Every country has natural beauty. Be it dramatic mountainscapes, meandering rivers, jaw-dropping waterfalls, vast canyons, intricate cave systems or mystical underwater paradises each country is unique unto its own.
Whether formed by shifting tectonic plates, underground activity, sinkholes, lava or erosion of the water or wind variety, the processes that shape the Earth are epic and awe-inspiring to behold and sometimes what results from them are vast areas of unimaginable beauty. That’s what I’ll be exploring in this list of the beautiful, geographically diverse countries and regions in the world.
As the second-largest country on Earth, Canada is inconceivably vast. Naturally, that means it has landscapes as varied as it is enormous. Boasting crystal clear blue lakes, jagged mountain scenes, massive glaciers, endless artic barrenness and powerful waterfalls and ethereal ice cave are some of the landscapes that lie in wait.
So much of Canada is remote wilderness where it’s nothing but you and mother nature. It’s an explorers paradise as once you’re out back and beyond, borders no longer define the path you take.
The tiny Nordic island nation of Iceland may only be small, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in geographical diversity.
Crammed onto its meagre 100,000km2 landmass are vast areas of untamed wilderness in the form of rugged mountain ranges, thundering waterfalls, dramatic coastlines lined with black basalt beaches, geothermic hot springs, spluttering volcanos and breathtaking glaciers to name a few.
It’s staggeringly beautiful and feels alive, mysterious and mythic. It’s the stuff of fantasy epics and undoubtedly an expeditionists paradise.
China is the 4th largest landmass in the world and is known for its rich mythology, particularly the dragon, and when you see the incredible landscapes this expansive country has to offer, it’s not hard to see why.
China is insane when it comes to nature. The landscapes here seem to defy logic and belief, it’s no wonder some of them were the basis for the fantasy world, Pandora in the movie Avatar. Similar environments inspired by this country’s epic scenery have popped up in numerous fantasy movies and games due to how unreal China’s geography is.
You’ve got jagged mountain peaks smothered in an ephemeral fog, regions of dramatic remnant pillars that have withstood centuries of erosion, gorgeous lakes surrounded by incredible dome-shaped mountains, undulating landscapes with layers of multi-coloured rocks, scenery dominated by mountain climbing rock terraces as well as vast barren deserts and thundering waterfalls to name a few.
It’s a land of spectacular contrasts that looks and feels mythic and otherworldly combined with an ancient culture and incredible architecture that is equally so, this massive landmass known as China will draw you in time and time again with its unreal uniqueness.
Flanked by the continent-spanning Andes mountains range, the region abounds with spectacular fjords, glaciers galore, stunning marble caves and endless mountains with incredible eroded peaks that make Patagonia a must-visit destination for people who love to get lost in nature.
The best way to sum up the landscapes of New Zealand lies in 4 little words: Lord Of The Rings. For those of you not familiar with the epic fantasy series, New Zealand is a country that is so breathtakingly dramatic, diverse and majestic, it feels like the whole of (Middle) Earth is in there.
From an endless cloud of rugged snow-capped mountains and pristine rivers and lakes pooling into glacier-carved valleys to fjords that become a spectacular waterfall display with the rains to dramatic wind-shaped coastlines, active volcanos, geothermal hot springs and numerous caverns, New Zealand is a place of unimaginable beauty.
Majestic fjords, dramatic mountains, majestic waterways, ancient glaciers and epic coastlines are just some of the wonders that await you.
Views here are off the charts and combined with opportunities to see the northern lights or the midnight sun, Norway is a destination for those who want to appreciate Mother Nature in so many of her most breathtaking forms.
Every country is gifted with natural beauty, some more so than others. The magnificent landscapes that these countries listed above have is spectacular, breathtaking, epic and awe-inspiring, and should you have the privilege and the opportunity to stand amongst these geological marvels, they’ll leave a resounding impact and an image etched in your retinas forevermore.
What are some of the most beautiful countries you’ve ever visited or hope to visit because of its stunning scenery. I will be adding more countries to this incomplete list, so please let me know which places you think should be on this list and why.
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