Do you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, a thrill seeker, someone who is always up for a challenge? If surfing down the side of an active volcano or cycling down Bolivia’s "Death Road" sounds like a walk in the park, then you’re in for a treat. The travel experts at TravelSupermarket, a company that compares the best travel deals in one place, compiled a list of extreme adventures around the world that only true risk takers would dare to attempt.
Race 3,000 Across America
Bike riders beware, this is considered one of the most challenging road races in the world. From Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, riders travel 3,000 miles across 12 American states and three major mountain ranges. In order to earn the title of RAAM finisher, participants must complete the race in 12 days traveling from the west to the east coast.
TravelSupermarket fact: Riders climb about 175,000 feet throughout the course of the race.
Swing 120m above a gorge in Victoria Falls, Zambia
If leaping off the edge of a cliff with a 95-meter-long swing, suspended 120 meters above a gorge doesn't scare you, this may be the free-fall experience for you. The Victoria Falls bridge lies above the Zambezi River, which according to The Guardian is known to have crocodiles circling the area. The location of the daring jump is at the border post crossing point between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
TravelSupermarket fact: Jumpers free-fall for about 70 meters before the rope kicks in.
Free-fall with scad diving in Soweto, South Africa
Adrenaline junkies won't want to miss this free-fall experience. With no bungee rope or parachute, free-fall backward at speeds reaching about 62 mph during the fall.
TravelSupermarket fact: Participants must weigh between 77 and 242 pounds.
Storm chasing in Tornado Valley in Denver, Colorado
Check out some of the most unpredictable weather patterns during a storm-chasing tour in Tornado Valley. These tours take participants up close and personal with tornadoes and track potential storms bound to hit the area.
TravelSupermarket fact: For safety reasons, guests with restricted mobility are not permitted to go on the tour.
World’s fastest zip-line in North Wales, UK
At 498 feet and reaching speeds of 100 mph, this zip-lining experience is the fastest in the world and the longest zip-lining excursion throughout Europe.
TravelSupermarket fact: Weight needs to be added to "light" riders to ensure they pick up enough speed throughout the experience.
Horse boarding across the UK
Have you ever been horse boarding? Well, in the United Kingdom it has become an extreme sport for the brave. Riders stand on a skateboard while holding on to a rope attached to a horse.
TravelSupermarket fact: Some weight restrictions may apply.
Mieders Alpine roller coaster in Austria
If you're a roller-coaster enthusiast, you don't want to miss riding the Mieders Alpine coaster, which is the steepest track in the Alps. The track reaches speeds of up to 26 miles per hour and features 2,800 track drops, and takes in 40 turns.
TravelSupermarket fact: Riders have complete control over their speed so they can go as fast as they dare.
Volcano boarding in Leon, Nicaragua
Surfing in the ocean is one thing, but surfing down the side of an active volcano is quite another. Participants can experience a once-in-a-lifetime activity and surf the cooled lava on a custom-made board.
TravelSupermarket fact: The Cerro Negro Volcano, just outside of Leon, is still active and last erupted in 1999.
Speed riding in the French Alps
Speed riding combines features of skiing and parachuting. Riders will reach speeds of 89 miles per hour while they ski off cliffs and parachute over trails.
TravelSupermarket fact: Participants need to be confident skiers before taking part in a speed-riding session.
Death Road Cycle in Bolivia
Riders can take in the incredible views and explore the local area as they navigate through this dangerous road at their own risk. Notoriously nicknamed "Death Road" for its high cliffs, limited visibility and few guardrails, riders and motorists alike have died due to these conditions and travelers are likely to see crosses and mourning sites alongside the path.
TravelSupermarket fact: About 300 people die on Bolivia's "Death Road" every year.
Yukon River Quest in Yukon, Canada
Considered the longest nonstop kayak race in the world, participants paddle 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Canada, with only two rest stops on the path.
TravelSupermarket fact: The race takes place in June when there's almost 24 hours of sunlight to navigate by.
Run a marathon in Des Sables, Morocco
French concert promoter Patrick Bauer created the marathon after traveling alone, by foot, across the Sahara Desert in 1984. Two years later, his vision came to life, and in 1986 the first Marathon des Sables was run. At a scorching 122 degrees, participants will run more than 157 miles in six days through the Sahara.
TravelSupermarket fact: Plenty of training and a very good pair of shoes are both essential.
Race through the Austrian Alps
Mountain bike riders have 16 hours to complete a 131-mile race through the Austrian Alps. Participants race to win the Salzkammergut trophy, the grand prize for marathon mountain-biking.
TravelSupermarket fact: Throughout the race, riders will bike on steep, vertical elevation.
World’s highest bungee jump in Macau, China
Bungee jumpers can reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour as they free-fall through the sky.
TravelSupermarket fact: Participants experience four to five seconds of free-fall before the bungee rope kicks in.
Run 60 miles around Ben Nevis, Scotland
Runners have 24 hours to complete a 60-mile run around Ben Nevis, Great Britain's highest mountain. The race includes a time restriction where competitors who have not reached the halfway point within one hour and those who have not reached the summit after two hours must turn back.
TravelSupermarket fact: Only 74 runners have ever successfully completed the challenge.
Zero-G tour sites, United States
Have you ever dreamed of floating through outer space like an astronaut? The zero-gravity flying tour allows participants to fly, soar and experience the weightlessness of outer space during this parabolic flight.
TravelSupermarket fact: Participants will experience 1.8G during the flight and experience weightlessness 15 times for 20 to 30 seconds each time.
Bungee jumping into a volcano in Chile
Straight out of an action movie, participants must throw themselves off a helicopter's skid bar, straight into the active Villarrica Volcano in Chile. According to bungee.com, the volcano bungee jump was originally set up as a stunt for MTV and the company loved it so much they developed a way for the the public to get involved.
TravelSupermarket fact: This is the most expensive bungee jump in the world, even if it does not include accommodation in a 5-star hotel.
Lake-bombing in Snowdonia
If you're looking for some extreme water sports, lake-bombing Snowdonia should be your next adventure. Participants jump off a high platform onto an air-filled trampoline and catapult into the lake.
TravelSupermarket fact: The current record for the highest bounce is 72 feet.
Cliff camping in Colorado
Looking for a new way to camp? Cliff camping in Colorado allows campers to spend the night strapped to a cliff face.
TravelSupermarket fact: Located 50 feet above ground, this campsite is said to be the most dangerous in the world.
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in the Atlantic
Participants face several challenges when participating in this ultimate rowing task. During the 3,000-mile adventure, rowers can expect chafing, sleep deprivation and unpredictable weather conditions.
TravelSupermarket fact: Each participant must have undertaken a qualifying row and qualifying course before race start.