If you’re tired of resorts and underwhelmed by big cities, it may be time to inject a bit of wonder into your travels. The world may be getting smaller, but there are still some unsullied corners of the continents that promise uniquely beautiful views and experiences that will change the way you think about nature. From impossibly high lakes to frightfully dry deserts, these 10 tucked-away places are the definition of epic, and deserve your attention.

Lake Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands

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Tucked into a slice of the Atlantic between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland, the majestic Faroe Islands contain some mysterious northern treasures. Lake Sørvágsvatn is one such wonder, a tranquil lake that perches on a cliff 30 meters above the sea.  Sørvágsvatn is a “hanging lake”, and owes its mesmerizing quality to the optical illusion created by the undulating cliffs and immediately adjacent sea.