In a previous article I presented short stories from extra-ordinary border crossings and described the excitement of having souvenirs hidden inside your passport in the shape of a stamp.
Read the article The Fascination of Passports.
Here, I will offer images of my scanned passport stamps in a chronological view. The first goes back 40 years, to 1976.
There are some holes in this timeline, in particular most of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The reason is partly that my travels went inside Europe at a time when border crossings became easier and immigration officers ceased to stamp Norwegian passports. Secondly, someone stole one of my passports. Thirdly, I travelled less abroad during these years.
My overseas travels have picked up in the last few years, and subsequently the numbers of visas and entry/exit stamps have increased as well.
Click to enlarge each image. Hover over the image to see year and country. (I have removed personal information)