The National Parks in Europe don’t get nearly the attention that the parks in the USA and Canada get. And I think this is a shame because there are so many unique and beautiful parks in Europe. I wrote a post on a few National Parks in Europe a few years ago. So now I want to add to that list. And it’s my hope, that as you travel to Europe, you’ll think about visiting one of the national parks. Are you ready to explore?
Lomsdal-Visten is located in Nordland County and is a bit northeast of Lysfjord. It would actually make a fabulous place to stop between the fjords around Bergen and the town of Tromso. This national park in Europe is 1102 square km so it’s a good-sized park. What I like about it is that it has a little something for everyone. There are mountains, valleys, forests, caves, fjords, rivers, lakes and even some coastal areas. And Lomsdal-Visten is located in the Jillen-Njaarke reindeer grazing district, so it’s a wonderful place to see reindeer at any time of year. While this is definitely not a place for beginner hikers, there are a few easy walks that are on the outskirts of the park. Lomsdal-Visten is definitely a destination for those who want something a bit more wild and remote. You’ll also find some intriguing culture here as the Sami people have been here for a very long time. I think this park looks stunning and it’s firmly on my Norway list.
It’s a beauty! Loch Lomond & The Trossachs is home to Loch Lomond which is gorgeous and you may know of. But there are other lakes such as Loch Ard and Loch Katrine. This park is the home to Ben Lomond, and 20 other Munros or peaks. There are small hills as well that have some fabulous views like Conic Hill. You’ll find some lovely forests as well. You can walk, hike, cycle, fish, or get out on one of the lakes on a boat or in a kayak — or perhaps you’re up for sail boarding. There are loads of spots to camp — both in campgrounds or in the wild. Whew! That’s a lot to do.
This is the park I’ll be spending some time in on my upcoming travels. And I can’t wait. Triglav is the only national park in Slovenia but it’s a stunner! Mount Triglav is the highest peak of the Julian Alps and this peak sits right about in the center of the park that comprises approximately 880 square km. There’s a wonderful diversity in Triglav with mountains, forests, rivers, high alpine meadows, gorges, alpine lakes and peaty bogs. Plus there are all kinds of critters such as marmot, red deer, chamois and the alpine ibex. Add in some beautiful wildflowers such as the Triglav Rose and the Clusius’ Gentian and I am so ready to explore this park. There are trails for every fitness and skill level and yes, you can climb up Triglav which typically is a 2 to 3 day hike and not a simple trail up a mountain. So if you want to tackle it, use a guide as it’s the safest and best way to go. I’m guessing that after I experience this park, I’m going to tell you that Triglav is one of the best national parks in Europe.