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For The Road Less Traveled: 5 Places in Europe That Will Take Your Breath Away

I have plans to go back to Europe next year and although nothing is set on stone yet, I’m already planning an itinerary. Anyway, I was asked if I could publish this article on my blog. I reviewed it and thought it’s a great fit — not only for my personal plans but also to those who are planning to embark on a Eurotrip soon. Hope you find this article as useful as I do! I now have more places, hopefully, less touristy to add in my itinerary.


Although there are so many beautiful places around the globe, we do tend to forget that Europe fascinates not only with its ancient and modern cities but with its nature too. There are some real amazing destinations you have to visit! To understand that, bellow I will name a few of it. Some of it are pretty well-known, some of it are not, but all of these places are definitely going to take your breath away!

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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Iceland is definitely a country full of amazing and beautiful scenery, but today I am going to recommend you at least one of the most beautiful ones – Landmannalaugar. This spectacular place with hard to pronounce name is one of the most unusual natural places from all over the world too! It is located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highland of Iceland and it will amaze you with a huge variety of naturally appear colors in these hills. Actually, apparently because of that it is one of the most visited and photographed places in Europe too. So – definitely make a stop there!

Arcachon

Grande Dune du Pilat, Arcachon, France

Another amazing place worth your breath is in France. Grande dune du Pilat is Europe’s highest sand dune with a whopping 344ft high. Constantly preened by wind and waves, this stunning place is forever shifting shape, and very slowly shifting east. Climbing it is a serious business, but I can ensure you that will be worth every sweat drop you are going to make. In the end, this breezy summit is a popular spot for paragliders, who leap into the air in very big numbers. So the views get even better too!

Sognefjord, Norway

Sognefjord, Norway

In Norway, you can (and should) definitely gaze your eyes into one of the biggest nature’s wonders – fjords! And especially the Sognefjord! It is actually the world’s longest ice-free fjord burrows its way inland for 127 miles. So the view and the feeling then you walk through it or just absorbing everything from the side is mystic and out-of-Earth like for sure. Moreover, while visiting Norway you can ride the unbelievably steep Flåm railway, which climbs up 9,639ft and passes through 20 tunnels. That trip will definitely stay with your forever because you will be able to see some truly unique panoramas through the railway window.

Ghosts On The Causeway

Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

If you want some real out-of-Earth experience, then visit Northern Ireland too! Legend has it that this puzzling procession of 40,000 basalt columns marching into the sea was created by the Irish giant called Finn MacCool in preparation for a battle with his Scottish rival Benandonner. And now you can visit and see his enormous work! In fact, it was all made by nature and this true fact amazes all tourists who visit this place even more. Really – these natural geometrically perfectly shaped columns will make you feel that you are not on Earth somehow. So – better take a good camera and some warm clothing because it is definitely going to make you amazed!

Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Finally, usually referred as a real paradise on earth, Plitvice National park in Croatia is going to take your breath away with their amazing number of natural waterfalls around. And it has sixteen lakes linked together with a series of gushing waterfalls too! Those lakes are famous for their stunning colors, which change from shades of teal, turquoise and deep blue’s to grays throughout the year. While waterfall differs in their sizes and numbers too, you will definitely lose your count of stunning places there. So visit this little piece of heaven on earth and take a tour in Plitvice then you visit Croatia!

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna
    September 26, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Nice list, Kisty. I like that you mentioned most of the underrated, if not unheard of (at least to my knowledge) places around Europe! Croatia is the last place I would expect to see waterfalls; I was surprised to see that photo belonged to that country hehe.

  • Reply
    Ice Pandora
    September 26, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Go less-touristy hotspots! Me and my friend are actually planning to go
    to Iceland next year c: Xx
    Ice Pandora

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    Louise Ramos
    September 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    All the photos are just gaaaaah so pretty. 😍 So nice that you posted the non-mainstream Eurotrip go-tos. I’ve heard and searched a lot about Iceland (Blue Lagoon and Gullfoss omg, Up movie vibes) and now I wish travel funds do grow on trees huhu.
    Caffeine Rush

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