7 Natural Wonders of our World
Natural wonders, wildlife and historical sites – the world is a truly spectacular place to explore. Journey to the summit of Mt McKinley – deep in Alaska’s Denali National Park, traverse the volcanic surrounds of Iceland’s Lake Myvatn or perhaps learn of Maori history in New Zealand’s Rotorua.
Read on for our top 7 Natural Wonders of our Natural World.
1. Bay of Fundy, Canada
A daily phenomenon on Canada’s eastern coast, the Bay of Fundy is a spectacular place to visit. Featuring one of the world’s strangest daily occurrences, visit the bay at low tide and you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the ocean floor and visit the popular Hopewell Rocks from 3 hours before, and 3 hours after. Return at high tide and prepare to be astonished as the very same site is enveloped by the ocean, with tides often reaching up to 14-metres high!
2. Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Created by a large volcanic eruption over 2,300 years ago, Lake Myvatn’s dramatic volcanic and geothermal surrounds are truly breathtaking, which ever time of year you choose to visit. During the summer months, this area becomes a birdwatcher’s paradise. Be sure to listen to the sound of bubbling mud pools at Namaskard and observe fascinating lava fields at Dimmuborgir as you explore on foot. A climb up to the crater of Hverfjall – one of the world’s largest tephra rings – comes highly recommended.
3. Mt McKinley, Alaska
Nestled between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Denali National Park covers six million acres of parkland – enriched with a stunning backdrop of glaciers, rivers and lakes. If you’re lucky, you could spot an abundance of local wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, caribou and even wolves. In the heart of this beautiful national park lies North America’s highest peak – Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley). Take an unforgettable scenic flight to the summit, or perhaps take a guided tour into the wilderness to make the most of your Denali experience.
4. Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
Picture-perfect, remote and filled with charming history and fascinating wildlife, South Georgia is home to 30 million breeding birds and thousands of seal species which include elephant and fur. You’ll also experience an incredible vision of over 30 colonies of king penguin! Salisbury Plain is home to as many as 500,000 breeding king penguins. Visit polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave at Grytviken, which is located near to the old whaling station – a captivating museum, where you can learn of the island’s whaling history. Visit all this and more on our South Georgia via the Falklands holiday.
5. North Cape, Norway
Did you know that if you’re standing by the North Cape’s iconic globe monument, only the Svalbard Islands lie between you and the North Pole? A visit to this enchanting location will make you feel like you’re standing on the very end of the world with only blue sea beyond and below. In the summer, watch the midnight sun at its lowest, and when winter falls – keep your eyes peeled for a sublime northern lights display.
6. Rotorua, New Zealand
Revered by the native Maoris, Rotorua’s spectacular hot springs, colossal geothermal geysers and sparkling lakes are one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Observe traditional Maori cultural performances, admire charming landscapes and simply relax in particularly sulphuric surrounds. Rotorua Island was off-limits for over a century, but is now open as a unique heritage centre. We recommend a visit to the historic jail, schoolhouse and chapel.
7. Lapporten Gap, Sweden
In the heart of Abisko National Park lies the Lapporten Gap. Also known as the Lapporten Mountain Gate and Goose Valley, this is one of Sweden’s most photographed natural wonders. Carved by glaciers in the last glacial period, on side of the gap you’ll find the peak of Nissuntjarro and on the other – Tjuonatjakka. Take a closer look and between the two lies Lake Cuonjajavari.