Thousands of years of human history have left many marvels in their wake, such as the pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal in India, and the ancient city of Angkor Wat. We live in a world of wonders, but the most impressive of them were build by the hand of mother nature herself.
These are the top 5 natural wonders that should be on your bucket list – and some of them are closer than you may think.
Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, Norway
Norway is famous for its natural beauty, but it does not get any better than the fjords of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord.
The scenery is spectacularly dramatic, and best enjoyed from the deck of a tour boat. What makes them even more special is that they are the deepest, longest fjords in the world, so try not to fall overboard.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
If you haven’t heard of the US state of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, you have probably been living under a rock. Possibly even one in the canyon.
The massive canyon, with its bands of colour and strange rock formations, snakes its way for 277 miles in the 1 million-acre park, which is surrounded by camping grounds, so accommodation is easily affordable.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is one of the trickier bucket list natural wonders. The strange blue-green glow is ultimately the result of solar winds disturbing the earth’s magnetosphere. The best places from which to see them are the northern latitudes of Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Calling Salar de Uyuni the world’s largest salt lake does not make it sound like the most attractive place on the planet. However, do not let that fool you.
Its massive size is due to a number of prehistoric lakes having joined together, but even more impressive than the scale is its ability to mirror the sky perfectly. You are sure to be mesmerised by the reflection that makes it look as though you are walking in thin air.
Mount Everest, Nepal and Tibet
The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest is a sight to behold, even if the summit happens to be obscured by clouds that day. You can do it the really easy way, and enjoy views of the mountain from a distance, or, if you have a bit more energy, consider joining a hike to a base camp. If you have solid experience in mountain climbing and a tremendous amount of courage, you may even be able to find a group with whom you can hike right to the top.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
A sinkhole below sea level sounds neither appealing nor accessible. However, Belize’s Great Blue Hole, found near the centre of the Lighthouse Reef atoll 42 miles from the mainland, is at a shallow enough depth to be seen from a boat. Heck, if you are an astronaut, you can see it from space.
It’s an incredible 1,043 feet in diameter and 407 feet deep, and contains caves and caverns, coral and rock formations, and an abundance of fish and other marine life. If you are a scuba diver or are willing to learn, so much the better.