For a place called Iceland the Atlantic island country is pretty green and there’s a lot of water flowing freely on a relatively small area. Many of the rivers create amazing waterfalls along their way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Here are the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland:
There are many, many rocks around the world that look like something, but not as many that specifically look like elephants. Now some of these have been sculpted by the sea, or eroded by rain and wind and some are magmatic, but all of them have that unmistakable look of the beautiful giant mammals.
Hopefully these rocks won’t be the only reminder of elephants in near future.
A small collection of the most amazing places on Earth. Maybe some of them you’ve seen or heard, in which case here’s a reminder, if you’ve never seen this places, then enjoy!
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1. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Lofoten Islands are an archipelago in Norway which lies in the Arctic Circles adn provides some of the most amazing views of steep mountains and many small bays.
2. Hang Son Doong, world’s largest cave in Vietnam
The Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam is so large that it even has trees and various vegetation and animal life, thanks to two places where the ceiling has collapsed in the 9km cave, through which the sunlight enters.
3. Jacob’s Well, Texas
Jacob’s well is an interesting spring which flows through the mouth of a vertical cave. Found in Texas, USA.
3. Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Pilippines
The Chocolate Hills are found in Bohol, a province in the Philippines. There are over 1200 hills that are from 30 to 50 meters high. Covered only in grass which eventually turns brown the landscape resembles, as the names suggests hills made of chocolate.
4. The green hills of Li River, Guangxi, China
The Li River is located in the Guagxi province in China. It flows through one of the most beautiful landscapes a person can imagine of steep green hills.
4. Devil’s Tower, Vyoming
Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is a geological formation that rises 386 meters above the otherwise flat surroundings. It is the first declared United States National Monument back in 1906.
5. Spotted Lake, Canada
The Spotted Lake is an alkaline lake that is very, very rich in minerals, so during dry season it forms smaller pools which colors vary depending on the mineral in that pool. Located in Similkameen Valley, British Columbia.
6. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes national park is a Croatian UNESCO heritage site that is comprised of several lakes connected through waterfalls. It is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.
7. Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), Turkey
The hot springs of Pamukkale have carved beautiful natural terraces of travertine, that are used for bathing ann a major tourism site since ancient times. Located in the Denizli Province in Turkey.
8. Mauritius’ “underwater” waterfall
The “underwater” waterfall is just an illusion created by the flowing sand into a precipice under the sea near the Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean.
9. Angel Falls, worlds’ highest waterfall in Venezuela
Salto Angel, or Angel Falls is the highest water fall in the world, falling from 979 meters with a clear free fall of 807 meters. Pretty impressive. It’s name in the Pemon language, Kerepakupai Vena, means “waterfall from the deepest place”.
10. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
The Moreaki Boulders are striking large and spherical rocks found on the Koekohe Beach in New Zealand. The boulders are from 0.5 m to 2.2 meters in diameter.
The Koutu Boulders are less famous version of the Moreaki Boulders and are also found on New Zealand. There are a lot of spherical rocks found around the world, scientifically they are known as concretions.
11. Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Two words, Up, Pixar. The stunning views of Mount Roraima are an inspiration for the popular animation “Up”. The mountain has a striking, appearance with sharp edges and vertical walls in rather flat terrain.
12. The Tianzi Mountains, Zhangjiajie National Park, China
The Tianzi mountains on the other hand are an inspiration for a very beloved, albeit fictional place, the Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in the movie Avatar. More for the mountains and more images here.
13. The Cave of Giant Crystals, Mexico
The Giant Cave of Crystals is found 300meters below the surface in Naica, Mexico. The largest crystal in the cave weighs 55tons, however the extreme conditions in the cave like temperatures up to 60°C makes it hard to be explored. People can only handle spending 10 minutes inside.
14. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
The Antelope Canyon is a beautiful geological formation created by erosion of sandstone found in Navajo land in Arizona.
15. Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier in Australia is a peculiar little lake that is pink! The color of the lake is the result of a microorganism that lives in the lake and the salt water. The lake is located on the Middle Island of the Recherche Archipelago.
The Zhangjiajie National Park is a scenic area in China comprised of precipitous stone pillars some of them as high as 1000 meters, and it all reminds us of Avatar.
One of the pillars is even officially renamed to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in honor of the film, apparently according to the director James Cameron this place was the original inspiration for the floating mountains on the fictive moon Pandora.
The Zhangjiajie National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and in 2004 is also listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.