Kīlauea volcano is about 600,000 years old. Oddly enough, it erupted back in 1983 and has erupting ever since; the volcano is producing more than 75 square miles of land in the process. Daredevils may actually kayak around this new land and only meters from where 2000 °F lava meets the Pacific Ocean. Some like it hot!
13. Learn the Way of the Ninja – Japan
Ninjas were the covert agent of feudal Japan., or the subject of many kids’ fantasies. I’m not in a serious mood, since recently watching Beverly Hills Ninja once more, but this is serious stuff. I have the utmost respect for this lost art and its masters. Tokyo is home to the few remaining ninja sensei, including one who took on 13 Yakuza members at once and came out on top. Any takers?
12. Enter the Ice Age – Alaska
Manny probably won’t be around, since the last ice age may have ended thousands of years ago. Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the last places on Earth where you can experience that particular situation. 400 inches of snow falls every year, and more than 40 active glaciers can be found here. Beware, since this is no place for funny business or unprepared people.
11. Live with the Aquatic Moken People – Mergui Archipelago
The Mergui archipelago is comprised of more than 800 small islands to the south of Burma. The islands are home to the Moken people, who live much of their life aboard hand-built boats and survive by spear and net fishing. Living alongside these unique people is a once in a lifetime experience, so if you’re an experienced diver this might be the perfect place to blend in fun with a cool experience.
10. Volcano-boarding – Leon, Nicaragua
Leon is a small town that sits in the shadow of the massive Cerro Negro volcano. Totally uninteresting, until you realize that you can surf here; not on water, though. The local people have one of the most extreme sports known to man prepared for you; after hiking to the top of this giant you then slide inside an active volcano, on a board, at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. How does that sound?
9. Genghis Khan Warrior Training – Mongolia
8. Navigate the Amazon River – Peru
7. Swim Between Two Continents – Iceland
6. Blue Hole Diving – Ambergris Caye, Belize
The great blue hole is actually a massive cave system that formed when the area wasn’t covered by the crystal clear water, which has then flooded the cave. Divers and explorers are really into their element here, since this place is unique and beautiful at the same time.
5. Saami Reindeer Migration – Arctic Circle, Norway
Once a year for more than 4,000 years, the Saami people migrate their enormous crowds of reindeer to slightly warmer climates. Recently, they have started inviting those outside of their community to help them during the migration. So, if you think you can handle the cold, for five days you’ll undergo the immense physical trials of life as a herder. One thing’s for sure: it will be quiet.
4. Descend into a Dormant Volcano – Iceland
The giant magma chamber of the once ferocious Þríhnúkagigur volcano is marvelous. Located more than 400 feet below the ground, the place now features a lift which descends into the darkness and for only a month every year scientists allow a few adventurers to join them. How can you improve upon those odds? No clue1
3. Icebreaker North Pole Cruise – Arctic Ocean
The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amid waters almost permanently covered by dangerous shifting sea ice. Which is why nuclear powered icebreaker cruise ships are the only thing capable of getting there; but this provides for an adrenaline pumping expedition and one of the coolest pics ever.
2. Hike the Most Dangerous Path in the World – Malaga, Spain
El Caminito del Rey is a walkway which was first established in 1905. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair although some brave people choose to use it. No doubt about it,. this is one of the most dangerous but thrilling hikes that you’ll ever take.
1. Climb a Mountain for a Cup of Tea – China
These are the ‘Heavenly Stairs’; they lead up to Mt. Hua Shan, which is more than 7,000 feet high. But why would you try this out? Well, at the top is a tea-house you’ll drink some of the best tea in the world. I’ll take a cold beer, thank you!