When speaking about bucket list items and once in a lifetime trips, many people include backpacking or traveling throughout Europe for a good amount of time. There are dozens of reasons to visit Europe, but one reason you rarely hear is its national parks. Europe has many national parks that should be near the top of your to do list when planning a trip to Europe. Here are five European national parks you have to visit on your next European adventure.
Hardangervidda National Park: Norway
The park is 2,500 square miles, covering lakes, rivers, and streams. This park is an outdoorsman’s dream come true, as its waters are filled with fish and the the fields are filled with herds of animals, especially reindeer. This is one of the largest national parks in the entire world.
North York Moors National Park: United Kingdom
This park makes you feel like you are in the Middle Ages with its three castles, market towns, and tiny villages on site. The park covers 554 square miles with over a dozen 1,000 foot hills. The park has three different types of terrain: landscape, purple and brown heather moorland, and woodland.
Vanoise National Park: France
Vanoise National Park is France’s first national park, sitting high in the French Alps between the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys. This is the largest apline park in the world, making it one of the best hiking locations. Its views and different types of landscapes make it one of the most beautiful outdoor places in all of Europe.
Oulanka National Park: Finland
As Vanoise is known for its hiking trails, Oulanka is known for its water scene. This park has many rapids, river valleys, and gorges that can be found throughout the park. This park is on the smaller scale, only accumulating 104 square miles, but it makes up for it with its unique beauty and excellent camping reputation. You can rent a cabin for free at Oulanka.
Peneda-Geres National Park: Portugal
Portugal’s only national park is known for its yellow hills that are covered in wildflowers and waterfalls, as well as tombs from over thousands of years ago. The park is one of Portugal’s main tourism attractions.