Archipelagos

Five archipelagos out of the ordinary

Often we usually hear someone say that the inhabitants of the islands and of archipelagos are different from the people who live in the continent. It will be for that sense of distance, of alienating often happy or for the idea of precariousness linked to links that should be subject to the whims of the weather. It will be that and more but the islands and their inhabitants, at all latitudes, have a special charm that fascinates and seduces even the experienced traveler. Here are five archipelagos from landscapes out of the ordinary, they are spectacular, really distant from everyday life and a bit overlooked by the usual tourist routes.

Lofoten and Vesteralen

Vesteralen

Vesteralen and Lofoten are authentic Nordic jewels. The two islands are located next to each other, a few kilometers away to the west coast of Norway; if the Lofoten (pictured on top) are famous for their enchanting landscapes in the mountains, overlooking the sea and the rorbu, the typical red houses of the fishermen, the Vesteral is no less: it is in the waters of the archipelago where it is easy to see whales, that go between the islands in search of food, a natural show along the most exciting in the world. And if you decide to go at these latitudes in summer, the Lofoten and Vesteralen will play their jolly and will enchant you forever, with the amazing phenomenon of the midnight sun.

Azores

Lagoa das Sete Cidades

The Azores are nine volcanic islands arising where European, American and African tectonic plates, clash by millennia: an archipelago of black rocks covered with a dense vegetation, with infinite shades of green, hiding deep blue lakes, the color patches of sulfur broom, large caves decorated with gigantic stalactites, steaming pools of water bordered by rocky ocher lace. A lush and exotic vegetation, full of energy, is the perfect place where the breath of the earth joins the whisper of the waves in an atavistic and immortal song.

Iceland

Skaftafell

Iceland: literally “land of ice”, is a strip of land inhabited just below the Arctic Circle; Iceland is also known as “land of fire” because in the bowels of the Icelandic territory, under the black crust, under the green fields and under the water holes and ice fields, bubbling a powerful fire, which seeks ways to go out. This is precisely this contrast between heat and frost, snow and lava, between red and black, to give Iceland a mysterious charm. Here it is easily perceive clearly the power and force of nature: if the blue planet breathes, it is in Iceland that he released its breath.

Faroe Islands

Sørvágsvatn

Pristine, unexplored, incredible: the Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago few kilometers from the northern coast of Scotland, greet visitors with large expanses of green meadows on which to graze large herds of woolly sheep, small villages with wood colored houses and roof in grass, waterfalls that plunge from the cliffs overlooking the sparkling sea. The pace of life is slow, in harmony with that of nature and the man is only one factor among others: the true masters of the islands are sea birds, led by the comical puffins living on the cliffs overlooking the sea.

Dahlak

Seagulls on Dahlak Island

An archipelago really exotic and in a sense away from the idea of virgin islands we have in mind: the Dahlak, a small archipelago that is located close to the coasts of Eritrea, is solitary and pristine.  It is composed of 126 sandy islands and reefs emerged in the Massawa Channel, in the Red Sea, where small local communities live. But the real wealth of these islands is the sea: an extraordinary and pristine sea, a nature reserve nominated several years ago, a rare and rich ecosystem, dotted with coral formations and ancient relics, which could make crazy with delight even the most experienced divers.




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