Travelers should try to make these must-try travel experiences 2017 part of their holiday to add to the excitement. Better yet, start creating your travel bucket list for 2017 by including some of these thrilling and unique activities when making holiday plans.
1) Snowmobiling - Reykjavik, Iceland
If you are planning to visit Iceland, make it a point to take a snowmobiling tour to complete your visit. This thrilling activity is the best way to get the most out of visiting regions like the Golden Circle. Even taking a glacier snowmobile tour at Langjokull is a great way to appreciate the beauty of Iceland. Most snowmobile tour excursions will include an hour of racing through the snow covered landscape and would be some of the unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers in Iceland. It is hard to find Halal food in Reykjavik but there are some good vegetarian and seafood options. For prayer facilities, there is only one mosque Reykjavik.
2) Go Canyoning – Da Lat, Vietnam
Try canyoning in Vietnam and get engaged in some fun travel experiences for 2017. Canyoning also known as gorge walking, is an exciting activity that consists of trekking through gorges or waterfalls - and Da Lat is one of the best destinations to do it. A guide will help you trek, climb or cliff jump through waterfalls which is a unique way to be get close to the natural landscape of the region – great for those looking for an adrenaline rush too. While Halal food cannot be found in Da Lat, there are is good selection of vegetarian restaurants. However, there are no mosques in Da Lat, but prayers can be done in the hotel rooms.
3) Go On A Bridge Climb - Sydney, Australia
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one activity that should be added to your travel bucket list for 2017. Not only will climbing to the top grant you with an amazing panoramic view of Sydney but also of the UNESCO Heritage site the Blue Mountains too. For those who don’t fancy exerting themselves, bridge climb tours also include shorter climbs. There are even special or celebration bridge climb tours during festivals such as the Chinese New Year, Vivid Sydney or Mardi Gras. Sydney also has many diverse restaurants to find Halal food and locating prayer facilities or mosques will not be an issue either.
4) Swing at the End of the World - Banos, Ecuador
Visiting Banos in Ecuador will offer some unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers – that includes swinging from La Casa Del Arbol, a tree house that is a seismic monitoring station. This may not sound like much, but you will be swinging 2,600 metres above sea level in the open air over the volcano Mount Tungurahua with no safety harness – definitely something to add to your travel bucket list for 2017. There will be some difficulty finding Halal food or mosques Banos, but there are vegetarian or vegan eating outlets available and prayers can be carried out in the hotel room.
5) Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey
A hot air balloon ride above the mountain landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey is certainly one of the best things to do in 2017. You will enjoy a view of Cappadocia like no other as it is a top destination to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. There are many different regions to choose from as well, and some visitors can select particular tours that cover certain regions.There are restaurants serving Halal food in these areas , and prayer facilities include a few mosques in Cappadocia.
6) Northern Lights – Trondheim, Norway
Seeing the Northern Lights dance across the night sky is something to add to your travel bucket list for 2017. While visiting almost any region in northern Norway - such as Svalbard, will give you great view of this phenomenon, there is an amazing a display of the Northern Lights in Trondheim that can be seen even from the city. Of course the aurora is much more visible in areas that are not brightly lit up. There are a few restaurants that serve Halal food and few vegetarian places too and prayer facilities include the Muslim Society in Trondheim and few other Islamic centres.
7) Japanese Tea Ceremony – Tokyo, Japan
While this might sound less adventurous, it is a great way to get immersed in the Japanese culture and try out some unique kinds of sweets and great tea. This is will be one of the unique travel experiences for Muslim travelers, where they can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with Halal food being provided on request. However, always confirm that no alcohol is used in food in preparation beforehand. There are a number of mosques in Tokyo including the Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Centre and the Asakusa Mosque.
8) Jet boat ride at Iguazu Falls – Foz do Iguacu, Brazil and Argentinean Borders
Your fun travel experiences for 2017 should include taking a jet boat tour that will include a ride through the majestic natural waterfall. The professional boat operators will take visitors into the heart of the waterfall which is a unique experience to get close with nature. Surrounded by a vast tropical rainforest, Iguazu Falls is formed by several waterfalls and the river is actually the shape of a horse shoe. One restaurant serving Halal food – Castelo Libanes, can be found, but more information can be gathered from local Muslims or the mosque. Prayer facilities are not available in the area but in Foz do Iguacu includes the famous Omar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque.
9) A Walking Tour of Plitvice Lakes – Plitvice National , Croatia
Taking a walking tour through the hiking trails of this UNESCO Heritage site is a unique way to appreciate the Plitvice Lakes and should be one of the things to do in 2017. The 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls during spring or fall season are especially beautiful and a walking tour will ensure a great view to be taken to photograph. Halal food will be hard to find in Plitvice, however, seafood or vegetarian dining options are available and can be ordered after inquiring about food preparations. There are no prayer facilities or mosques located in the area, but prayers can be carried out in the accommodation.
10) Tandem Paragliding – Cape Town, South Africa
Add paragliding in Cape Town to your list of fun travel experiences for 2017 and get a amazing view of Cape Town too. Most paragliding flights are done from Signal Hill or Lions Head and it is an exhilarating experience. Take part in tandem paragliding with an instructor or try a solo flight if you are more experienced. Cape Town is very Muslim-friendly and restaurant serving Halal food can be found quite easily. Prayer facilities and mosques can be located in most areas of Cape Town.
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