Unbelievably massive cliffs spring from the water along Ireland’s western coast, reaching exactly 702 feet high at their tallest point. Called the Cliffs of Moher, these stunning land formations stretch nearly five miles wide, making up one of Ireland’s grandest natural wonders. Consisting primarily of Namurian sandstone, shale and siltstone, the cliffs create a unique landscape whose intricacy rivals even that of the Grand Canyon.
If you creep toward the Arctic Pole just long enough, chances are you’ll pass through Lofoten, Norway. And if you’re even luckier, you’ll encounter the Senja Swirl, featured above. We’d recommend going…
Over eight million people pack themselves into Bangkok city limits, situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River delta. The ancient city (it has roots all the way back to the 15th century!) has been the face of Thai conflict, commerce and cosmopolitanism for hundreds of years and has been named the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure magazine four years in a row, in spite of its crippling traffic congestion problems.
Right between Chile and Peru rests a relatively unknown desert known as the Atacama. Although it’s not exactly what you would call tiny (its area is over 41,000 square miles), it is not as well known as the Mojave or the Sahara. Even so, the Atacama has a certain claim to fame which often gets mistakenly attributed to the Sahara – it is the driest desert in the world.
Once thickly forested, Tasman Island has since transformed into a barren plateau due to extended tree cutting and fires. Nevertheless, the remaining flora on this Australian island seem to be enough for the birds, seeing as a whopping 300,000-700,000 pairs of Fairy Prions calls Tasman home.