2018 has been out of this world for geocaching—literally! We became Official Space Explorers during Planetary Pursuit, traversed forests, deserts, oceans, and up to the mountaintops to discover beings never before known to man during Hidden Creatures, and found ourselves through our geocaching personalities. Not ready to come back down to Earth yet? We’ve got more in store for you.
A country souvenir for Canada!
Canada has many wonders: diverse landscapes, rich history, and abundance of adventures. Plus, plenty of geocaches near and far to show you every corner of this beautiful country—and now, Canada has the added bonus of being the latest addition to the geocaching country souvenir collection!
Located the furthest south of all the Baltic states, Lithuania’s sandy beaches, enchanting castles and cobblestoned towns combine to make this country an ideal place for geocaching — and now, it has the added distinction of being the latest addition to the geocaching country souvenir collection!
To celebrate geocaching in Lithuania, we’ve pulled together this list of five awesome geocaching experiences you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list:
This EarthCache takes you to the most famous national park in Lithuania, which is also listed as a UNESCO site. Here you will find sand dunes and lush forests jutting out into the Curonian Lagoon.
“What a place. The true magic of nature showed here. And tonight’s lighting was perfect. A beautiful sunset in the west and glimmering lights from the cities in the east. The wind on our back walking upwards was perfect.” — Team Davidsson
Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, is known for the city’s Old Town. Here you’ll find impressive architecture dating back to the 13th century, like the cathedral near this geocache. While you’re there, you might also want to check out GC1Z4H6.
“Wow wow wow! I liked this one very much. I didn’t expected it in such visible location, very well masked! Thank you for the great cache.” – SNlEGS
After visiting the Vilnius Old Town, you can catch a view from above at the Gediminas’ Tower, pictured in the new Lithuania souvenir. This tower has become a symbol for Lithuania.
“Found on our Baltic Cycle Tour with cb_caching. Wonderful place with fantastic panoramic view, best to visit in the morning sun…” – Geolej
This series of geocaches will take you on a tour of Lithuania’s border towns. Be sure to bring your passport, as some of the geocaches will take you into Lithuania’s neighbor countries, Russia and Belarus, which are outside of the European Union.
“Thank you for guiding us to this church: when coming closer, we have noticed a professional orchestra was doing their final check for this night’s concert in this church. We used the opportunity to listen to Edvard Grieg’s music and went for the cache later.” – TheWinterClan
Visit the city of Kaunas to soak in Lithuanian art, culture and history. Be sure to make a stop at the Kaunas Grand TB Hotel to swap out a trackable!
“WOW! Once [the muggle] left, we found the key and opened the mysterious door. The geocache idea – amazing. Thanks to the hider for such an exciting treasure!” – Raccoons. Casimir
We’ll unveil one new souvenir every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Learn about last week’s new souvenir announcement, Slovenia, here.
A list of currently available geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Lithuania we will retroactively add this souvenir to your profile after all five country souvenirs are announced.
Have you found a geocache in Lithuania? Tell us your experience in the comments below!
So far this year, we’ve had a blast celebrating 15 years of geocaching. We found a geocache on the anniversary of the first geocache hide, laughed at plenty of #TBT photos from geocaching’s early days, and even joined our favorite geocachers on an epic road trip. Like most geocaching streaks, however, 2015 will inevitably come to a close…
But good news: This year, we invite you to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Goodbye 2015 souvenir. Then, start your year off right with the Hello 2016 souvenir, which can also be earned by finding a geocache or attending an event on January 1.
How do I earn both souvenirs?
- Earn the Goodbye 2015 souvenir by finding any geocache or attending an event on December 31, 2015.
- Earn the Hello 2016 souvenir by finding another geocache or attending a different event on January 1, 2016.
Can you earn two souvenirs for one event if it starts on December 31 and ends on January 1?
Nice try. To earn both souvenirs, you’ll have to submit two different logs for two different geocaches and/or events, one on each day.
Can I schedule back-to-back events to earn both souvenirs ?
Nope! The geocaching guidelines prohibit event stacking. To avoid event stacking, Event Caches should be separated by time, organized by different geocachers, have a minimum duration of 30 minutes and take place at a different location than other events. Please check out the geocaching guidelines for more information about planning an Event Cache.
How do I throw a great New Year’s geocaching event?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out this blog post for how to throw an awesome geocaching bash in 5 easy steps.
Whether you celebrate the new year by eating grapes (like in Spain), decorating your home (as they do in Japan), or geocaching (as they do all over the world), New Year’s is a time to remember the past year and welcome the next.
How will you say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016?