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Best Places to Visit in Norway with Kids

Norway is undoubtedly the treasure chest of natural wonders. It’s the promised land for nature and adventure-loving families.

Norwegian fjords offer breathtaking scenery, gushing waterfalls, hiking, spectacular hiking trails, rib-boat adventures, colorful fjord towns, and endless fun. Summer promises Midnight Sun while the winter brings Northern Lights.

No matter what’s the season and how old your kids are, Norway has got you covered!

In short, Norway is filled right up to the brim with amazing family-friendly activities and attractions. Not to mention, kid-friendly hotels and restaurants. Your itinerary for Nordic Countries is incomplete without adding Norway to it.

Hey, and don’t miss to take a road trip in Norway. Driving the beautiful roads in Norway will make you feel as if the country is made for road trips. The scenery is gorgeous. Nature is your constant friend. You can’t stop oohing and ahhing at the beauty that unfolds right before your eyes.

Best Places to Visit in Norway with Kids

Norway is famous for its untouched natural beauty. You get an eyeful of it! Besides, Norway is full of interesting tales from Norwegian history and culture that intrigues kids’ to no end.

The stories of Vikings and trolls pique their curiosity. How can kids’ not fall in love with a country that inspired their favorite Disney movie Frozen 🙂

Here are the destinations voted as best for a family trip to Norway by fellow family travel bloggers:

Oslo

Oslo, a capital city of Norway has endless indoor as well as outdoor activities for kids that you’d struggle to decide where to go and what to do. Oslo with kids is unlimited fun!

Oslomarka, Bogstad Gård, Tusenfryd Amusement Park, Holmenkollen, Frognerbadetm, Frogner Park, Oslo fjord cruise – Oslo caters well to otdoor and aventure loving families.

That doesn’t mean families that prefer to and relax and spend time indoors are left behind. Oslo has myriad family-friendly museums and attractions that offer special events and activities just for their little guests.

How can you not want to learn about Viking age when in a city founded by Vikings? Fram Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, and Norwegian Maritime Museum are some of the best museums to take your kids to introduce them to an interesting era of Vikings.

We particularly loved the International Museum of Children’s Art that houses children’s art from around the world…to be precise 180 countries!

P.S. Almost all the museums are free with the Oslo Advantage Pass.

And when kids are cranky and hungry (which they’re all the time 😉 especially for outside food), take them to Haralds Vaffel, Mathallen Oslo, Mamma Pizza, and Vippa Oslo.

As we are proponents of staying in the city center especially when traveling with kids, we recommend Hotel Continental. The only 5-star hotel in Norway, Continental isn’t only centrally located but also rated as one of the best hotels in Oslo.

For families who travel on a budget and look for the comfort of home while away, Frogner House Apartments is a great choice.

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The train from Oslo to Bergen on a scenic Bergen Railway (Bergensbanen) is the best way to travel between Oslo and Bergen.

Bergen

Located on the southwest coast of Norway, Bergen is one of the best places to visit in the country. The city has a beautiful waterfront location, surrounded by mountains, and is often referred to as the gateway to the fjords.

Don’t rush to the fjords though, Bergen has plenty to offer. Take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Fløyen, the town’s mountain and perhaps its most popular attraction. From here you can take in the spectacular city views, enjoy lunch or snacks at the restaurant, and give the kids time to play on the awesome playground.

If the weather is good, hike back down the mountain and take time to wander through the city’s cobblestone streets. Visit Bryggen, the original heart of the city featuring colorful wooden houses, restaurants, and shops.

Afterward, head to the fish market and sample the local seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Use any extra time to visit the Bergen Aquarium or Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest medieval fortresses in Norway.

Contributed by Kirsten Maxwell from Multigenerational Vacations

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Pic credits: Multigenerational Vacations

We recommend the Opus XVI – Edvard Grieg Heritage Hotel in Bergen. A rustic luxury hotel housed in a historic building, Opus XVI features individually designed rooms and offers a scrumptious Norwegian style breakfast buffet. Plus, it’s a few steps away from the center of Bergen. It’s a real value for money.

