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A family riding a carousel in Lilleputthammer amusement park, Norway
A family riding a carousel in Lilleputthammer amusement park, Norway
Lilleputthammer Amusement park.
Photo: Knut Sørli
Lilleputthammer Amusement park.
Photo: Knut Sørli

Where to travel with
small children in Norway

Travelling in Norway with small kids? Here are some tips on the best places to go, things to do, and practical advice for a fun family holiday. 

Norway is a very safe and child-friendly place. In fact, the whole country is a natural playground, and we don't mind if our kids get a bit dirty ... we even encourage it! And don't worry, if it's raining, there is plenty of indoor fun as well. Here are some good tips on how to make sure the kids have a wonderful time – and mum and dad too!

1. A day at the beach

Sunny weather (or at least not pouring rain), a bucket and a crab line – now you're all set for a fun day at the beach!

Beaches are the perfect place for family adventures. Go crabbing, hire a paddle boat, dive off a pier into refreshing water, and cool down with an ice cream. Or, take the little ones on a stroll along the shore and look for beautiful shells and other treasure.

On most beaches you will have plenty of space for the whole family. Remember to bring a parasol for some shade on hot days! You'll find several Blue Flag certified beaches in Norway, which means they have clean water and a clean coastline, and provide good safety and access for all.

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2. Wonderful farm visits

Play in the hay, cuddle cute animals, and maybe try horse riding for the first time? Going to a welcoming visitor farm is guaranteed to be a success, for both you and the kids.

You can find visitor farms with plenty of fun farm activities throughout the country. Let the kids run free and say hi to the goats, take part in feeding the animals, and, in some places, ride a real tractor! Want to extend your visit? Some farms offer overnight stays, giving your family more time to enjoy the fun and relaxing countryside.

Check out these farms, packed with family activities:

Looking for a truly unique experience? Greet some llamas or go for a guided walk with alpacas! These cute, charming animals are guaranteed to make you laugh along the way.

Here's where you can meet them:

3. Theme parks for small kids

Most theme parks in Norway have designated play areas with activities that are perfect for small kids. You'll even find parks designed for the youngest children, like the adventure park Lilleputthammer, beside Hunderfossen Amusement Park, close to Lillehammer in Eastern Norway. The kids will feel like giants in the parks' miniature town and have lots of fun on its mini rollercoasters!

At Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park (Dyreparken), the biggest of its kind in Norway, lots of rides and activities are especially designed for small kids. In both Dyreparken and the excellent amusement park Kongeparken in Stavanger, you can stay overnight in fairytale houses or cool glamping tents. A night to remember, forever! Both parks have plenty of action for bigger kids too. 

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4. Zoos and wildlife parks

Get close to bears, wolves and other exciting animals in a zoo or wildlife park, or have a fun day at an aquarium! In some parks, you can even pet the mighty king of the forest, the moose. Or how about spending a night with the wolves? In Namsskogan family park, you can sleep safe and sound in the wolves' lair – an unforgettable experience.

Remember to check when the feeding takes place, so you can get a closer look at the fascinating animals!

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5. Hiking with kids

Hiking can be a fun adventure for the whole family. Keep in mind that you don't need to take a long walk — short hikes can be just as rewarding! Search for easy hiking trails suitable for kids, find idyllic lakes where you can go fishing together, and a nice bathing spot to cool down.

The mountains and forests are full of exciting mysteries for the little ones to explore. Study anthills, climb trees and explore trails. Can you spot any birds and animals? Nature is the best playground!

Remember to plan extra time when hiking with small children, and don't forget to bring along some chocolate and plenty of water!

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6. Fun bike parks

Bike parks are becoming increasingly popular in Norway, with new ones popping up around the country. They're great fun for adults and children alike, and suitable for smaller children who have just started to ride a bike. Try riding a pump track, where you 'pump' around the track instead of pedalling. It' so easy, even the smallest member of the family can do it!

The Trysil, Hemsedal, Geilo and Hafjell area is home to several amazing bike parks

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7. Family-friendly climbing parks

Embark on a climbing adventure in one of Norway's many climbing parks! The parks have courses with different difficulty levels, including easier courses (often called green courses) that are suitable for kids.

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8. City breaks for families

Weekend trips and city holidays are not only for adults. In Norway's biggest cities you'll find plenty of museums, activity centres and science centres with lots of exhibits and interactive activities for children.  Norway also has great open-air museums, many of which offer guided tours and activities for small kids during school holidays. 

Cities in Norway have plenty of outdoor playgrounds and indoor play centres, beautiful parks and fun fountains. And don't forget to check out the urban beaches, too!

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9. Tasty food and a good night's sleep...

... are often the most important elements of a successful holiday! Most restaurants have their own children's menus, and you can ask for half of an adult portion if necessary. 

Travelling with picky eaters? Bring food and snacks in a lunch box, so the little ones stay happy and have plenty of energy for exploring the city.

10. Family-friendly accommodation

Travelling on a budget? A good tip is to rent a cabin, cottage or flat with cooking facilities, so you can make your own meals. This is also an excellent alternative for bigger families, or couples travelling together with kids, who need more space. 

Or plan a fun camping holiday! All over the country, you'll find family-friendly campsites with plenty of activities suited for kids. Most campsites also have playgrounds where the kids can play together, or make new friends!

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11. Indoor play parks

Pouring rain? No problem! A visit to an indoor play park is always a good idea, and lots of fun for children of all ages. There are plenty to choose from, whether you want to jump about in a trampoline park, go climbing together, or let the kids play on their own for a while.

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12. Amazing water parks

Visiting Norway during summer? Slide down into the pool in one of our cool water parks! In Bø in Telemark, you'll find Scandinavia's largest water park, Bø Sommarland, which even has a weather guarantee: If it rains before 3 pm when you're visiting the park, you get free entrance the following day. Situated beside Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement park, Badelandet Aqua Park is a large park, featuring both indoor and outdoor fun.

Visiting during winter? No worries! You can visit an indoor water park or swimming pool.

Practical tips for travelling with kids:

  • If driving, plan short trips with lots of stops. Visit a farm along the way, stop at a museum or go for a swim – you can make the journey into a holiday in itself.

  • Car bingo is fun and keeps the children occupied during the drive. By playing the game and looking out the window, they may even avoid getting car sick.

  • Podcasts are a good alternative to screens, and children can listen while looking at the scenery. 

  • Keep a bag available in case of car sickness. And plan for toilet stops before it's too late!

  • All over the country, you'll find playgrounds at every elementary school, which everyone is free to use during holidays when schools are closed.

  • Don't plan too much! One activity a day is enough.

  • Choose a base where you can stay for a longer time. You'll save yourself a lot of stress and packing!

  • Travelling by train? Some long distance trains have family-friendly carriages and playrooms. You can also book a space for your stroller on most journeys.

Fun farm visit .
Photo: Leikny Havik Skjærseth / Visit Norway
Fun farm visit .
Photo: Leikny Havik Skjærseth / Visit Norway

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