6 Of The Most Beautiful, Geographically Diverse Countries & Regions In The World

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.


Canada

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.

Canada - Evanoff Provincial Park - Mt Fangoff
Mt Fangoff
Canada - Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway
Canada - Near Mt Thor
Near Mt Thor
Canada - Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks
Canada - Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Glacier
Canada - Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Canada - Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Canada - Tomstone National Park
Tomstone National Park
Canada - Auyuittuq National Park
Auyuittuq National Park
Canada - Lussier Hot Springs
Lussier Hot Springs
Canada - Maquinna Provincial Park
Maquinna Provincial Park
Canada - Lake Louise Shoreline Walk
Lake Louise Shoreline Walk

Iceland

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.

Iceland - Hvalnes Beach
Hvalnes Beach
Iceland - Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Vatnajökull National Park Ice Caves

Iceland - Blatindur
Blatindur
Iceland - Stokksnes
Stokksnes
Iceland - Mt. Kirkjufell
Mt. Kirkjufell
Iceland - ÞÓRSMÖRK National Park
ÞÓRSMÖRK National Park
Iceland - Reynisfjara Basalt Columns
Reynisfjara Basalt Columns
Iceland - Strokkur
Strokkur


China

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.

New Zealand - Kuirau Park
Kuirau Park
China - Zhangye Danxia National Geopark
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark
China - Yulonghe Scenic Area
Yulong River
China - Jiuzhaigou Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley
China - Huangshan Scenic Area
Huangshan
China - Wensu Grand Canyon
Wensu Grand Canyon
China - Rice Terraces Of Yuanyang
Rice Terraces Of Yuanyang
China - Cresent Lake And Echoing Sand Mountain
Crescent Lake/ Gobi Desert
China - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park


PatagoniaArgentina And Chile

Comprising of the southernmost tips of Chile and Argentina in South America, Patagonia is a vast, mountainous wildness dotted by numerous lakes, rugged mountains and sheer peaks. 

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.

Argentina - Cerro Tronador
Argentina – Cerro Tronador
Argentina - Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina – Perito Moreno Glacier
Chile - Salto Chico
Chile – Salto Chico
Chile - Torres Del Paine
Chile – Torres Del Paine
Argentina - Chorrillo del Salto
Argentina – Chorrillo del Salto
Argentina - Rio Guillermo
Argentina – Rio Guillermo
Chile - Laguna Cerro Castillo
Chile – Laguna Cerro Castillo
Chile - Torres del Paine National Park
Chile – Torres del Paine National Park
Argentina - Refugio Frey? Near Laguna Toncek
Argentina – Laguna Toncek
Chile - FitzRoy
Chile – FitzRoy
Chile - The Marble Caves - Screen Shot 2020-08-15 at 8.16.46 pm
Chile – The Marble Caves
Chile - Torres del Paine National Park
Chile – Torres del Paine National Park

New Zealand

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.

New Zealand - Mt Cook: Hooker Lake
Hooker Lake & Mt Cook
New Zealand - Wai-O-Tapu
Wai-O-Tapu
New Zealand - Matukituki River
Matukituki River
New Zealand - Mt Tongario
Mt Tongario
New Zealand - Gates Of Haast
Gates Of Haast
New Zealand - Milford Sound
Milford Sound
New Zealand - Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier
New Zealand - MAROKOPA FALLS
Marokopa Falls
New Zealand - Cathedral Cave
Cathedral Cove

Norway

Land of the Vikings (along with Sweden and Finland), Norway is more than the birthplace of fearless warriors from yesteryear. It’s also a place of spectacular natural 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.

Norway - Hardangervidda National Park
Hardangervidda National Park
Norway - Reinebringen, Lofoten
Reinebringen
Norway - Utsiktspunkt, Lofoten
Utsiktspunkt
Norway - Geiranger Fjord
Geiranger Fjord
Norway - Sor Spitsbergen National Park
Sor Spitsbergen National Park
Norway - Lake Ringedalsvatnet Near The Famous Rock Plateau, Trolltunga
Lake Ringedalsvatnet
Norway - Pulpit Rock
Pulpit Rock
Norway - Sorland
Sorland
Norway - Briksdalsbreen Glacier
Briksdalsbreen Glacier

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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