbard (Norway)

Nordenskiöld Land National Park, Svalbard (Norway)

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Sandy Murphey
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3 years ago

Lacey chilly sensuous beauty!

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Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Greece

Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Greece

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Mama Panda
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3 years ago

Love this one! <3

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Háifoss, Iceland

Háifoss, Iceland

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Petya
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3 years ago

It looks like taken out from a fairy tale.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Lötschental, Valais, Switzerland

Lötschental, Valais, Switzerland

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Anita Trenner
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3 years ago

Absolutely stunning light, what I call "The God Effect."

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#26

Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

This is enchanting!

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Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Soča, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Celina
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3 years ago

Cool picture!

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Lac Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

Lac Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

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Anita Trenner
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3 years ago

Beautiful and magical!

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#29

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Pat Wooster
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3 years ago

The color is breathtaking!

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#30

Aiguille Du Midi, Haute-Savoie, France

Aiguille Du Midi, Haute-Savoie, France

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Petya
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3 years ago

Can't imagine where you've climbed to take this. But it's definitely worth it, the photo is breathtaking :)

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#31

The Quiraing, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

The Quiraing, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

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Linda Hobart
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3 years ago

Is this a castle?

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Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

Augstmatthorn, Switzerland

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Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

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Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

Kvalvika Beach, Lofoten, Norway

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Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

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Valbonë National Park, Albania

Valbonë National Park, Albania

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Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

Sommarøya, Tromsø, Norway

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Anita Trenner
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3 years ago

No gravity in Norway?

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Gorner Glacier, Valais, Switzerland

Gorner Glacier, Valais, Switzerland

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Pyramiden, Svalbard (Norway)

Pyramiden, Svalbard (Norway)

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Linda Hobart
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3 years ago

A ghost town?

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Elafonisos, Peloponnese, Greece

Elafonisos, Peloponnese, Greece

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