Around the nature, we always rediscover peace of mind that is forgotten in the chaotic lifestyle of modern tech era. since the existence of mankind, humans are meant to live in the nature. Although our inhabitation with nature has reduced in modern lifestyle, we still maintain the powerful connections with nature. Most of the solutions to our problems are found in nature as our mind works better within the nature, therefore, we all deserve to escape from chaotic modern lifestyle to spend some quality time with nature and rediscover our existence.
Europe host some of the world’s best habitats for nature lovers. When its comes to exploring the nature in Europe, summer is ideal time. In this article we have mentioned top 6 natural habitats you can visit in Europe during Summer, ranked from number 1 to spend some peaceful and quality time with nature.
Let’s jump right in.
1. Bernese Oberland: Switzerland
Bernese Oberland is undoubtably the most beautiful place in Europe and one of best in the world if you are admirer of nature. Bernese Oberland is the region centered in Interlaken and western region of Switzerland. The area is spread around the Swiss alpine region which covers some highest peaks of Europe and most beautiful lakes in Europe.
Bernese Oberland is blessed with most unique mountain excursions of Mountain Trains, Gondolas, Funicular, chair lifts etc. and offers numerous trails for hiking lovers. It also has highest mountain train in the Europe which is “The Jungfraujoch”.
This region is also home to most beautiful and scenic villages of the world such as Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Murren, Wangen, etc. The lake Brienz and lake Thun is even elevating its beauty with its turquoise colour water.
Things to do in Bernese Oberland:-
There are plenty of thing to do in Bernese Oberland. From relaxing with the scenic view from your balcony to hiking through the tallest mountains in the Europe, from kayaking through the lake brienz to the paragliding through the Lauterbrunnen valley, From boat rides in the lake to the train ride till top of Europe, you will never get tired of this region. We have mentioned below some of the must do activities during your trip to Bernese Oberland:-
Visit Interlaken town including Harder Kulm.
Take a mountain train to Schynige Platte
Visit to the scenic villages: Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wangen, Grindelwald, Iseltwald, etc.
Take mountain train to the The Jungfraujoch.
Take gondola ride to the Schilthorn and experience thrill walk in Birg.
Visit Grindelwald first mountain and experience the thrill of different adventure activities.
Ride in the Coal engine train to the Brienzer Rothorn.
Take a boat rides in Lake Brienz and lake Thun.
Experience the beauty of lake Lungern.
Kayak in Lake brienz
Paraglide from Murren to the lauterbrunnen valley
Hike through the beautiful alpine meadow
Iceland is marvellously beautiful and unique in its own ways with the beautiful natural sceneries. It is land of magical natural phenomena. It is an Island European nation of northern Scandinavia. The nation is surrounded by nature, anywhere you go. It is well known for geothermal Pools, hot springs, whales, volcanos, unique diamond beaches, stunning waterfalls, breathtaking landscapes, Hiking and ofcourse the northern lights.
The good time to explore the beauty of the nation is Summer. Being in the north the summer in Iceland is not so warm. Iceland reaches maximum temperature of 20 to 25 degrees during the summer which makes it perfect destination for hiking and outdoor activities. You can experience the midnight sun during the summertime even you will experience no darkness at all during the summertime which is uniqueness of this nation. The nation also hosts festivals of outdoor camping and music during the summer.
During the winter, the Iceland offers breathtaking spectacular phenomena of northern lights. However, the outdoor activities are limited in the summertime due to limited daylight and the colder temperature. The bathing in the hot spring is something unique to experience in Iceland.
Things to do in Iceland
Iceland offers wide range of attractions depending on your preferences. If you love hiking, then there is plenty of ground for you, if you love glaciers, then the Iceland is the place for you, if you love to witness volcanos, then its only Iceland that host the stage, if you love waterfalls, then the most beautiful waterfalls in the world are in Iceland. However, we have mentioned our top picks/must do activities in Iceland below:-
Go for glacier hiking.
Explore the glacier caves
Bathe in the natural hot springs
Go for whale watching tours
Explore Westfjords area
Explore spectacular waterfalls
Explore Tectonic plates
Bathe in Blue lagoon
Explore the golden circle route
Explore Lake Myvatn
Explore diamond beach
Experience northern lights (During winter)
3. Dolomites: Italy
Dolomites (also known as crown of Italy) is one of best and unique places in the world for the nature lovers. Dolomites is nestled in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy and Home to some of the best UNESCO world heritage sites. It is a range of alpine mountain, but its uniqueness is its rocky limestone peaks. The region is spread to the north of Italian city Bolzano.
Dolomites have some of the most scenic mountain trails in the world. Its also home to beautiful landscapes and most beautiful alpine lakes. If you love hiking, then it has so much to offer. If you love photography, then this place is heaven for you. It is also ideal place to spend some quality time surrounded by nature with your family. Also, dolomites homes some beautiful little towns with beautiful wooden chalets. The gem of Dolomites “the Lago di Braise” is most visited place in the dolomites and must visit attraction of the region.
