National Geographic Travel@natgeotravel
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Photo by @stephen_matera | Eroded ridges on the lower flanks of North Caineville Mesa near Caineville, Utah. Nearby and just outside the boundary of Capitol Reef National Park is an area of exposed bentonite, which is a colorful remnant of fine volcanic ash and silt. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert #erosion
Photo by @renan_ozturk | Taken from our remote jungle camp in the village of Mamerku in Nepal. For the entire trip, we didnt see a single other foreigner, and we also didnt see any trash. It was like traveling back—or even forward—in time by 50 years. The potential for trekking tourism here is tremendous, and this could be one alternative to the crowded Everest trek just one drainage to the west. Follow @renan_ozturk for more on this region. #TheLastHoneyHunter
Photo by @babaktafreshi | At the remote Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, California, I was standing next to one of the mysterious sailing stones, looking up to Sirius, the brightest star in Earth’s night sky, and the constellation Orion (top right). On the horizon is the glow of Los Angeles, still faintly visible from 190 miles (300 kilometers) away. These moving rocks, originating from the nearby mountains, are a geological phenomenon. They naturally move along this high-altitude, smooth valley floor on a very thin nighttime surface of ice sheets, driven by wind. Explore everything from the Earth to the universe with me @babaktafreshi . #saveournightsky #twanight #deathvalley #nightphotography #nationalparks
Photo by @max.lowe | Following my friends this morning to surf the famous point break waves at Punta Roca in El Salvador, I found that the leisurely walk through glades of palm trees and past vendors selling coconuts and fresh fish was a little more my speed when compared to the destination. To see more from his world travels, follow @max.lowe .
Photo by @emilypolar | Gokyo Valley in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal sits at a breathtaking 4,800 meters (15,700 feet). I lie smugly a few hundred meters above, taking in the view as the morning sunlight thaws out my fingers and toes. Around the bend and out of sight, trekkers slowly scramble up and down the weaving trail leading up Gokyo Ri, a lookout point 500 meters (1,600 feet) above Gokyo, with views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. To see more of Nepal and beyond, follow me @emilypolar . #Nepal #Gokyo #Himalaya
Photo by Matthew Borowick @mborowick | One of the most remarkable things about the Icelandic winter has to be the fact that there are only about four hours of sunlight in the month of January. All of this daylight is what you might call golden-hour light, which for a photographer is an incredible time to capture almost anything in soft, warm light. This light, mixed with dramatic storm clouds on a daily basis, creates intense scenes that few are lucky to see. This scene was taken in the East Fjords in the southeastern region of Iceland around sunset at 3:30 p.m. Please follow @mborowick for more images like these. #iceland #eastfjords #storm #nature #explore
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, rises majestically in the middle of the sea north of the Sicilian coast. A few hundred people live bravely at its foot, on a strip of volcanic land blessed with beauty but constantly dominated by an impending force of nature. He, the volcano—or “Iddu,” as the locals call it—is the master of the island. There is not a time in the day in which you could forget its threatening and yet magnificent presence. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta . #stromboli #volcano #italy #natgeotravel
Photo by @chiaragoia | Workers hang from the top of the Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall in Hamburg, to clean its windows. This procedure happens only three times a year, and it requires about three weeks of work each time to clean a surface of more than 16,000 square meters (about the size of two soccer fields!). Follow @chiaragoia for more. #elbphilharmonie #windowcleaning #hamburg #germany
Photo by @daisygilardini | Bow Lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park is one of my favorite locations to visit during the fall. The tundra turns red, and at sunrise the lake is often steaming because of the temperature difference between the air and the water. I woke up early on this morning to catch the first light, but I soon realized that the stiff breeze would not allow for a good reflection. Instead of going back to the cabin to sleep, I decided to look around and enjoy the moment. While walking along the beach, I noticed a puddle. The depression in the ground where the puddle formed was deep enough to shield the water from the breeze. The magic happened when I got down flat on my belly and the perfect reflection appeared. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #canada #bowlake #banffnationalpark #sunrise #reflections
Photo by @mathiassvold | In a worldwide first, the Whanganui River in New Zealand has been granted the legal rights of a person. It’s a monumental victory for the indigenous Maori people, who view the river as an ancestor. For tourists, the river is popular for canoeing and kayaking. Follow me @mathiassvold for more stories and nature images. #newzealand #whanganuiriver #whanganui
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Clearing snow from the Atyrau Bridge over the frozen Yesil River in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The bridge was designed by Askhat Saduov, with inspiration from the form of a local sturgeon. #onassignment for @natgeoqaz . To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz .
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto // Sponsored by @GoTurkey // Istanbul is enriched by the energy of the Bosphorus, a strait that divides the city and connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. On the Asian side of Istanbul, I love to walk on the promenade opposite the Maidens Tower at sunset and feel the pulse of the city. // Discover what makes Turkey so special. Follow #goturkey
Photo by @chrisburkard | The sea cliffs of the Faroe Islands are the tallest in Europe and some of the highest in the world. It’s almost as if they are guarding the islands from modern society, making this place feel ancient and virtually untouched. The islands rest almost exactly halfway between Iceland and Norway, a stone’s throw away from the Arctic Circle. On shore, the climate is too harsh to support agriculture, so the Faroese get by on a diet of mainly sheep and fish. Growing up on the central coast of California, I have never experienced anything close to what the Faroese people have, with access to all kinds of food and amenities on a daily occurrence. This is why traveling to such remote places can be extremely humbling and rewarding, to gain a better perspective on the endurance of the human spirit.
Photo by Matthew Borowick @mborowick | Two Icelandic horses, pictured here, are in their full winter furs. They are much thicker than their summer coats, as they must stand up to the harsh winters that Iceland typically has in store for them. To fight the intense winds and freezing temperatures, they tend to huddle together to fend off the coldest parts of the season. Please follow @mborowick for more images like these. #iceland #horse #animals #wildlife #explore
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | During the celebration days for the saint’s festival in Arzana, Sardinia, Franca Piras’ family prepares “culurgiones,” a traditional pasta of this area. Arzana is a village in the Gennargentu mountains of Sardinia, a region famous for being a Blue Zone, one of the six areas in the world with the highest percentage of centenarians in good health. This picture is part of the latest issue of National Geographic magazine, dedicated to the future of medicine. Working on this story, I’ve learned that longevity is not only linked to our genetic heritage but also to the quality of the environment in which we live, the food we eat, and, not least, to the social well-being that derives from being connected with our own community. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my travels. #italy #sardinia #natgeo
Photo by @mathiassvold | A blue ocean, white sand, a bright sun, and tropical palms. What is not to like about the Dominican Republic, the most visited destination in the Caribbean? The Dominican Republic has many postcard-like beaches. This is a view of Playa Limón. Follow me @mathiassvold for more stories and nature images. #dominicanrepublic
Photo by @daisygilardini | Taking a ship is the best way to visit Scoresby Sund off the east coast of Greenland. This past September I had the great opportunity to board this amazing, three-masted schooner built in the Netherlands in 1924. The “old lady” has a mesmerizing charm unique to these kinds of ships. A schooner is defined as a vessel with two or more masts, with the foremast shorter than that of the mainmast. This schooner is also technically a tall ship, defined as a traditionally rigged sailing vessel. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #scoresbysund #Greenland #ship #schooner #tallship