Having toddler-aged children doesn't mean that family adventures have to wait! Norway has plenty to please even the youngest sightseers. Beginning in the regions that inspired the Disney movie "Frozen," you'll cruise from scenic Bergen to quaint Balestrand. Take a ferry to Aurland to experience the best of rural Norway and finish up in Oslo, the country's charismatic little capital. Along the way, you'll experience the beauty of Norway's culture, food, and scenery, all at a family-friendly pace.


  • Show your kids the landscape and architecture that inspired the movie "Frozen"
  • Meet the locals and sample traditionally-made cider and goat's cheese
  • View the majestic Aurlandsfjord from the Stegastein platform
  • Immerse yourself in Norway's culture and history in Oslo

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bergen, Explore Bergen
Day 2 Short Hike with a Local in Bergen Bergen
Day 3 Ferry to Balestrand, Explore the Town Balestrand
Day 4 Discover Balestrand: Cultural Walk & Beach Balestrand
Day 5 Orchard Tour & Cider Tasting in Balestrand Balestrand
Day 6 Visit Stegastein Viewpoint, Ferry to Aurland Aurland
Day 7 Fjordsafari & Hike to a Goat Farm Aurland
Day 8 Train to Oslo & Explore the City  Oslo
Day 9 Akerselva River Walk with a Local Guide Oslo
Day 10 Depart Oslo  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bergen, Explore

Stroll through colorful Bryggen
Stroll through colorful Bryggen

Welcome to Bergen! This compact city of about 300,000 residents is one of Europe's oldest port cities― surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and fjords, it is both beautiful and historic. Take the easy ride from the airport on the Bybanen ("City Rail"), get settled in your accommodation, and then start exploring. You can get a good sense of Bergen simply by following your nose along its cobbled streets. Take the kids through Norway's medieval past with stops at the Fantoft Stave Church, a reconstructed example of traditional architecture, and the Rosenkrantz Tower, home to the city's leaders for hundreds of years.

Continue to the historic downtown wharf area of Bryggen (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The kids will love the  colorful wooden houses dating back to the 1700s, especially once you let them know these streets inspired the design of Arendelle in the movie "Frozen." Nearby you'll find the Maritime Museum―show the kids the boats and artifacts from throughout the city's seafaring history. Stop for a rest at one of the charming local cafés and bakeries, and when the sun goes down, continue the adventure with dinner in one of Bergen's world-class restaurants.

Day 2: Short Hike with a Local in Bergen

Make the most of Mount Fløyen's famous playgrounds
Make the most of Mount Fløyen's famous playgrounds

This morning, whip out the child carrier if needed for a gentle three-hour guided stroll through Bergen's historic buildings, monuments, and sites and up to Mount Sandviken and Stoltzekliven, a favorite route among the locals and home to one of the world's steepest races. Along the way, you'll navigate 900 steps built by sherpas from Nepal. The world record for running up the steps is 7 mins and 54 seconds―this may not be your day to beat that, but you can still enjoy a leisurely climb as you take in the incredible views. 

Next, either head straight back down to town or continue onward to Mount Fløyen, a paradise for young children with its Troll Forest (how many of the mysterious creatures hidden there can you find), various playgrounds, and friendly goats. There is free canoeing available, as well as a café where the family can sample traditional svele (pancakes). Next door is a playground, so grab a coffee and relax. The most popular way back down the mountain is via the Fløibanen funicular, bound to be a hit with the kids. 

Day 3: Ferry to Balestrand, Explore the Town

Saint Olaf's Church, Balestrand
Saint Olaf's Church, Balestrand

Start the day with a relaxed four-hour ferry cruise along the North Sea coast and the country's longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord. This "King of the Fjords" is a narrow waterway offering views of cliffs, snow-capped mountain peaks, forested hillsides, and colorful villages, and was the inspiration for much of the landscape in "Frozen." You'll arrive in Balestrand―popular with tourists since the 19th century, its famous scenery has been home to some of Norway's most famous artists.

Take the kids on an easy 1.2-mile (2 km) Heritage Trail walk, which will give you a great overview and take you past many of the villas built by resident artists in the 1890s and 1900s. Stop off at some of the village's boutique galleries, especially The Golden House. The kids will be excited to see Saint Olaf's Church: another treat for little "Frozen" fans, it was the setting for Elsa's coronation scene. Built in the traditional stave style in 1897, the church has two decorative dragons on the exterior.

Day 4: Discover Balestrand: Cultural Walk & Beach

Explore picturesque Balestrand
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Today is packed full of interesting activities, whether indoors or out: the choice is yours. There are plenty of family-friendly hikes―grab the child carrier and try the one-hour Nature Trail or the Klibberg Trail to discover remnants of an 8,000-year-old Stone Age settlement and scenic fishing spots along the way. Take a picnic and walk a section or two of the appropriately-named Waterfall Path for lunch with a spectacular backdrop. In the afternoon, why not relax at the beach while the kids play in the sand? Gamleheimsfjøra is a lagoon only 1 mile (1.5 km) from the village center.

If the day is more suited to indoor adventures, never fear― the village has many. The little ones can learn about local underwater life in the Sognefjord Aquarium (take advantage of the one-hour free canoe/rowboat ride if the weather clears). There is also a cinema where you can learn more about the fjord. Nearby you will find the Munken Gallery―pop in to see a collection of 50 carved depictions of the town's history, then stop by the Norwegian Travel Museum for a modern and engaging overview of Norway's tourism history and highlights. There's a great on-site café where you can refresh yourselves. 

