Here's How You Can Visit 3 European Countries in Just 3 Seconds

Get bragging rights forever.

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If you're in a race to rack up as many countries on your "been there, done that" list, then we've got one very special place for you to visit that will allow you to technically be in three countries at once.

Just outside of Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, travelers can make their way to the small village of Kilpisjärvi. There, they can set out to hike to Treriksröset, the exact point where Sweden, Finland, and Norway intersect.

There, travelers can walk out on a small wooden walkway to a cement cairn, first placed in 1897 by both the Russians and Norwegians to mark the border. (At the time, the section of Finland was owned by Russia.) It was replaced with the current cement cairn in 1926. Once you're there, you can walk the pathway around the cairn in a matter of seconds and brag to all your friends about it forever.

Though, getting to this point isn't exactly an easy feat. As Kiruna's tourism site explained, once travelers arrive in Kilpisjärvi, they can choose to hike 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to the cairn. If they pick this slightly arduous path, they will at least be rewarded with walking through Malla, Finland's oldest national park.

Kiruna's website also noted that travelers can take the easier route by hopping aboard the M/S Malla, a 45-minute tourist boat to Koltaluokta that's available from midsummer to the end of September. From there, travelers just need to hike the remaining 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles) to the final stop.

As for the return trip, the boat stops and waits for about two hours, so you just need to hustle to the cairn and get back in time for your return ride. (ThoKiruna'sna's website suggests "to take the boat there and walk back.”) Missed the boat this year? The site is then only available via snowmobile or skis, which you can do via a guided tour.

Of course, this is far from the only place where three nations intersect at a single point, which is known as a tripoint. In fact, according to Earth Observatory, the United Nations registry lists an estimated 176 tripoints around the world, with China boasting the highest number of tripoints at 16. (Note: the number is estimated due to disputed territories.)

There are also some rather famous tripoints that are a bit more accessible, including the one intersecting Germany, France, and Switzerland, and even one place with a "quadripoint" — the intersection of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. And now that you know all this, maybe "collecting tripoints" can be the new collecting passport stamps" challenge.

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