An edit of the most adventurous vacations for true adrenaline junkies.
Active Volcanoes – Iceland
Known as the ‘land of fire and ice’, Iceland is home to several active volcanoes. Earlier this year, Fagradalsfjall an active volcano in Iceland began erupting. The volcano is a 45-minute drive south of the country’s capital Reykjavík making it easily accessible for tourists and trekkers. As of September 2021, it’s the longest volcanic eruption to occur in 50 years.
Where to stay – The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Just a 22-minute drive from Fagradalsfjall is the luxurious The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. This hotel enables guests to explore the beauty of Iceland with the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation.
For more information visit bluelagoon.com/accommodation/retreat-hotel.
Shark Diving – Australia
For those who love to discover what the great depths of the ocean has, this adrenaline-filled activity is one to add to the list. Come face to face with great white sharks at the Neptune Islands in South Australia. The islands are uninhabited and are located off the coast of Port Lincoln, 40 nautical miles south of the South Australia town. Cage diving with the great whites involves being locked into a metal cage which is then lowered into the water on the side of a boat. Wearing a snorkel, participants can witness the great whites up close. The creatures can be up to five metres in size.
Where to stay – Port Lincoln Hotel
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Take in the incredible views of the Eyre Peninsula at the Port Lincoln Hotel. On the doorstep of the marina where you’d begin your quest to swim with the great whites, it’s a simple yet elegant hotel to be able to unwind at after a great day of adventure.
For more information visit portlincolnhotel.com.au.
Gorilla Trekking – Rwanda
See some of the most magnificent creatures known to man up close in their natural habitat in Rwanda. Gorillas are some of the most awe-inspiring animals across the globe and getting to experience these animals up close will be an encounter you’ll never forget.
Where to stay – One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
Situated in the heart of Rwanda is the One&Only Gorilla’s Nest resort. The luxury getaway is the closest resort to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda which is a historic rainforest home to diverse wildlife, including over 340 mountain gorillas. As part of the resort’s Virunga experience, guests can track endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and see them up close.
For more information visit oneandonlyresorts.com/gorillas-nest.
Cliff Jumping – New Zealand
For the ultimate thrill-seeking activity, it doesn’t get much better than conquering the world’s highest cliff jump. Located in Queenstown, New Zealand, the Shotover Canyon Swing shoots adventure-seekers 109 metres into the canyon below.
Where to stay – Azur Luxury Lodge
With basking views of Queenstown in New Zealand, the Azur Luxury Lodge is the ideal place to stay amidst a holiday of adventure. The contemporary lodge has nine private villas with some of the most incredible views of New Zealand and is located just five minutes drive from the heart of Queenstown.
For more information visit azur.co.nz.
The Northern Lights – Finland
One of the most incredible sites to witness the northern lights on Earth. Also known as the auroras, the phenomenon is caused by disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind which creates a dynamic display of light patterns in the sky. The best time of year to see the northern lights is between September and April.
Where to stay – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort East Village
When witnessing the incredible northern lights in Finland, make it a 360-degree experience by staying in an igloo. The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort East Village is home to an array of igloos including snow igloos, glass igloos and keto glass igloos all of which offer a different experience at this Finnish re-sort. During the midst of winter, it truly becomes a wonderland.
For more information visit kakslauttanen.fi.
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