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10 March, 2015

10 Amazing Places to Hike before you Die

Holiday Nomad enjoying the view over Lake Wanaka on the Roys Peak Track
For all the hiking lovers out there, here's a list of some of the most amazing and beautiful places in the world to hike. If you are not a hiker, maybe now is a good time to get your butt off the couch and start exploring this amazing world ... pull on your hiking boots and start by putting one foot in front of the other ... you'll see it's not hard at all :-)




1. Nepal



Holiday Nomad in the Himalayas Nepal
Me in the Himalayas

Trekking in the majestic Himalayas is high on most hikers' bucket list. Just imagine walking a trail offering stunning views over the snow capped peaks of the world's highest mountains ... A trek in the Himalayas is without any doubt an epic experience.


Reaching Everest Base Camp Nepal
Everest Base Camp

There is a wide range of trek options available in the Himalayas, starting from 3-day treks to 26 days or even longer. The most popular treks are the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Everest Base Camp Trek. We did the Everest Base Camp Trek last April and it was for sure an experience of a life time, I will never forget that feeling of achievement upon reaching Base Camp.



2. New Zealand



Holiday Nomad on top of Mt Tutoko Glacier in Fiordland NP New Zealand
Mt Tutoko Glacier, Fiordland NP

New Zealand's divers and astounding landscapes makes it the perfect destination for hikers. Do you want to hike on glaciers, cross some challenging mountain passes, hike through wilderness area, explore the beautiful golden beaches on the coastal tracks or maybe even hike through volcanoes? New Zealand has it all!


Stunning lake and mountain view Routeburn Track New Zealand
Routeburn Track

New Zealand has an extensive network of superb hiking trails going from day hikes to multi-day hikes to the 3,000km long Te Araroa Trail, one of the longest hiking trails in the world. New Zealand also has 9 "Great Walks" whereof the Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track are the most popular ones.

Roys Peak Track (see first photo of this article) and Rob Roy Glacier Track are both highly recommended day hikes. We were in New Zealand last month and really enjoyed the endless hiking possibilities and the unique, divers and stunning landscapes. 



3. Patagonia - Chile, Argentina 



Stunning view of Torres del Paine NP in Chile
Torres del Paine by Miguel Vieira

Patagonia's pristine beauty makes it a very popular hiking destination. This paradise shared by Chile and Argentina offers mountains, glaciers, deserts, steppes, lakes, waterfalls ... it is one of the most uncontaminated places in the world. 

The most popular trekking areas in Patagonia are the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. There are different trek options in each of these National Parks and there are even treks available combining both of these scenic National Parks. 

I did not make it there yet but it is definitely high on my bucket list.



4. Alps, Europe



Holiday Nomad with her dog in the Alps, Austria
My dog and me in the Austrian Alps

This 1.200 km long magnificent mountain range crosses Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, Italy and Monaco. So plenty of trail options ... from day hikes to ... pretty much anything! One of my favorite hiking destinations is the Alps in Austria.

One of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe is the Tour du Mont Blanc. This alpine trek around the Mount Blanc crosses France, Switzerland and Italy. Another hike that is high on my bucket list. 

Leigh - a passionate hiker - blogging at Hike Bike Travel has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc and says:

You may not conquer any peaks on the 9 to 11-day Tour du Mont Blanc trek but you will conquer three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland. This world-class hike offers a host of goodies for the well-conditioned hiker. Enjoy a dreamy Alpine landscape loaded with wildflower filled meadows, high mountain passes and traditional mountain villages. Stop at charming mountainside cafes where you can avail yourself - guilt free - of a fantastic selection of pastries and sandwiches. Stay at a mountain refuge or treat yourself to a hotel when you pass through towns like Courmoyeur and Argentiere.
  
The 168 km trek around the base of Mont Blanc can be started in any of the three countries and can be done in any direction. Most people start just outside Chamonix, France for a counter-clockwise loop or in Champex, Switzerland for a clockwise loop. Every day you can expect to be physically challenged by steep ascents and descents but the daily reward is superlative mountain scenery plus there's camaraderie on the trail that's hard to beat. 

For more detail, read Leigh's Tour du Mont Blanc itinerary. 



