Are you a fitness fanatic, an adrenaline junkie or maybe you’re just tired of the same old routine when you go on vacation? Well my adventure-loving friend, here are four destinations and some suggested activities that would offer up plenty of fun for the adventurous spirit.
Papua New Guinea
Getting to this remote nation in the South Pacific an adventure in itself. It’s located just north of Australia and is home to a thousand ethnic cultures, mountains, rivers and jungles, and endless possibilities for adventure seekers.
- The 96 km Kokada Track is a tough hike in heat and challenging terrain. Locals say it is one of the world’s most difficult multi-day trails.
- Papua New Guinea is now one of the most acclaimed dive destinations in the world with a fascinating combination of wrecks and reefs to explore. The US navy was very active here during the second World War and there are many wrecks still intact.
- Surfers in the know seek the nation’s uncrowded waves and beaches. The best places are found along the northern coast of the mainland at Vanimo, Wewak, and Madang. And when the waves aren’t happening locals say the deep-sea fishing is incredible.
- The Sepik river is the longest on the island and it’s unique cultural landscape offers once in a lifetime experiences kayaking or canoeing with a local guide.
- Attend a sing-sing – a cultural gathering where many tribes from across the Highlands perform cultural dances to song, and storytelling.
You have to get off the beaten path to truly see Alaska. There are areas where travellers say the air literally feels different as it’s been untouched by humanity for centuries. There are many activities in all seasons to enjoy this rugged state.
- Very few people visit Lake Clark National Park. It’s not easy to reach; you can only get there by flying from Anchorage. Those who do make the trek are met with mountains, turquoise blue lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife.
- Northern lights viewing & dogsledding 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range.
- Guided glacier hiking & climbing across the 13.2 million acres Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Yes, I said a million!
- The Pack Creek watershed is the longest established bear sanctuary in Alaska, closed to all hunting and home to generations of bears who have become habituated to human visitors.
- Get a taste of kayak travel in Aialik Bay in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Guided kayak tours that also include camping.
Iceland is a country packed full of adventures like exploring the central highlands, venturing deep into an ice cave and scuba diving between continent plates. Thrill-seekers the world over will find more than enough to do in this amazing country.
- Dive into the Golden Circle – Lake Þingvallavatn lies directly over the separating American and Eurasian plates, an amazing sight to behold by scuba divers.
- Take a hot-spring hike – Reykjadalur Valley is an active geothermal field and a 3km trail leads up the valley to a warm stream, where you can take a dip.
- The Blue Lagoon is perhaps the most famous (and some say pricey) in Iceland but it’s indulgent and you can stay all day in this giant therapeutic hot pond.
- Snæfellsjökull is a snow-capped volcanic cone where Jules Verne based his movie Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It now features a ski tow and snowmobile tour to its summit crater.
- The Laugavegur four-day, 53km hike begins in a lava field, crosses mountains, passes bubbling pools and glacial ice and traverses a black-ash desert then finishes at the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Sri Lanka has become “the” adventure destination. There are 365 days per year that you can do some form of adventurous activity in this amazing destination. Whether it be hiking up a 1,500-year-old rock fortress, or something more exotic like tracking leopards on safari, there is something for every level of adventure seeker.
- Kite surfing in Kalpitiya – the best in the world according to locals. Winds here reach up to 30 knots or 55 km.
- Speleology – exploration, surveying, mapping, and photography of caves. Local guides are always happy to accommodate tourists.
- Rainforest camping in the Kitugala Forest Reserve.
- Surfing in the warm water of Weligama beach. Surfing is extremely popular in Sri Lanka and these warm waters are unlike any on earth.
- Sri Lanka is a biodiversity hotspot. Sri Lankan Asian Elephants, Leopards, Sambar, and Purple-faced Langur are all unique to the region and very active on Safari trails.
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