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Experiences of a Lifetime: Trip Ideas for the Nature Lover

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Panoramic view of Arenal Volcano and Nayara Resort in Costa Rica

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Our three best nature experiences capture the spirit of an itinerary designed around your specific interests and goals.

A remarkable experience can make your trip unforgettable, a story worth sharing, and a treasured memory indelibly connected to a specific destination inspired by the world’s remarkable beauty.

From chasing the Northern Lights to visiting a museum beneath the waves or connecting with natural wonders in a luxurious way, the world is full of wonder, and our list acts as a guide to how you can experience it according to how you wish to travel.

  1. 1. Wonder at the Northern Lights in a Glass Igloo
  2. 2. Bask in the Sparkling Waters of a Maldives Private Island
  3. 3. Embrace Luxury and Wilderness in Costa Rica
  4. Plan Your Nature Trip of a Lifetime

1. Wonder at the Northern Lights in a Glass Igloo

View of the Northern Lights from a glass igloo

Northern lights from a glass igloo

If a night under the stars is considered majestic and unforgettable, a night beneath the Northern Lights is life-changing. “Chasing” Aurora Borealis refers to the inconsistency of the lights, the night sky playing a role in your ability to view the intensity of colors that fill the Swedish horizon.

Spending time in a glass igloo provides ambiance and accessibility, where it feels as though the lights come to you rather than you chasing them. The distinctive architecture provides comfort and seclusion deep within the Arctic Circle as you bask in either a 180- or 360-degree view of the night sky.

The Lyngen Alps, the glistening fjord, and the luxuries of your accommodations turn the impressive natural spectacle into a lifetime experience.

Sweden Trip Idea

Explore the essential wonders of a Winter Lapland Tour: Glass Igloo, Husky Safari, Snowmobiles, and the Aurora for an immersive seven-day exploration of nature’s unrivaled beauty set between the untouched landscapes and dancing Northern Lights.

Highlights: Enjoy a husky safari for a connection to the Arctic Circle • View the Northern Lights from a hot-air balloon • Ride snowmobiles through the wilderness • Savor an outdoor sauna and hot tub • Dine on locally sourced Lapland food

Learn more: Sweden Tours & VacationsSweden Travel Guide

2. Bask in the Sparkling Waters of a Maldives Private Island

Aerial view of the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives

Photo courtesy of Markus Gortz / Four Seasons

A private island is a way to experience the wonders of nature at your pace, with a private tropical island combining the splendors of the natural world and the comforts of luxury.

An oasis of turquoise sea, pristine white sands, exotic reefs, and private chefs provides a bespoke opportunity to bask in the marvels of the natural world while celebrating opulence.

When visiting a private island, you have the land and sea to yourself for snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, lounging on the beach, or indulging in a spa treatment. All capture the spirit of possibility, while allowing you to take your time to enjoy the surrounding nature.

Maldives Trip Idea

Best of Maldives Tour: A Tropical Paradise Getaway is a 12-day luxury experience in which you can embrace the comforts of a customized trip to a tropical paradise and sample the charm of a private island.

Highlights: Embrace the ambiance of a luxurious private tropical island • Dive into the pristine waters on snorkeling or scuba-diving excursions • Indulge in a luxury cruise around the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve • Savor a soothing, refreshing treatment in a celebrated spa • Visit the Marine Discovery Centre to learn about turtle conservation

Learn more: Maldives Vacations & Tour PackagesMaldives Travel Guide

3. Embrace Luxury and Wilderness in Costa Rica

Panoramic view from a resort in Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of Nayara Resorts

Costa Rica is a treasure trove of wildlife sightings on land and in the sea. One of the most biodiverse places in the world, it features the mystique of cloud forests, the wonder of rainforests, and the beauty of a pristine coastline, each new activity providing a glance at endangered species.

Glamping in the rainforest of Costa Rica combines the beauty of the wilderness with the luxuries of seasoned tourism infrastructure to establish an experience that immerses you in the natural surroundings, while blending the essential pura vida lifestyle for which Costa Rica is famous. Rest, relax, recharge, or simply listen to the intoxicating soundtrack of nature.

Costa Rica Trip Idea

This 16-day Superb Costa Rica Getaway: Tropical Paradise and Wildlife focuses on immersive biodiversity and exceptional wilderness.

Highlights: Search for sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park with a local guide • Scale the slopes of an active volcano during a visit to Mount Arenal • Plunge into the Tilaran mountain range in search of cloud forests • Savor a tour of coffee and chocolate plantations • Embark on a trek in search of secret waterfalls

Learn more: Costa Rica Tours & Vacation PackagesCosta Rica Travel Guide

Plan Your Nature Trip of a Lifetime

Couple swimming in the Maldives


The most memorable moments of a trip are not just about where you visit, but how you interact with the destination. Your experiences can shape the memories you make as you find new ways to explore ideas on how to enjoy local culture. Discover the vibrant colors of a night sky or indulge in the wilderness as you embrace your specific style within a greater experience. Each new discovery will unveil a remarkable perspective.

Whether eager to capture the splendor of nature at your pace or interested in exploring diverse ways in which to uncover the secrets of the world, your passions can guide the exciting ways you experience new destinations on nature tours, vacations, and safaris. Our Trips of a Lifetime travel guide can help you find more ideas for planning your perfect experience.

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