Relaxed shoulders, infectious laughter, and new, four-legged friends – on a farm holiday, you won’t need a yoga instructor to give you and your family a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you take the kids to one of Norway’s homely visitors’ farms, the whole family are sure to have a wonderful time.
Small animal lovers can spend hours cuddling rabbits, feeding hens, and racing goats (watch your phones and hairpins – goats eat everything!). They might even get to ride a horse or drive a real tractor.
Many farms are situated in stunning cultural landscapes which also provide a good dose of zen for adults. That same calm and collected feeling can be found on a summer farm in the mountains called a “seter” – a small, traditional hut in an area where farmers bring their livestock to graze during summer, just like they have done for centuries. Norwegian sheep, cows, and goats still go on a mandatory “summer holiday” to graze, usually from May to late August.
Several Norwegian farms offer both farm activities and accommodation. While some are only open for day trips, others are great basecamps for exploring the area. You can usually go hiking, cycling, and fishing in beautiful terrain close to the farm.
Some farms also offer longer farm holidays and high standard accommodation well suited for a romantic holiday. Here, you can really relax and enjoy delicious (and extremely local) food amid Norwegian farm traditions.