From mountain biking and wild animals to hiking valleys and fantastic slopes – Norway is like a massive natural amusement park, all year long. Check out these tips for a holiday that the whole family will enjoy.
Please note that the selection of accommodation, dining, and activity options may be restricted due to the coronavirus situation. Before you leave, be sure to get the latest travel advice from the Norwegian authorities and destinations, and check the opening hours and rules of individual tour providers.
Let the children choose your holiday destination. If they have a say in where to go, they are much more likely to stay in a good mood. Norway abounds with fun attractions, zoos, amusement parks, outdoor museums and activity parks designed for families.
Most theme parks are open during summer and have additional opening hours for autumn and winter, while others are open all year long. Note that changes might occur and that some places only offer digital ticket sales. Make sure that you check the relevant websites before you head off.
Many Norwegian farms have opened their doors for farm visits and overnight stays. Browse the farm shops for top quality local products while the children play outdoors and pet the farm animals. The youngest may even get the chance to ride a real tractor. In short: A farm holiday will give both children and adults memories for life. There are also many beautiful mountain farms to visit in summer.
The simple act of going for a walk together can be a magical experience. In Norway, there are great hiking destinations in every part of the country, but it is essential to choose a route that suits your fitness level as well as the weather conditions. Climb tall mountain tops, venture into a forest or follow trails near a city. For the youngest, even a short trip to a forest lake can be a big adventure.
When the seasons change, bring out your skis! The mountains are just as beautiful when they’re dressed in their winter coat. Go cross-country skiing through valleys and forests or carve down the slopes in one of Norway’s family-friendly ski destinations.
Kids love animals, and in Norway’s zoos, mountain farms and wildlife parks you can get close to bears, wolves, elks and much more. In the Namsskogan family park, you can even sleep safe and sound in the wolves’ lair. There are also several Elk Parks, where you may get close enough to pat the mighty king of the forest.
If you want to observe animals in their natural habitat, you can join a guided wildlife safari and see moose, musk oxen, eagles, or beavers. In Vesterålen, you can go whale watching. Keep an eye open for the local celebrity whale called Glenn!
Most children also have a thing for cycling, especially if you take them to one of Norway’s many mountain bike parks. Get the adrenaline going and hone your cycling skills while you’re there.
Or perhaps a cycling holiday is what your need? Hop on your bikes and take in the scents and sounds of the landscape. Pedal along one of the national cycling routes, try the cycling trails in the mountains or venture out in one of Norway’s forests.
It’s a good idea to allow time for breaks too, as you'll want to stop and admire the views from time to time. There are also plenty of attractions and activities along the way, which is great for avoiding too long and demanding stages – and to keep the motivation going.
When it’s raining outside, have fun inside! In Norway, you’ll find lots of exciting museums, science centres and even a Viking planet. Some of the largest museums have exhibitions for the youngest too. Travel back in time, be a Viking for a day, or learn about nature’s big and small mysteries.
From interactive installations and exhibitions to shows and guides tours – you and the kids will be busy for hours!
Norway’s nature is not just beautiful. It also makes a fantastic playground with great experiences for everyone. Join a guided glacier trip and explore ice towers, ice tunnels and deep cracks. Feel butterflies in your stomach on a via ferrata hike or get close to nature on a dog sledding trip or by going horse riding.
You can have so much fun doing water sports! The world’s second-longest coastline, 239,057 islands, and several thousand lakes make Norway an Eldorado for paddling. Learn the fine art of kayaking or canoeing by joining a course or a guided paddle tour, or go exploring on your own.
Abandoned railway lines definitely bring your imagination to life. Bring the whole family and pedal along on a draisine, available to rent in Valdres, Numedal, Namsos and Flekkefjord. These trips run along closed railway lines, so there is no need to worry about being surprised by a train. A safe bet for all ages.
A family holiday is all about creating special moments. What could be better than waking up in one of Norway’s many treetop cabins, next to fluffy squirrels and cute birds? Or maybe you prefer the idea of being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves in a lighthouse? Or why not check out some of Norway’s glamping options: Book a night in a yurt, a glass iglo, a lavvo (a Sami tent), or a cocoon. Alternatively, the youngest can play all day long on a kid-friendly camp site.
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