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20 Gorgeous River Photos from Around the World

Updated: Dec. 09, 2022

Explore these picturesque rivers from around the world through photographs that capture an angle you don't typically get in person.

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The winding river

Even though we aren’t able to travel right now to discover new landscapes, these gorgeous river photos will help you escape and explore these water sources from a different angle. To get another new perspective, take a look at these perfectly timed nature photos that look fake but aren’t.

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Windy road

A river winds into the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. It looks skinny from far up above, but it much larger when you’re on the banks.

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Golden hour

This stunning view of Phang Nga bay in Thailand at sunset makes it look like you can see to the end of the earth. Take a look at these stunning pictures of the world’s most amazing trees.

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Blue running through the green

A river, created by the Ratchapha Dam runs through the forests of Thailand.

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Canyon river

An aerial view of the Markarfljot river running through a canyon in Iceland.

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Currents in the desert

A green-tinted river runs through the dry Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

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Flowing down

A river separates the steep hills of Skippers Canyon in New Zealand. You’re going to want to look at these photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.

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Paddling through

A group of five kayakers makes their way through a small river on Kho Rong island in Cambodia.

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Red branches

Jokulgilskvisl River in Landmannalaugar, Iceland runs along the edge of a lava field formed in 1477. The geological elements in the area give the river its unusual color. These breathtaking photos will make you appreciate the beauty of life.

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Looking down

The Fjadrargljufur River Canyon in South Iceland is over 325 inches deep at some points.

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Flat landscape

Mangrove creeks and rivers run through Hinchinbrook Island in Australia.

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Sun rising

The warm sun comes up over the loop on the Moselle river in Germany.

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Rough waters

Whitecaps form on the fast-moving Hyalite creek, which runs through a forest in Montana. These are the most colorful natural wonders on earth.

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Churned up waters

A murky river runs through the forest in Malaysia.

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Two rivers meet in Iceland. The one on the right forms branches of water that look like a tree.

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Rivers form in the Guadalquivir Marshes in Spain.

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Miles of running water

This aerial view of the Amazon River in Brazil looks like a snake moving through the Amazon rainforest. These spectacular photos of America’s national parks will leave you awestruck.

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Perfect curves

Uniform curves make up the Uvac river in Serbia.

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Misting waterfall

The Háifoss waterfall flows into a river near the Hekla volcano in Iceland.

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Hidden by leaves

This mountain stream in Towada Hachimantai National Park in Japan is almost covered up by the gorgeous fall foliage.

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The power of the Nile

The famous Murchison Falls is a popular tourist spot on the Nile River in Uganda. Now, take a look at the most incredible underwater photos every taken.