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The Best Countries for Adventurous Travelers

on 05 July 2021

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the International Institute of Tourism Studies at The George Washington University released their annual Adventure Tourism Development Index 2020 (ATDI), the index ranks countries according to their potential as adventure/nature travel destinations.

The competitiveness analysis of adventure tourism included 191 countries, of which 28 are in the category of developed and 163 in the category of developing countries. Data were collected and analyzed in 10 categories, read more!. The Index ranks countries in two categories: developed and developing, based on the countries’ U.N. designation.

Here is the Top 10 for 2021.


 10. AUSTRALIA

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Australia occupies the Australian continent. The country also includes some islands, most notably Tasmania. Austria hs an amazing scenery, beautiful lakes, and stunning mountain ranges. Australia has plenty to offer the adventurous travelers. From scuba diving and snorkeling off the Gold Coast to cycling the Great Ocean Road, to overlanding in the outback, the options are numerous and varied. 


 9. UNITED KINGDOM

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The United Kingdom is a highly developed nation that exerts considerable international economic, political, scientific and cultural influence. It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get into the great outdoors. From souped-up bike rides to white water rafting for beginners, there’s an adventure in the UK for everyone


 8. FINLAND

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Finland is a great outdoors destination. For one, reliable infrastructure and companies guarantee your safety while you explore your adventours. The national parks and their services, including cabins, are mostly free and camping actually falls within everyman’s rights. In Finlad you can find many adrenaline-filled adventure tours. With a full of bucket list experiences and outdoor activities such as kayaking, rafting and many more,


 7. CANADA


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Canada is one of the greatest countries for adventure travel on earth. The country is sparsely populated, with most of its 35.5 million residents living within 125 miles of the U.S. border. From the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians, there are summer and winter adventures to be found from coast to coast.


 6. SWEDEN


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With a 96 percent of uninhabited land, Sweden is practically unique with the outdoors. Sweden’s true treasures lie in the wilderness among moss-blanketed forests, mirror-still lakes, and scenic rivers. The little-known rural landscapes of Värmland and Västmanland in the western frontier provide endless opportunities to rekindle a connection with nature.


 5. NORWAY

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When it comes to breathtaking landscapes and plenty of adventurous activities, Norway ranks at the top of the list for must-visit places. In the summer, the hiking, mountain biking, and paddling are fantastic, while the winter brings nordic skiing, dogsledding, and skiing.


 4. NEW ZEALAND

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New Zealand is another name that takes the top spot when it comes to adventure. The island country has amazing landscapes that are filled with all sorts of adventure activities. From watching the Kiwis, slicing the rapids through rafting on the North Island, exploring the Waitomo Caves, and bungee jumping adventure in Queensland, name any adrenaline-pumping sport and you are sure to get it in the country. First man to climb Mt Everest, the man who “invented” bungee jumping, the invention of Zorbing – don’t ask me why these crazy ideas all come from Kiwis, but if you’re into this kind of thing, New Zealand is the place to go.


 3. GERMANY

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Germany, the most populous nation in the European Union, possesses one of the largest economies in the world and has seen its role in the international community grow steadily since reunification. Germany offers as much in the way of great outdoor adventures. Go skiing in the Bavarian Alps in the southeastern part of the country or settle in for water sports and a wellness routine on the rugged islands of the Baltic and North Sea. You can discover Germany on foot or by bike; each region has it’s own spectacular geographic features and cultural identity. .


 2. SWITZERLAND

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Switzerland boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains. Camping, bungee jumping, and the mesmerizing snowfalls are bound to make you love this country


 1. ICELAND

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Icelanda is one of those rare places where the destination is the adventure in and of itself. Iceland can surely be the place for sky lovers. Snorkeling and exploring the icy glaciers or hiking in the cold waterfalls can definitely fulfill your call for adventure.


Here is the Top 10 developing countries for 2021.

