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Animal parks and aquariums

Popular places to see cool animals in Norway
Say hi to penguins, bears, Siberian tigers, and cheeky monkeys! At Norway’s most popular animal parks, zoos, and aquariums, you can meet everything from cute farm animals and weird fish to animals from the African savannah – or the Arctic.
A girl is feeding a lemur at the Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement park in Southern Norway
Feeding animals at Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park in Southern Norway.
Photo: Dyreparken

We all love animals, and it is super fun to get close to species we can’t keep as pets.

Throughout Norway, you’ll find several kid-friendly destinations, and many of them lie near a zoo, an animal park or an aquarium. And if you wish to observe wild Norwegian animals in their natural habitat, you’re in luck. Many companies arrange wildlife safaris in Norway, from musk ox safaris in the Dovrefjell mountains and whale safaris in Northern Norway to royal encounters with the king of the forest – the moose.

10 of the most popular animal parks

Most Norwegian kids dream of a trip to the Dyreparken Zoo and Amusement Park in Kristiansand in Southern Norway – and for a good reason. The zoo is home to almost 150 different species, including chimpanzees, lions, and giraffes.

In Eastern Norway, you can get close to a variety of animals, from goats and sheep to wolves and reptiles. Drop by the Bjørneparken bear park in Flå to observe wolverines, Siberian tigers, and bears from a safe distance. They also have a crocodile world, Krokodilleland, where you can see Cuban crocodiles, the boa constrictor snake, and a giant tortoise!

With more than 20 different species, Langedrag Nature Park in Nesbyen is also a great place to visit. Help out with the farm work, pet baby goats, and see lynx and wolves. You can even spend a night or two at the farm here, which gives you plenty of time to explore and observe all the animals.

Another popular destination for families with kids in Eastern Norway is the Hunderfossen amusement park in the Lillehammer region – and they also have a separate area with animals called Barnas Gård (the kids’ farm). Here, the little ones can meet deer, fallow deer, emus, and guineafowls. If you like snakes and lizards, head to the Norwegian capital and Oslo Reptile Park.

One of the main attractions at Namsskogan family park in Namdalen in Trøndelag is the bear. But you can also stay in safe accommodations inside the park, right next to the bears and the wolverines. The Polar Park in Bardu outside of Narvik in Northern Norway has – as the name would suggest – several Arctic animals.

In Norway, lots of peculiar creatures live by or near the ocean as well. Stop by an aquarium and get close to everything from crabs and flatfish to cod, seals, penguins, and cute otters. The two largest aquariums are Atlanterhavsparken in Ålesund and Bergen Aquarium in Bergen, while Polaria in Tromsø is the world's northernmost aquarium.

Regardless of which animal park you visit, make sure to find out when they’re feeding the animals – it’s usually one of the highlights!

The entire family will also enjoy a farm stay and a spectacular train journey. Or how about a stay at a historic hotel.