Day 5: Orchard Tour & Cider Tasting in Balestrand

Girl eating apple
Enjoy a tour of Balestrand's organic orchard

Tradition and tastiness all in one tour, the whole family will enjoy tracing the journey from tree to bottle today. Balestrand is Norway's oldest fruit-growing region, with traditional methods dating back to the 12th century, and is well-known for its delicious cider. Your first stop is to the Ciderhuset organic orchard on the beautiful banks of the Sognefjord, where your guide will take you through the basics of apple growing, showing you how trees are carefully selected and nurtured to produce the best cider.

Next, you'll head to the Cider House restaurant near the village center, where you'll taste five cider varieties. Your hosts will teach you about cider's full spectrum of tastes, depending on which fruit is used: sweet dessert apples, acidic cooking apples, or bitter cider apples. You'll start with a light and easy "veranda cider" and end with a heavy tannin-infused variety. If you're peckish, feel free to order food from the restaurant and experience the fun of pairing your drinks with bold and savory local dishes. There's a play area for the kids so you can sit back and relax. 

Day 6: Visit Stegastein Viewpoint, Ferry to Aurland

Unforgettable views from the overlook
Enjoy unforgettable views from the Stegastein platform

This morning, relax as the express ferry sweeps you and your family on from Balestrand to Aurland, a quaint village on the shores of the Aurlandsfjord. Once you arrive, you're in for a treat―you and the family will be spending two hours at the Stegastein viewpoint, one of the most popular attractions in the country. A stunning sight, the platform stands 2,132 feet (650 m) above the Aurlandsfjord, jutting out 98 feet (30 m) from the cliffs. Designed to resemble a walkway through the air, you will enjoy unbeatable views of the fjord. 

When you've taken your fill, there are several hiking trails nearby. Take the kids on a stroll of a section or two and enjoy the stunning scenery from a few different perspectives. Afterward, you'll return to Aurland village. Spend some time exploring the local crafts and businesses―there is excellent baking, cheese-making, glass-blowing, and, of course, the famous Aurland Shoe Factory and Museum. Dine at one of the local restaurants and rest up, ready for your adventures tomorrow. 

Day 7: Fjordsafari & Hike to a Goat Farm

Visit a traditional goat farm
Visit a traditional goat farm

Today the family will enjoy an active adventure from the fjords to the mountains! Start the day with a boat ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Soak up the view while your local guide entertains you with the history and legends of the area. Along the way, enjoy views of the Sagfossen waterfall, which drops dramatically straight into the fjord. The boat will drop you off on the way back at Skjerdal Pier, where the next part of your trip will begin.

Late morning sees your family doing a moderate hike toward Leim Dairy Farm. There's no need to rush―take as many breaks as you like to accommodate little legs and enjoy your view of the fjords, mountain slopes, and waterfalls that surround you. Upon arrival, your host will take you on a tour of the farm and share the secrets behind making the region's famous traditional goat cheese. Then it's time to relax and sample the products. Seated on the farmhouse terrace, relax and enjoy a lunch featuring local specialties and, of course, the farm's cheese. When you're ready, head back down to the pier and back to Aurland via Flåm.  

Day 8: Train to Oslo & Explore the City

Norwegian open-air folk museum
The Norwegian Open-Air Folk Museum

Your family's transport this morning is a trip highlight in its own right. The Flåm railway line is considered one of the world's most beautiful, with views of quaint villages, fjords, snowy mountains, and waterfalls (you and the kids will be awed by the stunning cascades of Kjosfossen). You'll also pass through some of the highest train elevations in the world, up to 4,000 feet (1,219 m) above sea level. You'll take a five-minute bus to Flåm and change trains in Myrdal. Next stop, Oslo!

Norway's growing capital still has a small-city vibe, thanks to the mountains and seaside that surround it. The center is easily explored on foot, and public transport to outlying areas is convenient―so once you've settled into your accommodation, get exploring! Options for a stroll include the Aker Brygge, a scenic waterfront area with great dining, or the Havnepromenaden ("Harbor Promenade")—a new 5.5-mile (9 km) development that will take you past Oslo's most impressive modern architecture. 

If you're after a more cultural slant, the Open-Air Folk Museum is great for kids. Wander through the various sections, which cover everything from farming to apartment life through the centuries. See traditional buildings, including a medieval Stave church. You can also visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to 200 larger-than-life sculptures. Let the kids run around while you take in the impressive artwork. Finally, the Munch Museum is a must-see. For dinner, head to the city center, which is abuzz with restaurants and cafés.

Day 9: Akerselva River Walk with a Local Guide

Akerselva River in autumn
The Akerselva River in autumn

A great walk for kids, this custom tour along the scenic Akerselva River will take you through Oslo's beautiful woodland, past waterfalls, historic buildings, and modern eateries, and to some of its most interesting institutions. You'll also cross some of the city's most beautiful bridges, including the Fairytale Bridge, lined with sculptures inspired by Norwegian legends. Bordered by recreation areas, there is plenty of space for the kids to run about or for a picnic. 

You will start with the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology― with over 100 interactive installations, this will be a hit with the little ones― and then head south to the Labour Museum while your guide shares stories about the heart of Oslo's history. A hidden gem, this small museum paints a vivid picture of the history of the city's workers. After your tour, continue relaxing by the river. If the weather is warm, it is clean enough to swim in, so feel free to let the kids have a paddle! 

Day 10: Depart Oslo

Munch Museum, Oslo
The Munch Museum, Oslo

Sadly, it's your last day in Norway! If you have time, why not explore Oslo further? Take a leisurely breakfast on one of the waterfront promenades, then do some shopping or pop into one or two of the museums. If you head to the Munch Museum, there's a great playground next door, or try out Norway's longest outdoor slide at Tøyen—the park even has a slide wide enough for the whole family. Afterward, head to the airport for your flight. Safe travels!

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Map of Family Trip to Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo - 10 Days
Map of Family Trip to Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo - 10 Days