Our planet is an astonishing place and full of breathtaking beauty. Nowhere is this more apparent than standing on the top of a hillside or mountain, taking in a stunning vista. Whether it’s witnessing a sunset on the top of Pulpit Rock in Norway or gazing across Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado Mountain in Brazil, a good view can have a dramatic effect on a person’s mood. So get ready to feel happy, as the following are 10 of the most breathtaking views in the world.
Trolltunga – Norway
Trolltunga in Norway resembles a natural diving board and offers incredible views across Lake Ringedalsvatnet and the surrounding mountains. The platform is located 2,300ft above the lake and is one of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions thanks to the stunning view.
Haiku Stairs – Hawaii
The island of Hawaii is famous for its lush vegetation and beautiful beaches and the best place to witness this natural beauty is by taking a hike up the Haiku Stairs. The path is known as ‘The Stairway To Heaven’ and consists of 3,922 steps, that lead right to the top of Ko’lau mountain, and provide one of the best views on the planet.
Fjallabaksleið – Iceland
Iceland is a beautiful and desolate country and nowhere is this more apparent than in the north highlands of Fjallabaksleið. The area is only accessible by a 4×4 vehicle but the reward for making the trip is a truly spectacular view across ancient glaciers and lush green mountains.
Victoria Peak – Hong Kong
Victoria Peak is a mountain located on the west side of Hong Kong and offers stunning views across the Chinese city. The best time to take a trek to the top of the peak is at dusk, as the lights from the city offer one of the most breathtaking vistas in the world.
Rim of the Grand Canyon – USA
The Grand Canyon may be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world but there is a reason for this; the 277 mile long cavern is absolutely stunning. The view from the South Rim at sunset is without doubt one of the most breathtaking views in the world and needs to be experienced in person to truly appreciate the beauty.
Namib Desert Meets Atlantic Ocean – Namibia
The Namib Desert in Namibia is home to some of the largest sand dunes in the world. If that wasn’t spectacular enough, the point where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean is truly one of the most bizarre and spectacular views on earth.
Bagan – Myanmar
The ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar dates all the way back to the 2nd century and is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The view across the Buddhist Temples and monasteries in the early morning mist is enough to make even the most stalwart of atheists feel a little spiritual.
Table Mountain – South Africa
Lion’s Head at the top of Table Mountain in South Africa stands at 2,200ft and offers incredible views of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean. The only issue is whether you can build up enough courage to approach the edge!
Pulpit Rock – Norway
Pulpit Rock (or Preikestolen) is a 604 metre (1,982ft) high cliff with a flat top, that overlooks the stunningly beautiful Lysefjorden. The cliff is one of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions and undoubtedly provides one of the most breathtaking views on the planet.
Christ The Redeemer – Brazil
The Christ The Redeemer statue sits right at the top of the 2,300ft high Corcovado mountain and offers stunning views of the city of Rio and beyond. The best time to visit the statue is at dusk when the true beauty of Rio and the surrounding mountains can be seen.