There are few experiences more memorable than watching the dazzling colors of the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic Sky, and there are few destinations to better enjoy them from than Norway. While scientists will tell you the Aurora is caused by particles colliding in the atmosphere, Norwegians simply describe it as the most astounding light show in the world. It’s no wonder this magnificent spectacle tops many travel bucket lists; visit during the winter months for the best chance of witnessing them. See this miracle of nature for yourself on Scandinavian Splendor: A Nordic Adventure by Land & Sea.
With its dramatic scenery and enormous proportions, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and the most-visited national park in the United States. Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a staggering 277 miles long and over 18 miles wide; its rugged walls depict millions of years of geological history. Thrill in spectacular views of this treasured site as you join our optional helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon on Canyonlands of the American Southwest.
Great Barrier Reef
Located off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth. Home to countless species of fish, turtles, sharks, and other organisms, this incredible ecosystem is over 1,429 miles long. Travelers come to these waters year-round to snorkel among this breathtaking beauty. Explore the many wonders of this unique environment for yourself on Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under.
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
Glittering waters, soft white-sand beaches, and gorgeous mountains: This is the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. Created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean, this bay is surrounded by a number of unique granite formations, including well-known Sugar Loaf Mountain, giving Rio one of the most unique vistas in the world. Towering over the bay is the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue; perched at the top of Corcovado Peak, today the statue is a proud symbol of the city itself. Take in spectacular views of the bay for yourself from the top of Sugar Loaf on South America Adventure: Chile, Argentina & Uruguay.
Experienced travelers come from around the world to try their hand at the ultimate hike: Mount Everest. The highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest (nicknamed the “Rooftop of the World”) towers 29,029 feet above sea level between China and Nepal. Climbing to the summit takes travelers around two months to complete (and training for this kind of expedition takes much longer), making it one of the ultimate adventures.
We journey next to Mexico, where a cinder cone volcano surged suddenly from a cornfield in 1943, attracting both scientific and popular attention. Fully active for nine years, Parícutin presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of an eruption of this type. Although Parícutin has been dormant for a number of years now, travelers still come to hike the side of the volcano and explore the lava-covered remains the explosion left in its wake, including the well-known San Juan Parangaricutiro Church.
Our final stop is Victoria Falls, a spectacular waterfall in southern Africa at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Over half a mile high and more than a mile wide, this awe-inspiring site is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. Visitors can hike along its sides, raft in its waters, and even swim in some parts (if you have the nerve, that is!) Spend several days exploring this incredible site and its surrounding subtropical rainforest on Grand Africa: A Deluxe Journey from Cape Town to Cairo.