A cruise holiday is a fantastic way to visit exotic destinations all over the world and observe new and exciting destinations. Some of the world’s most striking and impressive landscapes are located in and around the many wonderful cruise ports scattered across the globe. This blog will take a look at some of the most beautiful and spectacular backdrops available on cruise getaways.
The Fjords, Norway
As one of the planet’s most iconic and inspiring natural landscapes, the Fjords of Norway attract throngs of visitors every year, many of whom arrive on cruise ships navigating these colossal landmarks. There are around 1190 fjords scattered across Norway and the nearby Svalbard Islands, ranging dramatically in length – between three and over one hundred kilometres. Hiking or sailing through the stunning Norwegian fjords is a particularly rewarding experience, offering exceptional views of an awe-inspiring nation.
Strokkur Geyser, Iceland
Located to the east of Reykjavik in a geothermal area next to the Hvita River, Strokkur is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers. The geyser is one of the country’s most active, erupting every four to eight minutes, spurting water up to heights ranging between 15 and 40 metres in the air. Strokkur is part of the larger Haukadalur geothermal area, and is therefore surrounding by other natural geothermal features, such as fumaroles, mud pools, algae deposits and more geysers. As one of the few geysers offering guaranteed regular eruptions, the area has become very popular with tourists.
Plateau de Valensole, France
Nestled just to the north of Cannes and Toulon in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence of southern France are the astonishingly beautiful and equally amazing lavender fields of Plateau de Valensole. These bright purple fields stretch into the distance between the Durance and the Bleone valleys, flanked by Lake Sainte-Crox to the south. The region is very popular with walkers and the views are unrivalled. Many craft fairs are also located nearby, selling a variety of authentic local souvenirs, from lavender fragrances to ceramics and pottery.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sometime referred to as the Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is an incredible valley carved from granite rock and sandstone around 60 kilometres east of Aqaba in southern Jordan. It is the largest wadi – an Arabic term for valley – in the country and evidence in the form of ancient cave etchings suggests that the area has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times. The stunning Mount Um Dami stands gracefully within the valley, reaching a height of 1840 metres and making the wadi very popular with hikers and rock-climbers.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Amongst one of the natural wonders of the modern world, Ha Long Bay is famous for its many scenic islands located just offshore – around 2000 in total – creating one of the Far East’s most mystical and inspiring landscapes. In English, Ha Long translates to Bay of Descending Dragons, which highlights the intrigue and mystery surrounding this special part of the world. Boat tours across this marvellous natural bay are available to tourists, taking them to see many of the tiny, uninhabited islets that make up Ha Long’s spectacular coastal landscape, where a wide range of exotic flora and fauna thrives without human interference.
To book a cruise to any of these truly inspirational destinations or discuss available itineraries, call our dedicated Cruise Concierge team on the number at the top of the page and they will be happy to help you find your ideal voyage.
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