Europe offers some of the best adventure activity destinations in the world from shark diving in Scotland to caving in Iceland. Our friends at AJ Soule know all about extreme sports and they have selected their top picks here.
Kite Skiing, Chamonix, France
Chamonix in northern France is famous for all sorts of Alpine sports but this blend of paragliding and skiing lets you ride / fly the slopes at an incredible speed. You do need a good standard of skiing but if you’ve mastered the black slopes and are looking for the next step, find out more here.
Wrap up warm and cross the ice cap in Greenland through incredible scenery across glaciers and snow. You will need skis for the final assault to the ice cap. Check it out here.
Mountain Biking, Morzine, France
Morzine is best known as a ski resort and as part of the bigger Avoriaz region, the winter months here offer some of the best runs in the Alps. A playground of a different kind is available all summer though with marked cross country biking trails and world class down hill runs. If you’re new to the sport or don’t know the area there are plenty of qualified instuctors available to guide you. Read all about it here.
Canyoning is a relatively new and exciting outdoor activity that involves walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping and abseiling through a canyon. Wet, wild and absolutely unforgettable, Turkey is one of the best places to try this sport with at least 30 different sites. Check it out here.
Shark Diving, Fife, Scotland
Swimming in shark infested waters should be enough to get most people’s adreniline flowing and Deep Sea World in Fife, Scotland is the place to do it. Dive with beautiful sand tiger, angel and tope sharks in a 1.2 million gallon underwater aquarium. If you haven’t dived before, don’t worry. Instructors are on hand for first timers. Find out more here.
It doesn’t get much more extreme than journeying inside the earth and that’s exactly what you get to do when you go caving in Iceland. Under the volcanic landscape of Iceland there are endless caves and tubes with spectacular lava formations – only a small number that have been explored or even discovered. Get all the information here.
Bobsleigh, Sigulda, Latvia
Originally built for the former Soviet bobsleigh team, today the 16 bend track hosts the European luge championships every year. Maximum speed of 125 km/h and experience G force – not for the faint hearted. Get the details here.