5. Peru



Holiday Nomad in Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu

The Andes Mountains in Peru is another bucket list item for many fervent hikers. The Lares, Salkantay and traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are the most popular treks here although there are lots of other trek options as well.

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for ages ... I finally hiked this epic trail in May 2013. It was without any doubt the trip of a lifetime; arriving on the last day before sunrise at the Sun Gate and seeing the mysterious ruins of the lost city Machu Picchu appear beneath me ... WoW definitely a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life.  


6. Iceland



The stunning Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park in Iceland
Thingvellir NP

The astonishing beautiful nature in Iceland makes it the ideal country for hikers. Iceland offers many hiking opportunities; all trails offer stunning unique scenery. We for sure enjoyed our stay in fairytale Iceland

One of the most popular trails in Iceland is the 55km long Laugavergurinn Trail. You can do an extension of about 22km via the Fimmvörðuháls pass. This trail guides you through a magical landscape of volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, hot springs, waterfalls ... 


The black waterfall of Svartifoss in Iceland
Svartifoss Waterfall by Laura and Lance from Travel Addicts

There are also lots of day-hike opportunities in Iceland. Laura and Lance blogging at Travel Addicts say:

Iceland is an outdoor paradise and hiking is a top activity in this small island nation. One of the most popular day-hikes is within the Vatnajökul National Park: the black waterfall of Svartifoss. The Svartifoss falls are not particularly impressive in terms of water volume or height. Instead, the falls are notable because the water drops off a sheer cliff of black, basalt columns. Iceland is a country of amazing geology but the geology of Svartifoss has inspired the architecture of one of Iceland's most important famous sites: the Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik.

Leaving from the Vatnajökul National Park Visitors Center, the hike is around 4 km round trip up to the falls (allow between 2 to 3 hours). The route follows the stream up to the falls, first in a very tight valley before climbing up and following the stream on a ridge above. En route to Svartifoss, hikers will pass three other smaller waterfalls but the black columns are the real goal. At the bottom of the Svartifoss falls large rocks dot the stream-bed ... the perfect chairs for a picnic. 

After the hike, we recommend you to visit the Vatnajökul National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the 1996 volcanic eruption that flooded the southern half of the country. The video of the bridge being swept away is very impressive. 

To learn more, read Laura and Lance's southern island adventure



7. United States



Arches NP USA
Arches NP

The United States has some serious long distance trails, the longest one being the American Discovery Trail - better known as the Coast-to-Coast trail. This 10,900km long trail passes through 14 National Parks. The most popular long distance trails in the US are the Pacific Crest Trail (4,271km), the Appalachian Trail (3,518km) and the John Muir Trail (340km).

Also the National Parks in the US are the perfect place for anyone craving for a good hike through stunning scenery. We hiked through quite a few National Parks in the US and all were amazing. Also in Hawaii you'll find some spectacular trails, the most famous one probably being the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast in Kauai Hawaii



8. Scotland



West Highland Way trail in Scotland
West Highland Way Loch Lomond - Author: Sigurdas

Also Scotland has a system of Great Trails providing the opportunity to explore the best of Scotland's nature. Some people claim Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world. So hiking through the rugged and romantic Scottish Landscape containing Highlands, Lochs, old fortresses, forests, mountains ... doesn't sound bad at all. 

We will be hiking the West Highland Way in May 2015. This 155km long trail brings you from Milngavie Glasgow all the way to Fort William. I cannot wait to discover the highlands, taste a traditional Scottish haggis with a wee dram of whisky ... The only part I could do without is the rain, so I'll keep my fingers crossed it will not rain to much during our trek. 


9. Greece



Beautiful Santorini, Greece
Santorini

Also Greece and the Greek islands are a hiker's paradise offering a well-organized system of mountain, ancient roads or cliff trails to choose from. The Meteora trail, Mt. Athos trail and Mt. Olympus trail are popular options in Greece. Recommended trails on the Greek islands are the White Mountains trail on Crete, the Corfu Trail on Corfu and the cliff hike from Imerovigli to Oia in Santorini. 

We went to romantic Santorini last October and we were pleasantly surprised that there were so many awesome things to do in Santorini including hiking.


