Adventurous European Destinations

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When we think of a European holiday we can imagine sparkling metropolises and fairytale castles, but the endless supply of outdoorsy activities throughout the continent is currently what’s on our mind. Whether you want to pilot reindeer through the arctic circle or tour fishing villages along the Italian coast, we have selected a variety of experiences that are sure to excite any adventurers looking for a European getaway.

Lapland, Aonach Eagach, Swiss Alps, Jökulsárlón, Cinque Terre, Maglić, Dinaric Alps, Crete

  • Lapland, Finland

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      Watch colorful lights dance in the night sky, and explore forests shrouded in fresh snow. Lapland is a fairytale destination that is also dripping in outdoorsy adventure opportunities. Become a reindeer driver and cross the arctic circle, take a dogsled safari, witness the majestic aurora borealis, and even visit the famous “Santa Claus Village”.

  • Aonach Eagach, Scotland

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      Aonach Eagauch is famously one of the most intense hikes in the UK, ideal for any adrenaline junkies and experienced scramblers who are seeking a challenge. This hike encompasses jagged edges, dramatic peaks, and is not for beginners- but if you make it the views are phenomenal.

  • Swiss Alps, Switzerland

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      The Swiss Alps are a sprawling, picturesque destination that is a prime hiking spot throughout Europe. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to spending days on the gorgeous mountain trails in the summer and spring, the Swiss Alps is a yearlong spot for adventure tucked away in Europe.

  • Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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      Jökulsárlón, located in scenic Iceland, is one of the most stunning and adventurous destinations in Europe. Visitors will marvel at the stunning glacier lake that features blue-green waters and icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Adventurous travelers can indulge in various activities like hiking, kayaking, and ice climbing to take in the breathtaking scenery.

  • Cinque Terre, Italy

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      Cinque Terre is a string of ancient fishing villages that are linked along the Italian coastline, between the towns there is an incredibly rugged trail to explore and plentiful outdoorsy activities. Hike along cliffs, horseback ride through the countryside, enjoy an authentic fishing excursion and enjoy the rich, traditional culture of the villages.

  • Maglić

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      Mount Maglic is the highest peak in Bosnia & Herzegovina, surrounded by one of the last remaining primeval rainforests in Europe. Explore the surrounding national park and tour through the rich rainforest greens and colorful wildlife while hiking the rugged mountain terrain. At the top, there is an incredible view of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

  • Dinaric Alps, Croatia

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      The Dinaric Alps are a mountain system along the Balkans, the mountains are at times submerged underwater and trace several islands as a result. These gorgeous mountains are also considered to be a hidden gem hiking destination in Europe, with jagged edges and peaks that result in breathtaking views and excitement.

  • Crete, Greece

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      Crete attracts adventurers from across the globe to its bright blue waters, rugged terrain, and mysterious caves. Explore dynamic cave formations, go snorkeling and witness life underseas, and make the most of all the off-road activities along the picturesque shores of this thrilling island.