The 10 most extraterrestrial places in the world

In some places on this earth, visitors feel as if they have been transported to another world. It doesn't always have to be the hostile snow deserts of the poles or the lonely peaks of the Himalayas!

Our 10 most extraterrestrial places in the world are comparatively easy to reach and relatively safe to explore. Nevertheless, in some places you will actually wonder whether you are still on this world - the sight is so bizarre, strange and beautiful!


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The largest salt lake in the world, the Salar de Uyuni is located in the southwest of Bolivia - © gaelj / Fotolia
© gaelj / Fotolia

The impressive Salar de Uyuni in the southwest of Bolivia is the largest salt lake in the world. Its gigantic mirror-smooth surface is used to align satellites. The salt crust is so thick that cars can drive on it - for example to the cactus-covered island of Incahuasi or to the Palacio de Sal, a hotel built entirely of salt.

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Craters of the Moon, USA

The Visitor Center is the starting point for various hikes through the Craters of the Moon crater landscape in Idaho, USA - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

If it weren't for a few green shoots now and then, you might actually think you were on the moon. At the Craters of the Moon in the US state of Idaho, bizarre rock formations, rolling hills of dark lava and endless stone fields that crunch underfoot like barbecue coals stretch over a gigantic 1600 square kilometres.

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Pitch Lake (Asphalt Lake) in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Despite the seemingly hostile conditions, plants and especially birds live around the asphalt lake in Trinidad - © CarlUngewitter CC BY-SA3.0/W
© CarlUngewitter CC BY-SA3.0/W

It is described as "one of the ugliest sights in the Caribbean" - the bubbling asphalt lake on the dream island of Trinidad. With an area of 40 hectares, Pitch Lake, which looks like a car park, is the largest asphalt lake in the world. It is created in a completely natural way by bitumen seeping out of the earth and enables exports of up to 200 tonnes of asphalt per day.

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Mount Roraima at the border triangle of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

Mount Roraima, a mighty table mountain right at the South American border triangle between Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil - © Vladimir Melnik / Shutterstock
© Vladimir Melnik / Shutterstock

For thousands of years, people have been fascinated by the mighty table mountains of South America. Mount Roraima, which is 2 billion years old (!), is partly located in Venezuela's spectacular Canaima National Park. Above its 400-metre-high cliffs, it holds an unforgettable wonderland of unique animals, plants and rock formations.


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Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

The rocky surface of the plateau of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is partially covered with the unique Malagasy dry forest, Madagascar - © Pierre-Yves Babelon / Fotolia
© Pierre-Yves Babelon / Fotolia

"Tsingy" means "where you cannot walk barefoot". Anyone who has been to the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in the west of Madagascar will confirm this. The unique karst formations, whose razor-sharp rocks rise up to 20 metres into the sky, have even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) near La Paz, Bolivia

The bizarre rock formations in the Moon Valley near La Paz, Bolivia, have been shaped by rain and wind over millions of years - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

Only 10km from La Paz, the Valle de la Luna feels like being transported to another world. Hardly a leaf of green penetrates the sandstone-coloured rock formations, which are composed of pyramids, rock needles, towers, caves and craters. After the rainy season (from January to March), the landscape has often changed completely.

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Rub al-Khali (Empty Quarter), Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia

The Rub al-Khali sand desert is located in the south of the Arabian Peninsula and stretches across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman - © Frantisek Staud / Shutterstock
© Frantisek Staud / Shutterstock

No, the largest sand desert in the world is not the Sahara, but the much less well-known Rub al-Khali in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. The area of the seemingly endless sand dunes is almost as big as Turkey. Not a soul lives here, just a few spiders and rodents. Even the caravans no longer take the risk of crossing the "Empty Quarter" since about 300 AD.

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Námafjall volcanic landscape, Iceland

Arriving at the highest point of Namafjall, 482m above sea level offers an impressive view of the volcanic landscape, Iceland - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The entire island nation of Iceland is one of the most volcanically active regions on earth. This can be observed particularly impressively in the volcanic landscape of Námafjall in the north-east of Iceland. Námafjall itself is an active volcano that gives the landscape around it an otherworldly appearance with smoking vents, post-sulphur yellow holes and boiling mud.


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Mud volcanoes near Berca, Romania

The mud volcanoes of Berca can be thought of as mini-volcanoes, with the volcanic cone rising slightly above the ground and a few metres wide, Romania - © Anky / Shutterstock
© Anky / Shutterstock

The mud volcanoes near Berca have also formed a fascinating lunar landscape in eastern Romania. Natural gas brings hot mud and clay to the earth's surface here, which forms craters up to 8 metres wide as it cools. Sulphur and salt make it impossible for plants to thrive and so hardly any animals can be found here.

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Fjallsjökull glacier and Jökulsárlón glacial lake, Iceland

Floating pieces of ice in glacial lake Jökulsárlón near Fjallsjökull glacier, Iceland - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The blue shimmering icebergs that are washed into the glacial lake Jökulsárlón by the glacier Fjallsjökull look like a bizarre painting. On the black-sand shores of Iceland's deepest lake, the ice shards sparkle like thousands of diamonds.

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