They say the “selfie” is the new version of the ultimate travel photo. After all, in our modern digital age you’ve just got to document your travel adventures on Instagram, Facebook and the like, or it’s almost like you were never there, right? If you’re looking for the most epic travel destinations to snap that perfect selfie, you can’t go wrong with these.
Troll’s Tongue, Odda, Norway (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Trolltuna, referred to as the Troll’s Tongue by locals, is one of the most breathtaking destinations in all of Norway. It was formed after glacial water froze a chunk of the mountain, causing it to break off back in the Ice Age. In order to preserve the rock’s beauty, no safety barriers have ever been built, which makes it somewhat risky, but the reward for your effort, which includes a four-hour trek, will ensure the photo of a lifetime. Of course, in this magnificent country there are no shortage of gorgeous landscapes for selfie taking. Just a few of its other highlights include the fjord valleys that lead to Trollheimen and the Dovre Mountains, stretching all the way from the sea to high mountain country, offering out-of-this-world opportunities for hiking and climbing as well as incredible cycling and scenic drives. Then there are the Lofoten Islands, an unspoiled archipelago located within the Arctic Circle considered to be one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Crystal Caves, Iceland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
If you’ve ever wondered what the world underneath the ice is like, Iceland’s “crystal caves,” are one of the best places to find out. Located in Icelandic glaciers, multiple outfitters are available to take you on a guided tour of caves like the one in Vatnajokull Glacier, which covers nearly 8 percent of the country as Europe’s largest. Accessed through a narrow entrance, the caves are only safe to enter in the winter when cold temperatures have hardened the ice. Once you step in, you’ll see one of nature’s most stunning works of art, including brilliant blue frozen ceilings studded with stalactites that hang over icy paths and stalagmites. Visitors crawl into long, frozen chambers under a cathedral of dazzling translucent blue waves, and, the formation of the ice happens to create the perfect “window” for taking an unforgettable selfie too.
Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The lowest spot on earth at 1,312 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea, bordered by Israel and Jordan, contains ten times more saline than seawater, which is why it famously makes humans float like corks. It’s also believed to contain therapeutic sea minerals that are ideal for healing all sorts of skin conditions. And, of course, covering your self in clay and floating in water that’s so salty you can’t sink, definitely makes for one of the coolest selfies you can take. But plan your trip sooner rather than later, as experts believe it may disappear within the next 50 years. It’s already shrunk by a third over the last four decades, and the water is being diverted into agricultural and domestic water consumption, while even more pressure is put on it by cosmetic manufacturers who drain it for the minerals.
Grand Canyon, Arizona (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Grand Canyon brings the chance to take in some of the most epic views in America. This natural treasure is so incredibly vast that technology hasn’t yet advanced to the point where a camera can properly capture its depth, but a selfie here showcases just how truly remarkable our planet can be. While many people visit the South Rim, the North Rim offers the chance for an even better pic. In this less-visited and far less crowded region of the park, there are practically endless panoramic vistas along with plenty of twisting trails to enjoy them from. Of course, you could always take a mule ride down to the bottom, capturing the adventure with an unforgettable photo atop the sturdy animal.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Croatia’s largest national park, and the oldest in southeast Europe, may not be well known by those outside the region, but it’s surely one of the most stunning natural landmarks in the world. This maze of lakes and waterfalls, lush greenery and clear waters in constantly changing colors depending on the minerals and the sunlight, is so fantasy-like, without experiencing it in person you’d think it must have been computer generated. If you plan on visiting and capturing your own selfie here, be sure to stick to the trails, as a number of people have been seriously injured and even killed when venturing of the paths to take one.
Machu Picchu (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Machu Picchu is often found at the top of travelers’ bucket lists, and it’s fast becoming one of the world’s top destinations for a selfie too. After all, who wouldn’t want to capture themselves against the backdrop of a colorful sunrise over the lost city of the Incas and mist-shrouded Picchu Mountain that soars nearly 1,000 feet above the stone ruins, plazas and terraces? This royal retreat of the Incan emperor Pachacuti is set atop the Urubamba Valley, constructed in the 15th century as a place for him and his retinue to unwind and relax or entertain foreign dignitaries. It was widely unknown to those who lived outside the immediate area, until its discovery by Hiram Bingham was published in a 1911 book, “Across South America.” Today it’s considered to be one of continent’s most important and well-preserved sites, as well as one of the most spectacular places that can be viewed on the planet.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Christ the Redeemer, the most recognized symbol of Rio and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, has also become one of the most popular destinations for selfies on Earth. Capturing a selfie here not only brings one of the greatest views around, but shows your friends and family back home that you managed to climb a mountain. If that’s still not high enough to satisfy your need for a thrill, you might want to consider soaring above the landscape on a tandem hang-gliding flight from Pedra Bonita in Rio’s Tijuca National Park where you’ll have a spectacular bird’s-eye view over the city, coastline and the forest. What better place for an especially daring selfie?
Venice, Italy (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This enchanting “Floating City” of magnificent architecture built solely on the water, where cars have been replaced by gondolas and teak boats, is a gem that’s a favorite with many photographers, making it an obvious spot for an epic selfie. You can take one from a gondola that glides through the labyrinth of colorful canals that wind through islands joined by romantic bridges, or in one of the picturesque medieval squares as you listen to the music that echoes between Gothic palaces. Simply getting lost in the maze and encountering timeless scenes, like the little row boats tied up in front of brightly-hued facades as artists sit and paint in open squares, is sure to bring numerous picture-perfect opportunities.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Cliffs of Moher are Hollywood star famous, having been featured in films like “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and “The Princess Bride.” As such, getting a selfie here in one of Ireland’s most iconic destinations is truly a must. The spectacular view attracts a million visitors every year, with the cliffs soaring more than 700 feet over the Atlantic, stretching from about the village of Doolin for nearly five miles to Hags Head in County Clare at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. On a clear day you can get a shot of yourself with Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins mountain range, and the Aran Islands serving as the backdrop. While you’re here, listen for the sounds of Irish harpist Tina Mulrooney entertaining visitors with traditional Irish ballads as the waves crash below.