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3 guys. 19 countries in a day. 1 new world record.

When Americans take Euro trips, they dawdle through London, Paris, a bit of Spain, Germany, and Italy over the course of a few weeks.

Well, three guys from Norway did the most Scandinavian thing possible and crammed all the adventure into one day, breaking a world record in the process.

On Monday, travel writer Gunnar Garfors (helluva name), 39, along with his friends Tay-young Pak, 42, and Øyvind Djupvik, 38, rocketed through 19 European nations in just 23 hours and 33 minutes.

Starting in Greece, the trio mostly used rental cars to get through Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, and finally, Lichtenstein. And they only took two flights, from Skopje, Macedonia to Belgrade, Serbia, and Vienna, Austria to Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Complying with criteria set out by recordsetter.com, the guys had to physically stand in each country they visited, and took a photo in each to prove their less than 24-hour accomplishment. They also took along a pee bottle, which is smart but definitely not carry-on compliant, and completed their journey despite heavy rain and disputes with rental car agents en route. 

Read more about the trip on Garfors' website, and watch this short video detailing their whirlwind adventure.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.