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Journey through ancient Norse kingdoms on a walk with your family and guide through Bergen
Map of 10 Days in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Ten days with the family in Norway is enough time to visit four to five destinations. With a mix of nature and urban adventures, the Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo trip is perfect for first-timers and families with young children. The Winter Adventure's skiing and snowshoeing activities and the Summer Adventure's zipline excursion make those two itineraries best suited to active families with older children. Animal lovers and culture seekers will appreciate the wildlife safaris and museums on the Cultural and Wildlife trip.

Go hiking with the family in Norway
Map of 1 Week in Norway - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Norway - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

In a week, you can experience three to five locations, including Oslo, Geilo, and Aurland. Opt for a more adventurous itinerary encompassing hiking in Ålesund, a kayaking tour in Geiranger, and a boat tour along the Geirangerfjord. Wrap up warm and spend three days in Tromsø and Senja on a winter trip that comprises dogsledding, cruising along fjords, and watching the northern lights. Or concentrate on a small part of the country, such as Bergen and Balestrand, to discover the inspiration behind Disney's "Frozen."

Have fun with the kids exploring the red "rorbuer" fishing huts that dot the Lofoten Islands
Map of 2 Weeks in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Norway on a family holiday, you can visit at least five locations. Younger children will enjoy the Oslo Open-Air Folk Museum and other kid-friendly activities in Southern Norway, while older kids can try the via ferrata on an active adventure. Families eager to experience the midnight sun should choose a summer itinerary, and those that want a two-country trip can add Denmark. Meanwhile, a winter itinerary is best for families keen on snow and cultural experiences, including an overnight at a Sámi camp.

A grass-roofed hytte, Western Norway
Map of Family Travel in Norway's Countryside
Family Travel in Norway's Countryside

Norway's cities may be an obvious choice for a family trip — museums, history, the works — but its countryside may have even more to offer. In an age where screens abound, a different way of life still exists in the Norway's small towns and natural areas. Here are a few ideas for taking your family through this beautiful country's less-trodden landscape.

Oslo, Norway
The 5 Best Family Friendly Hotels in Oslo

You'd be hard-pressed to find a European capital more suitable for families and kids than Oslo. A number of hotels cater to parents of both small children and teens—with the right lodging, you'll feel right at home in this booming heart of Scandinavia.

Bergen, Norway
The 5 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Bergen

Bergen is an incredibly family-friendly destination with no shortage of indoor and outdoor child-oriented activities. After long days spent exploring the scenic Norwegian coastal city, you'll want to be sure you have a comfortable place to relax and recharge. Here are five of Bergen's best family-oriented hotels.

Hotel on Djupvatnet Lake, Norway
The 6 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Lapland & Northern Norway

With activities like dogsledding, whale safaris, and hunting for the northern lights, the Lappland and Northern Norway region is a natural destination for travelers with kids. Most area lodging readily caters to groups and families—here are four of the best options, from Tromsø hotels to traditional tents in the wilderness.

Norway family-friendly itineraries

Sognefjord, nicknamed "King of the Fjords".
Map of Epic Norway Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days
Epic Norway Tour: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary combines popular summer destinations and activities for a true Norwegian adventure. Start off in Oslo, where you can experience the capital's cool culture before taking a train to the mountain village of Geilo. From here, hop on a scenic steam train to Aurland, where a speedboat whisks you toward Skjerdal for hiking, goats, and spectacular fjord views. Sail through the magnificent Sognefjord to finish the trip in the picturesque port of Bergen, where you can explore its UNESCO-listed waterfront and take day trips into the surrounding fjords.

Take a local trail with views of the Aurlandsfjord
Map of Family Hiking in Oslo, Bergen & the Sognefjord - 7 Days
Family Hiking in Oslo, Bergen & the Sognefjord - 7 Days

This fast-paced itinerary covers three popular destinations with plenty of local twists for a unique family adventure. Start in Oslo where you'll have a few days to explore the capital's forests and rivers. Then head west to catch trails and views around the Sognefjord as you travel by train, ferry, and rental car. Finish with a fjord cruise to Bergen and pick between many hikes within its seven surrounding mountains.