Things to do in Dolomites:
Dolomites has plenty of things to do depending on what you love, from admiring beauty of Val di funes to the hiking to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, from experiencing the sunrise at Lago di braise to the sunsets of Alpe di Siusi, form driving through the Stella pass to the biking in the meadows of Santa Magdalena, dolomites will fascinate you no matter what you choose to do.
There are so many things you can do in dolomites. We have listed here our must visit places of dolomites.
Hike to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Experience sunrise of Lago di Braise and take a boat ride through the lake.
Take Gondola to the Saceda and explore its landscapes.
Explore alpine Meadows of Alpe di Siusi
Hike to the Lago di Sorapis
Spent Evening In little town Ortisei
Explore the beautiful meadows of Val di funes.
Visit little photogenic village of Santa Magdalena
Drive through the stella pass
4. Lofoten island: Norway
Lofoten Islands is undoubtably the most beautiful place in the Norway when it comes to the natural beauty. Lofoten Islands is group of Nordic Islands situated in the artic circle and on the western region of Norway. It is a group of 7 main islands connected by straits.
The Lofoten Islands are blessed with the gorgeous surrounding nature including stunning landscapes, mountains, and beautiful blue sea. The island is full of natural scenery anywhere you go. Being located on the article circle, you can experience midnight sun during the summer which is something unique to experience. Despite being on the artic circle, the climate of the islands is mild (thanks to the gulf streams) which makes it ideal place for outdoor activities such as Hiking, biking, climbing etc. The island has some of the most scenic hikes in the world and it is must do experience of the Lofoten islands.
The Lofoten Islands is heaven for landscape photographers due to its breathtaking scenery. If you are into wildlife photography, then also Lofoten Islands has so much to offer. The islands are also home to the picturesque fishing Villages. The popularity of this islands is increasing now a days (thanks to the Instagram ofcourse).
If you love to experience northern lights, then the wintertime would be an ideal period for you. During wintertime, you will have to limit other outdoor activities (such as hiking, climbing) due to limited daylights and colder weather.
Things to do in Lofoten Islands:
Lofoten Islands has so much to offer if you love to explore. Following are our must do activities in the Lofoten Islands: -
Go Hiking to discover the islands and get spectacular views
Drive through the scenic road of the island
Explore the fishing villages of the islands (such as Eggum, Nusfjord, Henningsvaer, reine etc.).
Explore the scenic beaches of the island
Surf during summer
Visit to the Lofoten wall.
Go climbing if you are professional
Go for cycling around the scenic routes.
5. Tuscany: Italy
Tuscany needs no introduction. It is widely known for its beautiful landscapes and recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site because of its unique landscapes. Tuscany is an ideal destination if you are fond of landscapes and want to spend some time in middle of nowhere and surrounded by enchanting landscapes.
Tuscany is feast for the eyes of nature lovers. It also hosts best wine yards of Italy. The different areas of Tuscany offers different wine. Tuscany is also home to beautiful medieval villages surrounded by enchanted landscapes. The villages such as Pienza, Monte montepulciano, Montalcino and Cortona offers feel of being in another time. The village Cortona was also featured in the book called “Under the Tuscan sun” by Frances Mayes which was later followed by a movie with the same name.
Most beautiful landscape are found in the region of Val d’Orcia which is also recognized as UNESCO world heritage sight due to the obvious reasons. If you are into the landscape photography, then Tuscany will be no more than heaven for you. It is a dream destination for every landscape photographer.
Things to do in Tuscany:
Tuscany has so much to offer. Hire a little house on the hilltop in the middle of nowhere and embrace the beauty of nature is the best thing you can do in Tuscany. In addition, we have listed must do things in Tuscany below:-
Hire a bike, scooter and explore the stunning landscapes of Val d’orcia
Enjoy the Tuscan sunset with a glass of wine.
Wander through the different wine yards and taste different types of wines.
Explore the beautiful medieval villages of Tuscany such as Pienza, San Gimignano, Montepuliciano, Cortona, Montalcino etc.
Visit to the Saturnia Hot springs
Experience magical sunrise through the Tuscan landscapes.
6. Plitvice lakes national park: Croatia
The Plitvice lakes national park located in the centre of Croatia is another dream destination for nature lovers. This place is the largest national park of Croatia and also listed as UNESCO world heritage site.
The Plitvice lakes national park has so much to offer if you are nature lover and into the nature photography. Its turquoise color lakes, breathtaking viewpoints, stunning waterfalls, and the long walkway around the lake makes it unique destination to visit. You will get the beautiful scenery on every turn you take. The national park contains around 16 lakes that are connected to each other by stunning waterfalls and cascades.
The lakes are situated in levels which makes the water streams flow from top level to the bottom. The national park has wooden walkways around the lakes with stunning viewpoints.
Plitvice national park can be visited anytime of the year, but the most recommended time is summer.
Things to do in Plitvice national park:
Plitvice national park is basically open-air nature park offering marvellous scenery. Explore every corner to the national park and admire its beauty, embrace the nature and feel its uniqueness is all Plitvice national park has to offer. There are no particular activity to do in Plitvice national park, just explore, explore and explore. Every corner of the national park is a reward. You can also prefer to book a guided trip to explore Plitvice national park.
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