Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids of Giza but the world is full of amazing places and hidden wonders, some so beautiful, you’d be forgiven for thinking they actually don’t exist. The more familiar ‘wonders of the world’ dominate the mainstream articles, but there are a few gems slip under the radar, untouched by mass tourism, making them even more special. We are listing below, 6 unknown wonders that we feel you might not have heard of.
‘The Tunnel of Love’ – Kleven, Ukraine
Magical, mysterious and intriguing are just some of the things used to describe the ‘Tunnel of Love’ in Kleven. Though this part of the world is undergoing some uncertain times at present, one bit of certainty that does exist, is how breath-taking this tunnel is. Located around 10 kilometres from the centre of Kleven, the passing train has moulded the trees over many years, as it made its way to the wood-work factory. Legend has it that anyone who makes a wish, whilst walking this luscious green corridor, gets exactly what they wished for!
Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia
First spoken about in the journals of Matthew Flinders in the early 1800’s, where whilst climbing the highest peak of Middle Island, Flinders came across this striking pink lake. Unlike the other pink lakes of the world, like Senegal’s Lake Retba, which have had their reasons for existence confirmed (Dunaliella salina and pink bacteria known as halobacteri), Lake Hillier is still shrouded in mystery. Due to its protected nature the only way to view this wonder is by helicopter ride – well worth the trip!
The Crystal Cave, Vatnajökull, Iceland
Created as a result of the glacier meeting the Icelandic coastline, this big chunk of ice goes way back a few hundred years. The weight of the glacier has had its remnant air pressed out, and the result is the formation of brilliant blues, and turquoise ceilings. The access through a 20 foot entrance can be a little difficult, so you need to be physically fit. The best time to view the ice caves in all its glory is October to February – you never know you might also catch another phenomenon, the Northern Lights!
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Declared as one of the best dive sites in the world by Jacques Cousteau (famous 20th century undersea explorer), the Great Blue Hole, is believed to be the largest submarine cave of its kind. The reefs around Belize are some of the best in the Caribbean, and have even gained a glowing reference from another great explorer, Charles Darwin. This dive spot isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s only recommended for advanced divers.
The Northern Lights, Iceland (Also called Aurora lights)
An aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, “sunrise” or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Aurorae are caused by-cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere). Their charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, enter the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent light emissions. Incidental protons can also produce emissions as hydrogen atoms after gaining an electron from the atmosphere.
Sigiriya (Lions Rock), Sri Lanka
Nothing captures the imagination, quite like a huge lump of granite that rises out the earth. In Located in the central plains of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, may have a blood stained history, but it’s also full of mystery, frescos, and paintings dating back 15 centuries. It’s Asia’s oldest surviving landscape garden, and around 3 and a half hours from the popular tourist site of Colombo. An astonishing piece of history, that’s a wonder in its own right.