2017 is almost over. It is time to begin planning your 2018 outdoor adventures. I asked my fellow travel bloggers to share their recommendations for a 2018 outdoor adventure. I had a tremendous response and had to break up the responses by region. Keep a look out of my other 2018 region adventure lists. Here are 18 travel bloggers recommendations for European Outdoor Adventures in 2018.
Climbing the Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Scott & Hayley of International Hotdish
The Rock of Gibraltar, United Kingdom territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean, is chock full of history, adventure, and wildlife encounters. Fought over for millennia, the Rock of Gibraltar is a towering monolith that offers the occupiers full reign over who can enter the Mediterranean. With so much history, it’s a no-brainer that you have to visit/climb it.
The rock itself has several, well-marked paths for you to venture up. You are, indeed able to hike all the way to the top, either by a paved road or dirt trails. And the sight from the top is well worth it.
The Rock has plenty of history, too. Underground tunnels are scattered around the top and a gigantic, non functional cannon resides at the summit, looking over the strait. On a clear day, you can see Africa across the sea.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Rock of Gibraltar is also home to the only wild monkeys found in Europe. No one is quite sure how they arrived (probably via traders centuries ago) but there is a troop of monkeys that live there year round. They’re quite tame but are still wild animals. If you see one, be sure to keep a respectful distance and take a picture.
Flørli 4444, Norway
Jurga of Full Suitcase
Climbing the world’s longest wooden staircase Florli 4444 in Norway is definitely one of the most unique outdoor adventures we have ever done. As you might guess from the name, there are 4,444 stairs involved in this climb. The magnitude of this hike only hit us when we arrived at the tiny Florli village by boat. We were to climb the sheer wall rising high above the fjord in front of us!
Florli 4444 is a steep challenging climb and definitely not something to attempt if you are afraid of heights. The narrow wooden staircase follows an old pipeline that was once used by the power plant. It is difficult to imagine how people built something like this more than a hundred years ago… Simply walking up is more challenging than any other experience I have ever done. However, the views over the Lysefjord are second to none, just as the incredible feeling of achievement when you reach the top! If you are looking for a less-known and a very unique hike to do near Stavanger in Norway, give Florli 4444 a try – you will never forget it! Here you can read more about the epic Florli 4444 hike in Norway.
Hiking in Oviedo, Spain
Roman of Roman Roams
One of the best outdoor adventures I had in my life was hiking in the mountains around a small city of Oviedo in Asturias, Spain. I spent 6 months there as an exchange student and I fell in love with this place.
The first week was an introductory week, and the best activity we had was hiking in the mountains that surrounded the city from all 4 sides. It is a very beautiful place that you need to visit, and an adventure that you need to experience in 2018.
Special about it was that we weren’t just going up and then down, but walking around the city enjoying more and more beautiful landscapes opening before us.
I strongly recommend either repeating this activity or do hiking in Picos de Europa national park also located in the beautiful Asturias.
Sailing in the Greek Islands, Greece
Nathan of Fit Living Lifestyle
Via Francigena, Italy
Inma of A World to Travel
Find out our 10 reasons why you should walk the Via Francigena here.
Hiking the Highland Way, Scotland, United Kingdom
James by Worldwide Shopping Guide
Snowmobiling in Kiruna, Sweden
Jennifer of Made all the Difference
Above the Arctic Circle in Sweden is a small city called Kiruna. Kiruna is a winter adventure destination. Snow arrives in October and will not leave until April. All that snow and cold weather creates a perfect wilderness to explore via a snowmobile.
Kiruna and the surrounding wilderness offers miles and miles of snowmobiling trails. The trails lead to mountain overlooks, across rivers and streams, to cabins in the middle of this frozen wonderland. A snowmobile is a powerful machine that effortlessly glides over the snow and can reach places that are impassible at other times of the year. I imagine snowmobiling is kind of like what Santa feels like when he is flying over the North Pole. The cold air will whip around as you drive the snowmobile but the heated handlebars will help keep you warm and enjoying your ride.
Sea Kayaking in Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom
David of Delve into Wales
The Welsh coast is full of amazing places to explore by sea kayak, and one of the best areas of all is the north west coast of the island of Anglesey and its neighbour, Holy Island.
Holy Island is home to the busy port of Holyhead, but two miles from there the coast is wild, sheer cliffs dropping 300 feet to the sea around the South Stack lighthouse.
The coast around the village of Rhoscolyn has some of the best places to explore, from the lovely pebbly beach at Porth Saint and its striking coloured cliffs to the nearby white sea arch – Bwa Gwyn in Welsh – where you can kayak underneath.
It’s also possible to explore the coves and dramatic cliffs around South Stack, where sea birds swoop and sweep past to check you out. You can also venture to the last outpost of wales, the remote Skerries islands and lighthouse, where you’ll often find seals basking on the rocks.
Goecaching in the Black Forest, Germany
Roxanna of Gypsy with a Day Job
Geocaching is a “secret” game played around the world, combining a computer map, a physical hiding location with GPS coordinates, and an outdoor hunt. Geocaches, can be found on every continent, but some places offer particularly amazing sites for play. The Black Forest, in Germany would be one of those places.
In the case of a standard cache, there is a physical object, with a log to sign. In other cases, called Earthcaches, a geological lesson is involved at the site, which requires the player to observe a particular phenomenon, and give answers to record the “find.”
Caches are hidden by locals, and often lead to places a guidebook would not. In the Black Forest, a search for a Geocache can lead to local hiking trails with treks to glacial lakes and unique rock formations. An Earthcache can lead to amazing geological phenomenon and stunning sites, that are often off the tourism radar.
