If you’re an adenaline junkie, there are some things that you just must do, and some places that you have to go to, when you’re in Europe. Here they are:
1. Snowshoeing in Slovakia
If you love hiking and are visiting Europe during winter time, snowshoeing is a sport that you can try. It’s much easier (and safer) than skiing or snowboarding, but you’ll also get a good workout.
Going uphill, downhill, crossing streams, or tree trunks might be a bit tricky. But with some practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it.
You don’t need a lot of equipment, just snowshoes and poles, which can be easily rented and some basic instructions. For more info, visit: www.adventoura.eu/tours/snowshoeing-day-tour-slovakia/
For a basic tutorial on how to use snowshoes, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD2irAdMzIw
2. Ice swimming in Reykjavik, Iceland
If you visit Iceland, be sure to pack your swimming costume, yes, even during winter time. You’ll need it when you go ice swimming, one of the most unique activities to do in this part of the world!
Imagine plunging into freezing cold waters … but don’t worry, you can always warm up at one of the geothermal heated pools nearby too.
Ice swimming is said to be good for health. It improves circulation, increases metabolic rate, and boosts your immune system (although there is no scientific evidence to prove it). The Icelanders have been doing it for many years.
For more info, visit: guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/kolbeinn/hot-pools-and-ice-cold-sea
3. Snowmobiling through the Lapland forests, Finland
Imagine riding through a magical winter wonderland on a snowmobile. It’s similar to riding a motorbike, but on snow, and one of the best ways to see the Lapland forests.
Whether you prefer to zoom all the way to your destination or ride slowly, taking in the sights, it’s a worthwhile experience to try if you’re in Finland.
For more info, visit: https://www.laplandsafaris.com/en/activities/snowmobiling
4. Rally driving in Knockhill, Scotland
Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a racecar driver? Even if you don’t own one, you can, at Knockhill, Scotland.
From actual racing cars, to specialised sportscars, to four-wheel-drive vehicles for offroad experiences, and even sportsbikes, there are many experiences to choose from.
You can also take lessons and get your competition licence. For more info, visit: www.knockhill.com/experiences/
5. Zapcat and powerboat cruising in England
For those who love being on the seas, you can cruise on a zapcat, catamaran or race boat in England. Just decide what type of boat you prefer, and what kind of experience you’d like, from just a quick ride around the cove, to taking a certified course that will enable you to self-pilot your own boat.
For more info, visit: https://www.intotheblue.co.uk/water-sports/powerboating/zapcats/