Nature is full of surprises, and accidental creations often become spectacular attractions for tourists to see. Such tourist spots may have come about through chance, human intervention or natural forces unique to an area – and often become treasures that draw people from far and wide! Here are a few examples of Mother Natural wonders that were accidentally created.
1. Dark Hedges (Northern Ireland)
Dark Hedges is a beautiful avenue of beech trees that line a road in Northern Ireland near Ballymoney. The beech trees were planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family, who owned the nearby Gracehill House estate. The avenue was intended as a grand entrance to the estate, and the trees were planted so that their branches would interlace over the road, creating a tunnel-like effect.
Over the years, the trees have grown, and their branches have intertwined to form a natural archway that has become a popular tourist attraction. The name “Dark Hedges” comes from the trees blocking most of the light, creating a dark and atmospheric tunnel.
2. Fly Geyser (United States)
Fly Geyser can be found in Nevada, United States. This small but beautiful Geyser is known for its distinct, vibrant colors that draw visitors.
The Fly Geyser was accidentally created in 1916 during a drilling project intended to access geothermal energy for agricultural purposes. Once abandoned, water from the well began escaping and flowing to the surface – creating the Fly Geyser.
Over time, minerals in the water have slowly built up to form the distinctive and colorful formations that characterize Fly Geysers. The Geyser is approximately five feet tall; its appearance changes regularly as mineral deposits form and alters its shape.
3. Great Blue Hole (Belize)
The Great Blue Hole is a giant underwater sinkhole from Belize in Central America. This circular hole measures around 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter and 400 feet (123 meters). It is famed for its deep blue color and clear waters – popular destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The Great Blue Hole emerged during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower than today. At first, it existed as a cave system on land before sea levels rose and caused its roof to collapse, giving way to its present-day form.
4. Blue Pond (Japan)
Blue Pond (Aoi Ike in Japanese) is a scenic spot in Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. It is a manufactured pond created as part of an erosion control project in the 1980s. The pond is known for its striking blue colour due to the natural minerals dissolved in the water, and its clarity, allowing visitors to see the submerged trees and other objects. The colour of the pond changes depending on the season and weather conditions, ranging from a bright turquoise blue in the summer to a deep blue in the winter. The area around Blue Pond is also famous for hiking and nature walks, as it offers stunning views of the nearby mountains and forests.
5. Tunnel of Love (Ukraine)
The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine is a natural attraction located near Klevan in the Rivne Oblast region of western Ukraine. A section of the railway runs through a dense, green archway of trees, creating a picturesque and romantic path for train rides.
The trees that form the Tunnel of Love are overgrown and intertwined, creating a natural tunnel that stretches for about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and varies in width from 4 to 12 meters (13 to 39 feet). The tunnel is stunning during the spring and summer months when the trees are in full bloom, and the leaves create a lush canopy overhead.
This tunnel was initially constructed as a train track connecting a local factory with a nearby logging plant. Still, over time its trees began to intertwine, eventually giving rise to what has come to be known as “The Tunnel of Love.”
6. Ruskeala (Russia)
Ruskeala, Russia, is a small village within the Republic of Karelia and approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Sortavala city centre. Ruskeala is known for its breathtaking landscapes, such as Ruskeala Mountain Park and Marble Canyon.
Ruskeala Mountain Park is a vast natural reserve boasting marble quarries, deep lakes and waterfalls. Visitors can experience this nature reserve through a walking tour, boat ride or even scuba diving trips. Another popular attraction in Ruskeala is Marble Canyon, with its towering cliffs and crystal-clear waters – one can visit them from Ruskeala too!
Ruskeala boasts natural beauty and an extensive history dating back to the 18th century. Ruskeala was an important centre for mining and processing marble mined from Ruskeala. Many buildings throughout St. Petersburg – such as St Isaac’s Cathedral – were constructed using marble.