A more epic alternative to the Amsterdam-adjacent Pampus island’s WWII fort ruins next to Castle Muiden, this elaborate network of grass-rampart-guarded moats surrounding a tiny village seemingly frozen in time were constructed to keep out the Germans in the late 16th century.
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometres long. The bedrock in Fjaðrárgljúfur is mostly palagonite from cold periods of the Ice Age and is thought to be about two million years old.
The magical jade green waters of the Verzasca river flow peacefully over smooth polished rocks, passing under the picturesque double arches of the Ponte dei Salti in Lavertezzo.
Sweden is home to a number of archipelagos, each with its own unique character. One of the best ways to explore one is to hop in a kayak and start rolling. The one at Bohuslän is particularly well suited for kayaking, but really any of them are fantastic.
Åre is one of those places where you can engage, or not engage, with others as much as you’d like. It’s a world-class ski resort and come winter there are plenty of glamorous people and events to enjoy, but even then you can rent a small cabin away from the hullabaloo and ski off-piste, keeping to yourself.