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20 Gorgeous River Photos from Around the World

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

Beautiful pattern created by river delta taken from above.Artur Debat/Getty Images

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.

Daintree River BendsMichael Cook - Altai World Photography/Getty Images

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.

Unseen Thailand : Aerial view of Phang nga bay in the sunset, ThailandBento Fotography/Getty Images

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.

Bird eye view of Surat Thani fly in the morning.Peetatham Kongkapech/Getty Images

Blue running through the green

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

Aerial - Canyon and river, IcelandArctic-Images/Getty Images

Canyon river

An aerial view of the Markarfljot river running through a canyon in Iceland. Take a look at these other jaw-dropping photos of Iceland.

Aerial landscape view of river in Gobi desert, MongoliaAnton Petrus/Getty Images

Currents in the desert

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

New Zealand, Otago, Skippers Canyon, river in mountainous landscapeMichael Hall/Getty Images

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.

River swamp on Kho Rong island, CambodiaAndrea Pistolesi/Getty Images

Paddling through

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

Aerial- Jeep tour, Jokulgilskvisl River in Landmannalaugar, IcelandArctic-Images/Getty Images

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.

The Fjadrargljufur River Canyon in south Iceland.Natthawat/Getty Images

Looking down

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

Hinchinbrook Island AerialPhil Copp/Getty Images

Flat landscape

Mangrove creeks and rivers run through Hinchinbrook Island in Australia. Here are 20 naturally gorgeous rock formations around the world.

Moselle river at sunriseJorg Greuel/Getty Images

Sun rising

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

Drone point of view on Hyalite creek running through the forest of Montanajared lloyd/Getty Images

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.

Meandering river in forest in MalaysiaxPACIFICA/Getty Images

Churned up waters

A murky river runs through the forest in Malaysia.

Aerial View of River Estuary or Delta,IcelandPeter Adams/Getty Images


Two rivers meet in Iceland. The one on the right forms branches of water that look like a tree. These rivers could disappear in the next 100 years.

Marismas del Guadalquivir, AndalusiaIgnacio Palacios/Getty Images


Rivers form in the Guadalquivir Marshes in Spain.

Amazon river, BrazilPriscila Zambotto/Getty Images

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.

Meanders of UvacPosnov/Getty Images

Perfect curves

Uniform curves make up the Uvac river in Serbia.

Haifoss waterfall, summer,in Iceland.FEBRUARY/Getty Images

Misting waterfall

The Háifoss waterfall flows into a river near the Hekla volcano in Iceland. Also, look through these photos of the most incredible waterfalls.

Autumnal Leaves of Beech and Maple, Aerial View of National Park in Northern JapanMarco Ferrarin/Getty Images

Hidden by leaves

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

Famous Murchison Falls at Nile River, Ugandaguenterguni/Getty Images

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.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.