Adventurous Activities: Top 8 thrilling experiences in Europe

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Regular touristic activities such as visiting museums, going to the beach or shopping for souvenirs are great. However, you might be looking for more thrilling and adventurous experiences. There are different types of those in Europe, with disparate levels of riskiness and adrenaline. Here you can read about the top 8 best things to do in Europe!

#1 adventurous activities: Skydiving in Portugal

Skydiving in itself is a great experience, but what makes it even better is an alluring landscape. That is why you should consider Portugal, and especially the Algarve. The Algarve region is the southernmost area of Portugal. It is a perfect place to skydive because during the tandem jump you can admire the coast and the ocean . Therefore, you should definitely have a go at it while you’re there. You and an instructor will jump together with a parachute made for two people. In that way, you don’t have to do anything and can just enjoy the experience. In the Algarve region in particular, you can skydive for different prices, between €140 to €190 depending on the options you choose.

#2: Zip line in Wales

This zip line is in North Wales, in Penrhyn Slate Quarry near the town of Bethesda. The zip line is part of Zip World amusement park. There are various activities like coasters or karts, but the main attraction is Velocity 2 zip line. This is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. You will go at a speed of over 160km/h, flying over the quarry. This is an exhilarating experience accessible to those who are older than 10 and heavier than 30kg. If children can do it, why shouldn’t you?

#3 adventurous activities: Abseil in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit! Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash

There are a lot of very tall buildings in London that you can abseil down. You can find a variety challenges that are scheduled at different buildings. Indeed, there is a page which proposes multiple buildings, the price to abseil down those, the height and the dates. Among those, you will find the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is a sculpture that allows an 80 meters abseil. You can go on this page to book the experience. The instructors equip you with all the gear necessary and explain everything in detail so that you still feel in control. While abseiling down, you will feel the adrenaline, and you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of London.

#4: Whitewater rafting in Norway

We use the word whitewater rafting when the rapids ruffle the water and it froths, becoming white. There are a lot of places where you can go rafting, but the Sjoa river in Norway is definitely one of the best spots. The river runs through lakes, valleys, waterfalls at its greatest, offering a thrilling feeling of being pushed and pulled by the water. You will feel completely under the control of the currents, and that is what is so exciting about it. Whitewater rafting is a great opportunity to work out, feel the adrenaline, and admire the landscape all at the same time!

#5: Thrill walk in Switzerland

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Part of the thrill walk, Photo by Angelo Burgener on Unsplash

We are now off to Birg, Switzerland. The Thrill Walk is a cliff pathway made out of a steel structure that encircles the Schilthorn summit. You access the top of the mountain by cable car and then you can explore the thrill walk. However, it is more than just walkways and stairs. Indeed, there are also a tightrope and a wire mesh for example. If you are less adventurous, there is also a terrace which makes for a great viewpoint for the snowy landscape. One thing is for sure: you will take beautiful pictures and make great memories!

#6 adventurous activities : Diving in Croatia

Croatia is a destination of choice to dive. Indeed, the country offers around 1000 islands with beautiful reefs, underwater caverns, canyons, and shipwrecks. Dubrovnik is a magnificent city in the South of Croatia and by the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to the warm temperatures all year round, this place is ideal for a diving experience. Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, you will love it. There are several diving sites from which you can choose, each one unique in its way.

#7: Have a beer at the top of Germany’s highest mountain

The Zugspitze
The Zugspitze, Image by kordula vahle from Pixabay

The Zugspitze is the highest point of Germany. You will find it in the South of the country, near the border with Austria. It is more than 2,900 meters above sea level. This mountain offers a great skiing spot in winter, but you can also get to the top to simply enjoy the view of the Bavarian Alps. Cog trains and cable cars take you to the top. Once you are there, you should take some pictures of the landscape and enjoy the feeling of power that you get when you are so high up. If you feel like it, you can even buy a beer and enjoy it at the top of the world.

#8 adventurous activities: Observe the wildlife in Scotland

The Island of Skye is situated in the Inner Hebrides, an archipelago off the West coast of mainland Scotland. This island is the largest of the archipelago and is remarkable due to its natural beauty and wildlife. What is very convenient is that the island is linked to the mainland thanks to a bridge. To take a look at the wildlife and nature, you can go by car, or you can go on a boat trip, bus tour, or take part in a photography workshop.

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