May 7, 2021
Hiking is a great way to embrace nature. With more and more people hiking nowadays, there’s now the big question: What are the best places to hike?
Well, believe it or not, Europe is packed full of great hiking places – including those that you might not have ever heard of before. So, the real question is: What are the best places to hike in Europe?
The good news is, we’ve picked out 10 of the best hiking places in Europe. Check them out!
1. Norwegian Fjords (Norway)
“The Fjords of Norway have many walks and trials for any kind of hiker,” says Jacob Cunningham, a travel writer at UK Writings and Simple Grad. “With many landscapes rolled into one place, the Fjords are great for families, those looking for amazing sceneries, those who love venturing through forests, and everyone else.”
2. Via Dinarica (The Balkans)
The Balkans has great music, great food, and old-world heritage straight out of a fantasy tale. However, the Via Dinarica is a hiker favorite, because it’s an adventurous and cultural corridor that crosses through places like Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Macedonia (a 1,930 km trail!)
3. Tour De Monte Rosa (Italy)
The Tour de Monte Rosa is a 4634m mountain that has all the challenges that expert hikers crave. From steep ascents to the daring descents, this glacial beauty is nothing to be trifled with, if you’re a first-time trekker. There are even alpine meadows and forested valleys for hikers wanting more scenery, besides the glacial settings.
4. Laugavegurinn (Iceland)
Laugavegurinn is a rare beauty to behold. With wild Icelandic horses running through beautiful green valleys and hot springs, there are also sounds coming from steaming black volcanic rocks – something out of a sci-fi flick! So, if you want to surround yourself with magic and folklore (and even rainbows galore), then this trek is for you!
5. High Tatras (Slovakia)
Huts are most common in the High Tatras. But don’t worry! The huts help guide you through the long trek. Plus, this part of Slovakia has over 100 lakes, including waterfalls and valleys to explore. This alpine mountain is considered a Biosphere reserve area of the Tatra National Park, mainly because of its conservation of local wildlife like marmots and chamois (mountain goats).
6. The Dolomites (Italy)
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites have plenty of history and culture behind them. From the spiky peaks, to the pinnacles and crags, this site in Italy was once a trail that was used during World War I, with the abandoned bunkers. But don’t let the war scars scare you away, when the Dolomites also has amazing meadows and wildflowers to look at.
7. Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
This 8-hour hike will have you seeing exquisite turquoise waters and waterfalls. Once you’re there, you can either chill out at the Dalmatian Coast, or explore the Lake Kozjak on a ferry. Either way, Plitvice Lakes National Park is majestic to take extraordinary hikes in!
8. Mont Blanc (France)
The Mont Blanc Summit is considered Western Europe’s highest mountain, measuring at 4810m. Normally, this trek takes around 7 days, and all stay arrangements must be booked ahead of time. If you’re handy with an ice axe, and know how to tackle rocks and ice, then check out this spectacular summit.
9. Canary Islands (Spain)
The Canary Islands consist of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Gomera – all trails that you can explore in Spain. Each place has its own unique feature – Tenerife with the third highest volcano in the world, Gran Canaria with its rocky shoreline and daring valleys, and La Gomera with its undisputed beauty along its trek. Whichever place you choose to hike at first, the Canary Islands has what you’re looking for in hiking trips.
10. Pindos (Greece)
“Bear tracking can be fun for many hikers,” says Rachel Owens, a lifestyle writer at Academ advisor and Via Writing. “That’s why people go to the Pindos mountains in Greece. Not only will hikers get to experience the world’s deepest gorge, but they’ll also hike along with the Bear Emergency Team. This team exists, because they want to raise awareness on animal conservation, when it comes to the bears that live in the Pindos.”
As you can see, hiking can be extraordinary in Europe. By checking out these 10 hiking spots, you’ll see why Europe is the best to be for hiking or trekking in amazing sceneries! Have fun!
Elizabeth Hines is a writer and editor at Top Canadian Writers and Student writing services. She is also a contributing writer for Academized. As a content writer, she writes articles about the latest tech and marketing trends, innovations, and strategies.