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Father and son canoeing on a family-friendly nature adventure in Femund Engerdal
Canoeing in Femund Engerdal.
Photo: Øyvind Lund / HANEN.no

Norwegian nature is an exciting playground, whether you want to climb, cycle, surf, join a glacier walk, or swim. Here are ten of our favourite family-friendly summer activities.

  1. 1. Glacier hiking

    Norway has some magnificent glaciers, especially in Fjord Norway and Northern Norway. Many of the guided tours on offer are suitable for families and children from about 7 or 8 years old.

  2. 2. Via ferrata climbing

    A via ferrata is a fixed climbing route equipped with ladders, cables, and iron bolts that are anchored onto the mountainside. There are several via ferratas in Norway, with both family-friendly options and routes for more experienced climbers.

  3. 3. Horseback riding

    Saddle up and experience Norway’s natural beauty on horseback. Numerous operators throughout the country offer everything from short trips to guided tours that last several days.

  4. 4. Dog sledding on wheels

    Go on a dog sledding adventure in the middle of summer! This is a really fun activity for the whole family, and a great way to experience nature.

  5. 5. Pothole exploration

    During the Ice Age, smooth potholes of all sizes were created in solid rock. Some are filled with water, and are big enough that you can swim in them.

  6. 6. Wildlife safaris

    You don’t have to travel to Africa to see wild animals. Join a guided safari and get close to animals like moose, musk oxen, eagles, or whales. Don’t forget your camera!

  7. 7. Kayaking and canoeing

    Whether you’re gliding across a quiet lake in a canoe or kayaking among small islands in an archipelago, taking to the water gets you up close to nature and will definitely make for a memorable family adventure.

  8. 8. Treehouses

    Wake up among squirrels and birds in the treetops! A night or two in a treehouse is something that neither children nor grown-ups will ever forget.

  9. 9. Climbing parks

    Norway is home to many outdoor climbing parks with routes and challenges for both young beginners and experienced climbers.

  10. 10. Surfing

    From Lofoten in the north to Rogaland in the southwest, you can enjoy excellent conditions for surfing in Norway – all year round. Just remember to always wear a wetsuit.

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