European travel: Wild and fun destinations (Part II)
Destinations: Kainuu and northern Karelia, Finland
Discovering the wilderness of Finland is also worth a try for those who love European travel. In Finland, the Era-Eero, near Lieksa, is home to the favorite spot of the wolverine (Gulo gulo). This strange animal is often found in the forest.
Besides, you can also see the gray wolf. If you are adventurous, you can drive an extra 2 hours to Kuhmo. Here, the wild bear conservation center and Base Camp Kuikka are two of the best places for you to admire bears and wolves. If you're lucky, you can even see these two great animals interacting with each other!
Wolf and bear discovered in Finland. (Photo: Univision)
Destination: Ordesa National Park, Pyrenees, Aragon and Picos de Europa, Cantabria and Castilla y Leon, Spain
No one could ever resist the majestic beauty of the Pyreness Mountains while touring Europe. Take a stroll in a glacial valley at the foot of the mountain and just look up, you will see the stacked rocky cliffs over 400m high. On the other hand, the valley below is where you can observe the shelters of animals such as Pyrenean lizards or the Pyrenean brook salamander.
Moreover, the beauty of the flower garden there will overwhelm any tourist, making you think you are witnessing a real kaleidoscope right before your eyes. In the meantime, you can see a groundhog relaxing in the sun, or catching vultures on their hunting way. The Pyrenees promises to bring a completely enjoyable experience when you choose to travel to Europe.
Bearded vulture. (Photo: wired)
Taking the cable car through the plateau of Fuente De Picos de Europa, you will reach a mountain national park, where you can admire the majestic beauty and see the butterfly-shaped birds. Alpine chough, European snow mice and mountain butterflies of different colors will bring you an unforgettable experience.
In addition, the Picos de Europa is also home to one of Europe's most beloved birds, the wallcreeper. The attractiveness of this bird comes from its brilliant wings with red and black spots, making it look like a brilliant butterfy. More prominent is Apollo, one of Europe's largest and most magnificent butterflies, with ivory wings and crimson eyes that will keep you looking forever.
Apollo butterfly. (Photo: Fiveprime)
Destination: Spitsbergen, Svalbard Islands, Norway
When traveling to Europe, do not forget to admire the natural beauty of Norway at Spitsbergen. You can easily go around and observe the wild life of the Arctic there. At the same time, you can also sail to the research station in Ny-Alesund to see the famous Norwegian animals such as white whale, minke whales, fin whale and even polar bears.
You can also go west from Longyearbyen to visit the home of small auks near Bjorndalen. Thousands of birds nest and breed beneath the rocks. Arctic foxes often snoop around the area to look for unattended birds. Then, return to Longyearbyen and continue to go into the Adventalen Valley, you will see the rock ptarmigan.
Arctic fox. (Photo: Creatures of the World Wikia)
By: Cole Guthrie