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A family affair. The Royle family from Glasgow in Scotland is a happy gang consisting of parents Jacob and Lis, and children Ida (4) and Alva (2, not present here). He is an oceanographer and she works as a windpark developer. These outdoor enthusiasts go to Norway as often as they can.

How is Norway for families?
“We find Norway more organised and suited for traveling with children, than for example destinations in the Alps. We also appreciate that every activity is very well prepared and that transportation and other facilities all are on time, a revelation compared to the rhythm we are used to.” Read more about skiing in Norway.

What places in Norway have pleased you the most?
“We enjoyed Oslo, the beautiful inland county of Telemark, the Fjords and also a round-trip with Hurtigruten. There have been different types of activities, from island camping to experiencing the northern lights. In total, we have visited Norway about 15 times.” Read more about the northern lights

Other advantages?
“Norwegians speak English very well compared to locals in other countries. This is very helpful when travelling around Norway.”

How about travel costs?
“It may seem expensive, but there are often cheaper alternatives if you just look for them. We tend to pick new and cheerful eateries, or even bring our own food to enjoy out in the nature. We just discovered a great Thai place in Oslo that turned out to be both very good and sensible priced.”

When you mention “Norway” to the Scots, what's popping up in their minds?
“Undoubtedly the skiing possibilities and Hurtigruten.”

What will you tell people at home about Norway?
“Norway offers a completely different holiday experience. It is not about going abroad to get drunk, but rather to experience great activities.” Read more about things to do in Norway

What will you buy to take home?
“We will bring warm children’s wool base-layers. The quality here is very good, due to the fact that Norwegians traditionally bring their children outdoors, even in cold temperatures. Back home, children are supposed to stay indoors once it gets cold. In Norway, you have proper clothing to play and have fun in all weather conditions.”

Any gifts you will bring home from Norway?
“Yes, the local brown cheese, Brunost, which is very popular among children, and not to forget, the traditional Norwegian Freia milk chocolate.” Read more about Norwegian food traditions

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