Summertime, and the living is easy... but maybe a little too easy? If you're looking to inject a bit more adventure into your summer, we've got you covered. Before the months slide away in a hazy blur of warm days and light nights, why not challenge yourself to do something a bit more memorable. How does attempting to climb atop a mountain sound? How about three of them in a oner? Or racking up some hefty kms on an icy expedition or multi-day trek? Either way we’ve got a few lofty ideas to turboboost your summer... are you game?

1. THE 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE IN SPAIN

Hikers in the Sierra Nevada

Tackle 3 back-to-back summits on this tough traverse in the Sierra Nevada, including mainland Spain’s highest peak. Scramble to the top of Mt Mulhacén (3482m), La Alcazaba (3369m) and Mt Veleta (3395m), through Andalucia’s secret mountain range. You'll bed down each night in a remote, high-altitude mountain hut, with views of moonscape valleys and the Mediterranean coast. Challenge completed, you'll have the chance to get lost while tapas-hunting and soak up the musical heritage of the ancient Moorish city of Granada before you head home.

The 3 Peaks Challenge in Spain | Much Better Adventures
Tackle 3 back-to-back summits, including mainland Spain’s highest peak. On this tough traverse you’ll hike & scramble in the Sierra Nevada with expert guides.

2. ARCTIC WILDERNESS ADVENTURE IN SVALBARD

Polar bear in the wild

Summer sun not your thing? Then snag a spot on a trip so epic and unusual that 'not your average summer holiday' doesn't even begin to cover it. Set off on a true Arctic adventure in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. You'll hike, kayak and glacier walk across the dazzling fjords and majestic mountains of Spitsbergen Island, sleep in the wilderness, brave the 'Polar Plunge' – a (quick) dip in the Arctic Ocean – and experience the midnight sun as you take turns on polar bear lookout. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for whales and walruses as you paddle through this insanely beautiful scenery.

Svalbard Adventure in the Arctic Wilderness | Much Better Adventures
Go on an Arctic adventure! Hike, kayak and glacier walk across Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, while keeping an eye out for polar bears, on our small group trip.

3. SUMMIT TO SEA EXPEDITION IN SCOTLAND

Canoe and tent by a lake at dusk

Traverse the Cairngorms National Park and canoe the rapids of the River Spey all the way to the sea. Climb Cairn Gorm, the legendary 4000ft mountain right at the heart of the UK’s largest National Park, before you brave the cold waters and wild swim in stunning Loch A’an, over 2000ft above sea level. Tackle the notorious ‘washing machine’ section of the River Spey as you canoe through whisky country, camping on riverbanks as you go.

Summit to Sea Expedition in Scotland | Much Better Adventures
This small group adventure sees you traverse the Cairngorms National Park and canoe the rapids of the River Spey all the way to the sea, with like-minded folk.

4. 100KM SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION IN CROATIA

People with kayaks on land next to the sea

Grab one of the remaining spots on this proper sun-soaked adventure. Discover uninhabited islands and hidden coves on a self-powered expedition through Croatia's beautiful Elaphiti Islands, where you'll embark on an epic journey by sea kayak across the azure waters of the Adriatic. Take the opportunity to swim, snorkel and soak up the sun in between paddling escapades, and discover some of the most beautiful islands in Croatia – many uninhabited and far from the tourist hotspots.

100km Sea Kayak Expedition in Croatia | Much Better Adventures
Embark on an epic, self-powered sea kayak journey across the Adriatic. Discover hidden coves where you can swim, snorkel & soak up the sun in between paddling.

5. WILDERNESS TREKKING EXPEDITION IN GREENLAND

View of Iluliartoq from the sky

Hike and wild camp 100km across the Arctic tundra to reach the majestic Greenland Ice Sheet. On this wild journey deep into the wilderness through old Inuit hunting grounds to the isolated iceberg lake of Iluliartooq, you'll camp amongst the mountains, rivers and plateaus of Western Greenland (eyes peeled for musk-ox and caribou) and walk on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Listen out for glacier calvings from your basecamp beneath the midnight sun. Life-affirming stuff.

Wilderness Trekking Expedition in Greenland | Much Better Adventures
Join a proper adventure with an expert local guide - hike and wild camp 100km across the Arctic tundra to reach the Greenland Ice Sheet. A truly wild journey.

