Top 10 European Natural Wonders

Iceland

The problem with top 10 lists is that you're bound to leave out some great runners-up, especially since a top 10 list is by its very nature subjective.


Europe is a relatively small, but at the same time, incredibly diverse continent – from the Arctic stretches of Northern Scandinavia and Russia to the pleasantly warm waters of the Mediterranean. Our selection will hopefully supply some inspiration for your next trip.

 

1. Iceland – Located just south of the Arctic Circle, on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, East of Greenland, this Nordic island nation of just 320,000 people boasts some of the world’s most impressive natural landscapes. Geologically the island is in its infancy – it regularly experiences volcanic eruptions (for instance the unpronounceable Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, causing widespread travel chaos across Europe). The beautiful island has countless geysers, too.

 

2. Norwegian Fjords & Glaciers – You can't have a fjord without a glacier. The Norwegian coast is testimony to that fact. Retreating glaciers there have created some of the world's most breathtaking coastal inlets with steep cliffs.

 

3. Grecian Isles – Home to many ancient gods and modern holiday resorts, you’ll enjoy the bright blue skies and white rendered houses.

 

4. North Sea Coast and Wetlands – The world's busiest shipping route also hosts a surprisingly varied natural habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife.

 

5. Tuscany, Italy – Travel on the picturesque meandering roads through Central Italy's beautifully hilly landscape. Combine culture with great food and relaxation for the romantic trip of a lifetime.

 

6. Cantabria, Spain – You’ll love the seafood and desolate rocky beaches. Make sure to avoid the costas with their fish and chips shop and visit the real Spain.

 

7. Transylvania – Not as scary as you might think. Desolate beauty in Central Europe.

 

8. Dalmatian coast, Croatia – One of Europe's favorite destinations and still largely unspoiled. 

 

9. Black Forrest & the River Danube – Have some hot chocolate and Schwarzwalder Kirsch cake and then hop on board of one of the many boats on the Danube.

 

10. The Cliffs of Moher – Tens of thousands of birds call these cliffs, ranging anywhere from 120–200 meters high, home. Located in Ireland, they’re made of shale and sandstone and pretty much impossible to scale (unless you’re a bird).

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.