If your bucket list is more about getting up close and personal with nature than trawling around man-made structures there are a few gems that you simply cannot miss.
A nature bucket list gives you the chance to find out what the planet is made of and of how precious our natural ecosystems are. If you want to experience and find out more about the natural world, here are some sights that you simply cannot miss.
The Glaciers and Icebergs of Greenland
Here you have the world’s largest island (with a population of 55,000) and some of nature’s most spectacular sights. You cannot escape nature on Greenland because it is all around you. The possibilities to get very close to nature are endless. If you are feeling energetic you can rent a kayak and test your skills at rowing the Arctic waters as you gaze up at the towering icebergs. You can marvel at how close you are to humpback whales, although their 16 feet wide tails may make you a little nervous!
Mountain climbing and hiking are further possibilities although you will need special equipment to camp out as the temperatures drop to way below zero. Visit at the right time of year and you can experience round-the-clock daylight or see the Northern Lights from your tent.
The enchanting Galapagos Islands
If you want to feel truly humbled by untamed nature, this is the trip for you. Galapagos cruises will take you to a combination of the four islands where you can spot all 3 species of boobies and the two endemic pinnipeds. You can take pictures of the Galapagos fur seal and the Galapagos sea lions just before you cross the equator to see the tropical penguins. You can do this from the comfort of your luxurious cruise ship.
Redwood National Park in California
How can you fail to be impressed by the tallest trees on earth? They are called giant redwoods for a good reason! They are also the oldest trees on the planet and it is a privilege to be amongst them. The tallest specimen in the National Park is 600 years old and is more than 350 feet tall but is just a youngster because apparently, this species can live to be 2,000 years old!
To get around the park at a leisurely place so that you can take all of the magnificence in, you should travel on foot, bike or horseback. This truly is one of the few places on the planet where you can feel as if you have traveled back in time.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most iconic destinations for nature lovers. This vibrant underwater tropical paradise offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling you can get.
There are over 1,200 miles of crystal waters where you can get up close to spectacular marine life. Once you emerge from the sea, you could explore the outback in four-wheel drive jeep for a totally different kind of adventure.