The trend of outdoor adventure through experiential travel is becoming ever more popular. But when thinking of an active holiday in nature people often think of mountains, diving spots and safaris. But what about lakes?
Lakes offer an almost immediate sense of tranquillity, mixed with the excitement that comes with knowing that you can do a lot of incredible activities around them. Lakes are beautiful and environmentally important, yet we don’t often think of them when we’re busy planning our next adventure.
The world takes lakes for granted. We shouldn’t. Lakes are amazing. If you want to see lakes in all their true natural glory, this article is for you – we’re setting sail to explore these seven amazing lakes around the world.
When wandering around Swedish Lapland, be sure to spend some time at Lake Hornavan. Located in the Arjeplog Municipality, this lake is Sweden’s deepest and third largest lake in the country at a maximum depth of 221 metres stretching across and a surface area of just under 81,000 km. This lake is rich in ecology and unique flora and fauna, and the islets surrounding the lake are heavily researched. Besides, this beautiful northern lake is a major tourist attraction and a definite must-see if you’re heading to this part of Lapland.
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This massive lake spans across three countries in Africa starting in Tanzania and ending in Mozambique, making it the 9th largest lake in the world. For marine wildlife enthusiasts, Lake Malawi offers an abundance of interesting life, hosting the greatest number of fish species on the planet. This beautiful freshwater lake is perfect for any water-based activities: scuba-diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, you name it!
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Lake Bled, Slovenia
Located in the Julian Alps a mere 55 kilometres outside the capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia is Lake Bled, one of the countries most beautiful attractions. Travellers from all over come to see this serene lake and gorgeous mountain views. In the centre of the lake is Bled Island on which stands a pilgrimage church that was built at the end of the 17th century. Among other attractions in the area, Bled Castle on the north shore of the lake is a cultural gem-turned-museum that tourists can explore and learn more about Slovenia’s history and cultural heritage.
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Lake Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland and the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in all of Europe, spanning approximately 4,400 square kilometres. This lake, while boasting breathtaking Finnish landscapes, is also the only home of an endangered freshwater seal called the Saimaa Ringed Seal. If you’re planning on visiting this area of Finland, be sure to check out the Olavinlinna Fortress on the shore of the lake. This three-tower castle is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing from this time period. Definitely worth a look.
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Lake Pichola, India
Located in the northern province of Rajasthan, Lake Pichola in the centre of Udaipur City is a 14th-century artificial lake named after the Pichola village. The lake was originally created to meets the drinking water and irrigation needs for the surrounding city. Nowadays, there are many city tours and boat rides from the City Palace complex in Udaipur for all those wanting to explore the serene beauty of the lake. We recommend heading out on a sunset departure for the best view.
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Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia
Lake Titicaca borders both Peru and Bolivia and is the largest lake in South America. You can explore the Urqu, Puno, and Amantani Islands on day trips from Copacabana and see the famous floating villages in the area, or spend time hiking around the mainland for great natural landscapes and amazing mountain views of the Bolivian side of the lake. This part of South America is worth taking the time to visit, especially if you’re interested in Andean and ancient Incan culture.
Pehoe Lake, Chile
Last but not least, we want to tell you about Pehoe Lake, Chile. This crystal blue lake located near the Castille Hill Village in of Chile’s most southern regions, Patagonia. Here you can explore the Torres del Peine National Park or visit the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, an important penguin breeding site. Climb the Viedma Glacier or visit the Museo Nao Victoria for a brief view back in time. No matter what you do in the area, make sure the Lake Pehoe is on your list.
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