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5 Amazing natural phenomena to see while backpacking

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | Views [97]

When backpacking, there are always plenty of things to see, from bustling cities with their amazing architecture and culture to natural sites like golden beaches and lush jungles.

In addition to these amazing sites and sounds, the freedom of backpacking gives you a chance to pursue some of the world’s rarer sights too. From the Aurora Borealis to the Great Blue Hole, here are five amazing natural phenomena that are perfect for backpackers with a sense of wonder.


1. Rainbow mountains of Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China

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Known as the ‘eye candy of Zhangye’, these incredible natural rock formations look like a watercolour painting. This amazing natural sight is made from several layers of eroded sandstone and minerals that have formed over 24 million years.

For anyone planning to backpack through China or East Asia, this colourful and unique geological wonder should be high up the list.


2. The frozen methane bubbles of Lake Abraham, Canada

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Lake Abraham stretches for 33 kilometers in the foothills of the Rockies, and is not for the fainthearted. Backpackers will need to tolerate below freezing temperatures and icy winds to experience unforgettable views of snowy mountain peaks, and to capture a sight of a rare natural phenomenon.

As the lake freezes over, the crystal clear ice reveals frozen methane bubbles hidden in the water. The amazing conditions at Lake Abraham freeze the bubbles into incredible columns of milky-coloured orbs - a rare and amazing sight for anyone brave enough to to handle the conditions.


3. Aurora Borealis, Scandinavia or Northern America  

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Visible from various countries in the far north, the Northern Lights are one of nature’s most amazing phenomena. For backpackers, this celestial show is also a great finale to a trip through the Nordic countries or North America, culminating in a dazzling show of dancing and flickering lights.

To fully experience the Aurora Borealis, you need long nights and clear skies, so plan your trip around December-April.


4. Lunar Eclipse, various locations

The reddish colour of a lunar eclipse is often called a ‘blood moon’. Image via timeanddate.com

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Another celestial event that is worth planning any trip around is a lunar eclipse, with several of these natural wonders happening over the next few years. The next two total lunar eclipses will take place in January and July next year and can be viewed anywhere around the world.

Lunar eclipses are an amazing experience, and best enjoyed in natural environments, making them perfect for backpackers and adventures around the globe.


5. Great Blue Hole, Belize

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The Great Blue Hole is a huge underwater sinkhole over 125 metres deep off the coast of Belize. A World Heritage Site, this unique phenomenon is rich in aquatic life, and perfect for scuba diving.

If you’re backpacking through Central America, The Great Blue Hole is well worth seeing, particularly for those who enjoy marine wildlife.


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