Ancient Monastery built high upon a rock in Meteora Greece
Monastery in Meteora Greece by Alex from Finding the Freedom

Alex blogging at Finding the Freedom, hiked in Meteora Greece and says:

I have been on a lot of hikes, however these ancient Monasteries - perched hundreds of feet high on top of the rocks - were like nothing I have ever seen before. 

The trek itself was at an easy level and roughly about 10km. We walked mostly on flat land but at some points there were some steep sections through impressive lush vegetation. The rock formations we passed through were nothing short of spectacular. To top it all off, there are Monasteries that took hundreds of years to construct, built right onto the top of the steep rocks!

These Monasteries were constructed by multiple generations of monks as a refuge. Once they were built and the scaffolding taken down, there was no way to enter or exit. This is where they would live for the rest of their life. It is quite remarkable and really has to be seen in person, all it takes is a few hours train ride from Athens and you'll find yourself in Meteora where these impressive Monasteries are waiting. 

To learn more, read Alex' Hiking through the Meteora Monasteries article. 



10. Morocco



A Valley hike in Morroco
Valley Hike Morocco

When people think about Morocco, many will think about a nice beach vacation, shopping in the souks, visiting a fairytale city like Marrakech ... hiking would not be the first thing on most people's mind. Nevertheless Morocco offers some great hiking treks. 

There are desert treks, valley treks, treks through Berber villages and even climbing - the highest mountain of North Africa - Mt. Jbel Toubkal. We went to Morocco in March 2013 and were really surprised with the many amazing hiking opportunities there. 



Bonus 1: Poland



Hiking in the Tatra Mountains in Poland
Tatra Mountains by Ania from a Hitch-Hikers Handbook

There's a network of about 24,000km of marked trails for hikers in Poland. Popular trails in Poland are the trails in the Slowinski National Park (a beautiful place rich of lakes, forests and dunes), the majestic Tatra Mountains (the natural border between Poland and Slovakia), the Sudety Mountains (a region filled with castles and caves), ... and lots of other options.


Ania blogging at Hitch-Hikers Handbook says:

The Polish Tatra Mountains are often overlooked by all the rankings of the best hiking trails in the world, but in my opinion this spectacular mountain range is highly under appreciated and definitely deserves more attention. 

One of my favorite routes in the Polish Tatras, is hiking up Mount Kościelec (2,155m) where you can marvel at numerous charming alpine lakes glittering in the sun. This hike will take you through a thick evergreen pine forest and up a challenging rocky crest from where you will be able to see sky-piercing bone-white peaks of neighboring mountains. It is a relatively difficult route if you decide to go all the way up to Mt. Kościelec but if you don't feel you have enough energy or motivation, you can descend earlier without missing out on the jaw-dropping alpine lakes.

This 15km long picturesque route starts in the village of Kuźnice where you can get to by bus from Zakopane. In Kuźnice follow either the blue or the yellow trail for about 1,30 hour until you reach the Przelęcz Miedzy Kopami (1,492m) mountain pass. Following the path for another half an hour you will reach a vast meadow called Hala Gąsienicowa with a popular mountain shelter "Murowaniec", which is the crossroad of all the trails in the vicinity.

Keeping to the blue trail for about 35 minutes of strenuous hiking, you will reach the most scenic part of the entire route - Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy (1,624m) - the first and largest alpine lake on the way. After having some well-deserved rest by this mountain beauty, find the black path that zigzags up the cliff to your right. Upon reaching the Karb bifurcation you can decide if you want to continue up Mt. Kościelec (it's tricky and should be done only in good weather) or take the blue path to your right and start descending. On your way down you will see another smaller spectacular alpine lake (Czerwone Stawiki), follow the black path to your right and after 20 minutes of pleasant strolling you will reach a chairlift. Going downhill you will see the familiar roof of Murowaniec and you will soon get to Przelęcz Miedzy Kopami. Take the blue or yellow trail, which will take you back to Kuźnice.

For more details on Poland, read the Hitch-Hikers Handbook's Poland Country Guide. 



