THE BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing, Iceland
The ultimate destination for adventurers with dramatic volcanic landscapes, glaciers, powerful waterfalls, and roaring rivers, not to mention the hot springs for soothing sore muscles after a day of play, Iceland is a fantastic backdrop for all sorts of activities that can be enjoyed on foot, two wheels, horseback or boat. If you’re into diving, you can even take a dip between the North American and Eurasian plates in the Silfra fissure.
Samaria Gorge, Greece
Surrounded by some of the most striking scenery in Europe, the Samaria Gorge trail, in Chania, includes abandoned villages and the rich wildlife of Crete’s White Mountains National Park. It is the longest gorge in Europe at 18km in length, and is surrounded by the Samaria National Park, which is home to several endangered and protected species such as kri-kri goats and allegedly over 450 species of flowers. A word of warning – due to Crete’s delicate ecosystem it is illegal to pick any flower in Samaria!
Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
Nothing can beat the incandescent beauty of the snowcapped mountains. Trekking to the intrinsic beauty of Mt. Everest is indeed super adventurous. While you need to train yourselves well with a couple of normal treks before taking the Mt. Everest trek, the while experience is worth it.
The snow-capped mountains and the challenging trails will make the whole trekking experience a beautiful as well as an exciting one. While trekking itself is adventurous, you can also travel to Nepal to experience the country’s local culture, food, and lifestyle.
Taos, New Mexico
This popular winter skiing area is also one of America’s most visited rock-climbing regions, with surfaces and ascents for every level of skill and spectacular scenery. Expert rock-climbing guides teach beginners the basics of scaling multi-pitch granite cliffs and refine the skills of more experienced climbers. Introductory skills include basic knots, belay and rappel techniques, climbing communication, safety procedures and movement on rocks.
A free-standing, snow-covered dormant volcano, majestic Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Located in northeast Tanzania, it can be seen from far into Kenya and Amboseli National Park.75,000 mountaineering enthusiasts climb Kilimanjaro every year so it is not the most untouched mountain, nor is it the most arduous. However, it is certainly a test of one’s endurance, with altitude sickness the main reason for hikers not getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Although it has become a very popular challenge and the experience slightly crowded with other climbers, we still highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in mountaineering.
Route 66, U.S.A.
A Route 66 road trip is a driving adventure along what is probably the most famous road in the world. Historic Route 66 spans over 2,400 miles and crosses 8 states, starting in Chicago, Illinois and terminating at the Pacific Coast in Santa Monica, California. Given its “66” designation in 1926, it became a well-traveled highway, bringing together people from all walks of life. Route 66 stretches across 8 states so you will cross through stretches of desert, mountains, farmland, large metropolitan cities, and small towns. You will pass a wide variety of landmarks, landscapes, parks, waterways, and cultural attractions along the way.