21. Go whitewater rafting, Zambia
If you’re up this creek without a paddle you’re in trouble. The Zambezi River in Africa is rated Class 5; “extremely difficult,” just under “unrunnable.”
Its thundering rapids — nicknamed Oblivion, Overland Truck Crash and Stairway to Heaven — pull no punches. Just below Victoria Falls, you’ll be hit relentlessly by the raging waters and tested by precipitous drops and deadly whirlpools.
www.orangeriverrafting.com; +27 (0) 21 853 7952; US$140 per person
22. Dine in the sky, worldwide
“Pull up a seat” takes on a new and literal meaning. You and 21 of your friends can eat dinner hanging from a crane 50 meters in the air.
Each meal takes around an hour, and going to the toilet can be a rather unsubtle affair as the whole table needs to descend if someone’s really needs to go. But this is one meal that’ll be memorable for other reasons.
www.dinnerinthesky.com; +32 2 333 3810; US$420 per person
23. Climb Harbour Bridge, Australia
More than 2,000 proposals have been made at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge since the bridge climb service went into operation. And it’s easy to see why.
There are various ways to get to the top of the bridge to view one of the most beautiful harbors of the world — The Express Climb (just over two hours), The Discovery Climb (3.5 hours up close with the engineering), The Bridge Climb (3.5 hours along the outer arch).
www.bridgeclimb.com; ＋61 (0) 2 8274 7777; US$185-305
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24. Swim with great white sharks, South Africa
There are countless places where you can swim with sharks (50 of which are listed here), but one of the best is on offer in Cape Town.
A Great White Shark Diving and Viewing trip from Simon’s Town can also include a visit to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.
www.cpepointtroute.co.za; ＋27 21 782 9356; US$300
25. Ride the London Eye, United Kingdom
Three million people can’t be wrong, can they? That’s the amount of people who have taken a ride on Europe’s biggest Ferris wheel each year.
The giant 135-meter tall icon is to London what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. But much more fun to ride. Trips take about 30 minutes and provide spectacular views across the city.
To take it up a notch go at night, when London’s lights spread out for miles around.
www.londoneye.com; +44 (0) 871 781 3000; from US$27
26. Run the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race, Chile
There’s no better way to appreciate the Patagonian landscape than to swim in its freezing rivers, hike its hills, cycle its paths and climb and kayak your way through its 563 kilometers of rugged topography.
Teams of four take up to 10 days to travel through the roughest and most remote corners of Patagonia. Racers can only use satellite images to navigate. The clock never stops and many teams take just a few hours of sleep over the duration of the race.
27. Wingsuit Fly, Switzerland
You may not want to fly through a waterfallin your wingsuit as one guy did earlier this year. But just zipping this thing on and preparing to get as close to natural flight as is humanly possible will get your nerves jangling.
The United States Parachute Association requires any jumper flying a wingsuit for the first time have a minimum of 200 freefall skydives. Click here for steps to be certified as a wingsuit flier.
Some wingsuit schools to look up once you’re ready:
Flock University —www.flockuniversity.org
Fly Your Body — www.flyyourbody.com
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28. Go ice swimming, Finland
Don your swimming togs, find a deep patch of frozen water, drill a hole and plunge in. That’s the protocol for this time-honored Finnish custom.
If the thought of plunging right into an icy hole sends shivers up your spine, heat up with a sauna session first. The freezing climes that you encounter afterward may be a slight relief.
Watch a video of ice-hole swimming in Finland here.
29. Run the Spoelana Naturist Race, Spain
There’s a strict dress code for this race — a cap or hat on the head, sunglasses, socks, footwear and nothing else. Formally called Patxi Ros Trophy, the race was initiated by Patxi Ros, sports and naturism lover, in 1999.
In 2003 it was taken over by the Basque Country Naturist Club who used it to promote the naturalist way of life.
30. Paraglide over Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Paragliding anywhere is going to be a thrill, but we were inspired by a video of a flight over the fantastical Neuschwanstein Castlein Germany. This building allegedly inspired Walt Disney as he was creating the castles of his cartoons.
www.abschweb.net; +49 08367 598; US$160 per flight
Originally posted 2012-03-02 14:11:23.