Sandboarding and desert dune adventures in Europe.

Sandboarding in Greece

Greece does not have any true deserts, but it is possible to practice sandboarding on the island of Lemnos in the North Aegen region, near the coast of Turkey. The Gomati Sand Dunes, located in an area that resembles a "mini desert", are free of vegetation and therefore suitable for…


Ódáðahraun, the little-known desert of Iceland

Ódáðahraun ("mischeavious lava field", lit. "bad deeds lava" ) is a volcanic desert and extensive lava field located in northeast Iceland. It is the largest desert in Iceland and covers an area of approximately 4,400 square kilometers, and is believed to have formed around 8,000 years ago as a result…

Patara Beach Dunes
Sand Dunes at Patara Beach, Turkey. Photo courtesy of William Neuheisel.

Sandboarding in Turkey

A country divided between the two continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is an incredible travel destination with a lot to offer - including sandboarding. There are many incredible beaches filled with dunes, and you can practice sand surfing on some of them. The best sandboarding dunes are located at…

Port Pino Sand Dunes
Fine white sand dunes in Porto Pino, Sardinia.

Sandboarding in Italy

Italy is one of the most incredible countries in Europe, and while it does not have any deserts, it is still possible to enjoy sandboarding in a few selected locations. The beaches of southern Sardinia are known to be the main sand surfing spot in Italy, but there are also…

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Sandboarding in Moscow, Russia
Riding on a sand pit in Dzerzhinsky. Photo courtesy of Alexander Burakov.

Sandboarding in Russia

Russia may not be the first country that comes to mind when you picture summer sports and desert dunes, but sandboarding is actually rather popular in the Greater Moscow Area (Moscow Oblast). There are a large number of sand quarries surrounding lakes and forests and young Russians love taking their…

Sandboarding in France - Dune du Pilat (Pyla Dune)
Sandboarding at Dune du Pilat, France. Photo courtesy of Jack Soley.

Sandboarding in France: Dune du Pilat and Côte d’Opale

France is home to the tallest sand dune in Europe - the Dune du Pilat - so it's no surprise it makes one of the best sandboarding destinations in the continent. There are also many other sandboarding spots across the country, specially in the Côte d'Opale, many thanks to user…


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