Sail through the Geirangerfjord and get up close to waterfalls
Map of Best of Western Norway - 11 Days
Best of Western Norway - 11 Days

This family-friendly road trip covers a mix of popular and lesser-known destinations on Norway's stunning west coast. Start with a few days in Bergen to explore numerous cultural opportunities and easy hiking trails. Then, pick up your rental car and head north through distinct fishing communities to get to Ålesund. From here, choose your own activities as you slowly make your way to Solvorn where you'll stay at the oldest family-run hotel in the country before looping back to Bergen.

Family time in Norway
Map of Epic Northern  Norway &  Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days
Epic Northern Norway & Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days

Travel above the Arctic Circle with this relaxed two-week family adventure that starts in Tromsø and whisks you to the island of Senja and the Lofoten archipelago. Travel through northern Norway's dramatic peaks and discover secluded sandy coves as you cruise through breathtaking fjords and experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Along the way, hike with huskies, spot gigantic sea eagles, and discover tiny fishing villages where time stands still.

A summer trip to Norway offers opportunities for family bonding in the great outdoors
Map of Summer Family Trip to Norway & Denmark - 14 Days
Summer Family Trip to Norway & Denmark - 14 Days

Ready to take your family on a trip bursting with history, cuisine, and theme park adventures, Scandinavian-style? Starting in Oslo, Norway, this two-week itinerary will take you to rural Aurland, Gudvangen, Bergen, and Kristiansand, before you sail to Denmark and continue to Billund and Copenhagen. Along the way, you'll cruise fjords, taste the best of Scandinavian produce, experience Viking life in the flesh, and enjoy Northern Europe's finest attractions.

Family fun in Norway
Map of Relaxed Family Adventure in Norway: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days
Relaxed Family Adventure in Norway: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 7 Days

From dramatic fjords to landscapes that inspired the Disney movie "Frozen," this relaxed, seven-day family trip to Norway covers the country's highlights as you journey from the pint-sized cultural capital Oslo to charming child-friendly Bergen. Learn to live like Vikings, experience the "world's most beautiful railway," and cruise through majestic fjords as you set about planning your return trip!

Children (and adults) will thrill to a swing over a Norwegian fjord
Map of Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days
Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days

For families seeking adventure and wildlife amid the beauty of Norway's fjords and northern shores, look no further than this perfectly curated 10-day trip. Journey through dramatic mountains and waterfalls on one of the world's steepest railways before traveling above the Arctic Circle to experience the midnight sun. Along the way, you'll sail through fjords, spot sea eagles and dolphins, ride cable cars along mountain peaks, and zipline the highest of Bergen's mountains.

Feed reindeer at a traditional Sami village
Map of Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja  - 7 Days
Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

For a trip to inspire adults and kids alike, spend a week in Norway's wintry north. Starting in historic Tromsø, you'll travel to a Sámi camp and then to the small coastal village of Mefjord Brygge. Along the way, you'll meet the locals, get up close to reindeer, and go dogsledding. You'll even see the spectacular northern lights from some of Norway's best viewing spots—making this holiday the adventure of a lifetime!

Take the kids to Norway and discover the stunning landscapes on a family hike
Map of Active Family Adventure in Norway: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 14 Days
Active Family Adventure in Norway: Oslo, Fjords & Bergen - 14 Days

Perfect for families with older kids, this epic Norway adventure whizzes you across mountains, glaciers, and fjords as you drive from the pint-sized cultural capital of Oslo to the seven peaks of Bergen. Along the way, you'll whitewater raft in Voss, head to the skies via cable car in Loen, and experience the thrill of Trollstigen's famous hairpin bends. Don't worry, there's time for relaxation, too, as you kayak the gentle Aurlandsfjord and experience the unique stillness of Norway's most famous fjords.

See the best of southern Norway on this two-week family tour
Map of Southern Norway Family Road Trip - 14 Days
Southern Norway Family Road Trip - 14 Days

Discover the best of southern Norway's treasures as you and the kids embark on an epic adventure that takes you from the shores of laid-back Kristiansand to cosmopolitan Oslo. Kayak across fjords, ride the whitewater rapids at Voss, and zipline through treetops as you explore the stunning scenery around Bergen. Along the way, you'll unearth 1,000-year-old history as you experience Viking life up close through VR technology and step back in time at Viking Valley.

