Green list countries which tick the adventure travel box

Adventure travel destinations around the world have been given the green light from the British Government as tourism slowly takes its first steps towards reopening.

For those not up to speed, visitors to the 12 countries currently on the ‘green list’ can return to the UK without having to quarantine, providing they receive a negative Covid-19 test result taken within two days of arrival.

The full guidance regarding green, amber and red list countries is available here.

On top of rules regarding re-entry to the UK, many countries on the list still do not permit foreign visitors to enter for the purposes of tourism – although that may change in coming weeks. Those that do, meanwhile, have rules regarding entry which may include proof of vaccination and having to quarantine or limit contact for a specified period of time upon arrival.

Although the current situation is far from hassle free, picking a destination wisely and doing a little research can mean a long-awaited foreign holiday this year is on the cards.

If in doubt, consult with a professional tour operator or travel agent who will be able to advise on current restrictions and when they may ease further still.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the amazing experiences some of the green list countries offer for the adventurously-minded.

Surfing in Portugal

Portugal is pretty high on the list for holidaymakers this year as it holds the enviable position of being on the green list – and welcoming visitors for the purposes of tourism.

Praia do Norte, Nazaré, has become world-renowned for some of the biggest surfable waves on the planet. But if you’re not quite up to the task of taking on a 78-foot whopper, there are plenty of more-manageable spots along the country’s coast.

Ericeira, Peniche and Faro, all in the south of the country, are popular spots which attract sun as well as surf seekers during the summer months, meaning you can satisfy that adrenaline itch then unwind with a cocktail or two on a lounger.

Update: At the time of publication, negotiations between Portugal and the EU regarding entry for tourists are still ongoing. Be sure to check with relevant authorities if booking travel or accommodation.” here.

Ice caving in Iceland

Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park is home to some of the country’s most impressive ice caves, perhaps the most popular of which are located in the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.

‘Breidó’, as locals (thankfully) abbreviate it, is about a five-hour drive from Reykjavik and renowned for the startling deep blue of its subterranean passageways – an effect derived from the intense compression of snow over hundreds of years.

As these glaciers melt in summer, this is a visit that’ll have to wait until November onwards.

Whale watching in St Helena

Yes, it’s tiny and also one of the world’s most remote destinations, but it’s because of those facts that Saint Helena should be on your adventure travel bucket list.

Although the island nation only measures roughly 16 by eight kilometres, there are still a few tourist draws for those venturing this far from the rest of the world.

But it’s the cold expanse of the South Atlantic Ocean that’s the real pull here – with plenty of opportunities for whale and dolphin watching, both from dry land and from one of the boat excursions offered from the island.

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Jack Davidson is a nine-year digital nomad who's made his home in such far-flung locations as Cambodia, East Timor, Colombia and Hungary. He writes on a variety of topics relating to travel, travel insurance and financial matters for globetrotters and occasional wanderers alike. Jack is also the host of battleface's podcast When It Hits The Fan.