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In pictures: 10 of the most extreme travel selfies of 2016

2016 was a year in which we were dazzled by extreme travel selfies on social media. Some intrepid travellers went to great lengths to capture stunning images of themselves against dramatic backdrops, scaling heights and positioning themselves in places that are not for the faint-hearted. While we don’t recommend anyone taking selfies in dangerous spots without proper supervision and under legal conditions, here are some of the images that stood out this year.

Fiery photos

For a traveller, taking a selfie at a volatile location certainly ups the Instagram likes. In this pic, a tourist took a selfie in front of the living lava lake in the crater of Erta Ale volcano, the most active volcano in Ethiopia.

Tourist taking a selfie in front of the living lava lake in the crater of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia. Image: Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images
Tourist taking a selfie in front of the living lava lake in the crater of Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia. Image: Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images

Aerial selfies were on the up….

The art of self-photography rose to great heights in 2016, and we were treated to amazing images of people taking selfies while hanging out of planes and helicopters. This photo was taken over Barcelona in Spain.

This aerial selfie was taken over Barcelona, Spain. Image: Sisqui Sanchez/Getty Images
This aerial selfie was taken over Barcelona, Spain. Image: Sisqui Sanchez/Getty Images

Hey, I’m up here….

When you’ve travelled miles to take the perfect sports selfie, you don’t want other people blocking your view. A member of the public climbed up a very tall tree to take a selfie when watching the men’s downhill race at the FIS SKI World Cup in Kitzbühel in Austria.

A member of the public takes a selfie when watching the race from a very tall tree, during the FIS SKI World Cup in Kitzbuehel. Image: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A member of the public takes a selfie when watching the race from a very tall tree, during the FIS SKI World Cup in Kitzbuhel in Austria. Image: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Don’t roll over…

China was the setting for the World Wingsuit League Grand Prix in October 2016 in Zhāngjiājiè, where intrepid competitors jumped from great heights wearing a wingsuit. Here Graham Dickinson and Rob Heron of Canada pose for a selfie while lying on the jumping platform.

Graham Dickinson and Rob Heron of Canada pose for a selfie while lying on the jumping platform before the qualification of World Wingsuit League (WWL) China Grand Prix 2016 in Zhangjiajie, China. Image: Xinhua/Liu Dawei via Getty Images
Graham Dickinson and Rob Heron of Canada pose for a selfie while lying on the jumping platform before the qualification of World Wingsuit League (WWL) China Grand Prix 2016 in Zhangjiajie, China. Image: Xinhua/Liu Dawei via Getty Images

Seeing through this selfie

This tourist took a selfie on the Zhāngjiājiè Grand Canyon Glass Bridge on the cliff of Tianmen Mountain located in Hunan Province, China. According to its designer, it’s the tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge in the world, and it can hold up to 800 people at a time.

A tourist takes a selfie on the glass skywalk on the cliff of Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China. Image: VCG/Getty Images
A tourist takes a selfie on the glass skywalk on the cliff of Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China. Image: VCG/Getty Images

Mooning over myself

Skygazers headed to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches on November 14 2016 to witness the closest “supermoon” to earth since 1948. This picture was taken in Allahabad, India.

An Indian man takes a selfie as the 'supermoon' rises in Allahabad on November 14, 2016. Image: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian man takes a selfie as the ‘supermoon’ rises in Allahabad on November 14, 2016.
Image: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

Hitting the roof

This year saw a rise in “roof-topping,” where thrill-seekers climbed to the top of buildings worldwide to explore them, often in defiance of security rules. These two guys took a series of selfies from a ledge of a high-rise building in Hong Kong.

Two men take a series of selfies as they sit on the ledge of a high-rise building in an activity called "rooftopping" in Hong Kong. Image: Romeo Gacad /AFP/Getty Images
Two men take a series of selfies as they sit on the ledge of a high-rise building in an activity called “rooftopping” in Hong Kong. Image: Romeo Gacad /AFP/Getty Images

Rising to the occasion

Urban climbers scale the outside of buildings and other artificial structures. In this image, Alain Robert, a French urban climber known as Spiderman, takes a selfie as he stands on top of a building of La Defense business area.

Alain Robert, a French urban climber aka Spiderman, takes a selfie as he stands on top of a building of La Defense business area near Paris. Image: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images
Alain Robert, a French urban climber aka Spiderman, takes a selfie as he stands on top of a building of La Defense business area near Paris. Image: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Here’s me, under the sea

Many travellers enjoyed getting up close and personal with creatures of the sea this year. Here photographer David Fleetham takes a selfie before entering a cage with a great white shark in the background near Guadalupe, Mexico.

Photographer David Fleetham takes a selfie before entering the cage with a great white shark in the background near Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Image: David Fleetham / Barcroft India / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Photographer David Fleetham takes a selfie before entering the cage with a great white shark in the background near Guadalupe, Mexico. Image: David Fleetham/Barcroft India/Barcroft Media via Getty Images