6. HIKE THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF GRAN CANARIA

Views of Roque Bentayga in the foreground with Roque Nublo behind

Take on a challenging hike from the highlands to the coast of a tropical mountainous gem in the Canary Island archipelago. Stomp to the summit of Pico de las Nieves, the highest point on the island at a hefty 1949m; cross the craggy sun-baked mountain ranges taking in cool pine forests, sunken calderas and sky-skimming ocean views; bask in a subtropical climate, traversing one of the sunniest islands in the world, and finish by cooling off in coastal rock pools. You'll see a wilder side of Gran Canaria that most people don't discover.

Hike The Volcanic Island of Gran Canaria | Much Better Adventures
Join local experts for a challenging hike in the heart of Gran Canaria. Cross craggy mountains, cool pine forests, sunken calderas and sky-skimming ocean views.

7. THE ULTIMATE NORWEGIAN FJORDS ADVENTURE

Person sat on rock up high overlooking amazing fjord views

Hike and kayak through astounding landscapes and glacial tongues, staying in cool places along the way. Summit Scandinavia’s highest peak, clip on crampons to clamber across icy glaciers, paddle through the pristine Nærøyfjord, and hike the towering cliffs above for unforgettable vistas. Come nightfall, you'll have the pleasure of bedding down in quirky boutique hotels, cosy historic inns and directly under the stars, in a wild camp by the fjord’s edge. A bucket list trip exploring one of the world's most astounding landscapes.

The Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure | Much Better Adventures
Hike and kayak your way through the peaks and glaciers of the Norwegian Fjords on a much better adventure - expertly guided for a hassle-free, fun challenge.

8. TREK HUT TO HUT IN THE DOLOMITES

Hiker in the Italian Dolomites

Hike through the deep valleys and dramatic spires of Italy’s Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. You'll follow a wild route through the towering pinnacles and lunar landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, trekking along the Moschesin Pass beneath the peaks of Mt Pramper (2409m), Mt Schiara (2,565m) and Mt Pelmo (3,168m). When darkness falls, you'll bed down in high Alpine refuges deep in the Dolomites and fuel up on delicious Italian food.

Trek Hut to Hut in the Dolomites | Much Better Adventures
Hike through the dramatic spires of Italy’s Dolomites, hut to hut. Follow a wild route through the towering pinnacles on a small group trip with a local guide.

9. 100KM CANOE EXPEDITION ACROSS SCOTLAND

Canoes on the loch shore

Traverse 100km of flat water and experience the Great Glen Trail on a long-distance canoe adventure, crossing Scotland from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. Head along the Caledonian Canal, cross the legendary Loch Ness – pretending that you’re not secretly looking for monsters – and wild camp at remote, beautiful spots along the way, all the while surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains. If you're quick, you'll still find a few departures this summer that aren't yet fully booked.

100km Canoe Expedition Across Scotland | Much Better Adventures
Join an expert guide to cross Scotland west to east by canoe. You’ll paddle from Fort William to Inverness, along the Caledonian Canal and across Loch Ness.

10. THE SNOWDON CHALLENGE

Kayakers in Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia

Take on one of the UK’s most rewarding mountain challenges in just one day: a 17km cycle, 14km trek, 5km paddle and 10-hour sweat to the finish line. You'll bike across Snowdonia National Park, nail the 14km trek up Snowdon and kayak 4km round the stunning Llyn Padarn. This is eight hours of unrivalled action in one of the UK’s wildest adventure playgrounds.

The Snowdon Challenge | Much Better Adventures
Book your spot on a small group, locally-guided adventure in Snowdonia to tackle one of the UK’s most rewarding mountain challenges in a single weekend.

11. 100KM EXPEDITION IN GREENLAND

Tents in front of fjord with icebergs

Ok, this is a big one. Power through never-ending Arctic summer days as you hike and kayak this remote, icy wilderness on a self-powered adventure like no other. This is an unspoilt wilderness where you'll kayak amongst the looming icebergs of the Greenlandic fjords (eyes peeled for seals, caribou and whales) and hike across the craggy Qaleralig glacier, with the creak of ancient ice underfoot. Oh, and did we mention it was deemed a ‘Life-Changing Adventure' by The Telegraph?

100km Hiking and Kayaking Expedition in Greenland | Much Better Adventures
Book seven nights kayaking amongst icebergs and hiking across an ice cap on this Arctic adventure in Greenland. Led by local guides, joined by good people.

