When as children we’d read about Enid Blyton’s enchanting forests with magical trees that had a penchant for taking people to a variety of worlds, we were absolutely fascinated. These mesmerising forests that we’ve listed down here will make you feel as if they’ve actually come straight out of a fairytale. By Quoyina Ghosh
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That magical goblin forest in Egmont National Park. We’ve just finished writing a three week North Island Itinerary as well as 4 week South Island itinerary. You’ll find both as well as hiking guide on our website. Let us know if you have any questions re: travel in New Zealand. We’ll make sure to answer those questions here and on our guide!
Like the name suggests, this forest is very possibly home to elves, goblins, fairies of all sorts, and it certainly looks it. With it’s green overhanging mosses, ferns, trees twisted into each other, it gives off a certain gnarled look that seems to have come alive from our favourite fairy-tale.
It is said that just standing amidst this forest and soaking in the tall bamboo trees rustling fills one with a unique feeling that words can’t explain. In fact, it is so unique a feeling that it is included in Japan’s top 100 soundscapes.
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The Crooked Forest in Poland. Blending science fiction and ecological abnormality, a group of 400 trees in Poland’s Krzywy Las or “the Crooked Forest,” are mysteriously and identically bent. Hovering just inches above the ground, the trees dramatically take a sharp turn toward the sky, rounding into little J shapes as they make their ascent. There is no definitive answer for these pines’ bizarre shape, and the stories about them run the gamut from the practical to the bizarre. The most grounded explanation among those seeking answers is that the trees may have simply been buried beneath a terrible snowstorm in their infancy. Others still believe the gravitational pull in that area has morphed their trunks. The most intriguing explanation suggests that local foresters manipulated the trees after planting them in 1925-1928. Apparently, the foresters hoped to make furniture from the bent shapes and intervened when the trees were only 10 years old. Refusing to let the trees grow upwards, the foresters severely stunted their growth. Likely abandoning their efforts after the start of WWII in 1939, the foresters left a lasting ecological mark 80 years later. Every tree in the Crooked Forest has the same haunting bend, but despite bent beginnings, they have all grown to be tall and seemingly unhampered by their C-shape curves. Trees are resilient, and so they continued to thrive, relying on the one branch they had left to take over complete function and grow upwards. Whatever damage occurred to one tree must have happened to them all because they remain uniform in deformity.. . . . #crookedforestpoland #crookedforest #poland #poland🇵🇱 #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelpoland #homeiswhereyouparkit #myeuropeanadventure #europeantravel #vanlife #vanlifediaries #forest #gryfino
Located in Poland, this forest is probably one of the oddest forests you will ever come across. In this forest you will find about 400 pine trees twisted in a certain way above ground level and then grown straight upwards. While there are a few assumptions afloat about what could have caused such a strange phenomenon, no one has truly discerned the real cause behind it yet.
Known for its mesmerising looks with all that renowned cloud play, this forest is also touted for having in it flowers that bloom all year long. With vastly unexplored areas, tons of birds flying about, a variety of unknown flora and fauna, this place is a haven for a traveller seeking a fairytale.
If true magic is what you seek, all you have to do is find your way to this forest in Belgium. With the coming of spring, the forest floor here is filled with lovely bluebells. The picturesque effect created by this would put even our beloved fairy-tales to shame.