Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or looking to have a white-knuckle adventure for the first time, Europe has a wealth of activities that are sure to get you adrenaline pumping. Europe has vast amounts of forests, rivers, mountains, and sports to take part in as dive in all things outdoors. You name it, you can find in wilds of Europe from dog-sledding on the frozen fjords of Norway to white water rafting in deep forests of eastern Europe, to diving the deep waters off the coast, travel to Europe and find your wild side. Here are just a few of the best outdoor adventures to try in Europe.
White Water Rafting
Snaking through towering mountains and fed by alpine glaciers, Europe has some of the fastest flowing rivers in the world. The best ones will enhance your experience even more by providing you with some of the most spectacular scenery along the way. In northeastern Turkey you will find the Coruh River, which winds through deep gorges and some of the most biodiverse areas in Europe. Here you can find rare species of plants, animals, and birds many of which are protected and find nowhere else in the world as well as bears, wild mountain goats and many more. The river here tumbles over rocks and shoots around cliffs at break neck speeds and has become a key to the Turkish eco-tourism movement. You can also see archeological ruins of the ancient Byzantine Empire as well.
In southern Croatia you’ll find the Cetina River that is surrounded by lush vegetation and forests making it one of the most beautiful river trips you will find. The rocky karst terrain has a wealth of wildlife and clear blue skies and has been inhabited by humans since the Neolithic age. You find archeological relics hidden in the rocks or ancient fortress of empires gone by. The canyons, watery caves, and majestic waterfalls are truly spectacular.
The towering mountain ranges of Europe have inspired and challenged even the most seasoned of mountain climbers for hundreds of years. One of the greatest and most daunting peaks is the Matterhorn. The snow-capped peak launched the golden age of alpinism and is truly the icon of the Swiss Alps. Though not the peak for beginners, Matterhorn has claimed quite a few lives over the last hundred years so it should only be undertaken by the most experienced climbers.
For the novice climber however you should consider the nearby Mont Blanc about the scenic Chamonix valley. You can find mountaineering schools here with guides that will not only teach you the skills needed but take you up the mountain as well.
With countless miles of coastline, the continent of Europe also has some of the best places for scuba diving in the world. From the warm clear waters of the Mediterranean to the deep blue water of the Atlantic, the biodiversity of the oceans is top-notch. Portugal’s deep water is clean, clear, and rich in wildlife and it one of the best locations for diving in Europe. The archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores offer a haven for the most beautiful and bizarre creatures. It is likely in the these waters that you’ll see the massive manta rays, whales, dolphins and countless fish, sharks and even ship wrecks.
For the true adventurer consider diving the chilly fjords of Norway. Here the cold Atlantic Ocean offers up nutrient rich currents that feed the wildlife and creates an incredible wealth of natural wonders. Kelp forests give way to coral reefs and colorful fish dance next to magnificent killer whales. Countless shipwrecks provide yet another unique adventure to enjoy. Travel south to the Mediterranean and dive the warm, tropical waters off the coast of Greece, Croatia, and Italy where you can view the submerged Christ of the Abyss statue.
The vast arctic north of Scandinavia gives visitors a one of a kind chance to experience the glaciers the way they originally were centuries ago. Sleds pulled by teams of panting huskies whisks you through the ice and snow where you will see arctic wildlife and the famous northern lights. In Sweden you can explore the Lapland region as you mush over the mountains and through the largest wildlife preserve in Europe. Along the way you’ll stay in cabins or lodges and there is a wide range of lengths from just one day to over a week and some even welcome children.
In Norway you can trek the expansive Finnmark region, a veritable arctic desert. Most expeditions are run by family owned businesses that are happy to create the perfect trip just for you and your family. Throughout Norway’s vast wilderness you can race along behind your team of huskies and even experience the intense bond that has always coupled a dog-sledder and their furry companions.