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Zoos, aquariums, and visitor farms
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park- Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Langedrag Nature Park is open for overnight and daily visits, all year round, and offers a number of unforgettable activities and meetings with more… Read more
Langedrag Nature Park
Get up close and personal with bears, elk, lynx and other exotic animals! In Bjørneparken our presenters will give free animal talks and escort… Read more
Bear Park
Namsskogan Familiepark has Norway’s largest collection of Nordic animals. Over 30 species, among them wolverine, lynx, wolf and bear, live in… Read more
Namsskogan Wildlife park
Polar Park is the world's northernmost animal park, and home to Norway's large predators such as bears, wolves, and lynx as well as deer, moose,… Read more
Polar Park Entrance fee
Indoor zoo in the centre of Oslo with more than 100 animals, including boa constrictors, grass snakes, geckos, chameleons, lizards, a poison dart… Read more
Oslo Reptile Park
The farm features Norwegian farm animals – both small and large. In total 23 different species. Be prepared for a close encounter with the… Read more
Kid's farm Hunderfossen
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Atlanterhavsparken Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
Meet the sea lions, the creepy - but great crocodiles, fish and the fascinating snakes at Bergen Aquarium. Film screening and feeding daily. Book… Read more
Bergen Aquarium
In a distinctive building depicting ice blocks pushed on land by the rugged ocean in the Arctic, you find Polaria. Read more
Polaria – meet the Arctic
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Den lille Dyrehage (zoo) Gjerstad
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Haugaland Zoo
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Tangen Zoo
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Elgtun, Landeskogen - Close encounter with the moose
The Risør Aquarium is the only saltwater aquarium between Oslo and Stavanger which has over 100 different kinds of fish and seawater creatures. A fun… Read more
Risør Aquarium
The Lofoten Aquarium shows marine life from the beaches to the great depths of the ocean. Read more
The Lofoten Aquarium
All you need to know about the fjord. Sognefjord Aquarium has an indoor area that covers 700 m2. Here you can find 24 different aquariums, an… Read more
The Sognefjord Aquarium
Drøbak Aquarium will display the rich wildlife of the Oslo fjord at close range. In the Aquarium you will find a total of 14 aquariums, 2 large tanks… Read more
Drøbak Akvarium
Small zoo at Stall Verdens Ende with horses, hens, rabbits, and many more togehter with exciting activities! Open during the summer season. Read more
The little zoo
At Bergvang farm we offer various activities throughout the year for meetings and conferances segment as well as the tourist segment, like… Read more
Bergvang visitor farm
Kalven Seter Farm and Coffee Shop, an old summer farm with eight farm buildings, is situated at the foot of Jotunheimen mountain, at the southern end… Read more
Kalven Seter Farm and Coffee Shop
Welcome to Svartisen Moose and our tame Moose. Meet Arnljot, Wilma and Embla and get an unforgettable experience! Read more
Svartisen Moose
Children and youth club with pets such as horses, sheep and other domestic animals. Open for visitors. Read more
Borgund Animal Club
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Urnes Farm and Deer Farm
An ideal trip for children to a farm on the attractive island of Bokn. Here you'll meet cows, calves, cats, rabbits and lambs, in addition to… Read more
Kleivå - Open farm
You'll find peace and silence on Flatheim Farm. At the farm you will experience closeness to nature, mountains, rivers and the forest. The farm has… Read more
Flatheim
Melchiorgarden is one of three goat farms still in operation in Norddal, and Petter and Torunn gives you a glimpse of how a traditional goat farm is… Read more
Farm visit at Melchior farm
Family activities and close encounters with animals at Setran Farm. Along the beautiful Skrøyvdalsvegen road you will find Setran Adventure… Read more
Setran Adventure Farm
Paulsrud is a working dairy farm in the Lillehammer region of Norway, with milk production year round. We have 3 beautiful old-style cabins available… Read more
Paulsrud Farm
Culture, events, food and accommodation We are a leading meat producer of Aberdeen Angus beef and venison. The farm is also able to arrange and cater… Read more
Piltingsrud Gard
Foldvik Family Park is an idyllic place with more than 50 activities where the whole family can relax and have fun. Read more
Foldvik Family Park
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Snilsberg Familiepark
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Norwegian Moose Centre
Family park with a range of activities and lots of fun for kids between 1-10 years. Featuring water complex with slides, electric cars, bumper-boats,… Read more
Mikkelparken
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Walking with Alpacas
Tingvoll Økopark is a unique adventure park. The Eco park is the only one of its kind in Norway. Children and adults can learn about life… Read more
Tingvoll Eco Park
Open visitor farm and unique alpaca farm, with café serving homemade food and an art gallery in a converted barn. Farm shop sells garments made… Read more
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Moose safaris
Guided excursion to see the moose, king of the forest. Read more
Moose safari
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Moose safari
Join Discover Nature Norway for a moose safari in its natural habitat. You discover the fascinating animals during nice long evenings with its… Read more
Moose Safari at Øyerfjellet
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Moose Safari in Offersoy
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Moose safari in Trøgstad
Personal Guide only for you when you want it. Guided excursion to see the moose, king of the forest. Read more
Moose Safari Personal Tour
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Elksafari in Marnardal - Adventure Norway
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Moose safari in Finnskogen - the Finnforest
Musk ox safaris
Dovrefjell National Park is the only place in Norway, and one of few places in the world, where you can experience the majestic muskox. Read more
Musk Ox Safari
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Musk Ox Safari
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Musk Ox Safari Personal Tour
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Musk Ox Safari Personal Tour, 2 days
Whale safaris
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Whale Safari - Polar Charter
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Scenic Whale Watching from our luxury Yacht Arctic Queen
You will be greeted by your guide at the pick-up point and then meet your experienced skipper for the day onboard our trusted boat the ‘Orca Express’. Read more
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whale watching RIB tour self transfer
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Whale safari from Andenes - Summer (big boat)
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Whale Safari
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