Swain Destinations offers services around the world, but some places feel as if they could come straight from another planet. Here are some of the most unique out-of-this world destinations in the Swain portfolio.
Being the largest state in the country, Western Australia encompasses many varieties of natural landscape ranging from lush valleys suited for producing some of the worlds best wine, to dry deserts with unbelievable formations. The best example being the limestone Pinnacles of Nambung National Park , jutting out from the sand and creating a striking landscape.
Located south-east of mainland Australia, the island-state of Tasmania is home to vast array of wildlife and unique geological wonders. Set out on the east coast to the Freycinet Peninsula to experience the pink granite cliffs, or head north to Gardiner Point, also known as “The Edge of the World”. Gaze out at uninterrupted waters, where if one were to set sail they would encounter nothing but ocean for thousands of miles before eventually arriving on the shores of Argentina.
Rwanda is home to some of the most unique landscapes in all of Africa and even the world. Volcanoes National Park, named after a chain of dormant volcanoes, contains a spectacular rainforest that dates back to the ice age, and is home to the incredible mountain gorillas. Rwanda takes great pride in these magnificent creatures and goes to extensive lengths to make sure they are protected and can thrive in their natural habitat. Travelers are able to trek through the jungle to experience the gorillas up close and personal with them.
The landscape of Namibia is so unique that it is often used in films to depict other-worldly locations. Massive sand dunes that make up the oldest desert in the world creep up to the coastline. Petrified trees stand alone on the white clay pan of Deadvlei. The “Great White Ghosts”, real-life white elephants, roam the lands covered in the white calcite sand to stay cool. A truly remarkable destination unlike anywhere else in the world.
While Qatar is rapidly growing and constructing architectural marvels, the small peninsula-nation located in the Persian Gulf is rich with history of their nomadic past. After experiencing world-class restaurants, shopping, and events in Doha, head out into the desert for an exhilarating adventure in the sand dunes. Luxury accommodations located next to the sea offer a unique experience to sleep under the desert moon and take in this fascinating land.
From the moment you arrive into Reykjavik you will feel like you just landed on another planet. Iceland instantly feels otherworldly with it’s amazing rock formations, volcanic features, and glacial formations. Visitors quickly learn why Iceland is referred to as “the land of fire and ice.” Walk on a glacier, explore the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and end your adventure with a visit to Blue Lagoon to experience their geothermal hot springs and amazing spa facilities.
Summers of endless daylight and winters of brilliant displays of light in the sky. Finnish Lapland is a truly unique region where you can experience vivid sights of the aurora borealis above untouched winter scenery. Finnish Lapland is also home to the Sámi, the only indigenous people within the European Union. “The land of a thousand lakes”, as Finland is sometimes referred to as, is filled with pristine wilderness that is sure to drive your sense of adventure.
Located under the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the network of narrow passageways and long-abandoned houses make up Real Mary King’s Close. A once busy area which was eventually covered by the new Royal Exchange as the city rapidly grew. The area today is said to have frequent ghost sightings and is a fascinating look into what 17th century life was like in Edinburgh. Outside of Edinburgh you will find incredible castles scattered throughout the countryside, rich with history and amazing architecture.