Bonus 2: Spain



Caminito del Rey by in el Chorro, Malaga Spain
Caminito del Rey by in el Chorro by Gabirulo / Creative Commons

Spain is without any doubt a hiker's paradise ... the imposing mountains and deep ravines of the Picos, the endless hiking opportunities in the Sierra Nevada mountains or the Pyrenees, the famous path to Santiago the Compostela and of course El Caminito del Rey - a trail pinned along the steep walls of a gorge - also known as one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world. 


Charles hiking the path to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Charles hiking the path to Santiago de Compostela

Charles, a fervent hiker says about Santiago de Compostela:
Someone once asked me "did you hike the path to Santiago de Compostela?"
I answered: yes, I have hiked the path. I did the French portion.
The person told me "so you didn't really complete the path to Santiago de Compostela?"
I smiled and said: the path to Santiago de Compostela is not made from point A to point B, it is a path of total reflection of your life ... when you live your feelings, the spiritual strength of the path will come to you. It does not matter whether you walk 200km or 1,750km on the path, the important part is to feel and recognize the power of this trek. 
For me this is the path! 




Best Hiking destinations in the world
Holiday Nomad

Very true words from Charles ... I believe, everybody experiences a hiking trail in his or her own way. There are many different hikers; the hikers that are into challenges and need to complete a trail; the ones that are not interested in completing the trail but just want to get out there and experience the beautiful nature; other ones again do a trail as a sort of pilgrimage and want to feel the power of a trail; some just want to stay fit by hiking ....

Whatever kind of hiker you are, whatever reason you have to hike ... there's a hiking trail out there waiting for you.



What kind of hiker are you? Which hiking destination is - according to you - missing on this list?


Freya - Holiday Nomad, a Travel and Photo Blog



58 comments:

  1. I've been lucky enough to hike at some, although regrettably not all, the places you mention. Would recommend you trek out (see what I did there) both the Canary Islands and Portugal too.

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  2. I really need to catch up, I've only counted a handful of the wonderful countries you mentioned. The images are stunning Freya

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  3. Such great places. I've had the privilege of hikig many of these, but I still hope to trek in Iceland and Nepal. I've been to Nepal, but our trip was cut short by a personal emergency.

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  4. Wow! Some great places. Thanks for including us and our Iceland hike.

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  5. Wicked list! I would add Tanzania to include Mt Kilimanjaro for sure. Everest Base Camp is super high on my bucketlist!

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  6. I am not sure if I will ever hike any of those places in my lifetime, but I would like to visit some of them. All the places you listed look gorgeous.

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  7. These are all fantastic options! As a traveler these are all high on my bucket list. I've so far only completed a hike on the Alps. I'm excited to see where my feet will take me next. Great post!

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  8. Oh wow, I miss hiking and hope if my back ever cooperates again that I can restart. Your selections are just breathtaking.

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  9. I had a spinal fusion 2 years ago and am still suffering with some nerve pain and damage. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand and hope that I am able to hike some of these beautiful locations.

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  10. Wow I would love to see any of these places. I haven't traveled much but I love hiking and would love to head somewhere new to take it all in quietly, while hiking! These places look wonderful. I haven't heard of them all either!

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  11. Wow! Gorgeous! I would love to hike in all these beautiful places! New Zealand is definitely on my bucket list as well as the Alp.

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  12. oh i just came back form a trip in europe. i have been to france , spain , rep.czech , holland and hungry .... whatching these picture i just wanna pack my bag and start again another journy

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  13. Oh, wow! Fantastic pictures. I'm not a hiker, but these pics may just convert me. I love Santorini, too. Was there during low season, it was sooo quiet, but still nice.

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  14. My little brother went hiking in Peru. I would love to do that some day. So many awesome places to see! I've hiked a bit on the Appalachian trail. Not far, just close to home. I live right next to it in the Pocono Mountains. I'd also add Mt. Fuji in Japan. When I lived in Japan, I really wanted to do that. But I lived up North, about 400 miles away, so I never got the chance.

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  15. I have been to Arches National Park. I loved it, such an amazing place.
    Iceland is very high up on my to do list, particularly for the nature. I´d love to do that hike you share here!

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  16. I'm going to Chile and Peru, and I really hope I can go to those hikes. Patagonia's so expensive. Great selection. Would love to the EBC in Nepal too.

