Top 5 natural wonders to tick off your bucket list

Harmnoy Northern Lights, Norway

Getting away from it all isn’t always easy – even on vacation! But traveling a little further away from the grind can reward you with stunning natural beauty, lush landscapes and breathtaking wilderness that will make the extra miles worthwhile.

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Spanning over 2,500 kilometers of pristine coastline, northern Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way boasts one of the world’s most dramatic sceneries with a backdrop of the Atlantic. This awe-inspiring journey will take you all along the country’s west coast, through untouched and virtually unexplored terrain. Starting in the northern-most peninsula by the town of Letterkenny, you’ll see some of the highest cliffs in Europe. About 100 kilometers south, the town of Sligo should be your next stop. The scenic Rosses Point peninsula, and its sandy beaches, are perfect for windsurfing − and minutes from the elegant Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo.

Scenic view of landscape with Classiebawn Castle

Dunas de Maspalomas, Spain

Many visit the Canary Islands to relax at the spectacularly-long beaches, others come to soak up the desert-like landscapes. An under-protection nature reserve, the Dunas de Maspalomas originated millions of years ago and cover an area of about four square kilometers. For the perfect escape, stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Gran Canaria, right on the waterfront, and enjoy front-row seats to the island’s natural splendor.

Dune landscape, dunes of Maspalomas, Dunas de Maspalomas, nature reserve, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Visit Gran Canaria Radisson Blu Blog BannerThe Black Forest, Germany

The place that claims to have invented hiking for pleasure – Germany's Black Forest region is just as magical as its chocolate counterpart. Locally known as the Schwarzwald, this hikers’ paradise is a maze of thick woodland, meadows, trails, farms and waterfalls. Whether you are into hiking, mountain climbing, biking or bird watching, Germany’s largest nature reserve can be explored in any number of ways. Stretching from Karlsruhe to the spa town of Baden-Baden, and over to the Swiss border, there are many historic cities to explore en route.

Black Forest Germany

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The Pulpit Rock

This dramatic piece of nature has been chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten most scenic viewing points in the world. The flat plateau that suddenly drops 604 metres down makes for the perfect place to capture breath-taking mountains. Depending on your pace and how many photo breaks you take, it will take you anything from one to four hours to reach the plateau. Located a 37 minute drive from Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger - this natural wonder is not worth missing the next time you stay with us. For more information on your trip to Norway, see our blog: the most fantastic things to do and see in Norway.

The northern lights, Iceland 

The northern lights might look amazing in photos, but nothing beats the real thing. Reykjavik is the perfect base for an adventurous holiday chasing the lights and they can't get any better than they do between September and December!. Choose Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik where the lights are visible for eight months a year. Remember: changeable weather and atmospheric conditions can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to book a tour with a local guide to get to the best spots possible!


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