Above the Clouds: Regions in Iran to Experience the Cloud Ocean Views
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You might not believe that in Shahroud, there is a cloud forest, exceptionally one as beautiful as the pictures suggest. This pristine and scenic area is between the central Alborz mountains and around the village of “Abar Shahroud.” At higher altitudes in this area, you can see vast Hyrcanian forests. The size and temperature of this region shape a cloud ocean above the forest. To visit this unique area, you must pass through Bastam first.
Additionally, given that heavy precipitation often occurs on this road make sure beforehand that the road is in good condition and won’t pose any problems for your journey. There are several local accommodations for tourists and visitors in this area. If you travel in suitable weather, you can also camp there.
When we hear the term “cloud ocean,” the first place that often comes to mind is Masal. Have you ever visited the stunning Masal in Gilan? If you plan to go to Masal, pass through its beautiful forests and highlands to reach the untouched and unforgettable Olsbelangah area. This area is located west of Gilan province and has attracted many visitors lately. Just drive through the Masal plateau and enter the Gilvan road to reach this scenic spot. In this area, you can find numerous rural and eco-tourist accommodations. If you’re looking for more modern hotels and guesthouses, they are also readily available. Wooden houses in this village are trendy, offering an unforgettable experience for tourists. Thus, every visitor, regardless of their preference, can find suitable accommodations here.
Another lush, high-altitude region in northern Iran, engulfed in clouds, is the Javaherdeh plateau in Ramsar. This region, situated 2,000 meters above sea level, is in Mazandaran province. Here, you’ll see stunning, unique views, plateaus covered in clouds, and towering trees. The serene and pleasant climate of this part of Ramsar is unparalleled! The area boasts numerous seasonal and perennial waterfalls, mineral springs, Ghou Lake, and many other beautiful and unique sites. Excellent accommodations have been established in this area for the comfort and relaxation of tourists.
One of the stunning highlands famous for its “cloud ocean” in Mazandaran is Filband. In Finland, you’ll be met with abundant, beautiful, scenic clouds. Numerous local accommodations are available in this village, enabling you to thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of the area while benefiting from traditional facilities and foods. Situated at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level, due to its height, for much of the year, this region is dominated by dense clouds, especially during the summer when the “cloud ocean” phenomenon is most prevalent. One of the appealing features of this highland is the smooth, paved road leading to the village, allowing tourists to access the area by car easily. Filband is located near the city of Babol in Mazandaran. To reach it, when you’re on Haraz Road, turn right where the Chelav sign is located and continue along a captivating mountainous road to reach this unforgettable destination.
Another breathtaking and untouched highland area you’ll love is the Sobatan highland. People travel to this highland to enjoy the pleasant weather during the warm seasons. If you visit in spring, you’ll be greeted by beautiful plains filled with colorful and picturesque flowers in an ideal atmosphere. Due to the presence of ancient graves, this highland feels ancient and has a deep-rooted history. In this highland, you can easily witness the mesmerizing “cloud ocean.” There are also local accommodations welcoming travelers. To reach this area, after passing the Rasht-Heshtpar road, enter the Agh Evler road. Due to the rough terrain, it’s not advisable to bring your car; instead, traveling with Nissan or off-road vehicles is recommended.
Another beautiful highland area with a pleasant climate is Javaher Dasht, located in Roodsar. This region is situated 2,000 meters above sea level, resulting in a high and mountainous terrain that offers moderate and pleasant weather to visitors during the warm seasons. As you approach this area, beautiful and memorable natural vistas unfold before your eyes. Moreover, the absolute silence and tranquility of this region are gifts for those overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of city life. To get there, you should head from Siahkalrood to Javaher Dasht. Along the way, you’ll encounter the Sajidan river, hills, and valleys, which will leave you in awe. Further into your journey, you’ll come across grazing pastures for cows and sheep, which are a delight to witness. Additionally, you can pay a visit to the shrine of Imamzadeh Nogreh Abbas.
Situated at an altitude of 1,800 meters in Ammarlu, Rudbar, lies the stunning village of Damash, regarded as one of the scenic spots in Gilan province. Mineral springs in this area serve as a major attraction, drawing numerous travelers with their pristine vistas. The lily flowers known as Susn-e Chelcheragh in this region are a rare species registered as a national natural monument. This untouched area amidst the clouds is perfect for those seeking charming highland parts. From the heights of this village, you can also get a great view of the beautiful landscapes and forests of Alborz.
Another cloud ocean we have is Ashkourat, which starts from Rudsar and extends to Ramsar. This region boasts untouched and breathtaking landscapes that captivate any viewer’s heart. The tranquility and serenity of this area are praiseworthy! Ashkourat is divided into two parts: Upper Ashkour and Lower Ashkour, each with its unique sections. Here, you can see the cloud ocean on the roads. Additionally, places like Samadabad Wetland, Bride and Groom Mountain, Aseman Roud, and so on are located in this region. For rest and accommodation, you can also use the local lodgings in this area.