Europe is known for its rich history, the diversity of its colorful cultures and the breathtaking beauty of its natural wonders. If you’re a nature fan and it’s all about finding stunning sights and unbelievable landscapes, then check out our complete national parks check list to help you plan your nature itinerary for the UK and Northern Europe! Let’s go!
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Wadden Sea National Park, The Netherlands\Germany\Denmark
Just north of the mainland, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wadden Sea is known as a sanctuary for migrating birds and home for large numbers of sea life creatures but the extreme tides are what makes it so special and beautiful to explore, that’s why if you’re planning a trip to Germany, you can miss this natural beauty.
Sarek National Park, Sweden
Home to some of Sweden‘s highest mountains, this challenging national park is popular among expert hikers and mountaineers.
Rago National Park, Norway
With fewer annual tourists than other parks, this untouched stretch of natural beauty spans ragged cliffs, granite mountains, glaciers, valleys, lakes, and a wide range of local wildlife.
Jotunheimen National Park, Norway
Covering most of the mountainous region of Jotunheimen, this national park features rivers and lakes and is home to a variety of animals.
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Check out Europe’s largest glacier, volcanoes, rivers, and some of the most beautiful nature in Iceland at this national park.
Oulanka National Park, Finland
A unique national park, which features pine forests, river valleys with sandy banks and rapids, and in the north of vast mires.
Lahemaa National Park, Estonia
Get a taste for most of Estonia’s remarkable natural features in this amazing park, known for its wide range of geological variety including beaches, forests, cliffs, and more.
Gauja National Park, Latvia
Other than its natural beauty, breathtaking river, and lush forest, the park also offers great trails that lead to stunning hidden caves, beautiful castles and amazing view points. You can even bungee jump off a cable car above the river!
Trakai Historical National Park, Lithuania
Trakai lakes and castle are one of the most beautiful and lively places to visit. Enjoy a dip in the crystal clear water or a spin on a paddle boat, and finish off with some local pastries in one of the small restaurants that you can find everywhere around.
Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania
A gorgeous turquoise lagoon that will make you feel like you’re in an exotic country far far away, rather than up in the Baltic sea! Explore the beautiful sand dunes and sea-life of the lagoon and the witch forest in this amazing park.
Białowieża Forest National Park, Poland\Belarus
Poland‘s oldest national park is considered Europe’s largest primeval lowland wood, retaining a remarkably diversified ecosystem.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales
With vast areas of natural untamed beauty, these 823 sq miles are pristine and breathtaking, with the highest mountain and the largest lake in the UK, and endless possible activities.
Lake District National Park, England
Mesmerizing lakes reflecting the clouds and mountain tops, wind in your hair with the promise of freedom, and scenic rides are just a moment away as you explore the most beautiful lakes on the British isle. This park is a “must” for any nature Itinerary for the UK!
Killarney National Park, Ireland
This magical national park is real life Middle Earth. With towering mountains, streams gushing over rocks, woodlands, waterfalls, and pristine lakes – it is hard to believe that it’s real and that’s why you absolutely can’t miss it on your trip to Ireland!
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Scotland
Located in one of the largest British Isles, this national park boasts a stunning hilly landscape. It is at the top of my list for my nature Itinerary for the UK, and it is perfect for anyone looking to do some wildlife watching, trekking, hiking, and climbing.
With such a great wishlist, the best thing to do is to close your eyes, and then randomly put your finger down on the screen – This is your next destination!
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