Yes, there is an Earthcache at the widely touted, and visited, Triberg Waterfall. But there is also one at the relatively unknown waterfalls at Gauchachschluct and Todtnauer, which a visitor would otherwise miss!
Hot Air Ballooning in Costa Brava, Spain
Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe
When you visit Costa Brava, Spain, there’s a lot more to do than just sun yourself on the beautiful beaches. One of the adventures you should definitely try is hot air ballooning – something everyone should experience at least once in their lives!
You can go hot air ballooning over different parts of Costa Brava, but our recommendation would be to take the flight over the volcanic foothills of the Pyrenees. This will give you fantastic views over this rugged landscape, which stretches from mountain to sea.
As with many balloon flights, it starts with an early morning as the balloons aim to rise for sunrise when the winds are calmer. We flew with Vol de Coloms, and loved that the flight came with champagne as we floated over the landscape, and there was a full breakfast on landing! This is an experience you’ll definitely remember for a lifetime, and is worth every penny.
Hiking on Sao Miguel, Azores islands
Megan of Meganstarr.com
I recently had a chance to visit Sao Miguel in the beautiful Azores islands in the middle of the Atlantic. I had long dreamt about visiting this destination, but I had no idea what amazing scenery I was in store for. Upon arrival, I settled in at the Santa Barbara Lodge on the north coast of Sao Miguel and immediately took to the outdoors to see what the island had in store for me. While my room overlooked the ocean, it wasn’t until I got to do some coastal hiking along the north coast from Sao Vicente Ferreira to Capelas that I really fell in love with the area. The coastal hiking route there is new, and you can find plenty others on the island, but something about the remote location and authenticity of the islands could be felt on this hike. It remains one of my fondest memories of 2017 and I highly suggest putting the Azores on your 2018 travel list!
Hiking the Hebridean Way in Scotland
Kathi of Watch Me See
When people think about hiking in Scotland, they think about the Highlands and most likely about the famous West Highland Way. Scotland, however, has in fact many more off the beaten track hiking grounds and long-distance trails for adventurers like you and me. The latest such trail is the Hebridean Way, which was launched in 2017.
Spanning 156 miles across 10 islands from the tiny Vatersay to Stornoway in the north, it makes for the perfect 2-week adventure in one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions. The Outer Hebrides are a group of islands off the north-western coast of Scotland – still off the beaten track for most visitors, and a natural paradise for wildlife lovers.
The trail leads through some of Scotland’s remotest and most iconic landscapes – tropical-looking sandy beaches, vast moors, remote freshwater lochs and wild mountains. So far, accommodation infrastructure along the trail is scarce, but wild camping is legal in Scotland and local bus connections make it easy to jump on and off the trail to venture deeper into the Hebridean culture.
I’m planning to hike this trail in July 2018, so grab your hiking boots and a tent, and join me on the Hebridean Way!
Climbing Elbrus, Russia
Campbell & Alya of Stingy Nomads
Mount Elbrus, 5642m, is located in the South of Russia near the border with Georgia. It’s the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent. Climbing the highest mountain in Europe is a thrilling adventure that requires mountaineering experience and decent level of fitness. Unlike many other famous peaks to climb Elbrus you don’t need to buy a permit or do it in a group with a guide, porters etc. It’s very important to have a right gear for the climb; plastic double layer boots, down jacket, sunglasses, ski mask, crampons etc. The weather up there is unpredictable and changes completely in one hour. It can snow even in summer and wind is very strong. To get to the top is not that easy it takes 9-11 hours to walk from the last huts to the summit but to be on the top of the highest mountain in the region and to see other snow peaks beneath is an incredible experience. The best season to climb Elbrus is between June and August. The easiest way to get here is to fly to Nalchik and take a bus or taxi to Terskol, the closest to Elbrus town.
Bike tour of Germany
Dave of Dave’s Travel Pages
I’d like to encourage more people to take to two wheels in 2018 for their outdoor adventures! Bicycle touring is a great way to travel. You get to see each country you cycle through from a unique perspective, visit out of the way places, and experience true independence. It also keeps you fit!
There are dozens of epic long distance bike tours you can try in Europe, many of which come underneath the EuroVelo scheme. Some of these will follow dedicated cycle paths, whilst others are less developed. If you’ve never tried bike touring before though, start off nice and easy by taking a weekend bike tour to see how you get on. In my opinion, Germany is the best country for beginners to try bicycle touring in Europe. There’s wonderful infrastructure in the form of cycle lanes, accommodation, and bike hire, and cycling is ingrained in the culture. My suggestion of a great weekend bike tour, would involve cycling some or all of the River Danube to Lake Constance route. There’s plenty to see and do along the way, and it’s suitable for families as well as hardcore cyclists!
Paragliding over in Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
Olga of Dreams in Heels
Hiking Mount Stromboli, Italy
Claudia of My Adventures Across The World
Three Peaks Challenge, England, United Kingdoms
Verity of Veritru – Travel + Life Blogger
You climb Ben Nevis in Scotland which is a 1,345m ascent, Scafell Pike in England at 978m and Snowdon in Wales at 1,085m all within 24 hours and trust me, it’s a challenge! With 11 hours of driving to do, you’ll need some proper walking boots, maybe some walking poles, lots of layers and bundles of food.
I’d recommend finding some good company to tag along with you and a driver so you can sleep in between the climbs. Depending on their driving ability pack some travel sickness tablets because the winding roads leading up to the base of each of the route starts may make you feel a little queasy. It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling when you complete it and who cares if you can’t walk properly for a couple of days afterwards!
Kicksledding in Finland
Jessica of Independent Travel Cats
What is going to be your list for 2018 European Outdoor Adventures?