 

 10. COSTA RICA


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Costa Rica is a North American paradise with a fascinating biodiversity a host of many exotic plant and animal species. Over 50,000 species and 200 volcanic formations can be found throughout the country. The mangrove hummingbird, golden toad, black-capped flycatcher, and cocos cuckoo are a few examples! Costa Rica is also known for its exhilarating activities attracting adventure lovers and families alike. Fascinating attractions such as Arenal Volcano, the largest stratovolcano in Costa Rica, and Monteverde, the Forest in the Clouds, are must-see sights.


 9. ROMANIA

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From the Danube River to lovely medieval towns. You will love to see the painted monasteries in Bucovina, the perfectly preserved hilltop citadel of Sighisoara or an authentic, centuries-old, village in Maramures. Romania is a magical land of mountains, marshes and medieval history. For the wildlife lovers, it is also home to the uncommon European bison and Europe's biggest populace of brown bears.


 8. BULGARIA

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One of the oldest countries in Europe, Bulgaria is home to extraordinary ancient attractions that continue to stand the test of time. Situated along the Black Sea, this Eastern European gem boasts 40,000 archaeological and historic sites for travelers to explore. Discover the breathtaking beaches and art-filled cathedrals of Varna. Explore the Ancient Town of Plovdiv, the oldest city in Europe boasting 8000 years of history. Breathe in the fresh air of this beautiful country, recognized as one of the leading producers of rose oil in the world!


 7. POLAND


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Witness the elements of Polish urban communities, the beauty of the countryside and the deep history that this country offers. See rich architecture dating back hundreds of years, from the significant St. Mary’s Basilica in Karkow to the Trakt Królewski (Royal Way) in Gdansk, Poland offers a magical experience for lifetime. Enjoy the views from the Baltic Sea or the Tatra Mountains that will leave in awe. Poland is the perfect destination for an adventurous outdoor vacation.


 6. ESTONIA


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Situated along the Baltic Sea, this unexplored region consists of three breathtaking gems: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. It is home to some of Northern Europe’s most fascinating capitals including Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius. Estonia is a great destination for nature lovers as roughly 50% of the land is covered in forests. History buffs will marvel over the wide range of old towns, churches of different faiths, and cultural museums throughout the country. Latvia is filled with breathtaking coastlines across the country with picturesque cityscapes and medieval towns.


 5. ARGENTINA

Discover the complexity of Argentina, the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and one of the most beautiful. Between the majestic glaciers of Patagonia and the extraordinary waterfalls of Iguazu, this South American country offers no shortage of beauty! Towering volcanoes, fascinating deserts, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges can be found throughout the country. Explore the rich architectural heritage of Buenos Aires as you taste traditional Argentinian delicacies and experience the exhilarating nightlife of the city.


 4. SLOVENIA

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Slovenia is a country that continuously exceeds travellers’ expectations. From Medieval Skofja Loka to Lake Bled to beautiful Triglav National Park. Take a scenic train ride to Nova Gorica and visit to Skocjan Caves, some of the most wondrous caves found on earth.


 3. SLOVAKIA

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Slovakia is a special country because even with its small size, you will find everything from natural treasures and historical monuments to rich folk culture and modern entertainment in the busy city streets. Enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere that Slovakia has to offer. Explore its splendid natural scenery, rich history, culture, and traditions.


 2. CHILE

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There’s no better way to explore the land of contrast than by visiting Chile’s most extreme landscapes: Explore the vast desert of San Pedro de Atacama or journey to the wild lands of Patagonia.


 1. CZECH REPUBLIC

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Home to the largest density of castles in Europe, and some of the oldest in the world, a trip to the Czech Republic will take you back in time. Uncover the picturesque landscapes, cultural heritage, and greatest attractions in Europe as you study Czech architecture, art, and history. Discover the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter, and Vysehrad Fort in Prague. Don’t miss the Karlštejn and Trosky Castles, famous monuments dating back to the 1300s. Taste the fine flavors of Czech Beer as this gorgeous country is home to the highest consumption of beer in the world.

Last Updated: 28 April 2022

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