Norway Family Holidays
Think of Norway and images of dramatic fjords, remote fishing villages and snow-capped peaks come to mind. This is indeed a land of truly spectacular beauty, a natural playground for outdoor-loving families. Perched on the edge of Europe, Norway’s crinkled coastline stretches an astonishing 100,000km due to the endless peninsulas, inlets and islands. It is from this coastline that Vikings set sail hundreds of years ago, setting out into the unknown west in search of bounty.
Inland the scenery is no less impressive, with an endless series of mountains rippling from north to south. Lofty snow-capped peaks soar above meandering rivers that cut through picturesque valleys. Waterfalls thunder down the mountainsides and icy-blue lakes reflect dramatic skies.
As might be expected, Norway in the summer is entirely different to Norway in the winter. In the summer, the mountains are verdant and green and on a Norway family holiday you can enjoy a huge range of outdoor activities. During the winter months, much of the country is covered in snow and the northern lights shimmer across the dark skies of the north. This is a time for husky-sledding, snow-shoeing, skiing, warm fires in log cabins and Father Christmas.
Why take the kids?
Some of our favourite activities on Norway family holidays include:
- Spectacular glacier and waterfall hikes
- Flam mountain railway
- RIB tours on Sognefjord
- Seeing the Northern lights from a remote log cabin
- Kayaking past icebergs
- Sampling local delicacies in Oslo and Bergen
- Winter activities in the Arctic North
- Arctic voyage in search of polar bears
For adventure-loving kids, a Norway family holiday will be a surefire success. Long summer days can be spent white-water rafting down sparklingly clear rivers and taking a SUP or kayak out onto a lake to find that perfect picnic spot. Dramatic mountains can be enjoyed by e-bike, leaving the kids puff-free and able to relish the experience.
In winter, cosy log cabins provide a warm welcome at the end of a snow-filled day. The kids will love husky-sledding through pristine snow fields and wrapping up warm at night to watch the Northern lights overhead. Colourful Christmas markets are a riot of activity, with merry-go-rounds, twinkling lights, and stalls selling gingerbread and steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
As you might expect, everything ‘works’ here, meaning that Norway family holidays are very easy. There is a huge range of accommodation, from simple mountain lodges to glitzy city-centre hotels. Norway is not a cheap country (see our price guide for further details) so we will tailor our hotel suggestions to match your budget.
Example family itineraries
All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family. We will take into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget, and so on. Our suggested itinerary for your Norway family holiday will depend on whether you are travelling in the summer (cue hiking, biking, kayaking, and so on) or in winter (for husky sledding, snow-shoeing and the Northern Lights).
And if you are looking for the ultimate in polar experiences, see our Norway – Voyage to the Arctic, which includes an 8-night cruise to see polar bears, walruses, Arctic foxes, whales, and much more, with zodiac landings and kayak options.
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
Norway in pictures
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“The scenery in Norway is gobsmacking… so wild and remote and vast. We loved all the fishing, sea kayaking and hiking. Highly recommend for families”