The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
The Swiss Alps offer some of Europe’s most dramatic natural scenery, with lush, green valleys dotted with colorful wildflowers that give way to spectacular snow-covered rocky peaks make it perfect vacation destinations for Nature Lovers. Of course, the Matterhorn is its most famous peak, jutting into the sky like a 15,000 foot tall pyramid. The “Mountain of Mountains,” as it’s sometimes called, straddles the Swiss-Italian border, though its highest summit stands in Switzerland. It towers over the picturesque, car-free village of Zermatt, and if you aren’t up for climbing it, you can get to the top by riding a cable car that leads all the way to the summit, the highest scenic outlook platform in Europe.
In Lapland, in northern Finland, there are igloos, hotel rooms and other accommodation options that were specially designed for enjoying the spectacular colorful natural light show known as the Aurora Borealis. Oulanka National Park is just one great spot in this region for viewing the dancing lights during the aurora sighting season, which falls in October and November as well as March and April. This magnificent park in the far north sits among a breathtaking rugged landscape of snow-covered forests with candle spruces standing frozen before a backdrop of the brilliant aurora. During the day, enjoy cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing or even igloo building. Cozy log cabins located right in the park are ideal for laying your head down at night and make a great base to combine a vacation of winter sports with the chance to watch one of the greatest wonders of nature after dark.
Gros Morne offers striking natural beauty in western Newfoundland. This national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches across nearly 700 square miles as part of the Long Range Mountains. Encircled by tiny seaside communities, it features dense forests, freshwater fjords, dramatic cliffs and picturesque shorelines as well as barren lowlands, bogs and moose. It’s also known for its unique and complex geology, including the Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock – a type of which is usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle, and truly an awe-inspiring sight. Hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking are all popular here. If camping is a bit too “back to nature” for you, you’ll find plenty of cabin and cottage rentals that will put you right in the heart of it all.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, Iceland
A picturesque waterfall in the river Seljalandsa in Iceland, it is a truly magnificent sight to witness. It is the only known waterfall in the world where you can walk behind it. It is 60 meters high and has a foot path at the bottom of the cliff.
When visiting you should be prepared to get a little wet because Seljalandsfoss is one of the very rare waterfalls, anywhere in the world, where it is possible to walk behind the narrow, cascading falls. Following the pathway from the base of the cliff will take you behind the vigorously tumbling waterfall. We recommend you take your time and make the most of an opportunity to take some totally unique photographs.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
This unique park boasts the largest and most important rain forest in southern Thailand. The park has a lot of rare species of plants like the Bau-Pood and the Rafflesia Flower. It is referred to as the “Guilin of Thailand” thanks to the breath-taking green fresh water lake surrounded by cliffs and gorges.
Vacation Destinations for Nature Lovers
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