Waterfalls, streams, cliffs, and the sunlight shining through small cracks. Canyons are great masterpieces of nature and are often the most magnificent. We take a look at some of the most magical, fairytale type canyons from around the world.
1) Fjaðrárgjúfur Canyon, Iceland
It's time to daydream about the glorious adventures that await us in this green, frosty location. Iceland is conveniently a short airplane ride from the USA, Canada, and Europe, giving you a short time difference, and more time to get straight into exploring. The natural beauty and incredible architecture in the countryside brings a sense of calmness and serenity to any traveler
So, why do travelers flock to this strangely quiet destination? Well, the fact that it's so peaceful is definitely a selling point for me, but the scenery is incredible. Volcanoes, hot springs, lava waterfalls, ice caves - it truly is an awe-inspiring sight. Did you know that Iceland is also ranked among the world's happiest countries? I am sold!
Now here's where the fairytale really starts. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is known to be one of the most picturesque places in Iceland. It even set the scene for pop sensation Justin Bieber's Music video "I'll Show You." The canyon was formed during the last ice age when a glacier river carved its way through the soil, forming a massive canyon about 100 meters down. Today, its an extremely fertile place with beautiful greenery. With steep tuff walls on both sides, it's believed that they are about 2 million years old. The river runs between palagonite walls and originates in the Geirlandshraun lava field.
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2) Antelope Canyon, USA
Warm oranges and fiery reds spiraling out of control through twists and turns. Antelope Canyon is another unique spot on the list. The geological formations are truly awe-inspiring with tall winding walls and sandstone sculptures. Formed after years of water erosion, this destination used to be the home to herds of pronghorn antelope.
Guided tours are a great way to get around and explore as there are many authorized tour operators in the area. The best time to go is during the months of November to March when there are fewer tourists.
3) Verdon Gorge, France
Perhaps you're a mermaid? If so, then swimming here is just perfect for you. The Verdon Gorge is one of the many must-see natural wonders of France. Hikes, kayaking and other boating opportunities are available if you're looking to explore more of the gorge instead of just having a dip in the water.
The area is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, making it a Mediterranean culinary paradise for the hungry traveler. Hire a car or a bicycle, and take a road trip down the coastline as you get to taste and explore the landscape and beautiful architecture of the nearby towns.
4) Indus Gorge, India
The wandering light blue stream and nude painted landscape make this location just an extraordinary sight. This gorge has one of the largest Asian rivers flowing through it trailing down all the way to Nanga Parbat. Climate change is making the water flow along the rivers a bit more rapid, especially the Indus which flows down from the Himalayas.
What makes this canyon so unique is that at a specific point, the Indus and the Zanskar river meet resulting in two different colored rivers combining to form some river flowing magic!