This beautiful waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. It looks wonderful in the summer, but to witnessing it’s magical beauty in the winter is a whole different deal. The edges of it get covered in ice, the water seems to look even more blue than usual. Godafoss looks like a fairy tale destination in the winter. It’s one of those places you have to visit, the pictures don’t even show you the true beauty of this place. The name, Godafoss, which means “the waterfall of gods” comes from Icelandic legends that say a religious crisis was settled by throwing idols of Nordic gods into the waterfall.
Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone National Park is home to the third largest hot spring in the World. You might wonder why should you visit the third largest one, not the first. Well, there’s a very good reason for that. See, the first two might be bigger, but this one is special. It’s called the Grand Prismatic Spring and it’s rainbow colored. This hot spring is multicolored thanks to microorganisms called archaea that can be found in the microbial mats that form on the edges of water. The colors themselves change from season to season, depending on the temperature of the water. In the summer the hot spring is usually orange and yellow, and in the winter it’s mostly green.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
If you ever find yourself in Malaysia, you should definitely see this bridge. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is one of the world’s most spectacular pedestrian bridges. What makes it different from other bridges? It’s shape. This bridge is curved, so instead of just going straight, you’re going around the mountain. This gives you the advantage of constantly changing scenery, and the possibility to see the mountain from a different perspective. The view from the Langkawi Sky Bridge is truly spectacular, it’s a definitely must see. Put it on your bucket list.
Kelimutu, Flores Island, Indonesia
Kelimutu is a volcano. But it’s not just any volcano. This volcano contains 3 crater lakes, and each of them is a different color. The first lake is called Tiwu Ata Bupu, which means Lake of Old People and it’s usually blue. The other two lakes are called Tiwu Ko’o Fai Nuwa Muri (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake). The Lake of the Young Men and Maidens is usually green and the Enchanted Lake is usually red. The colors of lakes vary periodically and no one really knows why. The most probable reason for the color change is the volcano’s activity.
The Sahara Desert, Morocco
We always think of the desert as this huge place with no water and huge dunes of sand. We never really think about how it ends or where it ends, do we? Turns out the largest hot desert on Earth, the Sahara Desert, that spans through multiple countries, meets the ocean in the end. It literally just ends and the ocean begins. So basically it’s a huge beach, right? It might sound like a joke, but it’s actually true, some people do treat it like a beach and come to the edge of the desert to surf.
Namib Desert, Namibia
While we’re on the subject of deserts, let’s mention the Namib Desert. This is a coastal desert, so it literally goes along the coast of Africa and is pretty much always in touch with the ocean. But more impressively, in the Namib Desert you’ll be able to see the Welwitschia. It’s often called “the living fossil”. It’s a very impressive plant, that can survive in the desert and can only be found in this area and nowhere else in the world.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar De Uyuni is the largest saf flat in the world. It’s located in Europe, Bolivia, to be more precise. It formed over the years from several prehistoric lakes. The salt layer is a couple of meters thick and exceptionally flat. Because of its flatness it’s essentially like a huge mirror. In fact, it’s the largest mirror in the world and it’s often used for calibrating Earth satellites. The coolest thing about this enormous salt flat is that when the surface of it gets covered with a thin layer of water it reflects the sky, so it looks like you’re walking on the sky. How impressive is that?
Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
This place might look like your regular kind of dessert, but it actually isn’t a desert at all, it’s a national park. This area gets quite a lot of rain, quite frequently, but there’s no plants here. However, because of abundant rain, it occasionally gets flooded. The water, being unable to go anywhere because of large rocks underneath the sand dunes, forms lagoons between the sand dunes. This creates an illusion of a water oasis in the middle of the desert. Nature can be very tricky, am I right?
Waitomo Glowworm Cave
New Zealand is famous for its nature. We all know that all those beautiful landscapes from the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings were filmed in New Zealand. Turns out that’s not all New Zealand has to offer. New Zealand is also home to a huge Glowworm Cave. Yup, you heard me, there’s a huge cave, and it’s full of glowworms. The glowworms themselves are about the size of a regular mosquito, but because there’s so many of them, it looks like the whole cave is just covered in glowing clusters of light. It’s quite magical. If you’re interested in seeing this fairytale cave, there’s boat tours available. Just try not to think that you’ll be surrounded by millions of tiny worms.
Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China
Zhangye Danxia national park used to be just a provincial park, until it became a national geopark in 2011. This park is one of the most beautiful landforms in China. All thanks to its colorful rock formations. The rock formations differ in colors and shapes. In fact, the whole place looks like a huge layered cake, or like someone took a huge brush and decided to just draw colorful stripes across the rocks. In reality, it took millions of years and all sorts of minerals and sandstone deposits to form this vibrant landscape.