6 wild islands for adventure seekers
The world's largest island relies on fishing for a living. Tourism tops the revenue stream but the only cities that have direct flights to Greenland are Copenhagen and Reykjavik. There are no railways and only a few roads, so commuting between villages and towns of colorful wooden houses is usually by boat.
Excursions on the icebergs along the coast provide an opportunity to observe polar bears, whales and walrus at a close distance, or you can also experience cross-border skiing, soaking in natural hot springs.
Located off the east coast of Africa, the fourth largest island on the planet is a mystery, even for experienced travelers, as it is difficult to access. In fact, children are more likely to be familiar with Madagascar than their parents, thanks to the popular animated series of the same name. Ecotourism will be the main key when an estimated 80% of all plant and animal species here do not exist elsewhere.
Going around the island is a challenge when the island is the size of France but there are only a few big roads. Public transport is expensive and time-consuming, so sign up for an organized tour or to be more flexible, a deal with a 4 x 4 driver will help design the itinerary in conjunction with the experiences such as watching coral reefs and tropical rain forests, giant baboons and not forgetting Indian Ocean beaches.
This island of Indonesia has not really developed a road (and bus) system. Heading north from Bandar Lampung City, passengers travel through a 30-hour journey to Bukitsgi, a hilly town surrounded by volcanoes that admirers can take at their own risk. (Marapi Mountain last erupted in 2004). Another swaying bus, this time crossing the equator, takes tourists to Lake Toba in about 17 hours on a fine day.
Lake Toba with deep blue water has a mesmerizing charm and there are many hiking options overlooking the wilderness, some tourists can take a stroll along the lake and take a boat.
There was no trip to Sumatra without the orangutan. A guided walk in the forest will help visitors see this primate in their natural habitat.
The largest island of the world's largest country has fallen into conflict for centuries until 1945. Today, Sakhalin is beginning to unlock its potential as a tourist destination. Booking a tour with a local travel agency will be more efficient and easier than going alone by public transport.
Skiing, rafting and hiking are adventurous experiences. The forests of Sakhalin have brown bears, while coming to the natives live, you can see reindeer or can also sign up for sea bird and whale watching trips. Sakhalin boasts more than 16,000 lakes and 65,000 rivers, so bring a pair of ice skates if you plan to visit in the winter.
Nearly half of Tasmania is in national parks or subject to other protection measures. With over 2,000 km of hiking trails and clean air, it's no surprise that this place is often compared to New Zealand.
Baffin Island, Canada
Baffin Island is an unpredictable land, where glaciers rise and recede, and snow covers constantly new roads.The sun does not set in the summer months; instead, it stayed low on the horizon for hours before continuing its upward trajectory. This allows adventurers to ski or sail along the east coast of the fjord in the middle of the night, if they want.
By: Gitta Russell