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Top 9 Amazing Europe Experiences For Outdoor Enthusiasts

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If you are looking for unique and exciting activities on your European vacation, look no further. Whether you are an active family looking for holiday activities or a solo traveler who wants to try something new, the possibilities are endless. Don’t get overwhelmed with adventure opportunities, we have found the best experiences across Europe to get you started!

Flying High In The Swiss Alps

World-renowned for its hiking and rock climbing, Switzerland also happens to be one of the best countries in Europe for soaring through the skies. If you have ever wanted a bird’s-eye-view of the Swiss Alps, try paragliding the world-famous Lauterbrunnen valley. Or, for a little added excitement, you can try tandem Skydiving from a helicopter above the snow-capped mountains. 

Hot Air Balloon Riding in Turkey

Far above the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, tourists come from all over the Earth to admire the spectacle of colorful Hot Air Balloons filling the sky. Take a ride on a Hot Air Balloon tour for an unforgettable view of the “fairy chimneys” and other unique rock formations, orchards, and expanses of vineyards below. 

Dog Sledding in Lapland

If you are looking for family fun and a unique adventure, head up North to Lapland for a chance to try a Dog Sledding tour. Adults can take the challenge of driving their own dogsled while the children enjoy the exhilarating ride. Travel with an experienced guide across the glittering snow-covered landscape and curl up under the stars at night to watch the spectacular Northern lights. 

Hiking and Spelunking in Iceland

Thrillseekers flock to Iceland every year to take part in the hiking, spelunking and exploring which the country has to offer. Trek across a glacier on Solheimajokull, hike through the colorful hillside of Landmannalaugar, or spelunk through the island's many volcanic caves. From glacial lagoons to crystal ice caves, there is a lot to see in Iceland’s rugged countryside. 

Skiing in France

 Home to some of Europe’s finest ski resorts, the French Alps offer a terrific opportunity for skiers of all skill levels to hit the slopes. Experience breath-taking views of the French mountain range as you glide through the endless trails at world-famous CourchevelVal d’Isere, or Chamonix

Via Ferrata in Italy

For hikers looking for an unusual and unforgettable experience, head to the Dolomites in Italy to try out Via Ferrata. In the Dolomites dialect, the name translates to “iron treks”, a descriptive name since the activity includes climbing up the steep mountainside along iron footholds, ladders, and tightropes. Although some of the advanced routes pose a serious challenge, there are many programs available for families and beginners. 

B.A.S.E. Jumping in Norway

Adrenaline junkies will be itching to try out B.A.S.E. jumping in the incredible Norwegian fjords. The Norwegian Troll Wall was once a famous B.A.S.E. jumping site but has since been banned due to a series of fatal accidents – this sport is not for the faint of heart! However, there are many equally impressive jump sites throughout the country for experienced B.A.S.E. jumpers such as the 3,600 ft Mt. Kjerag.  Norway Heliboogie offers BASE jump courses in America for beginners who dream of someday making their way to these legendary peaks. 

Cliff Diving in Portugal

For those looking for a quick dose of adrenaline, incredible scenery, and sunshine, Portugal is the place to be. Take a tour through the Azores with Cliff Jumping Portugal for a taste of adventure with an experienced guide. Seasoned cliff jumpers might prefer a more challenging jump from the high cliffs of the Algarve into the refreshing blue sea.

Scuba Diving in Malta

Malta and its little-known sister island, Gozo, are one of the best places in the Mediterranean for scuba diving. The crystal clear turquoise waters are warm, welcoming, and home to a number of caves, reefs, and shipwrecks. Be sure to check out the famous “Blue Hole” and “Azure Window” off the coast of Gozo to see octopus, lobster, parrotfish, and many more spectacular sea creatures. 

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