12. ADVENTURE CYCLING IN NAMIBIA

Cyclist in front of Spitzkoppe

Ride through Namibia's vast dune desert, along the Skeleton Coast, jump on a safari and sleep under the stars. We have just one spot left this summer on an adventure where you'll pedal through an ever-changing desert landscape beneath enormous open skies and watch the sunrise over the tallest dunes in the world. Cycle along the Skeleton Coast, the world's largest shipping graveyard and join a safari – eyes peeled for lion, elephant and rhino. Visit thousands of breeding Cape Fur Seals in their enormous reserve and stand on the highest point in the country – Spitzkoppe Mountain.

Adventure Cycling in Namibia | Much Better Adventures
Take a trip to Namibia to ride through vast dune deserts, along the Skeleton Coast, jump on a safari and sleep under the stars with like-minded adventurers.

13. KAYAK, HIKE AND WILD CAMP ICELAND'S WESTFJORDS

Tents in the midnight sun

Pristine waters, abundant wildlife and epic camp spots abound on this remote and challenging adventure under Arctic skies. You'll paddle the calm waters of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay (eyes open for humpbacks, porpoises, seals and colonies of puffins), hike through the wild mountains of Snæfjallaströnd and the glacial valley of Ytraskarð, explore cascading waterfalls, soak in the thermal pools and huddle round a bonfire on the fjord edge. Summer break done right.

Kayak, Hike and Wild Camp Iceland’s Westfjords | Much Better Adventures
Join a small group adventure where you’ll enjoiy pristine waters & epic camp spots under Arctic skies. Keep your eyes peeled for for humpbacks, seals & puffins.

14. ISLE OF RÙM EXPEDITION

Hikers in a moody mountain landscape on the Isle of Rùm

A truly wild adventure on a remote island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, where you'll soak up life on Scotland's hidden gem; an island of no roads, forgotten castles and a mere 29 residents. Traverse the 6 peaks of the Rùm Cuillin ridge, topping out on Askival (812m) for the ultimate panorama of the Western Isles and wild camp in deserted spots alongside rocky shorelines, keeping watch for eagles, otters, seals, dolphins and the ubiquitous red deer.

Isle of Rùm Expedition | Much Better Adventures
This truly wild experience on a remote Scottish island with no roads will see you traverse 6 peaks of the Rùm Cuillin ridge with some fellow hardy adventurers.

15. HUT TO HUT TREKKING IN THE PICOS DE EUROPA

Trekkers in the Picos de Europa, Spain

This wild hike through Northern Spain's hidden gem of a mountain range has added scramble. Tackle an epic route through limestone peaks, deep valleys and green pastures in one of Europe's quieter mountainous corners, all the while soaking up the good life in Asturias and Cantabria provinces, Spain's best kept secret far away from the crowds in the South. At night, you'll bunk down in rustic rural villages and hiker refuges deep in the Picos and fuel up on delicious Spanish food.

Hut to Hut Trekking in Spain’s Picos de Europa | Much Better Adventures
Tackle an epic route through Northern Spain’s hidden gem of a mountain range in Asturias and Cantabria, on a small group holiday with expert local guides.

16. TREK THE TIAN SHAN MOUNTAINS OF KYRGYZSTAN

Hiker in Kyrgyzstan

Hike the most spectacular mountain range in Central Asia and sleep under the stars on this epic adventure. Stomp through dramatic, red sandstone canyons, swim in the pristine water of the Issyk Kul high alpine lake, share a bowl of kumys with Kyrgyz semi-nomadic shepherds and spend a night in their yurt. What's more, you'll also cross the epic Jukku Pass (3800m) – a spectacular climb surrounded by glaciers and meet Aitbek, one of the last remaining Eagle Hunters in Kyrgyzstan.

Trek the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan | Much Better Adventures
Our hiking trip through the mountains of Central Asia is for adventurous souls. Meet Kyrgyz nomads, discover otherworldly landscapes and sleep under the stars.

17. TREK THE LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL IN ICELAND

Hikers on Iceland's Laugavegur Trail

Tackle Iceland's legendary hut-to-hut trek – 55km of multi-coloured mountains, thermal pools, glaciers and volcanic slopes. Trek through one of the world’s most iconic landscapes, including the otherworldly Landmannalaugar mountains, a multi-coloured geological wonder. Enjoy the pristine silence of Álftavatn and the undulating ‘Valley of Thor' before finishing beneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Thanks to this uncompromising scenery, the trek is included in National Geographic's '20 Best Hikes in the World', and can be tackled June to September.

