Epic European destinations for hikers, bikers, runners and skiers

There are many stunning landscapes in Europe. It is often best to be active to really experience these beautiful landscapes.

These are seven top spots on the continent to ski, hike, or just run wild.

Chamonix: Trail running

Chamonix, dominated by the majestic snow-capped peaks Mont Blanc, is a well-known winter sports destination.

In the warmer months, however, you can enjoy the beautiful Alpine views, endless mountain trails, and lively centre making it ideal for trail running trips.

You can choose your route according to length, elevation, and difficulty. There are beginner loops through villages and flower-filled meadows, and more difficult treks into the mountains. Try to get a spot in one of the most legendary places on earth.Ultra Trail du Mont BlancRaces

Explore the Algarve on a bike

Portugal’s Algarve region is ideal for biking exploration because of its beautiful terrain and warm weather all year.

There are many bike paths in this area that suit all fitness levels and ages. You can ride along the coast and enjoy the sea breeze, or you can tackle more difficult mountain trails.

You can even take a leisurely tour of medieval towns and other cultural sites to immerse yourself in its history. You can be sure that there will always be delicious local food, including fresh seafood, waiting for you at your destination.

Jostedalsbreen National Parc: Hike the glaciers

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Norway is a country with a proud history as an explorer. You will be inspired by the incredible hiking experiences you can have on the majestic glaciers.

These ever-shifting ice mass have formed the landscape and mountains of the country. There are 2,534

Jostedalsbreen is a good place to test your resolve. It is the largest glacier in continental Europe with ice up to 600m thick.

Always use a professional guide with the proper equipment to ensure safety. It’s difficult not to feel humbled when you hear the ice shifting and creaking beneath your feet.

Run across volcanic landscapes in Iceland

Iceland has a lot of beautiful scenery. Running is a great way to enjoy it all thanks to the clean air, well-maintained trails and stunning views.

You can follow routes that lead you through plains of blacksand and lava, past snowcapped volcanic peaks, and across grassy meadows. You can run nightly in summer thanks to the 24-hour daylight and the midnight sun.

Running endurance tests are part of the culture. There are many official races that you can take part in if you feel competitive. The 250-kilometre-longFire & Ice UltraUp in the North is a real challenge

Get some snowshoes for Finnish Lapland

The best way to enjoy Finland’s stunning wilderness in winter is snowshoeing. The broad-based shoes distribute your body weight across a larger surface area, making it possible to traverse snowy terrains that were previously inaccessible.

You can explore the frozen waterfalls and silent forests with a pair of shoes, or walk through swamps. You can also go out at night to see the Northern Lights. There are many trails that can be used by beginners in the National Parks of the country.

Enjoy Corsica’s hiking trails

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This beautiful French island is located in the Mediterranean. It has some of Europe’s most stunning hiking trails. You will pass idyllic beaches, rugged peaks, and lush forests.

There are many routes, but the GR20 is the most popular. It covers approximately 180 km from the north to south of the island, and takes around 15 days to complete.

Mountain refuges offer accommodation, which is possible despite the steep paths. The views are breathtaking.

Cross-country skiing in the Dolomites

Italy might not be your first thought when you think about skiing. However, the Dolomites mountain range is ideal for this.

Horizontal skiing is the best option for this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s magnificent mountain passes. Cross-country trails are available on 1300km of the park’s 1,300 km. It is not an easy task.

These vast expanses of snow offer both beginners and veterans the opportunity to take on a technical challenge.

It’s impossible to find bad food anywhere in Italy. And it’s even better when you warm up in a cozy mountain cabin after a long day.