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Similar to California in size, Norway contains just five million people, which translates into endless swathes of wilderness to explore. Along the way, you and your family will discover picturesque villages, rugged mountain ranges, and unique fjords. Moreover, these landscapes invite adventurous families to participate in outdoor activities in unique settings.
Because of the country’s Arctic Circle latitudes, Norway enjoys distinct seasonal variations. Whether your family is interested in winter fun while dog sledding, snowmobiling, and skiing, or you’re after warmer weather pursuits like bicycling, hiking, and scoping out the Midnight Sun, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to satiate your interests.
Here’s what you need to know about Norway with kids and how to get the most out of a family-friendly itinerary.
Although Norway is known for its cold temperatures and thick winter snows, it’s a great nation to visit year-round. As long as you come prepared. During the summer months, take advantage of endless sun and warm temperatures. But be ready to deal with bigger crowds.
Winter is also an excellent time to explore Norway if you pack and dress accordingly. Not only will you get the chance to participate in winter sports, but you’ll also enjoy opportunities to view the Northern Lights. If your biggest concern remains avoiding crowds, schedule your family trip for the spring or fall off-season.
As for where to go in Norway, your family has many compelling choices. You’ll want to make time for metropolises like Oslo and Bergen, steeped in rich histories and incredible urban attractions, including upscale restaurants and interactive museums. Locations farther afield include the picturesque Lofoten Islands and the quaint villages of Sognefjord like Balestrand and Aurland. And for those fascinated with chasing down the Aurora Borealis, put Alta and Tromsø on your travel list.
To get around Norway, your family will rely on various modes of transportation. This can get tricky, so we suggest working with a travel professional to see Norway in the most efficient and comfortable way. In some regions, ferries make the most sense. But you’ll want to consider a car when touring national parks. For destinations around the Arctic Circle, consider domestic flights.
No matter when you visit, plan at least a week to ten days for your Norway with kids itinerary. That way, you’ll get a thorough taste of Norwegian culture and sense of place while leaving some room for organic and unplanned leisure moments. With this in mind, let’s look at some fantastic ways to flesh out a family itinerary during different seasons and in diverse regions.
One of the coziest times to visit Norway is during winter. Christmas time is especially culturally vibrant and provides chances to make many unforgettable memories. After flying into Oslo, Norway, explore the nation’s lively capital. From mighty fortresses to sophisticated restaurants, opulent opera houses to engaging museums, you’ll find plenty of attractions worth further exploration.
Head north via train to Røros on a real-life “Polar Express” style adventure. During the five-hour ride, savor stops in small villages filled with fairytale charm. In Røros, explore a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site by wandering old courtyards and narrow cobblestone streets. The city is noted for its ancient wooden structures. Yet, you’ll also find the modern comforts and amenities you’ve come to appreciate, including eclectic shops, welcoming restaurants, and other activities. Enjoy an incredible dog sledding experience, which introduces you to the pristine wildernesses of the north, evocative of 2013’s Frozen.
Continue to Trondheim, where you’ll catch a flight to Tromsø. From there, your family will explore everyday life with the Sami. This includes a ride on a sled pulled by reindeer, bringing to life the adventures of Anna and Kristoff pulled by the reindeer Olaf through the wilds of the north. Your family will enjoy the chance to see the unforgettable, glimmering Northern Lights overhead. Then, take the Hurtigruten to the Lofoten Islands. Along the way, visit cities like Reine and Andenes and even enjoy a chance to swim with a pod of orcas. Finally, take a horse ride towards the horizon, enjoying another opportunity to explore the Aurora Borealis.
You don’t have to settle into down coats and knit caps for a trip to Norway. Southern Norway is the perfect location during the summer months to scope out cities, islands, fjords, and the iconic Flåm Railway. Start in Bergen, the nation’s second-largest city, with a local guide. During a leisurely walking tour, learn about why Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of the Hanseatic League, and the famed fish market.
After a couple of days in Bergen, take a bus to Stavanger with stops in picturesque cities like Arendal, the “Venice of Scandinavia.” Once upon a time, Arendal residents navigated a series of canals to travel through the town. Wide streets have replaced the canals, but you’ll still be fascinated by the quaintness and history of the area. Next, hop on a ferry headed for Merdø Island, where your family will savor sunbathing on sandy beaches or climbing boulders and rocks. The car-free culture of the island makes it especially family-friendly.
Take a train to Oslo, Europe’s fastest-growing capital to explore chic cafes, summer festivals, and the waterfront promenade. Don’t forget to window shop and restaurant surf in this dynamic and vibrant urban center. Finish up your trip with a breathtaking adventure on the Flåm Railway and a ferry ride through Norway’s deepest and longest fjord that takes you back to Bergen for one more gorgeous night to finish out your family vacation right.
Western Norway contains many lesser-known destinations and scenery, but you won’t be disappointed by a trip to the region. Activities for travelers abound, including discovering snow-capped mountains, emerald-green rivers, and scenic fjords.
Start your family-friendly exploration of Norway in Oslo with a train ride on the Rauma Line that follows the River Rauma to the one-of-a-kind city of Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architectural offerings. In neighboring towns, savor the freshest seafood and explore coastal islands that attract artists of every kind.
Next, it’s on to the wharf city of Bergen, noted for the seven hills surrounding it. Gain a panoramic view with a local guide during a hike up one of the mountains. Then, head back to Oslo by ferry through the Sognefjord and train or bus. Enjoy one more night of Scandinavian hospitality in the city before heading to the airport.
Explore Norwegian culture and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences on your next family vacation. Along the way, discover the nation’s urban pulse in Oslo and Bergen and its quaint country charm in Røros and Tromsø. Vacationing in Norway with kids involves activities steeped in the vibrant heritage of Scandinavia. Your family will enjoy countless opportunities for outdoor adventures, from hiking to dog sledding, island hopping to Aurora Borealis hunting.
Are you ready to start planning a Norway family vacation? We can help. We’ve got the local connections, travel expertise, and family travel know-how to ensure you enjoy the best family vacation possible.
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