Wildlife enthusiasts looking for their next travel destination should head north this year. True Luxury Travel has just released its list of the world’s best destinations for wildlife travel, and the results include three Nordic countries in the top 10.
For each country examined, the Global Wildlife Index takes into account levels of environmental sustainability, as well as conservation efforts. This year, Finland has claimed the top spot on the index thanks to its high levels of environmental sustainability, diverse and unique wildlife, and amazing natural landscapes.
Given Finland’s impressive resume, its ranking is no surprise. 73.1 percent of the country is covered in forests, the nation is home to an impressive 267 wildlife species, and it has 39 national parks covering 3,819 square miles. Its neighbor, Sweden, came in second due to its focus on megafauna conservation, environmental sustainability, and maintaining of natural forests. If you can’t make it to Europe, however, you can just head over the Atlantic to Brazil or Canada, which ranked third and fourth, respectively. One of the best places in the world to see diverse animal species, Canada is home to over 6,666 wildlife species (almost three times more than the US).