With only about one third of its surface area below 500 meters, Austria is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. The Alps dominate the Austrian landscape, with their jagged peaks permanently covered with snow, their green meadows and valleys, and their numerous alpine lakes. While road trips and train rides in Austria can be incredibly scenic, the natural wonders of this magnificent country are best explored on foot or on a bicycle.
Any ecotourist visiting Switzerland should make the time to take in the wonder that is the Swiss Alps. There are few greater sights in the world than that of the Swiss Alps. This stunning array covers over 41,000 square kilometres and an incredible 60% of the country of Switzerland.
Just 125km from Tokyo you come across one of Japan's most beautiful natural experiences, Nikko National Park. Towering forests, cascading waterfalls, peaceful plateaus and serene lakes are surrounded by ancient bridges, temples and shrines, combining the unparalleled beauties of nature with some of the most pristine and decorative ornaments Japanese heritage. It as an absolute must for any green traveller looking for scenery and quietude.
One of the world's most stunning natural wonders, the centuries old ice coming down the slopes of ?raefaj?kull via the Sv?nafellsj?kull glacier Iceland has had almost all of the air pressed out of it, turning the ice into a positively magical blue that has to be seen to be believed.
There is much more to Lapland than just visiting Santa as any eco tourist who has visited Abisko National Park will tell you. Established just over 100 years ago Abisko is Sweden's most famous national park and covers an area of around 77sq km.
For any ecotourist Norway is a wonderful place to vacation. One of top eco-friendly countries in the world there is never a shortage of tours, transportation and fun to be had for the green traveller.Add to this the breath-taking sight that are the Fjords and you have idyllic spot to visit.
Covering over 4500 sq. km the Cairngorms (P?irc N?iseanta a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh) is the biggest national park in Scotland and an idyllic spot to visit for any ecotourist. As well as boasting breath taking scenery, there is plenty to see and do for any green traveller who is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a time.
Where can the green conscious eco-tourist travel to appreciate the beauty of winter skiing and at the same time blending in with the natural surrounds? The answer is at Les Cerniers in the Swiss Alps. Right in the heart of the Swiss Alps is a novel concept in eco-ski holidays; situated in the village of Les Cerniers at an altitude of 1.700 metres is the White Pod Resort. The collection of eco-friendly bio domes are conceived to work hand in hand with the natural surroundings, while providing an innovative, green living solution for ski loving holidaymakers.
Any ecotourist planning on visiting Lapland is in for a wonderful experience. For many people Lapland inspires images of thick snow, reindeers and a very festive atmosphere. Whilst it is true that this area of Northern Finland has more than its fair share of snow every year, there is more to do than go skiing or to take your children for a Christmas experience.
Ecotourism in Europe is unrivalled when it comes to the diversity of the landscapes. The continent is home to vast expanses, dramatic mountains, heart-stopping beauty, and breath-taking experiences. You can do it all in Europe, from cycling to hiking, in the snow or in the hot, hot heat, from the Arctic Circle to the shores of the Mediterranean, ecotourism in Europe will keep you exploring forever.