Get your adrenaline pumping with these amazing experiences in Europe
While Europe is known for its medieval castles, and old-world charm, it also boasts some of the top destinations to get your adrenaline pumping. From Skydiving in Switzerland to hiking through ice caves in Iceland, Europe will have you spoilt for choice for any adrenaline junkie out there. With the ton of information that is available on the internet, we have decided to make it easier for you, by coming up with a list of the top adventure sports in Europe and where you can enjoy them. So without further fuss, let’s get this thing rolling.
There are a ton of places in Europe where you can skydive with multiple altitude options between 11,000 and 15,000 feet. But some of the best spots are in Seville in Spain and Zadar in Croatia where you get to see the Kornati archipelago while you soar through the skies. But if you are looking for a really special experience, then skydiving over the Alps in Interlaken, Switzerland is your best bet, as nothing beats the view of the alps while you drop 15,000 feet through the air.
Scuba diving and snorkeling
Afraid of heights? Probably the oceans are more of your thing? Why not dive into the warm waters of the Mediterranean to swim with one of the most diverse aquatic animals in the world. When it comes to scuba diving, Spain and Portugal have some of the best marine life in all of Europe.
If you are in Barcelona, you can take a day trip to Costa Brava, which is a scuba diving hotspot and there are also some great PADI certification courses that are available. If you are looking for something that is a bit more economical, then you can consider the Canary islands of Spain or the Azores in Portugal wherein if you are lucky enough, you might even get the rare opportunity to swim with blue sharks.
Kayaking, White water rafting, and ziplining
What if you are looking for something that is a lot milder than a scuba diving or skydiving? Fret not, as you have some amazing white water rafting or zipline options in Croatia. Croatia is home to a ton of adventure sports but some of its biggest highlights are skydiving in Zadar, followed closely by white water rafting on the Cetina river which has rapids up to level three, and ziplining in the Omis canyon, over the Cetina river.
Croatia is also home to some of the best spots for kayaking. At Dubrovnik, you have the option of going for a romantic sunset kayaking tour near the walls of Dubrovnik and onto the horizon. There are very few experiences that can capture amazing moments as the kayaking experience in Dubrovnik.
Traveling with seniors or children, and looking to have an amazing experience together as a family? Europe is home to some stunning hot air balloon locales in the world, including the most famous – the Cappadocia region of Turkey, which is frequently considered as the place for a hot air balloon experience. There is nothing as magical as seeing a hundred balloons soar up in the air against an untouched city of cave houses.
Apart from Cappadocia, other regions that boast some stunning scenery from up above are the Tuscan region of Italy (day trips from Florence), or the Toledo/Segovia region near Madrid, wherein the balloons float over the Italian and Spanish countryside respectively.
We will make this one simple and straightforward as there is no competition here. Paragliding in Interlaken is hands down the place for paragliding in Europe. Nothing compares to the scenery of flying across the sky, in between mountain passes, and aqua blue lakes like the paragliding experience in Interlaken. While it might be a tad bit expensive it is well worth the money spent.
Skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling
With destinations such as Sweden, Norway, and Finland which are home to some of the most stunning winter landscapes on the planet, there is no dearth of options for winter sports in these regions. From snowmobiling through the Finnish Lapland, to skiing through the untouched forests of Northern Sweden, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries offer the best winter adventure sports. While Saariselka, and Rovaniemi in Finland offer great opportunities for snowshoeing and snowmobiling, Kiruna in Swedish Lapland has some of the best options for cross-country skiing.
Ice caving, and Glacier hiking
Looking forward to doing something that is out of the ordinary? Head to Iceland, as it is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From hiking inside caves that are covered in ice, to walking atop some of the largest glaciers, you will be spoilt for choice for a wide range of new experiences to choose from.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your gear, and start your adventure. If you are looking for some offbeat itineraries, with amazing experiences, reach out to expert planners like Pickyourtrail who specialize in curating europe itineraries based on your preferences.