Three weeks ago, we listed surreal places around the world that you wouldn’t believe existed. Now we’re back with even more unbelievable places, just as mysterious, bizarre and beautiful. From South America to Asia, Africa to Europe, here are photographs of 26 more exciting and unreal travel spots to explore on your future adventures.
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The Skaftafell Ice Caves in Iceland are temporary formations that take shape when water melts holes into the edge of glaciers. The ice is so tightly packed that there are almost no air bubbles, causing the ice caves to absorb all wavelengths of light except for blue, giving the caves their unique color.
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The bioluminescent specks in the water are marine microbes called phytoplankton, which illuminate at night, turning blue and mimicking a sky full of stars.
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Trees from a once blooming forest in the “dead valley” in Deadvlei, Namibia, stand next to the highest sand dunes in the world. With the dunes in the background, the trees almost look alive, figures captured in a photograph or painting.
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When Lake Baikal, the oldest freshwater lake in the world, freezes over in the winter, the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the icy surface. In March, the sun causes cracks in the ice, resulting in the turquoise ice shards in the exterior.
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In the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand, the thousands of tiny luminescent glowworms that hang from the cavern’s ceiling create beautiful, glimmering specks.
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The hot springs in Pamukkale, Turkey, have been shaping the landscape for millions of years. The terraces of the springs are limestone, but the color of the stone makes them look as though they are made of ice and snow.
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Called the most beautiful river in the world by those who travel it, the Caño Cristales River runs through 1.2 billion-year-old rocks. If that wasn’t spectacular enough, with such extensive fauna and flora, the flowing waters look yellow, green, blue and black.
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Lake Natron, a lake with high salt levels, is home to salt-loving microorganisms that produce the red pigment. For other animals, the extreme salinity is so deadly that it calcifies them, turning them into stone.
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Located 200 miles off the coast of Tokyo is the island of Aogashima. The island consists of a volcano within a volcano.
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Fingal’s Cave in Scotland was formed by millions of years of lava cooling and fracturing, resulting naturally in the cave’s rectangular prisms. Together the formations could almost be confused for a city skyline.
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In Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, sinkholes called cenotes opened up long ago in the region’s limestone bedrock. The Cenote Angelita is a sinkhole filled with freshwater down to a certain depth. Beneath that, however, is a layer of hydrogen sulfate and then much heavier salt water. The salt water flowing beneath the freshwater looks like an aboveground river.
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Formed during the ice age, the cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula were once held sacred by the Mayans.
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The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of Africa, is a 24-mile-long, eroded bowl located in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
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From glaciers to craters, lakes to geysers, the highlands of Iceland have a spectacular diversity of natural attractions. At night, the highlands becomes one of the best places to see the aurora borealis.
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Plitvice Lakes, located in Plitvice National Park, consists of natural dams, lakes, caves and waterfalls that were created by water flowing over limestone and chalk for thousands upon thousands of years.
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In Baños, Ecuador, there is a rickety tree house called “casa del árbol” that sits on the edge of a cliff near an active volcano. The tree house has a swing without any harnesses, which lets brave and adventurous risk-takers swing over the edge for one amazing view.
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The Great Blue Hole in Belize is a marine sinkhole off the coast. At over 400 feet deep, it is one of the top scuba diving spots in the world.
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The tulip fields in the Netherlands are located just outside of Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, and are also mostly privately owned.
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Located in Hordaland, Norway, Trolltunga is a rock outcropping which protrudes out of the mountain approximately 2,000 feet up in the air. In English, Trolltunga means “troll’s tongue.”
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The Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia is known for its gorgeous white sands and clear blue water. The sand is also very fine, which makes the beach feel softer underfoot.
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The Enchanted Well, located in Brazil’s Chapada Diamantina National Park, is 120 feet deep with waters clear enough to see the rocks and ancient tree trunks on its bottom.
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Near the village of Lotofaga on the south coast of Samoa’s Upolu island ocean water flows inland through a lava-tube tunnel. It collects in a deep hole known at the To Sua Ocean Trench that is perfect for swimming.
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A large chain of volcanoes, 19 of which are still active, on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia has (fittingly) come to be known as the Volcanoes of Kamchatka. The highest volcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, stands at 16,000 feet.
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Volcanic activity from 50 to 60 million years ago formed a lava plateau in Northern Ireland. With the passage of time, the lava cooled and fractured, creating the perfectly shaped columns that became Giant’s Causeway.
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The Kelimutu crater lakes in Flores Island, Indonesia, are three lakes which sit inside the volcano. The westernmost lake, called the Lake of Old People, is usually blue and the other two, the Lake of Young Men and Maidens and the Bewitched or Enchanted Lake, are typically green and red, respectively.
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The Takinoue Park in Japan, famous for its Shibazakura flowers or Pink Moss, attracts thousands of visitors every year between May and June when the flowers are in full bloom.
August 11, 2014
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