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The site skridsko.net is crowd sourcing information about skating in all regions of sweden. You can search there when it starts to get cold enough. I live in the Stockholm area and here municipalities provide with skating lanes on a couple of lakes and also have information on their home pages about the avilability and ice quality. The lake Norrviken north ...


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Go to the Ardennes in Belgium. Since it is almost our backgarden, we go there often as a last minute decision. It is a large area and there are really a lot of outdoor activities. There are really a lot of kayaking being offered around the different rivers. Good starting points for exploring are Dinant, La Roche-en-ardenne, or Yvoir. A disadvantage might ...


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I will be travelling around many Western European countries which I expect to not have these sorts of experiences. Actually, some do.


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For Slovakia, you could consider the Bratislava Rifle Range: Bratislava's premiere outdoor rifle shooting range is the setting for our most popular stag do activity. You can have a blast shooting a real Scorpion machine gun, sub-machine guns or a selection of handguns supervised by certified instructors. We guarantee you will love letting a fully loaded ...


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I know that Lake Mälaren, in downtown Stockholm, is accessible to ice skaters in winter. But Google Maps disqualifies it as being 324km far from Jönköping. And for assistance or guided tours on natural ice, you can check Ice Guide.


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Absolutely! And not only you can, it is one of the best ways to explore the City! My favourite place to start the journey is from Hyde Park - right by the Serpentine Lake is a nice place to eat a sandwich and start skating, while you see some people dancing on rollers and quads. There are also some places to rent inlines in case you can't take yours with ...


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I went with some friends in 2004, in April. From Hervey Bay we took a day trip across to Lady Elliot Island. They offer everything as a day trip, or you can stay on the island for longer if you wish. This included a flight in a small plane for the 40 minutes to the island, walking in reef shoes around the island and seeing the coral and shallow-water ...


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I don't think there is a lake that could freeze over. A few mountain regions in VIC, TAS NSW and even SA get snow during winter, but there aren't any lakes at this attitude. The coldest place in Australia I could find was Collinsvale, TAS (close to Hobart) with a minimum average temp of +7.5 degree C. This is still pretty far away from cold enough for lakes ...


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I'm not in Sweden and I've only seen Vättern in summer, but I've been reading a lot about skating in Sweden. Here is an on-line guide of skating lakes to the north-east. NOTE: In the chapter on Vättern it says that IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE to go out on Vättern if wind speed is over 6 m/sec (about 20 km/hr or 10 knots) because the ice tends to break up. The ...


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If you are looking for something that is a bit more outdoorsy than a 'private lodge', then may I suggest a yurt? These are wooden huts, usually designed for six or eight and with a stove, perfectly suited to winter camping. There are yurts at Mew Lake campground in Algonquin Park, The Pinery on Lake Huron, and Killarney - all several hours from Toronto. ...


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I have a recollection of taking a trip (some decades ago) between the Niagara Falls and Toronto, and seeing a number of farms along the way. In your shoes, I might take that route during the fall, and talk to some farmers, and see what they have to say about lodges. If all else fails, I'd think about spending the vacation in someone's farmhouse or barn. ...


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In Poland you can visit Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair), the place where Hitler stayed during the war against Russia. There you can see the older concrete buildings, but you can also fire some massive guns for not a lot of money. From the Website about the site: Suffering from lack of adrenaline? Want to test your sniper abilities? Visit our new shooting ...


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http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/ includes kayak hire and appears to be cheaper than the price you have. You could enter that. Or you could ask them where they hire their kayaks from as it must be cheaper than what you have been quoted.


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The Appalachian Trail is a stop on the Metro North Railroad on weekends.


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I would suggest expanding your range since 1 hour out of New York city won't get you very far along the coast. There are several places that say they offer but you might have to call them to see what they will actually offer. Rockaway Ferry Several listed in Freeport Of course there is other kind of Whale Watching available as far as New York is ...


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There's Flipkey by Tripadvisor. It's pretty new so the listing are limited, but there's some pretty isolated and scenic places. Might want to try Craigslist too if you have a place in mind. Good luck!


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CNNGo has a piece on this as well, explaining about how it was done. It sounds like there was a major expose and resulting crackdown. Wikitravel's page on Vang Vieng also states that there's been a massive shutdown. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reports these attempts have had 'mixed success': But two days ago, the river was still busy with more ...


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There is no generic site to to look for this specific type of cabins but if you do a quick Google for Wilderness Cabins you can get a lot of options all over the US Hawaii Alaska More Alaska Michigan Upper Peninsula West Virginia Maine The Adirondacks The list could go on and on but I think that would be enough for the moment given that it might be ...


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A lot of hostels in the Baltic countries like for example the Naughty Squirrel in Riga or the Boutique Hostel in Tallinn offer AK47 shooting tours. Also the Kiev Backpacker Hostel in Kiev, Ukraine offers such a tour. From my experience a lot of hostels in the Baltic Countries, and Eastern Europe in general offer such tours. If not mention directly, they ...


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Goa has list of water sporting activities and most popular amongst them are Jet skiing, Para sailing and banana ride. Scuba diving, however, is yet underdeveloped sport in Goa. Goa is more popular for its clubbing, relaxing, beautiful scenic beauty and it Susegadu (which means relaxed attitude in Goan language) attitude. If you are interested in Scuba ...


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Do you want to stay in the UK? Maybe you could go hiking and camping in Dartmoor. I've always wanted to, but never found the right time... That place seems amazing.


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If you don't like biking around Central Park. Try Bear Mountain. There is a race there in the summer but I can't find the info now. You can go to the Poconos for hiking, Trail Biking, Kayaking, Fishing. More on the Poconos here. There is also Catskills but I wouldn't do it in one day.


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For biking, hiking, and all other mountain sports in the alpes I really can recommend www.hikr.org It is a collection of tours, often with really great reviews, pictures and ratings.


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Here is a link to some routes. Some of this is available in English, too. http://www.valdisole.net/cms-01.00/articolo.asp?IDcms=1800&s=837&l=EN


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I think you have already googled, but maybe this site can help you: http://www.cottage-resort.com/ However the site looks really weird, but I think to get some information it is okay.


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I once did a day trip from NYC to Princeton University, which is not that far away. I really went for the campus, which is really nice (when compared to the 1970s concrete bunkers of my Uni) and also for record shopping. But there are several hiking trails nearby. The Sourland Mountain ones look interesting. I haven't been around in New Jersey that much, but ...


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I've taken a shot by using the intentional homicide rate (insert Wikipedia disclaimer here) as a proxy and sanity checked it to make sure it aligned with what generally people would assume to be the case. It serves as a pretty good guide: High murder rate (> 20 per 100,000 inhabitents): Belize El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Brazil Panama ...


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In the future if you want to get involved in outdoor activities, Factivities is the UK’s original and largest online directory of outdoor activities, outdoor pursuits and Activity Centres. With over 16,000 activities located throughout the UK, you are bound to find, or mix n' match activities and locations for whatever is the duration of your stay.


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South America is a vast continent and it would be easier to enumerate the places that are dangerous than those that are safe. It is true that violent crimes are more common than elsewhere but the majority of the continent is safe. Crime rarely occurs in rural areas and so, even in a country like Ecuador where violence is rampant in many areas of Quito and ...


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The one Western European country that you may be able to find these kind of experiences in is Switzerland. They are one of the few European states that have sensible firearms laws, and you can generally shoot without too many restrictions or hassle. Specifically, if you don't mind giving the AK47's a miss, there is a great underground range in Brünig: ...



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