Slotting down the distances from the route planner, I realised that the trip can be roughly organised into four sections. Hooray! This is very handy if I were to do the circumnavigation in stages. There is the northern European part, encompassing the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as the lowlands of Belgium, the Netherlands, and northern Germany. Driving through those states totals a good 7,000 km. Then there is the western stretch along the Atlantic coast of France, Spain, and Portugal and across the Mediterranean to the French-Italian border. That is a further 6,000 km. Then there is the southern leg with Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro that comes close to 5,000 km (Italy alone is around 3,000 km). And lastly, there is the eastern European section to look forward to: some 5,000 km from Albania to Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The country count would be 25. That is a surprisingly comprehensive list and apart from the aforementioned islands, the trip would integrate all European countries bar the microstates of Andorra, San Marino, the Vatican, Liechtenstein, as well as Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. 25 out of 44 countries: This should – at least in my book - count as a truly EPIC European road trip.