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    Stargazing

    Despite being one of the oldest forms of a scientific amateur activity, stargazing is increasingly gaining popularity nowadays. Driven by the wish to escape hectic modern life, people turn to relaxing hobbies. Nature heals, which is a well-known fact, and inevitably fills us with wonder.

    The great thing about nature is its diversity. A sunset may be regarded as kitsch when reproduced on a picture, but the truth is that none is ever the same. Oceans brim with life, landscapes may surprise us with a twist, and the night sky never ceases to be one of the most awe-inspiring sights ever.Even as children, many of us intuitively turned to the glimmer of the night sky and enjoyed its immensity and elusiveness, so difficult to mentally grasp. Lying on the ground and staring at the starry skies above must be one of the coolest outdoor activities ever! It pushes us to think and reconsider the greatness of the universe, and hardly ever does it fail to make us dizzy with awe and pure excitement.

    In search of the areas where light pollution is lowest and the urban lights are the furthest, we have come up with a list of our top five stargazing places scattered over several continents. If truth be told, not too many accessible places on Earth can still boast the intact countryside, stripped of all traces of modern civilisation. Dark Sky Reserves are special protected areas, designated with this prestigious title, where the sky has retained its natural nocturnal darkness, invaluable in promoting astronomy and a go-to place for all keen stargazers! Snowdonia is practically in our neighbourhood and as much as it is breathtaking by day, with its rich heritage and natural wonders, once the night comes, the pitch dark skies transform into a glorious scene.

    Admire the Milky Way and let your imagination drift off to the faraway places up there. Plan a weekend trip and start your discovery of stars in Wales.

    A popular all-year destination for British tourists, the Canary Islands leave little to be desired. We know - it is hard to resist the unique, dramatic landscape and the charming beauty. To make it even harder, you should know that the gorgeous national park El Teide in Tenerife is home to one of the most state-of-the-art observatories in the world. Thanks to the low light pollution, you will not need advanced equipment to marvel at the night sky. Go on a hiking tour in El Teide and swap the winter sun for the sparkling blanket of stars at night.

    Let's now hop to Africa! With numerous artistic and literature references to its otherworldly beauty, mysterious ways and unexplored depths, the African continent proves once more its strong connection to nature. One of the darkest yet accessible pitch-dark areas around the globe is located in Namibia. The geographic features of the desert make it a perfect spot for unobstructed stargazing, highly praised among aficionados. The stars above the Namibian desert are said to shine rather than twinkle. Head there for this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular view!

    This exciting continent hopping leads us further to Canada, more precisely to Mont Megantic in Quebec. The national park stretches over the mountain and is home to a spectacular environment - thick pine tree forests, numerous ridges and rich wildlife. As the sun sets, this popular Canadian getaway gets a whole new dimension. The famous ASTROLab is located at the very park which, quite conveniently, is also the first international Dark Sky Reserve. Take a guided tour in the observatory or simply admire the starlight with the naked eye.

    The last stop on this starlit journey is Kakslauttanen in Finland. The uber-cool Arctic resort ranks quite high on our holiday destinations chart. If log cabins, glass igloos and Santa's world can't convince you to book your stay, we're sure devoted stargazers will change their mind once they realise Kakslauttanen is one of the best places in the world for observing the northern lights! Simply curl up in your warm glass igloo and watch the stars twinkle from the comfort of your bed!

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