Norway

Norway in Summer

This sample itinerary takes in some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery with an action-packed programme that will appeal to the whole family. Starting in Oslo, you will work your way north into the fjordlands, stopping en route for guided hikes, white water rafting, e-bike tours and much more. Some activities are more suitable for older children, with a reasonable level of fitness. However, as always, the itinerary can be tailored to your own family and we can suggest suitable activities for younger children.

Highlights

  Bike ride through Oslo
  Canoeing on Lake Øyangen
  Spectacular guided hikes
  White water rafting on the Sjoa River
  Dramatic scenery at Geirangerfjord
  The pretty town of Ålesund

11 days from £2,650 pp

Plus international flights starting at £200

An 11-day summer trip to Norway for a family of four usually costs from £10,500 plus flights, based on good mid-range accommodation. Upgrade to more luxurious accommodation from £12,000.

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Norway in Summer day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Oslo
When you arrive in Oslo you will make your own way to your hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is free to explore.

With a population of just 500,000 Oslo may be Norway’s capital but it is a fraction of the size of many European cities. It is wonderfully compact and sits in a picturesque location on the banks of Oslo Fjord, backed by forested hills. It’s an eclectic mix of old and modern, with futuristic structures towering above medieval buildings and churches. There are pavement cafes, chic boutiques and extensive parks.

This evening perhaps head to Mathallen for an early dinner. This is a huge food hall where adventurous eaters can sample Norweigian delicacies including whale steaks and cured meat. Fussier kids may prefer the wood-fired pizza stall but there’s something for everyone!


Day 2 Oslo
After breakfast enjoy a private guided bike tour of the city. Your guide will take you through the less touristy side of Oslo, regaling the children with interesting snippets of history along the way.

The afternoon is free. We recommend taking the light rail up Holmenkollen, to see the extraordinary ski jump. There is an excellent small ski museum here and you can enjoy superb views over the city from the observation deck.

This evening perhaps head down to the docks, which have been recently revitalised and which offer many superb restaurants.


Day 3 Jotunheimen National Park
This morning pick up your rental car and head north towards Jotunheimen National Park. Spend the afternoon in Beitostølen, a small ski resort in a spectacular location surrounded by mountains. You can hire canoes and paddle out onto the quiet waters of Lake Øyangen. The scenery here is beautiful, with the glassy waters of the lake reflecting the hills behind. Stop along the way for an afternoon picnic and a swim.

You may also like to take a horse ride into the mountains or hire a mountain bike to follow one of the many trails into the hills. There are routes that are suitable for all ages and everywhere you look, the views are incredible.


Day 4 Besseggen Ridge
The Besseggen Ridge hike is one of the most popular in Norway, and it is easy to see why. The 14km route starts with a boat ride across the startlingly turquoise waters of Gjende Lake. Having been dropped at the end of the lake, you then hike back, following the narrow spine of Bessggen Ridge. The views are staggering, with Gjende lake on one side, and the darker blue waters of Bessvatnet lake on the other. The hike takes a full day and offers panoramic views over Jotunheimen’s peaks (many over 2,000m).

Those with younger children may like to follow the easier route that skirts the banks of Gjende lake. There are plenty of beautiful picnic spots along the way.


Day 5 White water rafting – Romsdalen
This morning you will enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to Romsdalen, Norway’s mountain capital.

En route, stop in the small village of Sjoa for a white-water rafting adventure. The village is nestled on the edge of the Sjoa river, which cuts through a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, craggy cliffs and thick pine forest. The rafting here varies from family-friendly (minimum age 6) to a full-on adrenalin experience (minimum age 15).

You will spend three night in Romsdalen. Norway is full of beautiful scenery, but the landscape here is some of the most impressive in the country, with jagged peaks soaring out of crystal clear lakes and rivers.

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Day 6 Romsdalseggen Ridge
Take a guided hike along The Romsdalseggen Ridge. This is renowned as one of the most spectacular hikes in the world. It takes a full day and passes through an incredible landscape of rock spires, jagged peaks and precipitous cliffs. The beginning of the hike is quite hard going but you are richly rewarded at the top. From here there is an incredible panorama towards legendary Trollveggen cliff, Europe’s highest perpendicular rock face, surrounded by rugged mountains.

This hike is only suitable for older children who are good walkers. There is an alternative route via Høgnosa which avoids some of the most difficult sections if preferred.


Day 7 The Troll Road
The Troll Road is a masterpiece of engineering, starting in the valley floor before climbing via a series of dramatic hairpin bends up a steep mountainside. Rising sharply above the road are a number of impressive mountains as well as the thundering Stigfossen waterfall.

You will enjoy a guided e-bike ride up the Troll Road to the viewpoint at the top. The e-bikes take the effort out of the ride so that you can enjoy the scenery without being too out of breath!


Day 8 Romsdalen – Geirangerfjord
Continue on to Geirangerfjord. This is UNESCO World Heritage Site, the jewel in the crown of Norway’s fjords, and a place of great beauty. The deep blue fjord is flanked by steep-sided cliffs, down which cascade numerous waterfalls.

This afternoon there are many activities available. One option is to take a kayaking trip out on the fjord to experience the scenery from ‘sea level’. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride, getting up close to the Seven Sisters waterfall and learning about the mountain fjord farms. For something different, you could visit a local sheep farm and watch the famous local sheepdogs at work on the steep hillside.


Day 9 Geirangerfjord – Ålesund
Today we highly recommend a guided hike to the top of Mount Saksa. This takes you through the Sunnmøre Alps to a superb viewpoint at the top with a far-reaching view to Ålesund in one direction, and Hjørundfjorden in the other. The hike is steep and climbs pretty constantly from the start, but it is absolutely worth the effort. The key is to stop frequently along the way, take plenty of snacks for the kids, and stop to enjoy the view as often as you like!

If this does not appeal there are plenty of other activities in the area, including easier hikes, cycling, boat trips and kayaking.

This afternoon it’s a 2-hour drive on to Ålesund where you will spend your last two nights.


Day 10 Ålesund
The impossibly pretty town of Ålesund stretches across a series of islands surrounded by the Atlantic. The traditional centre has tall colourful houses with steep gables and fairytale turrets.

You have a full day to explore. Perhaps climb the 418 steps to the viewpoint on little Aksla mountain for a birds-eye view over the town. You can alternatively take a kayaking trip around the islands or visit the Atlantic Sea-Park, Norway’s main aquarium and a showcase for the rich marine life found along the coast.


Day 11 Ålesund
Make your way to the airport for your flight home.

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