Our planet's most spectacular natural landscapes

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Often, the most beautiful landscapes on the planet remain blissfully untouched by human hands...

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  • The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona-Utah, USA
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    The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Arizona-Utah, USA

    Sat on the Arizona-Utah border, this incredibly colourful wave of rock was actually sculpted by the wind. Prepare for a five-mile hike (advance permits required) through stunning desert country, and take plenty of water whatever time of year you're visiting.

  • Svalbard, Arctic Circle, Norway
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    Svalbard, Arctic Circle, Norway

    You need to journey deep into the Arctic Circle to find this remote Norwegian archipelago. This is prime polar bear territory, with stark tundras and towering mountains free from almost all human influence.

  • Etosha National Park, Namibia
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    Etosha National Park, Namibia

    Between savannah, waterholes and stunning salt flats, Etosha is one of Africa's most iconic landscapes. The park shelters an incredible array of wildlife, including giraffes, elephants, black rhinos and flamingoes.

  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
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    Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

    Home to one of the world's only remaining populations of mountain gorillas, this Rwandan park combines misty mountainsides, lush green bamboo forests and wide open meadows. Aside from stunning volcanic landscapes, the park probably offers the easiest way to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

  • The Himalayas, Nepal
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    The Himalayas, Nepal

    Endlessly beguiling, the Himalayan mountain range offers one of the world's biggest challenges. The remote peaks and valleys are enough of a reward to justify taking on one of the world's most inhospitable landscapes.

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Our planet is one truly incredible place! Don't believe us? Just have a look at these 30 magnificent natural landscapes and try telling us we were wrong!

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Posted on 24/12/2017 Modified on 23/01/2018
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