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  17. Your post on the Hotel Rita will always be my most special because that is when I first "met" you and also Tibo! Then your Everest series of posts will always be very near and dear to my heart because I will always be able to recall some very painful and very happy moments going on in my life during that period of time. What a fantastic post, Freya, and thank you for the trip down memory lane my friend :)

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  18. Back when I had dogs I was a long distance walker-usually trails near where I lived--nature trails. Now I barely get out of the house! I would like to see one or two of the US trails at some point--I wonder if my cat would be up for a hike?

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  19. Amazing pictures! Amazing Experiences! I would love to hike any of these places. You can't beat the views!

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  20. These are some seriously beautiful places!! I love the title of this post but I may only make it on to one as the first location would probably kill me. Hahaha. I am not a hiker! =P Thank you so much for sharing these with us! They are so beautiful and peaceful looking!

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  21. You have given me a great deal to consider for a large hiking trip. I have been fortunate to live near smaller mountain ranges in different places in the world but I have never been on a larger range. I have a lot to think about my first larger range. I will have to think of something realistic so that it will not be tremendously difficult but still a challenge. I have always wanted to go to New Zealand as I have a cousin that lives there. Also, Iceland is somewhere personally I want to go sooner than later. Thanks Freya for sharing these destination spots.

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  22. Hi Freya, nice to see you back. I've missed your fun posts. Thanks for sharing this wonderful, inspiring list. I have not been to some of them and would like to trek them one day. I added Scotland and Poland on my list. Not sure if I'm brave enough to hike Caminito del Rey:) Love your photos, they inspire even more.

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  23. My husband is from Peru and I can’t believe he never climbed Machu Picchu that is is on my bucket list!! These are all such amazing places to go hiking. I had never heard of some of these and the pictures are amazing!

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  24. Amazing photos you got here. I've never been hiking and I think it's really one of the things I must do before I die.

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  25. I love hiking. When i use to live in the Caribbean I would go hiking all the time. I remember the first time I went at 12yrs old I was so scared and i thought i was going to fall off the mountain at certain points haha! but omg after that I fell in love. I've always wanted to go hiking in New Zealand.

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  26. Great list Freya. Can personally vouch for around half and want to do the other half! Can highly recommend Patagonia. I went there almost ten years ago now and it's one of those places that has remained strong in the memory bank. Before we left on the W-trek, we stayed at an eco camp in insulated tents that had see-through ceilings, we could hear and feel the avalanches in the distance. I would break my "never twice" rule to do that trek again.

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  27. This is such an amazing list!!! I would love to hike all of them!

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  28. Wow this is an absolutely beautiful post! I really want to go to the New Zealand location, its something about the background and the sky that is absolutely breathtaking to me! I have hiked a few times but nothing to this extent. I would definitely want to go and try this out one day! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. I have never been on a full fledged hiking trip. This list looks like so much fun. I think my husband would be up for a hiking adventure. Definitely something to plan once our children are older.

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  30. These are such beautiful places to hike and explore. Finding new places to explore when we travel is one of my favorite things to do.

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  31. I love your pictures! They are just too fantastic. I really appreciate you sharing them with us. What an amazing adventure something like this, but I think personally I'm to chicken to go mountain climbing. Fear of heights.. big factor.

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  32. Holy moly all of those places look like wonderful places to visit, let along hike to! I've actually never been hiking before. I need to do that and check out these places, actually a few of them are on my bucket list of places to visit before I die.

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  33. So many gorgeous places in the world to take a hike. I really hope that I can visit some of them someday.

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  34. What an awesome list! I am not a hiker, but I sure could be if I got to go to some of those places! Thanks for the share!

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  35. These places look so amazing, thanks for sharing with us, Freya! The ones that I'd love most to see are Peru and Greece, they images you chose are absolutely stunning! Have you actually hiked them all? Very cool.

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  36. Great inspiring list! I have way too many things to do and see, and on top sits the Everest Base Camp. Ah, Western Scotland in May - that sounds awesome to me. Give me a shout if you are visiting Edinburgh, we could meet for a drink or two :)

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  37. Before i die??! LMAO jk I love all of these places with the waterfall!

