27th April, 2020
Our top natural wonders to cruise to in 2021
Natural wonders offer the chance to make magical memories, and have truly unique experiences. If you want to witness some of these breathtaking spectacles, then now’s the time to start planning your next adventure.
With so many things to see, we’ve whittled down a list of some of our favourite natural wonders to help you start planning your 2021 adventures. After all, whenever you choose to set sail on your next cruise, there’s always something wonderful to see.
One country which simply can’t be overlooked is Iceland. This Nordic island nation boasts all of the hallmark dramatic landscape features - from lava fields and hot springs to towering volcanoes and glaciers. Head to the Blue Lagoon, explore the Godafoss Waterfall, or try your luck at some whale watching in Akureyri.
Typically wintery destinations like Iceland have plenty to offer visitors in the summer months too. In fact, head to countries north of the Arctic Circle in the summer to witness the phenomenon known as the midnight sun - where the sun remains visible at midnight. In fact, some countries are able to see the sun for a full 24 hours a day during these months. Don’t forget to pack a camera!
Find magic in southern Spain
Mediterranean destinations like Spain come into their own during the summer months, and offer visitors a whole host of natural wonders to enjoy, without having to venture too far from the UK. In southern Spain, Doñana National Park is widely recognised as one of the most important natural protected areas in Europe, providing refuge for many endangered species within its spectacular landscape. Keep an eye out amongst the marshes and Mediterranean forest areas for creatures like the imperial eagle, Iberian lynx, and the spur-thighed tortoise - with Doñana representing one of the few places in the world that you can still find them.
The Fjords of Norway
For another unique experience, consider booking yourself a Fjords cruise. The famous Norwegian fjords offer up an excellent opportunity to enjoy some scenic cruising, making the most of the scenery as you sail past and spot landmarks along the way.
Our cruises give all guests a private balcony so that they can truly make the most of their journey. With routes along some of the most narrow and beautiful fjords in Norway, you’ll never get bored of the impressive views.
Marvel at Croatia’s national parks
While there are plenty of magical sights to be found in Croatia, Plitvice National Park has long been a firm favourite among visitors looking to get a feel for true Croatia. The famous terraced crystalline lakes tell a story of the country’s history, with waterfalls, caves and lakes formed due to centuries of water flowing through the limestone and chalk terrain. With bright turquoise waters set against chalky dramatic cliffs and lush green forest, it’s a beautiful place to get back to nature.
The dunes of Maspalomas
For more mystifying landscapes, head to the Maspalomas Dunes in Gran Canaria. Found in the south of the island, and covering 400 hectares, the area boasts towering dunes, beaches, palm groves, and even a lagoon - which is frequented by many migrating birds, as well as protected bird species. A uniquely wild place with a truly otherworldly vibe.
Why not explore more of the Canary Islands while you’re there? The Islands offer some of the world’s best spots for stargazing, with Teide Observatory being well worth a visit in Tenerife. For thrill seekers, head to the unique landscape of Lanzarote and peer into the crater of a volcano, or visit Timanfaya National Park and the famous fire mountains.
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