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It comes down to the definition you want to adopt but apart from the Northern and Eastern periphery (especially Russia), I think there is no real wilderness in Europe. You can have some feeling of remoteness in parts of the Alps but the region has been inhabited for centuries and shaped by humans in many subtle ways. You are also never really far from ...


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Yes, this is possible, but I guess only if you have your own vehicle. I have done two road trips together with 3 friends through France experiencing all the things listed, except for the vultures. On both road trips we didn't have a clear goal in mind, and chose a destination from day to day. The first road trip was around the Vosges mountains, on the ...


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I am not sure this answers your question but here it goes: If you travel into the sea at night you will be able to find the most beautifull sky. From my experience, being around 15 miles offcoast should already give you a very nice sky panorama. Another option is finding a dark sky reserve. It's just like a natural reserve but applied to the sky. Some ...


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Yes, the 2014 winter was very warm, tulips were already being cut mid-April and everybody was speaking about that. Still, I am pretty sure Keukenhof will not depart from its planned opening (to wit, in 2014 it will be opened until 18 May) and going early or late in the season is always a bit more risky. There will in any case be flowers in the park, even if ...


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Don't forget that you are not alone to look for quiet places. Everywhere that you can go to with a car, other people can as well. Therefore, I would recommend remote places that are not accessible by car, or at least with a restricted access. For example: remote parts of mountainous regions such as the Pyrénées, but stay near the French/Spanish border. ...


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Apparently the Kitee (Finland) Zoo (62°02′45″N) has emus. According to Wikipedia, Ranua, Lapland has the northernmost zoo in the world (65°56′32″N). I checked the website; it doesn't seem to have anything I recognize as Australian (it lists mainly northern birds, and a surprisingly large number of species of weasels). I also checked the Ähtäri Zoo ...


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Northern Sweden, yes. But also northern Norway (Svalbard!). Greenland (if that counts as Europe). There are some old forests that may be of interest as well. Brading on Isle of Wight. Rautas in Kiruna, Sweden. Tyresta National Park quite close to Stockholm, Sweden is quite accessible. Białowieża Forest in Poland... Also in Latvia you can find untouched ...


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If you are looking for something untouched by civilization, what about Gorgany in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains? Mieczysława Orłowicz wrote in 1919 that this is the unique mountain in Europe, because from its peak you can't see any lights made by humans - no city, no village, no road, only other mountains. My collegues told me after being there that ...


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Well the main problem is that the host/hostel staff have yet to meet you. They don't necessarily know you, and they don't know what emergency it will be for. So the call might go something like: Operator: What's your Emergency? Host: Er, I'm not sure. Someone's meant to turn up, and they haven't? Operator: Can you describe them? Host: No, I've never ...


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Looks like an Eastern Water Dragon to me. From wildlife.qld.com.au: Sexually dimorphic with males more robust than females. Prominent spines on head and along length of back, with a laterally compressed body and tail. Long powerful limbs. Olive green to brown in colour with short dark bands on the body, dark stripe behind the eye. Males have a ...


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There's a list of IDA-certified dark sky reserves. Wikipedia has a more comprehensive list, that includes nationally declared areas that may not be certified by IDA.


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I've spent some time in Southern Ukraine (Crimean Peninsula) and was impressed with the Crimean Mountains. You can go for many km without seeing any people in the mountains there, though there is a large city in the center (Simferopol) of the peninsula and there are several large cities (Sevastopol, Yalta) on the coasts. I was also impressed with the ...


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I'd reccomend northern Scotland and its highlands and islands. Here's a Guardian travel article on Knoydart and Eigg. However, it's not truly "untouched", in the sense that it's hard to get more than a few tens of miles away from human habitation, farming or roads. For that you'd have to go into eastern Europe and beyond into central Asia.


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It sounds like what you are looking for is a field guide to the Grand Canyon; Field guide - a book designed to help the reader identify wildlife (plants or animals) or other objects of natural occurrence (e.g. minerals). It is generally designed to be brought into the 'field' or local area where such objects exist to help distinguish between ...


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The distribution of this bird is quite wide. Here is a link to the distribution. In Europe with the British Islands and Iceland, there are some other spots in the north of France in the Brittany region. One big spot for birdwatcher is the Seven Islands.


