Incredible views from a plane window

It’s one of my favourite things to do when I fly: watching the scenery that unfolds outside the plane window. As soon as the plane takes off, I’ll turn on the flight tracking on the entertainment system, put my headphones on and just gaze out the window. During my travels around the world, I’ve had the opportunity to see (and photograph) some of the most amazing views from a plane window. They never fail to inspire! This inspiration is sufficient reason for me to book a window seat whenever possible. Six years ago, I launched a series called ‘Plane Views‘ to feature the photos I’ve taken from the air. Here are some of my favourite views from a plane window:

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Aerial view of Sydney Harbour, Australia.

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A view of Bora Bora, French Polynesia in the South Pacific!

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Volcan Osorno and the Lakes region in Central Chile.

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Impressive glaciers flow down from the mountains in Chilean Patagonia.

Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, seen from the air. This volcano is famous for its eruption that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.

Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, seen from the air. This volcano is famous for its eruption that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.

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Mount Everest from my plane window! The peak can be seen sticking out above the clouds.

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Lisbon

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Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal, from the plane. The Boudha Stupa, one of Kathmandu’s most iconic landmarks and a World Heritage site, can clearly be seen.

The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

The mountains and fjords of Baffin Island in northeast Canada.

The mountains and fjords of Baffin Island in northeast Canada.

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Port Vell, Barcelona’s cruise and ferry terminal. Can you spot Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral?

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The mountains, canyons and towns on the East Bank of the Dead Sea in Jordan.

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The view of the Sahara Desert in Algeria.

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Chains of mountains in the Austrian Alps.

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Aerial view of the Amsterdam UNESCO Heritage city centre, with its rings of canals.

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A grand view of Greater Vancouver, Canada.

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The aerial views of Rio as the plane took off from Santos Dumont airport were phenomenal!

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The spectacular southern coastline of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

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Aerial view of the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) skyscrapers – the Twin Towers are in the centre of the photo.

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A majestic view of Piton de Neiges on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

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A phenomenal view of Table Mountain in Cape Town sticking out above a blanket of clouds.

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An aerial view of Dubrovnik – the walls can clearly be seen encircling the Old Town.

That’s sufficient reason to book a window seat right? 😉

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22 Responses to “Incredible views from a plane window”

  1. Keith Jenkins 21/07/2015 5:58 pm
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    Hi Sally,
    Thanks for your comment. Hard to say but it would be a tie between Bora Bora, Rio, Sydney and Cape Town. Hehe! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  2. Sally 20/07/2015 11:23 am
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    When you get to experience a town this way you have a whole other experience, everything looks more captivating from a plane. When you visit a town by foot you get to experience its particularities, its history and its people while from a plane you see the city/area as a whole. Rio and Mauritius look incredible! If you had to pick just one of these for the number one spot, which would it be, Keith?

  3. Tim 15/06/2015 3:13 am
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    It’s photos like these that answer why I love picking the window seat on every flight!

  4. Kendall 14/06/2015 11:44 pm
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    Nice window seat pics. I always try for window seats away from the wings too if possible. Like to capture city scapes and airports from above.
    Thanks
    Kendall

  5. Keith Jenkins 13/06/2015 10:40 am
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    Glad you enjoyed the views! The Table Mountain view is definitely one of my favourites. It was a pretty surreal sight.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  6. Heaven Trip 12/06/2015 7:51 pm
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    It would be great to experience these lively. I wish i could go there at-least once in my life. By the way thanks for sharing this. Specially this A phenomenal view of Table Mountain in Cape Town sticking out above a blanket of clouds.

  7. Keith Jenkins 08/06/2015 11:31 am
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    Thanks for your comment Dean. I had the same views of London a few weeks ago. Happens often due to heavy traffic at Heathrow but the views are fabulous! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  8. Dean 06/06/2015 12:59 am
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    Awesome views! I had a great one of London recently as there was a delay at the airport and we had to circle over the city for about 15 minutes before we could land. Saw the whole city from above :). Also had a great view of the Alps on the way home from Paris.

  9. Keith Jenkins 01/06/2015 4:27 pm
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    You’re welcome! 🙂

  10. atulit 01/06/2015 4:11 pm
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    The pictures are just amazing i would love to experience such scenes in my real life. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  11. Keith Jenkins 30/05/2015 9:40 am
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    Hi Nicole,
    Haha, I have the same issue when travelling with others. Thanks for sharing your plane views! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  12. Nicole 29/05/2015 10:08 pm
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    i love the window seat. Unfortunately, my husband does as well…lol. He usually gets the window seat on the way home. A few of my favs were arriving at night to San Francisco, circling over London early in the morning (plane arrived early and had to circle to wait for its turn) as the sun was rising and seeing all the iconic sites and last trip leaving Venice…I got a great photo of the island…

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