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Top 6 kid-friendly outdoor adventures

Nature experiences for the whole family
Family trip motivator and author Anders Baumberger is urging all families: come and explore Norway’s endless possibilities for various outdoor activities. Start with his six top tips especially suited for children.
Photo: CH/visitnorway.com

    There are many hidden treasures waiting in Norway, even for families who have already visited the country.

    “Parents are often advised to try to spark the children's interest in the outdoors through light and easy activities, like putting up a tent in the garden. This may work for some, but in my family we prefer a different approach: We have high ambitions and let the children push the boundaries. It doesn't have to be anything extreme."

    This fresh thinking became the outdoor enthusiast’s starting point for his popular reference book about how to explore the great outdoors with the people you care about the most. Baumberger is convinced that children love challenges and that they can manage more than many parents imagine. By showing kids trust, we encourage them to aim for new goals.

    “My top tips are all about having confidence in children and discover that life with both small and not so small ones is less restricted than many parents think,” he argues.

    Top 6 kid-friendly adventures in nature

    Baumberger has picked six natural wonders that captivate children, youths and adults who want to make the most out of a weekend or a longer holiday. This is your ticket to creating unforgettable family memories in the forest, the mountains or the water – maybe even under the stars?

  • 1. Cabin holiday – choose among 1000 cabins

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    Storkvebu, Oppland
    Storkvebu, Oppland.
    Photo: Anders Gjengedal - Visitnorway.com

  • 2. Summer and winter in one

  • Few countries in the world offer such short distances between glaciers and beaches. In early summer, you can enjoy a day of skiing followed by a day with a fresh fjord swim and beach volleyball in comfortable summer temperatures. Even if most of us don’t particularly long for winter once summer is here, the lingering snow up in the mountains bring out the child in most people.

    Try summer skiing at Folgefonna Sommerskisenter, Juvbreen glacier at Galdhøpiggen, or Stryn Sommerskisenter, and end the day with a barbecue under trees in full bloom in the lowland. Alternatively, enjoy skiing at Sognefjellet mountain and finish off the day with a dip in the Sognefjord.

  • 3. Midnight sun and northern lights

  • People from all over the world travel to Northern Norway to experience these phenomena. The region offers scenic nature and fun activities – in the city of Bodø, for example, you can hike to Keiservarden mountain and enjoy the view of the city and the beautiful island Landegode.

    From there you can see the famous Lofotveggen mountain chain in clear weather.

  • 4. Fire towers – 360 degrees view in the middle of the spruce forest

  • Did you know there are more than 50 viewpoint towers between the cities of Kristiansand in the south and Trondheim in the middle of the country? Most of them used to serve as viewpoints for forest fire surveillance.

    The views are great even in the thickest spruce forests in the flat, southern parts of Eastern Norway.

    Kjerringhøgda, Østmarka
    Kjerringhøgda, Østmarka.
    Photo: Anders Baumberger

  • 5. Glacier hiking

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  • 6. Vertical adrenalin kick

  • Take your family holiday to new heights and experience hundreds of vertical, airy meters under your feet, even if you don't have previous experience or your own climbing equipment.

    Bolted routes, full safety equipment and a guide ensure that even steep mountain walls become a reality for those who don’t suffer from a distinct fear of heights. Anders Baumberger recommends:

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