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10 Best Adventure and Outdoors Documentaries to Stream on Netflix

We get it – it’s winter.

Sometimes you just don’t want to get outdoors!

It’s cold, wet and generally dreary in much of the United States with blustering winds and feet of snow, and that’s just not some people’s idea of a good time.

Luckily, Netflix has you covered! No matter the season or the weather, you can always depend on Netflix to inspire your adventurous and wanderlusting soul.

Grab a snack, get some cozy socks and blankets and get comfy – here are 10 of the best adventure and outdoor documentaries streaming on Netflix in 2019!

1. Expedition Happiness

Expedition Happiness is a bus life documentary that follows Felix and Mogli, from Germany, as they convert a school bus into a beautiful camper and travel around the US. The trailer is in German, but the documentary on Netflix is in English.

Felix, Mogli , and their dog Rudi set out to drive from Alaska to South America. Expedition Happiness follows all the ups and downs and highlights the realities of living in a converted bus.

2. National Parks Adventure

National Parks Adventure is a visually stunning documentary that offers an overview of the National Parks’ history and a soulful reflection of what wilderness means to us all.

2016 marked the 100th birthday of the National Park Service which inspired this film to not only capture the beauty of the parks, but reflect on the incredible story of how National Parks were born and what our protected lands mean to each and every one of us.

3. Karl Metzer: Made to be Broken

In Made to be Broken, ultramarathon runner Karl Metzer sets out on his third attempt to break the speed record for the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days. The Appalachian Trail is 2,188 miles long and goes through 14 US states.

The film is an emotional and raw look at endurance sports and the challenges faced both physically and emotionally. Watching Meltzer attempt such a goal is incredibly inspiring to runners and hikers alike.

4. Pedal The World

In Pedal the World Felix Starck documents his 11,000+ mile bicycle journey across 22 countries in 365 days.

What started off as a joke turned into an epic yearlong bicycling adventure full of every kind of emotional up and down imaginable. This is a tough journey around the world highlighting the kindness of strangers and differences in culture. Pedal the World is sure to inspire your wanderlust!

5. Valley Uprising

Valley Uprising documents the incredible tale of the rise of the counterculture clashing with the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park – paving the way for the surge in popularity of rock climbing.

This is a tale of Yosemite Valley rock climbing tradition – defying the laws of gravity and the laws of man.

6. Losing Sight of Shore

Losing Sight of Shore follows the incredible journey of four fearless women that set out to row across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia – unsupported. The 4 women – known as The Coxless Crew – rowed over 8,000 miles during 9 months at sea while facing extreme physical and mental challenges.

This is a story of braveness, perseverance, and friendship – inspiring everyone to cross their own oceans, physically or mentally.

7. Under an Arctic Sky

Six brave surfers travel to a remote corner of Iceland in the middle of winter to find the perfect waves in Under an Arctic Sky.

Knowing that the worst storm to hit the country in 25 years is about to arrive, the surfers continue on fearlessly in order to make history and surf under the Northern Lights.

8. Tales By Light

Tales by Light is a documentary following North American and Australian photographers around the world searching for the perfect shots.

Tales by Light began as a series by Canon that was picked up by National Geographic. The result takes you alongside amazing photographers on their quest to capture life, the earth and nature’s beauty. There are currently 3 seasons streaming on Netflix right now.

9. Fishpeople

Fishpeople is a documentary exploring the unique perspectives and relationship different people have with the ocean.

A story told through the eyes of 6 very different people, Fishpeople highlights the varying passions, interests and livelihoods between humans and the ocean.

10. Meru

Meru chronicles the first ever ascent of the Sharks Fin route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.

3 men attempt to summit Meru after a failed attempt in 2008, documenting their journey in this film while balancing climbing with filmmaking.


Every moment there are people all over the world doing incredible things, and we are lucky to live in a day and age where being able to watch their journeys makes us feel as though we are along for the ride. 

By now, you should have plenty of adventure documentaries to get you through the few cold months left of winter, so get streaming! And be sure to check out our Camping category here to get those ideas flowing for the upcoming season. 

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