Antarctica and Galapagos Islands are most adventurous holiday destinations

Antarctica (57%), the Galapagos Islands (50%), South America (43%), and West Africa (41%) are considered the most adventurous holiday destinations, according to daring holidaymakers.

A poll of 2,000 Brits found that more than a third (36%) are hoping to broaden their travel horizons in 2023, taking on activities such as hiking, wildlife safaris, and quad biking.

Almost a quarter (23%) do not consider a holiday to be truly daring unless they are exploring a remote part of the world.

Wildlife watching (18%), cliff diving (19%), wilderness camping (22%), and snorkelling (31%) are other activities that those polled would like to try more of.

And when it comes to colder climes, snowboarding (21%) and husky sledding (23%) are considered the top adventurous activities, according to the research, commissioned by adventure travel company Hurtigruten Expeditions.

Anthony Daniels, UK general manager for the travel brand, said: “More than ever, travellers are looking to break away from their usual holiday habits.

“And as our research shows, we are continuing to witness the emergence of the adventure traveller who is looking to explore new destinations and experience once-in-a-lifetime trips.”

The study also found the average adult has travelled to 12 different countries in their lifetime, and goes on at least one holiday a year – although 19% tend to re-visit the same destinations.

More than half (54%) go on adventure holidays with their partner, while 26% prefer to be adventurous with their friends.

And with 66% wanting to try new things on holiday, even if they have to step out of their comfort zone, 61% prefer the idea of doing so if they had an expert guide or helping hand, according to the OnePoll data.

Of those who do take the plunge, it makes them feel excited (37%), happy (25%), and proud (23%).

And the characteristics most associated with an adventurer were found to be active (51%), courageous (45%), and spirited (40%).

It also emerged that three in ten consider it bold to try a new dish abroad, and, in the past, a fifth considered going on a rollercoaster to be adventurous – but now, 49% view exploring remote parts of the world as daring.

Anthony Daniels, from Hurtigruten Expeditions – which takes guests to some of the most adventurous parts of the world, with excursions including camping in Antarctica, dogsledding through the Arctic, and sea kayaking in Alaska – added: “With the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica featuring highly as adventurous destinations, these once-deemed fantasy escapes are now a reality for those looking to discover incredible parts of the world.

“With our Expedition team on hand to guide you, and state-of-the-art expedition ships, our team take you to places you might only have dreamt of – where you can discover your inner explorer.”


  1. Nature trail walks
  2. Wildlife safari
  3. Hiking
  4. Island exploration/hopping
  5. Snorkelling
  6. Trying a new dish
  7. Tasting local cuisine specialities
  8. Kayaking
  9. Jet skiing
  10. Rainforest tour
  11. Quad biking
  12. Mountain climbing
  13. Paddle boarding
  14. Husky sledding
  15. Surfing
  16. Wilderness camping
  17. Skiing
  18. Stargazing
  19. Overnight jungle stay
  20. Snowboarding

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