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A spooky haunted house, a high-tech rollercoaster and a wicked waterslide are among the new attractions as we enter the high season for the country’s amusement parks.

Published: 2 May 2018

The best way of celebrating spring for the whole family? Ask a youngster who loves action and excitement, and the answer will most likely be spending a day with fun, rides and adrenaline in an amusement park.  

Every year, new attractions and activities are added to the different Norwegian theme parks. Here are some of the coolest news from the five big ones – based on visitor numbers in 2017 – this year.

Kristiansand Dyrepark

Just outside Kristiansand, Dyreparken – a combined zoo and entertainment park – is open all year. But the prime seasons for enjoying the southern park’s many attractions are obviously spring and summer. 

The most popular character in Dyreparken is the ruthless pirate Kaptein Sabeltann (“Captain Sabertooth”), who has been entertaining Norwegian kids since 1990. This spring, a brand new haunted house dedicated to the villain’s own personal nightmares is among the new attractions.  

If this sounds awfully creepy, Dyreparken promises that the ride is suitable for the whole family. The ghost house opens on June 9. A new show called Sirkus Jesper, where we get to meet the characters from the beloved Norwegian children’s book classic “Kardemomme by”, premieres this season as well.

Tusenfryd

Tusenfryd has been up and running near Oslo for 30 years – an anniversary which will be duly celebrated throughout the season.  

The most exciting new attraction in Tusenfryd this year combines a fast-paced rollercoaster ride with new technology. Steampunk Hunters takes you on a physical and virtual ride through a mining landscape where custom-crafted 3D effects awaits around every turn – including a monster you gather points for shooting.  
 
In addition to Steampunk Hunters, Tusenfryd offers a new edition of the car show Burnout Stuntshow, presented by the popular children’s TV host Asgeir Borgemoen, and the popular 100 km/t rollercoaster ThunderCoaster, which is being heavily upgraded this year. 

Hunderfossen Familiepark

The main theme of Hunderfossen Eventyrpark in Lillehammer is trolls and adventures. In this park, you’ll find what may be the most photographed troll in the world – the 14 meter tall Hunderfossen Troll, who overlooks the majestic Gudbrandsdalen. 

This year’s new attractions are of a more fast-paced kind, however. Rundsnurr are spinning boats for three persons, which you get to ride on the lake in the middle of the park’s rafting facilities – with a decent chance of getting your neck splashed with water.  

Other cool news this season involves stylish new Italian bumper cars and the opportunity to say hello to the park’s own rooster and hens in Hønsehuset på Bondegården (“the chicken house on the farm”).

Bø Sommarland

Scandinavia’s largest water park is picturesquely located in Telemark county, and Bø Sommarland has a brand new attraction lined up for the season opening on June 9.   

A custom-made waterslide is being assembled right now at the park’s beach pool Bøverstranda. Sommarland’s officials are so far being secretive when it comes to specific details, but they guarantee “a waterslide beyond compare in all of Scandinavia”. 

The wonder stretches well beyond 100 meters and reportedly comes equipped with technology matched by few other slides. Get your swimsuit on!

Kongeparken

Kongeparken outside Stavanger – an institution among Norwegian amusement parks – offers fun and action for the whole family.

This year, the park’s new attractions are inspired by the district’s nature, such as Kjerag, Jæren and Preikestolen. Skrekk og gru (“dread and horror”) is a zipline covering a large area of the park, while Høydeskrekk (“fear of heights”) is the name of the climbing park rising 13 meters above the ground. 

In addition, Kongeparken now has the largest trampoline in Western Norway, Hopp og sprett, for those who prefer to stay a bit more grounded.

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