According to the dictionary, spectacular is an adjective that means ‘beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way’; synonyms of which are striking, picturesque, breathtaking, arresting, glorious, and my two favourites, sublime, and awesome. Awesome as in the Romantic poets’ meaning, not the Aussie-surfer meaning, by the way.
These are the criterion by which I have judged the 5 most spectacular places that I have ever visited. Places that literally made me stop and say ‘wow’
I have written about most of these places before, so I will link to any posts I have written where you can find more photographs.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
I had to endure a 14-hour journey with a tour-guide who hated me to get here, but it was absolutely worth it.
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
More ice. The most incredible thing about the Perito Moreno glacier is the sound: it moans, creaks and groans. And if you’re lucky you might hear the terrifying gunshot explosion of glacial calving.
Parque Tayrona, Colombia
I simply can’t think of any other time that a view has stopped me dead in my tracks the way that Parque Tayrona did. After a sweaty trek through humid jungle, we were afforded a tiny glimpse of the beach through the dense foliage and my imagination exploded; I was a cavewoman from thousands of years ago, I was a castaway stranded on a desert island, I was a movie-star on my own private island paradise…
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
This is another sound one. The vistas are glorious and the pictures speak louder than any words, but the sound is immeasurable. Standing by Iguazu Falls feeling the spray on your face and hearing the thunderous roar of the water is indescribable.
Arctic Circle, Sweden
Even more ice. I can’t help it. I love snow. I love untamed. I love the romanticism that comes with inhospitable landscapes—places that reject human interference. I love the fact that there are no souvenir shops, and few people. And I love the fact that nature only puts on her most amazing performance for the few who venture there. Where have you been that had the wow-factor? Tell me about it in the comments below. Or like me on FB and leave a picture there!