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Chile's Salar de Atacama a contrast of of rugged mountains and serene lakes (by Helder Geraldo Ribeiro)

Autumns Sacred Mysteries

There is a sacredness about our walk in the wild. This is where each step is an invitation and our choices a kind of prayer – especially at the crossroads.

We cover Autumn’s eight romantic, mysterious getaways that soothe the soul and inspire the spirit.

There is a sacredness about our walk in the wild. This is where each step is an invitation and our choices a kind of prayer – especially at the crossroads. These elemental journeys take you deep into nature’s elements – fire, water, earth and air – ultimately bringing you closer to nature and yourself. Encountering legends and mysteries, you have a ringside seat to the marvels of nature, be it wildebeest migrations or breathtaking scorched landscapes. The best part about coming eye-to-eye with nature is the expansion of our ideas about all that is possible.

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ICELAND “The Land of the Gods” in Reykjavik
When the fires of Hekla began to burn in 1104, people around the world were terrified. Fear created stories about the powers of dark princes and the flames of eternal fires throwing souls into the underworld. Others spoke of immortal gods waging war on ancient battlefields.

Nosy Hara Archipelago, Madagascar, a region of twelve uninhabited islands encircled by coral reefs (by Jean-Yves Caleca)
Nosy Hara Archipelago, Madagascar, a region of twelve uninhabited islands encircled by coral reefs (by Jean-Yves Caleca)

Welcome to the ancient and the sacred in Iceland where you will journey into a landscape that brings you closer to the exotic within. It’s fitting that this story begins with a swim in the Blue Lagoon – one of the 25 natural wonders of the world – and experience naturally heated geothermal, unnaturally blue mineral water kept at the constant perfect temperature between 34 and 39 degrees Celsius. Enjoy in-water massages rumoured to leave skin younger, with life-long lasting health benefits.

Rejuvenated, you’re prepared for the thrill that is the tour inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano. That’s right, inside. Open until mid-October you’ll discover a whole new world an easy 45- to 50-minute hike inside. Watching its fire and fury brings a catharsis, of sorts. A natural letting off of steam that might speak to what you may need to purge. Other impressive sights nearby include the Gullfoss waterfall, and diving or snorkelling the Silfa fissure – one of the world’s top dive spots, a crack between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

After a trip by super jeep into “The Land of the Gods” in the island’s interior, the domain of Vikings, elves and Norse Gods, enjoy a luxurious stay at slick, chic 101 Hotel in Reykjavik. With a casually elegant style including log burning fires and a high-end spa, the property is within walking distance of the city’s famed Golden Circle. Enjoy the hotel’s glass ceiling restaurant for Icelandic international cuisine or take a stroll to experience the city’s small-town feel at any one of several local restaurants. 101hotel.is

Also Included: Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa (Chile), Angama Mara (Kenya), Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Malaysia), Constance Tsarabanjina (Madagascar), Glass House (USA), Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (Holland), Wildflower Hall (India).

 

© This article was first published in Oct-Nov 2017 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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