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I would recommend Kumano in southern Mie Prefecture, located about four hours south of Nagoya (Location in Google Maps). I spent five years living very close to here and, based on familiarity with the area and its offerings, can recommend it to you! It satisfies all of your criteria: We love rocky beaches, nature hikes, history, the smell of ocean air, ...


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Two districts Galle and Hambantota Has turtle hatching: A total of 13 selected beaches in the Galle district and eight beaches in the Hambantota district were studied. The total number of nests was 2224 in Galle and 1764 in Hambantota. The nesting rate in the Galle district was 185 nests.month-1 and nesting density was 110 nests. year-1km-1, while in the ...


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Answer isn't clear cut. A lot depends on atmospheric conditions, as well as geography and the direction you're looking. If there's cloud cover, those city lights can be seen a long way away indeed, it can make the clouds over the place glow (ever more yellow or orange because of the sodium lights used for streetlighting in ever more cities). If the city is ...


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To answer my own question. Yes, it's open. Regarding if it's worth it or not to go there in late May: Many flowers will not have the flower any more - this gets worse over time. The fields around (planted on purpose I think) are also empty. The garden itself is still very beautiful but like @annoyed said less spectacular. Spread around the park they put ...


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You may not realize it, but that's actually quite a difficult set of conditions. One by one: Well, this one's easy, there are no lethal animals anywhere near Tokyo. Also not a problem, public transport anywhere around Tokyo is also easy. "Off the beaten track" means relying on buses instead of trains, but you certainly don't need to rent a car. But... If ...


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Seconding sandfly repellant (I live in the South Island and sandflies are a real pain), some anti-histamines are a good idea as wasps are common in some places in the summer, and DON'T just drink any stream water, even in the mountains as Giardia (aka beaver fever) is quite common especially in the North Island (I've always used iodine pills or similar to ...


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Many areas of New Zealand wilderness are very far off the beaten track. You may find you are out of cellphone coverage for several days at a time. Smart people rent personal locator beacons if they plan to go tramping alone. The water in the mountains is pretty safe to drink, but if the river drains farmland then you would need some kind of filtration ...


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So now that I've done it, I've got some good tips. FIRST THING'S FIRST. I SWEAR TO GOD, IF YOU CARVE YOUR NAME INTO ONE OF THESE TREES, I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN MYSELF. That being said-- I landed in Arcata airport, where I rented a car from Hertz right in the airport. They're open pretty late and also rent to people as young as 20, so it's pretty damn ...


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Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) Sri Lanka is a non-Government organisation. The TCP website indicates volunteers would be placed at Kosgoda, Kalpitiya or Rekawa. Of these, Kosgoda and Rekawa are in the Southern Province. The Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project offers tours of thier project for 400 rupees. East of Galle at Habaraduwa, is the Sea ...


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No, there are none to be seen from any regular organized dolphin watching tour. While there is an aquarium in Dalian that has Dolphins, even those at least party come from Japan. Looking up several sources for population areas of Dolphins, you can discover that several species actually extend their territory to the coast of China, but all of them seem to ...


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I'm an American living in France and have a summer home in Auvergne (Parc Naturel du Livradois Forez), and family living in the Ardeche (in the mountains, not the canyon). The Massif Central truly is deserted in many places, so I'm not sure where you went with floods of tourists, although of course farmers live there so you won't be sure to be completely ...


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It does look like animals (including wild animals) are grazing on this field. It's also possible that some animals were brought there especially to maintain the landscape (“conservation grazing”). In that case, you wouldn't expect to see animals most of the time and, since feeding is not the main purpose of the land, it does not exhibit some features typical ...


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Enoshima, Kamakura and Zushi are on the Shonan coast and reachable from central Tokyo in 90 minutes. Enoshima has direct express service from Shinjuku. Kamakura has the giant buddha but you can easily avoid both him and the very large temple at the north end of Kamakura. All have sandy beaches and bustling retail areas. A bit further down the road is ...


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First of all, please let me explain what is Tokyo. Tokyo is not a city in its traditional meaning, Tokyo is a whole prefecture and at least half of it is covered by evergreen forests and scenic mountains. Quite unexpected for Tokyo, right? There are bears in Japan and even in Tokyo. But odds of meeting one are quite low, so I would not worry. Monkeys are ...


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Maybe consider some place like Zhangjiajie Forest Park, but in the winter time- it should be less crowded.



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