Tromsø

Tromso in the arctic circle is a fantastic place for a family holiday, especially in winter. There’s plenty of child-friendly activities and, of course, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll witness the northern lights during your stay.

One of the most exciting things for kids to do in Tromso is to visit a husky dog farm. Not only can you enjoy a fast ride across the snow, which is exhilarating, you also get to spend time with the dogs in the kennels.

These dogs may be incredibly fast and boisterous when running, but in the enclosures, they are soft, fluffy and adorable. The kids love the puppies, and they are encouraged to pet them and get their pictures taken.

Another super experience to enjoy with kids that will get them in the mood for Christmas is the trip to a reindeer camp. Here you can enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride, in the magnificent surroundings of the mountains. You get to spend time feeding the reindeer and meet the herders who dress in traditional Sami costume. 

Tromso town is easy to walk around; there are plenty of restaurants and a good range of hotels. The city itself has several fascinating museums, and the cable car ride up Fjellheisen is the best way for all the family to enjoy the magnificent views.

Contributed by Fiona from Passport and Piano

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Families gonna love to stay at Red Old House Tromsø Apartment, located in a peaceful yet central area.

Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)

The Pulpit Rock hike was one of our favorite places we visited with our two years old on our 3-week-long Norway trip. It is significantly shorter than the other iconic hikes, for example, the one to Kjerag, and it suits for families as well.

Although the 8 km long hike is moderately demanding due to the 350 meters of elevation gain, you can definitely bring even smaller kids along. Our son traveled most of the way in a backpack carrier, but he enjoyed walking on his own on the duckboards and flatter surfaces as well.

The beginning of the climb is the hardest, set your pace according to your fitness. When this part is behind you, you will reach a couple of small ponds and the view opens up.

The last part of the trail is the most exposed, but thanks to the fences and stairs, it’s safe with kids as well.

On the Pulpit Rock watch them more carefully while observing the gorgeous fjord below you. Hopefully, you will enjoy your day in more pleasant weather than we did in April.

Contributed by Katalin from Our Life Our Travel

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We suggest Apartament Selemork Hus (27 km from Pulpit Rock) and Preikestolen fjellstue and Hostel (3.7 km from Pulpit Rock) for they are close to the close to Preikestolen and are amazingly family-friendly.

Alta

Famously dubbed “the town of the Northern Lights”, the small town of Alta, Norway is a must when visiting the country with kids.

Located well above the Arctic Circle, 70 degrees north latitude, Alta experiences the polar night throughout winter meaning the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon.

This makes it pitch black for 22 hours a day, and a deep blue glow for the remaining 2 hours. Whilst it’s strange to get used to, the conditions are perfect for chasing the Northern Lights and letting your kids experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Snowy conditions also make Alta a great place to try out winter activities, everything is on offer from ice fishing, to snowmobiling, but favorites amongst the kids are husky rides and reindeer sledding.

If you want to include some culture into the trip then visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral and don’t miss out on the Aurora exhibition in the basement which aims to teach children the science behind mother nature’s light show.

Contributed by Roshni from the Wanderlust Within

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Nature lover families will enjoy staying at Aurora Canvas Dome, a luxury tented accommodation in the middle of nowhere. Think lying comfortably on a warm bed and watching the Northern Lights dancing in the sky.

If you are looking for an alternative stay, book Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is for you. It’s the largest and northernmost ice hotel in the world. You are served locally sourced food as well as they offer amazing arctic-activities like chasing the northern lights, snowmobile safari, dog sledding, Sami experience, riverboat adventures and many more.

Trasti & Trine´s Lodge is another beautiful accommodation in Alta. It’s surrounded by lush forest and located just 500 m from Alta River. It’s super family-friendly. They also offer homemade organic breakfast.

Check out the top guided tours in Alta, Norway.

You can head to Karasjok or Kautokeino from Alta to meet Sámi people (northernmost Europe’s indigenous tribe) and experience the Sámi culture first-hand. It’s an experience to observe their life and eat traditional Sami food. In fact, you can buy traditional souvenirs.

