No matter how busy life gets, it’s great to switch off from time to time in the company of nature.
Connecting with natural wonders offers a wealth of physical and mental benefits so if you’re a nature lover, why not take a trip to one of these stunning destinations?
Be astonished by the spectacularly colourful Aurora Borealis, known as The Northern Lights. Oulanka National Park is just one of many great spots for viewing these dancing colours lighting up the skies in October and November, March and April each year.
Lapland’s exceptionally rugged landscapes and snow-covered spruce trees offer a magical backdrop of the brilliant aurora. You can also go cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing while cosy log cabins abound to warm up in. Finland is perfect for combining winter sports with the chance to watch one of the greatest after-dark phenomena of nature.
Dubbed “The Nature Island of the Caribbean”, this paradise brims with sensational volcanic hot springs, rivers, waterfalls, mud baths and rain forests, all amid extraordinarily lush natural scenery.
Don’t miss a walk to Black Sand Beach with its magnificent hawksbill, leatherback and green turtles. Dominica is also famed for sperm whale watching while the western coast also offers perfect, deep, sheltered bays, popular with divers as well as the sperm whales that go there to breed and calve.
Western Newfoundland’s UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park encompasses gloriously dense forests; freshwater fjords; dramatic cliffs; as well as tiny seaside communities; barren lowlands; bogs; and, arguably Newfoundland’s biggest claim to fame: the moose.
The park is also known for its unique, complex geology – don’t miss the awesome Tablelands, a spectacular flat-topped rock mountain. People visit to camp, hike, canoe, kayak and simply take in the sheer splendour of untouched nature. If camping isn’t your thing, there are cabins and cottages to rent which still keep you in the heart of nature.
Head for The Matterhorn, near the car-free village of Zermatt and you’ll be struck by the intense wonders of abundant waterfalls, colossal glaciers and rugged mountain scenery.
The Swiss Alps offer some of Europe’s most stunning and dramatic natural beauty, with their lush green valleys, dotted with wild flowers giving way to spectacular, snow-covered peaks. Straddling the Swiss-Italian border, this “Mountain of Mountains” juts sharply 4,500 metres into the sky. Don’t fancy climbing to the summit? No problem: you can easily get to this, Europe’s highest scenic outlook platform, via cable car.
Last but definitely not least, Iceland is packed with spectacular natural beauty. Expect countless, awesome waterfalls to gaze at, caves to marvel at, and thermal springs to soak in. Don’t miss the spectacular Seljalandsfoss which cascades nearly 61 metres over ancient cliffs and is beautifully lit up at night and during winter. Walk behind it to feel the water spray on your skin as you take in a unique perspective. Horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, whale watching, sea kayaking and snorkeling are just a few of the things to enjoy in idyllic Iceland.
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