Trek the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland | Much Better Adventures
Join a unique small group adventure to tackle Iceland’s classic hut-to-hut trek across mountains, gorges, glaciers & volcanoes, without the logistical headache.

18. THE 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE IN MOROCCO

Mountain views at sunrise

Tackle 3 summits over 4000m back-to-back on this tough traverse of the High Atlas, including the highest point in North Africa. You'll scramble to the top of Mt Toubkal (4167m) and the double summits of Mt Ouanoukrim: Timzguida (4089m) and Ras (4083m), hiking through the Imlil Valley alongside Berber guides and your very own mule train. Catch some Zs in a classic Marrakech riad and scenic mountain refuges built in incredible locations.

The 3 Peaks Challenge in Morocco | Much Better Adventures
Tackle 3 summits over 4000m on this traverse of the High Atlas, including the highest point in North Africa, with a group of adventurers and an expert guide.

19. HIKE SLOVAKIA’S HIGH TATRAS MOUNTAINS IN A WEEKEND

Slovakia's High Tatras

Trek across the scenic peaks and awesome valleys of Slovakia’s highest mountain range, now a UNESCO protected reserve. Across 3 days in the High Tatras – one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe – you'll experience a hiker's paradise of forested valleys, hidden waterfalls and alpine lakes all nestled beneath 2500m+ peaks. Follow the epic but little-known trekking route of the Tatranská Magistrala trail which is remote, quiet and insanely beautiful.

Hike Slovakia’s High Tatras Mountains in a Weekend | Much Better Adventures
Join a small group adventure to experience a hiker’s paradise of forested valleys, hidden waterfalls and alpine lakes in Slovakia’s highest mountain range.

20. ALASKAN WILDERNESS KAYAK EXPEDITION

Kayakers paddling past a glacier

Power yourself along Alaska’s wild coast on a stunning journey teeming with wildlife, camping in remote spots along the way. Paddle into Bears Kitchen and the iceberg alleys of the Shoup Glacier Marine State Park. Keep your eyes peeled for orcas, humpbacks, bald eagles, bears and rafts of sea otters in the Prince William Sound. Hike through coastal rainforest, wild camp on secluded beaches and feast around the campfire under the stars. A summer adventure you'll never forget.

Alaskan Wilderness Kayak Expedition | Much Better Adventures
Join a small group adventure to power yourself along Alaska’s wild coast, camping in remote spots. Keep your eyes peeled for orcas, humpbacks, eagles & bears.

21. HIKE ‘THE EDGE’ IN KOSOVO

Camping at 'The Edge' in Kosovo

Lynx. Bears. A 532.72 km2 national park. Two mountain peaks over 2500m high, and a camp on the edge of the ridgeline that connects them. Book this trip before the secret gets out! You'll trek the spine-tingling ridge that connects two peaks in Kosovo's remote Sharr Mountain National Park. Keep your peepers open for bears, lynx, wild boar and roe deer as you bag up to 4 challenging peaks in a single day, whilst visiting this unspoilt country brimming with glacial lakes, alpine plateaus and dramatic limestone cliffs.

Hike ‘The Edge’ in Kosovo | Much Better Adventures
Trek the spine-tingling ridgeline connecting two mountain peaks in pristine landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled for lynx and bears on this small group adventure.

22. CIRCUMNAVIGATE MENORCA BY SEA KAYAK

Aerial view of kayaks of the coast of Menorca

Bivouac on deserted beaches, explore hidden coves and paddle alongside white calcareous cliffs on this epic sea-kayaking adventure. You'll navigate 210 km of Menorca’s spectacular and varied coastline on a magical seafaring adventure, swimming in turquoise waters and resting on picture-perfect beaches throughout. To visit concealed coves, explore hidden limestone caves and enjoy homemade meals this summer, snag one of the handful of remaining spots.

Circumnavigate Menorca by Sea Kayak | Much Better Adventures
Navigate 210 km of Menorca’s spectacular coastline on a magical seafaring adventure, where you’ll swim in turquoise waters and bivouac on deserted beaches.

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