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Authentic Sami bags

Flåm

Flåm, which was once renowned for its huge salmon runs, is now working to bring the salmon back, and recreate itself as a part of the slow food revolution.  As you enter Flåm, you’ll be amazed by the quaint family farms and the stunning fjord views – the area is beautiful!

Flåm is home to the Nærøyfjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best enjoyed by taking the Fjord Cruise Nærøyfjord.  The cruise is casual and family-friendly and at 2 hours, just the right length for younger children. You’ll also want to check out the Viking Village of Njardarheimr, which is an amazing traditional Viking village.

History buffs can learn all about Viking life from the experts, and even taste some traditional Viking food, prepared using only ingredients that would have been available 1,000 years ago. You can buy your Viking Valley Njardarheimr Entrance Ticket here.

Train lovers will want to check out the Flåm to Myrdal train, often described as the most beautiful train ride in the world. And outdoor enthusiasts will love that the entire area near Flåm is beautiful and great for exploring. However, of the best hikes is the Brekkefossen Waterfall.

At Two Little Pandas, we love family adventure travel, and Flåm delivers!

Contributed by Amy from Two Little Pandas

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If you plan to stay in Flam, we suggest Flåm Ferdaminne, a family-friendly apartment conveniently located near the bus and cruise terminal.

For an alternative experience, you can choose to stay in Undredal, a beautiful fjord village by the Aurlandsfjord, a beautiful branch off of Sognefjord. Click here to check the best places to stay in Undredal.

Sognefjord

One of the longest and deepest fjords in the world, Sognefjord is known as the King of fjords. It’s epic in all senses. The fjord unfolds Norway’s wildest and most beautiful landscape.

Sognefjord fragments into the smaller arms as it reaches the Aurland municipality – Nærøyfjord, and Aurlandsfjord. Geirangerfjord along with the Nærøyfjord make up the west Norwegian fjords and are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Another beautiful arm of Sognefjord is Lustrafjord. UNESCO stave church at Urnes, the little fjord villages of Sørheim and Kroken, and Feigefossen waterfall are notable attractions along Lustrafjord.

The northern end of Sognefjord is covered by the largest glacier in all of Europe, Jostedalsbreen. Jostedal National Park is breathtaking. It’s a heaven for nature and outdoor lovers.

The tiny and picturesque villages along the Sognefjord include Balestrand, Fjærland, Flam, Lærdal, and many more are worth exploring.

Exploring the Sognefjord region with kids is exciting as it offers exciting outdoor activities like hiking, biking, electric ferries, and whatnot.

Driving the Sognefjellet (the highest mountain road in Northern Europe) National Scenic Route that winds its way through the Jotunheimen National Park is a cherry on the top.

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Check out the best places to stay in the Sognefjord region here.

Atlantic Road

The Atlantic Road in Norway is a short stretch of road that links Kristiansund and Molde in the county of Møre og Romsdal south of Trondheim.

The road follows the coast which can be exciting during a winter storm (making sure it is safe to travel!) and has a number of large bridges that are engineering feats and are impressive to anyone.
From a distance they appear to curve and driving them is like being on a roller coaster.

It is very easy to drive the route a number of times just enjoying the flow of the road and bridges.

There are a number of stopping points with short boardwalks that allow you to explore the coastline as well as small beaches and an archaeological site.

The regular stopping points make it an easy journey with kids. Both Kristiansund and Molde have museums and cafes to start and finish the Atlantic Road adventure.

Contributed by Suzanne from Meandering Wild

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Book your stay at Ola Bua Near The Atlantic Road, a family-friendly guesthouse located in Lyngstad with a private beach, a beautiful garden, and a lunge. Also, check out the top properties in Molde, Karvåg, and Kristiansund.

Well, each and every place in Norway is breathtakingly beautiful and the list could go endless. We’ll keep on adding more destinations as and when we visit those. Do you have any Norwegian destination in mind that should be added to this list? Share in the comments!

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