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  38. Greece is just beautiful! Amazingly beautiful and the water is breathtaking I definitely need to visit!

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  39. Amazing list all the places are beautiful, getting to the everest base camp is one of my goals.

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  40. These all look amazing, Freya! But next on my list is Iceland...dying to do the hike as well as the hot springs!!!

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  41. What a fantastic journey it would be to visit each and every one of these places!! EXTRAORDINARY photos really capture the moment!! I especially want to visit Caminito del Rey!!! Wow!!

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  42. Some nice hikes in Norway, too. Just sayin'... :)

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  43. So many incredible suggestions - I would love to go hiking in Iceland!

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  44. Stunning photos. Unfortunately, I can't hike - the spirit is willing, but the body won't co-operate. However, it's great to see two of my favourite places - Spain and Scotland - featured.

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  45. Beautiful pictures which goes to prove Heaven is here on Earth. And your words "pull on your hiking boots and start by putting one foot in front of the other" are very motivating!

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  46. I love to hike, but haven't had the chance to do any long--distrance treks. I really think I've been missing out on some awesome experiences. I'd have a hard time trying to figure out which of the ones mentioned to do first. I'm glad you mentioned the U.S. National Parks, because I've taken some great short hikes in many of them. For example, Zion Nat'l. Park has great trails for all levels.

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  47. I love hiking, as I grew up in Italy, I have done quite a few hikes in the Italian Dolomites. I would add Madeira to this list, for fabulous hikes too.

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  48. Wow, super impressive Freya. I've not hiked any of these places. Scotland, Arches, Iceland, how does one chose?

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  49. I can see I have som catching up to do, but what an amazing list. Kudos to you for the accomplishment.

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  50. You must be a very experienced hiker ;)
    I think southern Poland is rather rarely mentioned, but it looks so beautiful on photos.
    We have that false idea of Poland being "all flat".

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  51. This is such a great list, Freya! I have loved following you along on some of your hikes around the world and you truly are an inspiration. We've done a few of the US National Park hikes and didn't really get to hike in Iceland. We'd love to do Nepal but the family-feiendly version :)

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  52. Nice post Freya, always like hiking ideas. One of our favorite spots was in Switzerland's Berner Oberland, using Lauterbrunnen as a base...just a gorgeous area.
    Quebec never makes it on anyone's list..nobody goes there. But it has some beautiful parks including the Parc des Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie which is one of the province's best hikes (covered in this post: http://bbqboy.net/road-trip-to-tadoussac-the-saguenay-fjord-and-parc-des-hautes-gorges-de-la-riviere-malbaie/). The Gaspe also has some great hikes and I'm sure you'd appreciate the nature.

    Thanks for the ideas above. We're back in Europe soon after 6 months in Thailand and looking forward to a few hikes. We'll be in the Balkans and might even make some of those hikes in Greece.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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  53. Great list and most of these places are on my bucket list for the upcoming years! :) I´m glad to see the Tatra mountain here, as a Slovakian though, I have to stress also the Slovakian side of the mountains which is also beautiful (if not more ;) ). I´d perhaps add Norway and Caucasus, too :)

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  54. Great tips. I've done hikes in Patagonia and in the Andes and absolutely loved both places. The best thing was not seeing other people for most of the walk. When you've got such dramatic landscapes, you don't want it ruined with hordes of tourists!! :)

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  55. I have hiked in the Swiss Alps, Iceland and the Andes but I also enjoyed the trail at Cinque Terre in Italy!

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  56. Very nice list. Most of it was known to me but I never thought about Morocco, Greece and Poland. I am a bit surprised though that Scandinavia is missing. Norway, Sweden and Finland offer some of the finest hiking territories in the world. For example, check out the southern National Parks in Norway (Rondane, Jotunheimen) or the big trails in Lapland: Padjelantaleden, Kungsleden and the ~800km Nordkalottleden. Another tip would be the Bear's Trail in Finland. Very nice and also suitable for unexperienced hikers. Will write a blog post about it soon.

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  57. Thank you for adding all these trails to my ever growing bucket list! Machu Picchu has always been at the top but Poland is edging its way up there now.

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