When work gets busy, it's always a relief when the weekend arrives. Sure, you could spend it relaxing or at the pub, but there are plenty of more exciting options. You can pack a surprising amount of adventure into a weekend, from wild camping and gravel biking to learning winter mountain skills on Ben Nevis.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some of faves from our active adventure collection. What’s more, you can do all of them over a long weekend.

You won’t need any prior experience, just be fit and healthy, have a head for adventure and happy being on the move for a good chunk of the day.

1. Learn to Surf in Morocco

A female surfer emerging from the waves in Taghazout Bay, Morocco

Stay in a riad near the laid-back fishing village of Taghazout on Morocco’s lovely west coast - a legendary spot for European surfers. Over a long, sun-soaked weekend, learn all the techniques needed to surf and read the beach for impending waves, rips and currents. There's plenty of downtime too - watch the sun set and then enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine

Travel to: Agadir Airport, Agadir. Check flights

Days off work: 2

Learn to Surf in Morocco | Much Better Adventures
Learn to surf with local experts in Taghazout Bay, Morocco’s legendary surfing spot, on a trip which offers perfect waves, delicious food and incredible sunsets.

2. Intro to Gravel Riding Weekender

Cyclists on a gravel track going through a wheat field

Develop your mixed-terrain cycling skills on ancient byways and woodland tracks in the beautiful landscapes of the Chiltern Hills. You'll ride along the Ridgeway, Britain's oldest road, learning gravel riding techniques. Evenings will be spent in comfy bell tents, relaxing by the campfire and watching the stars. All this less than an hour from London! Gravel bikes and all equipment is included.

Intro to Gravel Biking Weekender | Much Better Adventures
Develop your mixed-terrain cycling skills on ancient byways and woodland tracks in the English countryside, with expert guides to help you hone your technique.

Travel to: Tring Railway Station

Days off work: Half a day

3. Canoe Coast-to-Coast across Scotland

A woman canoeist on the Great Glen Trail, Scotland.

Navigate Scotland’s Great Glen, home to four Lochs – Linnhe, Lochy, Oich and of course Loch Ness, as you canoe the 100 km long Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness. Along the way you’ll wild camp in remote locations, explore wooded bays and paddle past the scenic and strangely familiar ruins of Urquhart Castle.

100km Canoe Expedition Across Scotland | Much Better Adventures
Join a local guide and a small group of likeminded folks on a 100km canoe trip across Scotland. Wild camp and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Book now!

Travel to: Inverness Airport, Inverness. Check flights

Days off work: 2

4. Hut to Hut Trekking in Italy's Gran Paradiso

Trekkers in the Italian Alps

Spend a long weekend in the Italian Alps, hiking down remote trails and over high passes. On this small group hiking adventure you'll follow a route across Valsavarenche Valley to the base of Gran Paradiso peak. You'll ascend the Col Rosset (3024m), one of the highest walkable passes in the Alps with breathtaking views of the Vanoise Glaciers. Evenings will be spent in welcoming huts, in the heart of the mountains.

Hut to Hut Trekking in the Gran Paradiso | Much Better Adventures
Book a long-weekend adventure among the wilderness of the Italian Alps featuring remote trails, high passes and glittering glaciers, with an expert local guide.

Travel to: Turin Airport. Check flights

Days off work: 2

5. Wolf and Moose Tracking in the Swedish Wilderness

A moose in a Swedish forest

You'll be picked up from the train station and driven deep into pristine boreal forest. You'll wild camp and enjoy campfire feasts. You'll reconnect with nature, learning about the ecosystem, wild swimming in glassy lakes and having a wood fired tent sauna. Most importantly, you'll be tracking wolves and moose in their natural habitat, and learning about the important role the Scandinavian Wolf Project plays on lupine behaviour, conservation efforts and land management with local experts.

Wolf and Moose Tracking in the Swedish Wilderness | Much Better Adventures
Search for wolves and moose in their natural habitat on a wildlife holiday & learn about the valuable biodiversity of this unique ecosystem from local experts.

Travel to: Stockholm Arlanda, train to Köping Train Station

Days off work: 2

6. Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords

Kayaking in the Norwegian fjords

Kayak the picture-perfect waters of the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord and spend two incredible nights sleeping under the stars. You’ll camp at the water’s edge, visit rarely visited waterfalls surrounded by resting seals and hike into the forest to view this beautiful landscape from 1,000 metres up.

Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords | Much Better Adventures
Embark on an epic weekend kayaking in Norway. Paddle through the stunning Norwegian fjords and sleep under the stars. Book your adventure today.

Travel to: Bergen Airport Flesland, Bergen. Check flights

Days off work: Half a day

7. Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

Climbing a ladder in Slovakia's Paradise National Park

Cross the aptly named Paradise National Park and trek through a mountainous landscape of forest, meadows, plateaus and caves. Then, after crossing some of the most remarkable gorges in Europe, you’ll celebrate your success by unwinding in the bubbling waters of a rejuvenating thermal pool.

Adventure Hiking in Slovakia | Much Better Adventures
Join good people to explore the perfectly named Slovak Paradise National Park with an expert local guide, via a network of trails, ladders, bridges & catwalks.

Travel to: John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport, Krakow. Check flights

Days off work: 1.5

8. Summit Ben Nevis and Learn Winter Mountain Skills

Climbers summiting Ben Nevis in the winter months

Learn essential winter mountaineering skills in the hilly Fort William area, including how to use an ice axe and crampons. You'll need them for the ascent of Ben Nevis (1,345m), made more challenging in the ice and snow. It's a tough climb, but you'll be able to put your new skills to the test, and enjoy the view over snowcapped peaks.

Climb Ben Nevis in Winter | Much Better Adventures
Join a small group with a local guide to learn essential winter mountain skills and summit Ben Nevis. Book your next Much Better Adventure today.

Fly to: Inverness, bus to Fort William

Days off work: 2

9. The Snowdon Challenge

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Cycle, trek and paddle your way through Snowdonia National Park – all in just 12 hours. You’ll cycle 17km to the base of Mount Snowdon itself, hike to the 1,085-metre high summit, then head back down for a spot of kayaking around Llyn Padarn, a glacial lake that’s fed by the mountain you just conquered.

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.

Travel to: Bangor (Gwynedd) Train Station

Days off work: 0

10. Arctic Wilderness Experience in Finland

Aerial view of someone snowshoeing through a snowy forest in Finland.

Explore the snow-blanketed wilderness of Finnish Lapland. Clip on skis and journey through icy taiga forest, learning how to survive during an Arctic winter. Bed down in a cosy cabin, and build your own snow shelter for a night out in the wilds. You'll be able to warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna. Eyes peeled for the Northern Lights!

Arctic Wilderness Experience in Finland | Much Better Adventures
Explore snow-blanketed forest & learn survival skills from a local expert in Finnish Lapland. Afterwards, warm up in a sauna & lookout for the aurora borealis.

Travel to: Rovaniemi Airport, Skibus to Pyhä

Days off work: 2

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