Dramatic sweeping landscapes of volcanoes, mountains, glaciers and lava fields cover the island country, promising breathtaking views at every turn. Swim in Silfra, the fissure between the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America. This is the only place in the world you can dive or snorkel directly in a crack between two tectonic plates. Hike to dormant volcano Thrihnukagigur, the only volcano in the world where visitors can take an elevator and safely descend into the magma chamber. Iceland has a vast array of hikes, ice climbing and ski-doo spots to explore.
At the southern tip of Chile and Argentina lies an incredible region called Patagonia, that is truly a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the highlights include camping in the beautiful Torres del Paine National Parks, the Perito Meoreno Glacier (one of the few glaciers in the world that is advancing, rather than receding), fishing in world renowned General Carrera Lake, and white water rafting in one of the top rafting spots in the world, Futlaleufu River. Patagonia is also a hot spot for diving, horse riding, rock and ice climbing and penguin and whale watching.
3. Faroe Islands
Part of the Kingdom of Denmark, this self-governing archipelago is a hidden gem that sits in the North Atlantic between Iceland, Norway and Scotland. The Faroe Islands are known for their breath taking landscapes of mountains, valleys and tremendous coastal cliffs. Mykines, the westernmost of the islands is accessible by boat, is a traveler’s favourite with its rolling hills and sheer cliffs, it is also home to a colony of puffins. On the island of Vágar, the otherworldly lake Sørvágsvatn, is an incredible sight to behold, sitting very close to the ocean, but 40m above sea level.
4. New Zealand
Milford Sound is New Zealand’s top tourist destination and should not be missed, and was once described as the “eighth wonder of the world”. The fiord is surrounded by rain forests and waterfalls, and is a hot spot for marine life including seals, penguins, dolphins and occasionally, whales. Another awe-inspiring spot is the Rotorua geothermal zone on the North Island, features volcanic crater lakes, geysers and mud pools that are sure to impress. In addition to its spectacular beauty, New Zealand is well known for its adrenaline sports, such as canyon swinging, skydiving and bungee jumping.
5. Utah, United States
Packed full of National Parks, Utah is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Arches National Park has over 2000 natural stone arches, and is unlike anywhere else in the world. Hiking and camping in this spectacular park is sure to inspire you. Take a few days to mountain bike the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, hike to the strikingly beautiful Angels Landing in Zion National Park, or go fly fishing on the Green River. Endless outdoor adventures await you in Utah.
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