Photo: © Go Rafting /Sjoa
Fjord Tours Articles / 4 Nov 2019

4 Must-Do's For a Fun Family Norwegian Vacation

With magnificent scenery and exciting experiences, Norway is one of the most family-friendly places on Earth. To help you navigate through the seemingly endless amount of exciting activities in Norway, here are four types of adventures that are an absolute must for any family visiting the Scandinavian country.

Photo: © Voss Rafting

River rafting

Whether or not your family has gone river rafting before, you will be sure to love this one-of-a-kind experience. The river between Voss and Evanger is one of the best spots in the entire country for river rafting as it includes large portions of flat water as well as some small rapids, waves, and whirlpools. This helps to ensure that everyone is entertained during the experience and once you make it through to the end, you get to explore Evanger Lake, which is enough of a reason by itself to try this activity. Check out Family Rafting in Voss HERE.


Winter evening at Myrkdalen Hotel Credit Nils Petter Dale.jpg
Photo: ©Nils Petter Dale / Myrkdalen Hotel

After your long day out on the lake, you can come back to the family-friendly Myrkdalen Hotel, which features very new accommodations with an extraordinary view of the nearby fjord.

freemen 1200 Photo By Tuffe Photography.jpg
Photo: © Tuffe Photography

Interactive Learning

Why not take the family vacation as an opportunity to not only give your kids an exciting adventure but also help expand their knowledge how about Norwegian culture? There are numerous ways in which you can do this, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. For example, the Viking Village in Gudvangen is an exciting place to step into the world of the ancient Viking societies that used to rule the entire country. 

Stiftelsen Jærmuseet - Vitenfabrikken.jpg
Photo: © Stiftelsen Jærmuseet / Vitenfabrikken

However, if you are located further south in the country, then you could always go visit the Children´s museum in Stavanger. This unique museum experience takes you through numerous elements of childhood, both current and past, including exhibits such as “Childhood in the 1960s” and “Fairytale Castle.” It is also conveniently located fairly close to the family-friendly Sola Strand Hotel, which offers accommodations that look like they are straight out of a fairytale.

Photo: Matti Bernitz

Embrace Heights

For those families who are into adventure travel, they may want to take this opportunity to embrace the thrill of visiting some of the exciting climbing adventures located throughout Norway. One of the best examples of this is the Voss High Ropes and Zipline park, which uses a massive collection of 60 climbing and balancing obstacles to provide a fun afternoon of thrills and laughs. Afterward, you could always stay at the family-friendly Fleischer’s Hotel and Motel which is located beside the beautiful Vangsvatnet Lake within Voss. 

There is also the Norwegian Mountaineering Center in Åndalsnes, which allows you and your family to experience the excitement of indoor climbing. Regardless of what skill level your family members are at when it comes to climbing, the Norwegian Mountaineering Center has plenty of options available to you. It allows you to reach tremendously exciting heights without having to deal with the added pressure of climbing in unfortunate weather.

Photo: Erik Østlie

Get Up Close and Personal With Animals

Almost all kids seem to love animals, which is why it is so great that Norway has such an abundance of them and no lack of activities in which children can get up close and personal with them as well. One of the best examples of this is the dog sledding expeditions that are offered in Tromsø. A team of friendly Huskies is used to pull you and your family across a gorgeous secluded field surrounded by forest and mountains.

Photo: Thea Hermansen

If the kids are more excited about goats than dogs, then you guys can always head to the Leim goat farm. This fun-filled farm allows children to not only meet the goats but also enjoy a meal that uses locally-made goat cheese and other produce.

With all of these activities and much more to discover, there is no lack of family-friendly hotels or things to do in Norway.