The Island with Bear Grylls has sadly come to an end, and we’re sat here wondering what on earth we are going to do with our Wednesday nights, without the chest-beating blokes and dehydrated women. So, in honour of the show, we’re rounding up the world’s most extreme holiday destinations; from trekking to the North Pole to ice climbing in Reykjavik to sandboarding in the world’s driest desert.
Ice, Ice Baby
Surrounded by snowy mountain peaks and magnificent glaciers, Reykjavik is a thrilling destination for adrenaline seekers. From ice climbing to snorkelling to snowmobile racing, you can try it all in Iceland’s coastal capital. The Sólheimajökull glacier is a striking, ever changing icy phenomenon, where you can explore the striking crevasse outlet with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges. Reykjavik is also home to the magical, crystal clear waters of Silfra - a world class diving location – where you can dive down into a fissure in the Earth's surface that is the result of the divide between the Eurasian and American continents.
Atacama Desert, Chile
The breathtaking landscape
Nestled between the Pacific and the Andes, the incredible landscape of the Atacama Desert is like no other place on Earth. Officially recognised as the driest strip of land on the planet, composed of stony terrains, salt lakes, sand dunes and active volcanoes – it is the spot for those looking for extreme activities off the beaten track. The town of San Pedro de Atacama, located in the heart of the desert, is a great base for exploring the breathtaking scenery and taking part in some of the adrenaline-fuelled activities on offer; from sandboarding at Death Valley to floating in Cejar Lagoon to walking through the El Tatio geyser field at dawn.
Hailed as 'the last true wilderness on Earth', the North Pole is one of the most remarkable and untouched places to visit. Here, you can go where no stag group has gone before and hike past truly wonderful surroundings as you trek to the North Pole. As luck would have it, we happen to offer this once in a lifetime activity, which sees your journey start at Longyearbyen to be kitted out with all the gear, before flying off to Barneo base camp to begin the ultimate hike and set a world record for the most extreme stag weekend.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
The magnificent waterfall
At the edge of the Auyantepui mountain, in Venezuela, is the world’s largest uninterrupted waterfall, reaching a staggering 979 metres high – twice the size of the Empire State Building. However, despite their giant size, the falls are still a relatively new discovery. You can visit the spectacular sight by taking a short flight to experience the grandeur of the falls from an aerial perspective, or, if the water flow is mild enough, you can even take a dip in the small plunge pool that forms below the breathtaking falls.
Krubera Cave, Georgia
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Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave, is the deepest known cave on Earth. This fascinating sight is located in the Abhkazia, Georgia, and it is still unclear whether the bottom of the cave has, in fact, been reached. The deepest recorded depth is 2,197 metres, meaning it’s the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 metres. Recently, it has become an increasingly popular destination for cavers from around the world, with expeditions discovering all kinds of never before seen insects and plants, including sea life in the underground waterfall, during this once in a lifetime caving experience.