There’s nothing more exhilarating (and Snapchat-worthy) than riding a swing with breathtaking views. Whether you’re a daredevil who lives for the thrill or are just in search of a laid-back vacation activity, we’ve collected a list of seven magnificent swings from around the world that will help you swing all your worries away. So, read on for this list of ridiculously exotic destinations: from Ecuador to Indonesia, Cambodia to Norway.
Hjørundfjord Swing, Norway
The Hjørundfjord Swing is in Norway's Møre og Romsdal county, about an hour away from the coastal city of Ålesund – and it's one heck of a stunner. The only way to arrive into the small village of Trandal is via ferry with a pretty limited schedule; alternatively, you can reach the swing by hiking over the mountain....no big deal. The swing itself can be found in the garden of inn and pub Christian-Gaard, and shows off the most incredible fjord and glacier views. Yeah, it literally overlooks the alps of Sunnmøre and the majestic Hjørundfjord. It's grown in popularity thanks to social media recently (duh), but because of the inconvenience in reaching it, crowds and tourists are basically not an issue. If you fancy visiting, coincide your visit with the summer festivals that Trandal hosts: Trandalblues and Trandal Country Festival.
Swing at the End of the World, Ecuador
The Swing at the End of the World is located at La Casa del Arbol (The Treehouse) in Baños, Ecuador, and is for sure worth the effort it takes to get there. To reach La Casa Del Arbol, you have three options: bike, walk, or bus. If you’re walking, you must hike up to the Bellavista Cloud Forest Viewpoint from Baños, which takes about three hours. If you’re biking or driving simply take the road out to Baños toward Puyo and you’ll see a fork in the road to the right to Runtun; if you’re bussing, buses to Runtun leave three times a day. The swing itself hangs over the a mountain precipice and is nothing more than a plank suspended by two ropes to a steel beam, but is super stunning especially thanks to proximity to the Tungurahua Volcano (if you go on a clear day, you'll see it). Little wonder it attracts hippie travelers, tourists, and the odd adrenaline junkie. Oh, and a zipline is also available for kids or young at heart (*raises hands*).
The Datu Swing, Indonesia
The Datu Swing on Gili Trawangan (the largest of the three Gili islands) is the highlight of the pretty beach belonging to Hotel Ombak Sunset. The swing is partially submerged in the crystal clear ocean and overlooks the grand Mount Agung. The perfect time for a photo is at sunset but this is also the time when the lines are longer with visitors all trying to snap the perfect Insta (still go for it, though). The Gili Islands have exploded in popularity in the last few years and traditionally July, August, September, and December are the high seasons where the island can book out completely. Gili Trawangan is also known as the party island, so there’s endless drinks to drink, food to eat, and sights to see (make sure you squeeze in some snorkeling and a trip to the night market).
Billy Goat Hill Swing, San Francisco, America
This swing is located at Billy Goat Hill Park in San Francisco, a modest little hilltop park outside of downtown. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in amazing views of the city and bay, and it's only 10 minutes from Mission neighborhood (home to hipster vibes and taquerias aplenty). The swing is a plank tied to a rope and on a clear day, it’s the perfect spot to catch the sunrise or sunset. The swing usually isn’t too crowded although it does attract tourists, those wanting to update their FB cover photo, and curious locals.
Kulen Waterfall Swing, Cambodia
This exotic swing is located in Phnom Kulen National Park, located about 40 miles north of Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia. The sphere-shaped, wooden swing is surrounded by a lush forest and refreshing waterfall. Although Phnom Kulen is considered the most sacred mountain in Cambodia, it has been open to tourists since 1999 and the waterfalls are a popular swimming destination among locals. After taking a hike and swim in the national park you can visit some of the ancient temples at awe-inspiring Angkor Wat (insider tip: go at sunrise for killer photos).
Lazy Beach Swing, Cambodia
The Lazy Beach Swing is located on Koh Rong Saloem, a private tropical island off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Since Lazy Beach is (almost) a private beach, there are no other resorts or restaurants. The swing provides a chance to relax while soaking in the vibrant waters and golden sunset. Koh Rong Samloem has managed to keep away mass tourism so cars, tuktuks or roads (who needs 'em?) are not something you’ll find on the island. A few popular activities to do in Koh Rong Saloem are snorkeling, jungle trekking, and mountain biking. Sweet.
Ladera Resort Swing, Saint Lucia
This luxurious swing can be found at the Ladera Resort on the eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Guests staying in the Hilltop Dream Suite or Paradise Ridge Suite can enjoy the swing hanging over a private pool, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Though it's not exactly a swing that can propel you very far, it's pretty magical for relaxation or a cool down. Other attractions to check out while in Saint Lucia are the world's only drive-in volcano (Sulphur Springs), the botanical gardens, and the majestic twin peaks, “The Pitons.”