There are very few things that enrich our souls and soothe our minds the way a hike does. It doesn’t take much to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and admire the picturesque scenery of the great outdoors. Planning a globe-trotting adventure? Set aside a few days for a hike along some of these stunning European trails. You will not be disappointed!
Plitviče Lakes – Croatia
The Plitviče Lakes National Park is the epitome of natural beauty. With over 114 square miles of forest, a chain of 16 lakes, and a limestone canyon, this hiking trail makes its way to the top of our list. There are eight different trails to choose from, each one ranging from one to 11 miles. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique fauna and breathtaking turquoise waters. To get the best view of the lakes and park, make sure you head to the “Veliki Slap/Big Waterfall” lookout point.
Walker’s Haute – France to Switzerland
This hike, which is located in the Alps, is truly an unforgettable experience. The multi-day hike begins in Chamonix, France, and finishes in Zermatt, Switzerland. The extensive network of paths between the mountains ranges from 108 to 141 miles long. Hikers will experience between 69,000 to 93,000 feet of elevation changes and be required to climb 11 mountain passes along the journey. The vast greenery of the valleys and snow-capped peaks makes every step you take a priceless reward.
Isle of Skye – Scotland
The Isle of Skye is a majestic island located in Scotland. With mystical legends and a vast landscape of moors, lakes and breathtaking mountain ranges, this destination is perfect for anyone with a taste for adventure. There are a few hiking trails to choose from and should be done over several days. The Fairy Pools, located at the foot of the Black Cuillins and a hike to the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish ridge are two trails we recommend visiting. These are some of the most photographed landscapes in the world – once you reach them, you’ll understand why.
Svartisen Glacier – Norway
The Svartisen is the second largest glacier in Norway. With over 229 miles of unusually blue glimmering ice crystals and the trickling sounds of streams up ahead, this is one for the bucket list. The trip starts in Bodø and can be done as a day trip or overnight stay to reach Svartisen. This hike is fit for any difficulty level, just bring some warm clothes along. If you’re feeling thirsty, grab a handful of picked glacier ice cubes and enjoy them in your favorite beverage.
GR10 – France
The GR10 hike is one of the most popular trails because of the majestic peaks and lush valleys of the French Pyrenees Mountains. The entire trail distance is 538 miles, but is conveniently divided into shorter routes. There will be a lot of climbing, so it’s best to factor that in before you decide on a route. Along the trails, you can explore beautiful landmarks such as the Vignemale, one of the highest peaks of Central Pyrenees; Cirque de Gavarnie, a UNESCO Global Heritage Site; and Gaube Lake.
There are so many beautiful hiking spots to visit that will leave you feeling fulfilled and grateful for our planet. Make the time to step outdoors and explore these breathtaking landscapes.