Immerse in Norway's pristine natural environment
Map of Family Trip to Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo - 10 Days
Family Trip to Norway: Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo - 10 Days

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.

Family hikes in Norway
Map of Norway Outdoor Family Adventure: Hiking, Kayaking & Boating - 7 Days
Norway Outdoor Family Adventure: Hiking, Kayaking & Boating - 7 Days

Spend a week experiencing Norway's spectacular beauty up close on this outdoor-oriented family adventure. Head on kid-friendly hikes around fjords and up mountains, feel the spray of the Seven Sister waterfall on a kayak trip, and take a boat tour to a secluded section of the Sognefjord. All this, while sampling Norway's cuisine at local eateries and visiting museums and aquariums located in the country's most charming towns and villages.

Have a family adventure in Norway
Map of Family Trip to Norway: Bergen & Balestrand - 7 Days
Family Trip to Norway: Bergen & Balestrand - 7 Days

Looking for a holiday that immerses you in the beauty of a new culture and stunning natural surroundings—but is still fun with really little kids? A trip to the land that inspired the hit kids' movie "Frozen" is just the thing! Leisurely in pace but jam-packed with memorable experiences, you'll explore the settlements of Bergen and Balestrand and their surrounding fjords as you cruise by ferry and private boat, hike scenic family-friendly trails, and get a taste of Norwegian history, architecture, and cuisine.

Learn about Viking history on a family trip to Norway
Map of Family Viking Tour of Norway - 10 Days
Family Viking Tour of Norway - 10 Days

Immerse your family in Viking history during this 10-day road trip through picturesque Norway. Begin by walking in the footsteps of the Norse kings on a heritage tour of Bergen. Spend the night at Svanøy Island with the other 70 inhabitants and learn about Norwegian rural life, then eat like a Viking warrior at a microbrewery in Flåm. Finish your trip with a guided hike past waterfalls and fjords to a goat farm where you will make and sample local cheese.

Take the kids to explore Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic"
Map of Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days
Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days

Looking for the family-friendly Norwegian adventure of a lifetime? Starting in Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic," you and your family will continue to historic Alta and Senja Island. Along the way, you'll get up close to reindeer, huskies, and whales, learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski, tour an igloo hotel, and, of course, hunt the northern lights. This trip will surely give your family more than a few exciting memories and stories to tell!

Kids will love meeting some of Norway's animals
Map of Family Fun in Norway: Relaxed Cultural & Wildlife Adventure - 10 Days
Family Fun in Norway: Relaxed Cultural & Wildlife Adventure - 10 Days

Immerse your family in Norway's cultural history and native wildlife with this effortless 10-day trip. Travel back in time to the medieval ages as you and the kids explore life in centuries past at several living museums, including a 12th-century castle. Explore UNESCO-listed fjords, sail alongside waterfalls, and spend a day on the utterly remote and stunning Runde Island before finishing your trip in elegant Trondheim.

Spend two weeks as a family experiencing Norway in wintertime
Map of Norway Winter Family Adventure - 14 Days
Norway Winter Family Adventure - 14 Days

Whisk the family away on a thrilling Arctic adventure with this two-week tour of Norway's winter highlights. Perfect for those with older kids, discover the stunning snowcapped peaks and glittering scenery around the Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord as you ride with huskies, snowmobile the icy terrain, and snowshoe hike in Flåm. Finish with a thrilling chase to catch the dancing aurora borealis and make memories to treasure as you experience Sámi hospitality and sled with reindeer.

Spend several days in Balestrand with the whole family enjoying hiking and fishing
Map of Family Active Adventure in Southern Norway - 15 Days
Family Active Adventure in Southern Norway - 15 Days

Perfect for summertime, this epic Norway adventure is ideal for adults and families with little ones aged five and up. It starts in Oslo, where you can hit cultural attractions in the nation's capital. From here, pick up a rental car and meander along the Oslofjord to get to a national park with swimming beaches. Then take the crew and head to Voss, a mountain town known for adrenaline sports (and a new gondola), before finishing in Balestrand with hiking, deep-sea fishing, and ferry trips through the longest fjord in Norway.