If you feel like a certain ‘buzz’ is missing from your life, or you just feel like letting your hair down, read on. From Norway to Switzerland and back to the UK, we’ve compiled a list of adrenaline-fuelled activities for you to enjoy that will blow the cobwebs away in style.
Stand on the tip of Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga)
Protruding from the side of a towering mountain, 10,000-year-old Troll’s Tongue reaches across Lake Ringedalsvatnet at a startling height of 700 metres. Standing on its daunting edge seems to be on the bucket list of many, but this isn’t a feat for the faint hearted. You’ll need to have a good level of fitness to reach the edge and due to the testing 1000m ascent at the very beginning, it’s a challenging expedition. As you make your way upward you’ll pass through ice-cold streams where you can enjoy water directly from the mountain source and they’re also a great place to refresh your feet on the descent. If climbing vertically up the face of a mountain gets the adrenaline flowing, you can make the ascent via ferrata (The Sky Ladder), however this truly is for the experienced and brave. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, it is of course obligatory to snap a photo of yourself on the tip of his tongue, with a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery with nothing between you and the ground below. The view from the tongue is nothing short of spectacular and if you’re brave enough to make it onto the tip, it’s sure to be the palm-sweating, heart pumping, adrenaline-rushing moment you’ve been looking for.
Stay in Eidford or Tyssedal as the trek begins in Skjeggedal, located less than three hours from Bergen Airport.
Trolltunga, Norge by Alexander Tiedemann. Image source: Flickr
Hike across a glacier in Norway (Jostedal Glacier)
Norway is home to the largest glacier in all of continental Europe. Situated in Sogn og Fjordane county in Western Norway, Jostedal Glacier has a surface area of around 487 sq. m, with the highest point clocking in at 1947 metres above sea level. The glacier itself covers half of the national park in which it is located, however sadly due to glacial retreat in recent years, (sometimes several metres in a day), hikers are now left with unpredictable conditions in which to hike, therefore exploring the main glacier is now off the cards. Keen explorers can instead join a guided hiking tour of Nigardsbreen – a glacier arm of Jostedal. Weave in and out of the blue ice and discover nooks and crannies amid a remarkable natural phenomena- this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Nigardsbreen Glacier by Guyon Morée . Image Source: Flickr
Explore Iceland’s volcanoes
For those of you who like to live life on the edge, over in Iceland you literally can. With over 130 active and dormant volcanoes on the island to explore, this is a haven for dicing with all things daring. Iceland’s landscape is one of great beauty, where snow-capped mountains create a skyline of magnificence and the coastline is a breath-taking sight. One volcano that made quite the impression on the rest of the world is Eyjafjallajökull, after it single handedly halted travel across Europe after erupting and created a gargantuan ash cloud in 2010. Whilst some were left irritated, others were left stranded in exotic destinations with nothing but sunshine, sea, cocktails and of course no way to get to work in the morning. These days, adrenaline enthusiasts can hike, snowmobile, fly or drive to the many craters for glacier views and vibrant vistas of colour. And if that’s not close enough to the action for you, experienced groups of guides offer 120 metre descents into Thrihnukagigur volcano, which last erupted 4000 years ago.
Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland by Aljo Hartgers. Image source: Flickr
Reach top speed at Zip World, Snowdonia
If you can’t quite bring yourself to leap headfirst out of a plane, Europe’s longest zip line at Zip World is said to offer an experience as close to this as possible, without actually doing it. It involves taking a leap of faith, head-first off a mountain along a zip line that can reach speeds of up to 100mph. The line begins at 500ft and crosses a cliff before gliding across a spectacular quarry lake. If you’re able to keep your eyes open, you can enjoy extensive views across Snowdonia National Park and as far reaching as Ireland. Lasting just one minute, this is sure to be the ride of your life.
ZipWorld by Blazing Minds. Image source: Flickr
Navigate Switzerland’s longest toboggan run
Mount Pilatus can be found in central Switzerland amid a sweeping sea of mountain scenery. At 2128 metres tall it’s by no means Switzerland’s grandest offering, but what it lacks in height, it more than makes up for in length. At 1350m, this is in the fact the longest toboggan run in the country. Operating in the summer months, a ride along this twisting and winding track will provide unrivalled panoramic views of the nearby mountain ranges. And if the thought of hiking to the top puts you off, you’ll be pleased to hear that once you reach the bottom, a lift will pull you up to the beginning for you to do it all over again. The trip to Fräkmüntegg takes around 30 minutes by panoramic gondola and is an incredible journey in itself.
Pilatus by Jonas Wagner. Image source: Flickr
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