One of the many great reasons for a family holiday in Norway is Norway’s assumption you’ll be on holiday with your children.
Just like France does food and Italy leads with romance, Norway’s focus is firmly on families having the best of times wherever they go.
And from Oslo to Tromsø, the possibilities are almost limitless.
So if you haven’t seen Norway yet, you should – a country where family friendly is a rule rather than an exception definitely deserves a visit.
Direct flights from London to Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger all year round.
Tromsø, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, is Norway’s most northern city and one of the best places in the world for kids to see Northern Lights from November to March.
Nine World Heritage sites including Rjukanfossen Waterfall, the Geirangerfjord and Bergen’s Bryggen Wharf.
Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia but has Gulf streams too. Spring and summer are warm and sunny in the west and south west. Winter is snowy and wonderful for winter sports and temperatures are only extreme in the far north.
44 national parks with the greatest concentration in the south west and west Norway Fjord region. Norway’s Western Fjords were the inspiration for Disney’s Frozen.
1850km of roads across western, central and northern Norway, divided into 18 National Tourist Routes make almost the entire country accessible for families.
Everyone who visits Oslo will tell you it’s a really clean city, bright and lively, friendly and easy to get around. They’re right. Norway’s capital is all that and much, much more. It’s historically cultured and very contemporary. You’ll find over 50 museums here, it’s the city of Munch and the opera house rivals Sydney for grand design. New art’s actively supported, live music is as normal as eating and very little is off limits to kids: the next generation of musicians, writers, artists and innovators in the making as far as Oslo’s concerned. Part of the reason the city feels so fresh is hundreds and hundreds of square kilometres of forest as a backdrop and Oslofjord’s sparkling waters to the fore. Add in hectares of parkland, gardens and even a scattering of city beaches and it’s hardly surprising ‘fresh’ is the description of choice and ‘green’ goes without saying.
Bergen is famous for so much, it’s hard to know where to begin. Norway’s second largest city is gatekeeper to the breathtaking Western Fjords, a medieval Hanseatic port, can trace its origins back almost 1000 years and mixes Viking history with a young, easy going atmosphere. An ideal base for a family adventure holiday, Bergen is surrounded by soaring mountains, trimmed with spectacular seas and thrilling in every direction.
City for cyclists, explorers and young historians, Trondheim is Norway’s third largest and surrounded by fjords, mountains, rivers, national parks and ancient pilgrim walking routes. Bikes are the preferred mode of transport here, the atmosphere’s young and energetic and it’s a foodie capital, home to the country’s best Farmer’s Market, museum-rich and packed with incredible only-in-Norway experiences for kids.
You can’t visit the land of the fjords without sailing and family cruises for a single day, several days or weeks are widely available. Norway’s also the country for road trips and the 18 remarkable Tourist Routes are wonderful to drive. Don’t bother with a car if you’re not exploring the countryside: city transport is excellent and bikes are best in Trondheim and Bergen. Norway’s rail network is extensive and trains are family-friendly from costs to comfort. Domestic flights from Oslo cover even the most far-flung Arctic regions.