Interlaken is the adventure capital of Switzerland, and a touristy, but great city you cannot miss. Canyoning the glaciers of the Swiss Alps is one of the biggest rushes you can get in Interlaken. Canyoning is a fun but scary mix of cliff jumping, repelling, and slipping down natural made water slides.
There are multiple canyons you can choose, some more difficult than others; when canyoning Interlaken, I chose Saxeteen. Canyoning can be dangerous, so always do research to make sure you have experienced guides, and keep in mind that flash flooding can occur. Canyon Saxeteen is the same canyon that 10 international tourists lost their lives in due to a flash flood. They do make you sign a lot of liability paperwork.
The canyons have slippery rock due to erosion from years of the water pummeling down, which makes a perfect slide for me and you! You wear protective clothing, butt guard, and helmets, and if the drop is too fall you will repell, rather than jump or slide. The water is more powerful than it looks and literally takes your breath away each time you go under. It’s also very very cold! Thank god for wet suits. Most jumps were 30-50 feet high, but as you know, from above it always looks higher!
It’s very important that you follow the directions of your guides perfectly because the water is shallow in some areas. If they say jump in sideways and you jump straight you might just break your little legs. They will go first and give you a mark that you need to hit. It’ll the the one spot there aren’t rocks to land on. If you are ever afraid of a jump, a guide will take you an alternative route. Amanda and I never had to do that, woo-hoo! But the last “big” jump, half of our group diverted from.
These photos are the best ones you’ll ever see on my site… because I didn’t take them, a professional did. These are the photos I purchased to be able to share from the tour company. Any hostel you stay at in Interlaken will hook you up with the company they partner with, so I’m not going to go into which company I used and review them.
The scariest jump of them all!
being reminded that I had very clearly been told to hold my arms in
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Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Her award winning website gives advice on the other 28 countries she's been to but has become the go-to site on India travel, focusing on off beat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine & was voted by Flipkey as one of the top 25 female bloggers to follow this year. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google plus.