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For Adventure Travelers Only

The terrain of the Nordic countries is harsh and unforgiving, but also breathtakingly beautiful. These qualities make it ideal for adventure travelers, those looking for active, high-energy vacations.

Winter in Europe is a great time for adventurous visitors, as the tall mountains and large snowfall provide a myriad of activities.

Iceland is largely unspoiled by human habitation, with many of its residents living in cities and towns a near the coast rather than anywhere too far inland. It’s also home to mountains, active volcanoes and glaciers, perfect for many adventurous activities like hiking, climbing, glacier walking or cave exploration, and winter time activities like skiing, snowboarding, dog-sledding and snowmobiling. The best part about these activities is they all provide opportunities to take in Iceland’s incredible landscape.

Only the most active travelers will get the best views in Europe.

You might not think of Norway as a scuba diving destination, but the clarity of the water and abundant marine life make for must-visit destination for divers. Explore Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet, where you can swim through the ruins of a flooded village, or dive in the the fjords near Narvik, where you can explore wrecks left from a WWII naval battle. The waters around Norway areas cold as you might expect, so a dry suit is recommended.

Discover some of the best skiing in the world in Iceland, and enjoy breathtaking views as you go

If you’re looking to stay above the water, you can always go on a unique timber rafting adventure in Sweden. A throwback to the times when timber was transported by floating it downriver, timber rafting is exactly what it sounds like: floating down a river on a raft made only from logs and rope. Several companies exist to help you get started, by either helping you construct your own raft or buying a pre-made one. Timber rafting is a great way to see some of Sweden’s wildlife (especially beavers), and there are plenty of fish to be caught. It is only done in the summer months, and trips typically 1-7 days with camping in between, either on the raft or a campsite on the shore.

Speaking of unusual ways to get around, one of most exciting things you can do in Finland is ice karting. Much like conventional go-karting, except (you guessed it) on ice, ice karting brings a whole new meaning to the word “drifting.” While driving on ice is usually terrifying, here it’s exhilarating to feel your kart slipping and sliding every which way and your next crash happening any moment. Thankfully, the only thing you can crash into is snow (and occasionally other karters).

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Tourism with Good Taste

If you love cooking as much as you love traveling, why not combine your passions and embark on the ultimate tasting tour? With gastronomic tourism on the rise, travellers from all over the world are able to get a unique perspective on a country’s native cuisine and how it’s prepared while sampling the local culture, sights and attractions. Try a cooking class in Europe and learn culinary secrets from world-renowned chefs in some of Europe’s most spectacular settings. Learn to make paella in Valencia, how they make cheese in the South of France, or about nose-to-tail butchering in the English countryside.

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Europe through the Eyes of a Kid

Traveling internationally with your children can be difficult for a lot of reasons, but one of the hardest aspects of planning the trip can be accounting for everyone’s tastes and interests. While spending time in museums or going to wine tastings might be your ideal vacation, those activities might not appeal to the kiddos. That doesn’t mean your trip has to revolve around your kids, but you should try to plan at least one kid-centric activity a day.

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Catch Some Waves, Sun and Sand

Searching for the perfect beach can be a difficult task, especially in an area you are not familiar with. However, in Europe, you’ll know you’ve found the ideal surf and sand thanks to an iconic marker – a blue flag. Europe’s Blue Flag Beaches meet strict standards for water quality, safety and eco-friendliness, making them the ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and playing. Luckily for travelers, there are over 4,000 beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status in the world – and Europe has a large majority of them.