Reconnecting with nature has been demonstrated to have numerous emotional and physical benefits, not to mention the mere pleasure of being surrounded by gorgeous landscape. These sites are great for anyone looking for a holiday where they can immerse themselves in nature.
In northern Finland’s Lapland, there are igloos, hotel rooms, and other accommodations specifically intended for seeing the Aurora Borealis, a beautiful colourful natural light show. During the aurora sighting season, which occurs in October and November as well as March and April, Oulanka National Park is one of the best places in the region to see the dancing lights. This spectacular park in the far north is set in a breathtaking rugged scenery of snow-covered forests and frozen candle spruces against a brilliant aurora sky. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or even igloo building throughout the day. Cozy log cottages in the park are perfect for laying your head at night and offer a terrific foundation.
Dominica, dubbed “The Nature Island of the Caribbean,” is an easy choice for people looking to reconnect with nature. It boasts a luxuriant scenery with volcanic hot springs, natural mud baths, endless rivers and waterfalls, untouched rain forest, and cool natural swimming holes. A leatherback, hawksbill, and green turtle refuge may be found on Black Sand Beach. Dominica is also known for its whale-watching opportunities, thanks to a resident population of sperm whales that can often be seen from the shore. The tremendous underwater drop-offs around Dominica create deep, sheltered coves around the western coast, which are ideal for divers and sperm whale breeding and calving. “The Nature Island” is its nickname.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Gros Morne is a spectacular natural beauty in western Newfoundland with a vast variety of outdoor adventures. As part of the Long Range Mountains, this national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site spans over 700 square kilometres. It has dense forests, freshwater fjords, spectacular cliffs, and attractive shorelines, as well as barren plains, bogs, and moose, and is surrounded by tiny seaside settlements. It’s also recognised for its unusual and complicated geology, which includes the Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock that’s normally only found deep in the earth’s mantle and is absolutely breathtaking. Hiking, camping, canoeing, and kayaking are common activities in this area. If camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cabin and cottage rentals to choose from.
Virgin Gorda has all you might want in a tropical, get-away-from-it-all getaway. The Baths, a natural wonder on the north shore made up of massive granite boulders that form sheltered sea pools on the beach’s edge, seems tailor-made for a soothing dip in the ocean. Devil’s Bay, which is good for swimming and snorkelling, is also part of the protected area. The North Sound, on Virgin Gorda’s northeast shore, is a significant water sports hub in the British Virgin Islands, while Gorda Peak National Park offers fantastic hiking options as well as the opportunity to see Christmas orchids, bromeliads, and hummingbirds.The Baths on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The Matterhorn-Zermatt, Switzerland
With lush, green valleys studded with bright wildflowers giving way to stunning snow-covered rocky peaks, the Swiss Alps provide some of Europe’s most striking natural landscapes. The Matterhorn, rising into the sky like a 15,000-foot towering pyramid, is, of course, its most famous peak. Though its highest peak is in Switzerland, the “Mountain of Mountains,” as it’s known, straddles the Swiss-Italian border. It towers over the lovely, automobile-free resort of Zermatt, and if you don’t feel like climbing it, you can take a cable car all the way to the summit, Europe’s highest spectacular viewing platform.
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
This national park, which encompasses the Durmitor Mountain Range and a narrow swath of the Tara River to the east, is very stunning. Nearly 50 peaks tower above 6,500 feet in altitude in this stunning environment formed from limestone by ice and water throughout time. Three spectacular gorges may also be discovered here, including the Tara River, which has Europe’s deepest gorge, and rivers that flow beneath the park. Take one of the various trails to the upper plateau, where three shelters are provided for overnighters: a cabin, a refuge, and a bivouac. The ice cave, which is packed with frozen stalactites and stalagmites all year, is a must-see.
This little group of islands in the western Pacific Ocean has some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling. By 2020, the president declared that one-third of near-shore coastal waters and 20% of forest area would be preserved. These islands are one of the nicest Pacific Islands to visit, and they are also home to the world’s first shark sanctuary, a large 231,661-square-kilometer protected area. The Rock Islands, which many people are familiar with thanks to the show “Survivor Palau,” are ancient coral reef relics that comprise nearly 300 islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon. The majority are deserted and are known for their unique shape and fine, powdery sand beaches, but especially for their turquoise lagoons.
Last but not least, Iceland is rich in breathtaking natural wonders, making it one of the best places on the planet for reconnecting with nature. There are numerous waterfalls to admire, as well as hot springs and caverns to explore. Seljalandsfoss, one of the most photographed falls in the country, is a must-see. It drops approximately 200 feet into a pool below near the southern coast, and if you walk around to the rear of the cascade, you may feel the water splash on your skin while enjoying a unique perspective that few others get to see. Other enjoyable activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, whale viewing, sea kayaking, and snorkelling.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
This stunning lake, surrounded by three towering volcanoes, was dubbed “the most beautiful lake in the world” by German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. It’s surrounded by tranquillity and calm in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range, giving an exceptionally inspiring environment for meditation, yoga, and contemplation. It’s simple to reconnect with nature here, thanks to the vibrant hues and clean mountain air. Enjoy the environment while hiking, kayaking, or bicycling, and immerse yourself in Mayan civilization; after all, this culture did not vanish completely. Residents even dress with a distinctive way that reflects the town in which they live.
Williams Lake – British Columbia, Canada
One of the many reasons McLean’s Tsylos Park Lodge is so special is the opportunity to disengage from the chaos of modern life and reconnect with nature. You’ll be able to reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, and perhaps even one of your true passions. Forget about texting and computers; here you can completely immerse yourself in nature’s calm and tranquillity. Along with wonderful meals, the lodge provides an ideal setting for chats around the table and sitting around the warm fire. Daytime activities include world-class fly fishing and canoeing on the Chilko River, as well as horseback riding and hiking among stunning mountain views.