Everybody has heard of the Wonders of the World, but most have never heard of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here we will show you the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and by the end, you will have a whole new list of place to explore.
This list of seven was compiled by, and are protected by the Seven Natural Wonders Organization. Whose aim is to protect, promote and display these incredible wonders to the people of the world.
The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are incredible places to travel to, often surrounded by stunning beauty. The Seven are all incredibly different, encompassing waterfalls, volcanoes, oceans, and much more.
So without further ado, here are the Seven Natural Wonders of The World…
1. The Northern Lights, The Arctic Circle
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that takes place when charged particles from the sun are trapped in the magnetic field of the earth. The results of this are the colourful lights dancing in the polar sky.
It is possible to see the Aurora Borealis from different places around the world. If you would like to see the Northern Lights you should head to Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
To see this Wonder of the World, September to April is when they are at their strongest. Between the hours of 5pm and 2am are when the lights are at their strongest. A late night, but more than worth it.
2. The Grand Canyon, United States
Next up on the list of the Seven Natural wonders of the World is The Grand Canyon. This goliath is located in the state of Arizona in the United States. This enormous canyon was carved over millions of years by the erosion of the Colorado River. Some recent studies estimate that it was formed more than 17 million years ago.
The Canyon is 277 miles (446 kms) long and the depth is over one mile (1.83 kms). Although not the biggest in the world, the sheer beauty and majesty of the Grand Canyon make it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Being a popular tourist destination, The Grand Canyon can be visited all year round. However, summer is the most popular time to visit, as it offers far more places to explore.
3. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Located off of the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. This amazing place includes over 2,900 individual reefs plus 900 islands which make this the most diverse ecosystem in the world.
The best way to explore this natural wonder is by either diving or snorkeling. Diving beneath the waters of the reef is like entering a whole new planet and an experience which you will never forget. Helicopter tours are also available which offer a bird’s eye view and a unique perspective of the reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is an incredible place and can be explored all year round. However, the summer months can get extremely hot. Also be aware that the rainy season is from November to May.
4. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This next Wonder of the World comes from South America and is located in Brazil. The harbour of Rio de Janeiro, also called Guanabara Bay is 31 kms long and 28 kms wide. The bay is surrounded by mountains both beautiful and famous. These include the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak and the Hills of Tijuca which stand at over 1,000 metres.
The best way to explore this stunningly beautiful place is by taking to the sky in either a helicopter or by taking a cable car to the top. It is the peak of Corcovado which is home to Christ the Redeemer, itself a wonder of the world.
The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro has over 100 islands that you can be visited, such as Governor´s Island, Fundao and Snakes Island. As well as this, the harbour also possess some of the most famous beaches on earth, Copacabana and Ipanema Beach.
There is no doubt why this place was selected as one the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
5. Mount Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World which needs no introduction. This behemoth is the tallest mountain in earth reaching 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) into the sky.
Located on the border of China and Nepal in the high Himalayas, the mountain was first summited in 1953, by Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal).
Even though the weather conditions are exceptional difficult at the best of times, between April and May is known as the best window to try to summit everest. During this brief window, the weather is neither too cold and also clear skies prevail. Alternatively, September to November is also a good time to try and summit the tallest mountain on earth.
6. Paricutin Volcano, Mexico
Paricutin Volcano is both the least known, and youngest entry on the list. This wonder of the world is to found in the state of Michoacán, 322 kilometres from Mexico city.
Paricutin was awarded the status as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, because this was the first volcano which scientists could fully document from its creation. The Volcano first bubbled from the crust of the earth in the early 40’s and was discovered by Dioniso Pulido in 1943.
This young volcano reaches a height of 2,800 metres (9.200 ft) and has became a big tourist attraction in this part of Mexico
7. Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Last on the list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The mighty Victoria Falls is the largest free fall waterfall on earth and is a spectacular sight to behold.
There are many ways which you can explore this incredible place including by helicopter which is by far the best. By helicopter you will enter a world of the rainbows and get some incredible views of the surrounding wildlife.
The best time to explore this natural wonder is between June and July. You will have more visibility during these months as the water levels are perfect for photos opportunities. Additionally, you have more activities to do in the area like water rafting, safari camps and swimming.
The Seven Natural Wonders of the World
How many of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World have you visited? Which would be your first choice if you could travel to one right now? Let us know in the comment section.
Also, which other Natural Wonders of the World should of made the list? Silvana (being Argentinian) is adamant that Iguazu Falls in Argentina is better than all entries on the list. Which wonders of your own counties do you think should have made it?