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Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium in Ålesund Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium in Ålesund
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium in Ålesund.
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Highlights for the naturally curious

“Our fjords have numerous natural attractions that are well-suited for the whole family”, says Julie Strandheim at Fjord Norway, the Bergen-based official tourist board of Western Norway. Here are a few ideas, intended as a starting point for a nature-based holiday that will keep even the youngest family members entertained.

Julie StrandheimPhoto: Julie Strandheim

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Day 1: Beach life at Solastranden, Stavanger region

Start the holiday softly on a silky beach. Solastranden is a 2,3 kilometre sandy stretch backed by beautiful sand dunes. The easy-going atmosphere is perfect not just for families but also for surfers and other water sport practitioners, so the children always have something exciting to watch.

Day 2: Glacier hiking, Folgefonna

Family friendly glacier hiking is offered at the Folgefonna glacier. Walking on ice when it is summer in the rest of Norway is one of the most memorable activities one can do with the whole gang. Read more about glaciers here. 

Distance from Stavanger to the nearby city of Odda: 200 kilometres.

Estimated time by car: 4 hours.

Day 3: Fløyen Troll forest, Bergen

Enter the world of trolls and goblins. On this guided tour for the whole family, Norway’s cherished fairy tale creatures almost come alive.

Distance from Odda to Bergen: 150 kilometres.

Estimated time by car: 3 hours.

Day 4: Family rafting, Voss

Navigating down a river in a narrow vessel can look scary when observed from a distance. But in the hands of experienced instructors, it doesn’t take long for both adults and children to master the necessary skills.

Distance from Bergen to Voss: 100 kilometres.

Estimated time by car: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Day 5 (& 6): Atlanterhavsparken, Ålesund Aquarium

If you are an “early bird”, you can finish this last adventure in one day, driving in the early morning hours. Alternatively, divide it into two days, spending day 5 by car on your way to Ålesund, enjoying the scenic landscape along the road. For instance, you can drive along one or several National Tourist Routes.

Upon arrival in Ålesund, get to know the sea creatures at Atlanterhavsparken, Ålesund Aquarium. This comprehensive aquarium has an unusual structure, built specifically to make you feel like you are in the sea with all its colourful characters.

Distance from Voss to Ålesund: 400 kilometres.

Estimated time by car: 7 hours.

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