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The power of nature is the only earthly element beyond the control of man, it can be beautiful once minute or become horrifying in an instant, subject to changing weather. Its wonder astonishingly mind boggling and its beauty aue inspiring, one should always have the utmost respect for nature's powers.


Iceland: The name Iceland comes from one of the first Viking who wanted to live there, Flóki Vilgerdarson, in 865. He arrived in summer, had a great time fishing and enjoying the long days and forgot that winter might be different. He didn't make much supplies for the winter and almost starved to death. Next spring, he left the country very disappointed, which he called Iceland. There are 4 large glaciers in Iceland, Langjökull, Hofsjökull, Mrdalsjökull and of course the biggest: Vatnajökull.


Ward's LakePort Campbell National Park, Apostoli, Australia: Seen at dawn, the towering rock stacks below glow golden against a blue-grey sky. They are the Twelve Apostles, sculpted by surging seas and wild southerly storms which howl in from the frigid waters above Antarctica. There are not actually twelve and they are in a constant state of change as the ocean wears away at their soft limestone foundations. But no matter what their number, the Apostles are among the true natural icons of Australia and remain captivating no matter how often you view them. More than 2400 hectares of coastal majesty between Princetown and Peterborough in Victoria's west has been carefully protected in the Port Campbell National Park

UmiumEl Calafate, Perito Moreno Glaciar Upsala, Argentina: El Calafate is called the capital of the glaciers given its vicinity to the National park Los Glaciares that was created in 1937. This Glaciers National Park embraces 450,000 hectares where 13 glaciers descend in the lakes Viedma and Argentino. All are beautiful but that of an extraordinary and imposing beauty is without doubts the glacier Perito Moreno located in the arm Rico of the Argentino lake wich presents a wall of ice 60 meters high. Traveling the North arm of the same lake you can visit one another the glaciers Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini, going by the lagoon of the floes. El Calafate, Patagonia Argentina.

Ward's LakeTongatapu: Tonga: Tongatapu ("Sacred Tonga") is Tonga's main island, containing one-third of its land area and nearly two-thirds of the population. The island is a flat sloping atoll with grand cliffs along its southern shore, a wide lagoon along its northern coast. Attractions include historical sites as well as the beaches, beautiful coral reefs, exotic caves, and the magnificent blowholes. Most of Tongatapu looks very much like all other parts of Tonga. The island is covered with coconut plantations and dotted with quaint villages. Here, as throughout the Kingdom, the scene is that of the gentler life of the South Seas. Tongans walking leisurely along narrow roads dressed in their uniquely Tongan ta'ovalas. People carrying colourful umbrellas to shade them from the sun.

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sohpetbneng peakThe Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consist of 13 major islands, of which 5 are inhabited. While there has been some speculation that the Incan culture made an early visit to the Islands in the 1400, many historians attribute the possible journey of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui to the Easter Islands. The Island's interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. Superbly remote yet surprisingly easy to get to, the Galapagos is a world within itself, with the odd creatures that populate this isolated world filling every niche around.


Ward's LakeMount Tarawera, a Sacred Volcano New Zealand: Mount Tarawera plays an important role in the history of New Zealand and the Rotorua region. It is sacred and under the guardianship of the Ngati Rangitihi Maori tribe. In the early hours of June 10, 1886, Mount Tarawera violently erupted, belching out hot mud, red hot boulders and immense clouds of black ash. Several hours later, the bed of Lake Rotomahana blew out, burying the Maori villages of Moura and Te Ariki under a deep layer of liquid mud, stones and ash.

UmiumSri Pada - Buddhism's Most Sacred Mountain, Sri Lanka: According to a legend, when the Buddha visited Ceylon he planted one foot on the north of the royal city and the other on Sumana-kuta (Adam's Peak) fifteen yojanas, or about hundred miles distant. According to another legend the Buddha is believed to have left the print of his left foot on Adam's Peak, and then, in one stride, strode across to Siam, (now Thailand) where he left the impression of his right foot. It is called Phra Sat, and its appearance is supposed to be like that of the foot print on Adam's Peak and of similar size.

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