8 Small But Perfectly Formed Islands Around The World

Isle Royale

Isle Royale is the largest island of the car-free archipelago and national park of the same name, sitting amid 450 islands scattered across Lake Superior.

Lord Howe Island

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is just 6.8 miles (11km) long and 1.7 miles (2.8km) wide, and every inch is pristinely pretty.


Baltrum is the smallest of the East Frisian islands, barrier islands off Germany’s northwest coast. It’s tiny – just three miles (5km) long and 0.6 miles (1km) wide – and a sweep of pale golden sand stretches pretty much the length of it.


This Scottish island is best-known for its whisky, which is often characteristically smoky due to the peaty soils. But its beauty goes beyond the bottle.


Often described as an unspoilt Ibiza, Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It’s also, many would argue, the most idyllic and prettiest of the archipelago, with a coastline edged with pine forest.

Cape Breton Island

The Cabot Trail, which skims the edges of this island off Nova Scotia, is often name-checked as one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives.

Monhegan Island

Just 10 miles off the mid-coast of Maine, Monhegan Island is an idyllic combination of ocean bluffs, woodland, flower-scattered meadows and fishing boats bobbing close to the shore.

Navarino Island

The Navarino Teeth or Dientes de Navarino mountain range lend a jagged, dramatic beauty to Navarino Island in Chile’s remote Patagonia region.