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Top Adrenaline Pumping Experiences to Have in Europe

- by COX & KINGS, THE AMERICAS

Posted February 26, 2015

Traveling to Europe is a huge opportunity, but if you’re like most people, you don’t want to spend all of your time staring at paintings and museums. Fortunately, Europe offers some of the best adventure spots in the world. If you’re planning a trip, make sure you consider these ten extreme sports locations.

1. Cycling Through France
If you want to see more of France than just the Eiffel Tower, consider biking. There are multiple tours that let you complete all or part of the route used on the Tour de France.

2. Whitewater Rafting in Croatia
Most of the Croatian rapids are Grade 3 and 4, making them perfect for those with experience in kayaking and rafting.

3. Reindeer Trekking in Norway
Renowned for spectacular skiing, Norway has other, less widely known spots for adventure seekers. Why not try something out of the ordinary and go on a reindeer trek through the stunning Norwegian countryside? Experienced guides are there to help you traverse the terrain, as well as for the care and feeding of the animals.

4. Hiking in the German Alps
The Austrian side of breathtaking Alps mountain range is known for skiing, but if you’re visiting in the summer you won’t want to miss out on the beautiful scenery available on the German side. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the stunning natural beauty. The wildflowers that grow on the mountain can’t be found anywhere else in the world. From moderate to challenging - the German Alps offers the spectrum of hiking difficulty levels.

5. Snowmobiling in Iceland
There are a plethora of amazing places to see in Iceland, but make sure that you catch the Northern Lights and one of the many volcanoes. There are even tours available that will take you up close to active volcanoes.

6. Skiing in Switzerland
What list of European adventures would be complete without mentioning skiing in the Swiss Alps? Even if you have never tried skiing before, this is the ideal location to take up the sport. If you don’t like skiing there are a multitude winter sports readily available - from tubing, snowshoeing, and more.

7. Kite Surfing in Tarifa, Spain
This part of Europe is famous for its wind. If you love kite surfing, sailing, or if you’re always wanted to try parasailing, there is no better place in the world to experience the exhilaration.

8. Driving in Austria
Specifically, head to the Grossglockner Alpine Road. This world-famous road winds through the picturesque mountains is known for its hairpin turns and beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for more adventure, rent a bike for a more up close tour of the countryside. You can also hike to the massive glaciers in the area.

9. Rock climbing in Portugal
Once a country known for its surfing, many thrill-seekers are now coming to Portugal for the rock climbing along its volcanic ridges. Described by some as being an almost-lunar landscape, you’ll love the challenge of this climb, as well as the amazing views above the clouds.

10. Hang-gliding in Italy
The area known as the Dolomites is famous for its glaciers and mountain lakes, but in the past few years the area has experienced a resurgence in activity and opened up to hang gliders. In the winter time, the area turns into a world class ski and snowboarding mecca.

If you love adventure travel, make sure you take time during your next European vacation to check out at least one of these sites.