FAMILY ADVENTURE IN FJORD NORWAY

Regions

Western Fjords

Starting Point

Bergen

Best time to travel

May - August

Recommended Length

10 - 12 days

Minimum Age*

from 6 years

Activity Level **

4/5

This family road trip adventure takes you through the stunning landscape of western Norway made from fjords and glaciers. You will enjoy the drive along the winding roads, taking you over high mountain passes, deep fjords and through glacial valleys, all along offering fantastic panoramic views over the high mountains and the fjord coastline. The area is full of adventure, from exciting boat trips to scenic cycling trips and panoramic hiking tours along the fjords or on an ancient glacier, western Norway is a perfect adventure playground that is waiting to be explored with the whole family.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover some of Norway's most beautiful fjords, including Auerlandsfjord, Naeroyfjord or Geirangerfjord
✓ historic train ride and cycling tour along the scenic Flåmsbana Railway
✓ cycling, kayaking and hiking among of the natural icons of the west fjords
✓ enjoy awe-inspiring nature and views at Sognefjellsvegen, Trollstigen, Jothunheimen or Romsdalen
✓ family-friendly glacier hiking and climbing tour on the Austedalsbreen glacier

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Flåm
Day 2 - kayaking in the Auerlandsfjord - overnight in Flåm (80km)
Day 3 - Flåmsbana railway journey - Rallarvegen - overnight in Flåm (20km)
Day 4 - historic Laerdal valley - overnight in Sogndal (80km)
Day 5 - boat trip and glacial hike on the Austdalsbreen glacier - overnight in Sogndal (140km)
Day 6 - Jothunheimen National Park - Jothunheimen Adventure Park - overnight in Lom (150km)
Day 7 - Geirangerfjord - Trollstigen - overnight in Åndalsnes (190km)
Day 8 - Norwegian Mountaineering Center - Romsdalen Valley - overnight in Åndalsnes
Day 9 - Rauma railway - overnight in Åndalsnes
Day 10 - cycling at Loen and Lovatnet Lake - overnight in Loen (175km)
Day 11 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO NORWAY
Arrival to Norway and transfer to Flåm. The area is known for its fjords and you will have the rest of the day to stroll through the little town surrounded by majestic mountains.
Overnight in Flåm.

DAY 2 - KAYAKING IN THE AUERLANDSFJORD
The Auerlandsfjord is renowned for its natural beauty created by the fjord carved deeply into the dramatic mountains. The fjord is listed as UNESCO world heritage and you will take in all of its magical scenery on a kayaking adventure on the calm, deep waters of the fjord. Beside the stunning landscape, you might also be able to spot some otters, seals or porpoises. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this beautiful region of Norway, visit the small village of Undredal, famous for its goat cheeses, or enjoy the breath-taking views over the fjord from the Stegastein viewing platform.
Overnight in Flåm.

DAY 3 - FLÅMSBANA RAILWAY JOURNEY - CYCLING MYRDALBERGET
Flåm is the starting point for today’s journey on the Flåmsbana Railway which runs up to the mountains at Myrdal station. On the train ride you can enjoy the changing scenery from agricultural landscapes, the old Flåm village center, the blue river and the narrow mountain valley as you’ll pass no less than 20 tunnels!
Depending on the age of the children, you can enjoy a cycling tour along the famous Rallervegen, the old works road that was constructed when the trainline was built. The route will take you through spectacular valleys, over stunning plateaus and along beautiful mountain sceneries as you enjoy an adventurous downhill ride in one of Norway’s most fascinating landscapes.
Overnight in Flåm.

DAY 4 - LAERDAL VALLEY - SOGNDAL
The area around Laerdal is certified as one of the sustainable destinations in Norway. The kids will enjoy exploring the Borgund Stave Church, one of the best preserved Starve churches in Norway, and the historic Gamle Lærdalsøyri village with its 161 wooden buildings. The area also offers a great range of outdoor activities in beautiful nature to hike along fjord shores, valleys and mountain ranges.
Continue to the Sogndal area in the afternoon where you have the rest of the day to explore the beautiful area on a family friendly hiking or cycling tour.
Overnight in Sogndal

DAY 5 - BOAT TRIP AND HIKE ON THE AUSTDALSBREEN GLACIER (200KM)
An exciting family adventure on the Austdalsbreen glacier awaits you today where you will get to explore the ancient ice on a glacier hike. You will take the boat to the glacier, from where you will walk up to the front of the glacier. Walk among myriad crevasses, admire the amazing ice structures and watch towers of ice calving into the lake while enjoying the fantastic scenery of water, mountains and ice!
Overnight in Sogndal

DAY 6 - JOTUNHEIMEN NATIONAL PARK - JOTUNHEIMEN ADVENTURE PARK
The Jotunheimen National Park is a great playground for every outdoor enthusiast and offers great activities for families and children of all ages. Set around the highest peaks in Norway with more than 2,000 m height, the possibilities to explore the stunning nature are sheer endless and despite stunning views you will also be able to spot abundant wildlife. A visit to the Jotunheimen Adventure Park will be a fun adventure for the whole family where you can go karting, explore climbing tracks, rope courses, ziplines and many other outdoor challenges.
Overnight in Lom.

DAY 7 - GEIRANGERFJORD - TROLLSTIGEN
Follow through the beautiful scenery of Norway's West fjords along the northern flanks of the Jothunheimen and Jostedalsbreen national parks with high mountains, deep glacial valleys and spectacular views all along the way. The stunning UNESCO listed Geirangefjord and the 11 hairpin bends leading up to Norway's panoramic Trollstigen plateau are definitely two of the highlights of today. The route is not short of scenic viewpoints and you will always find the possibility to go for a stroll in the beautiful nature.
Overnight in Åndalsnes.

DAY 8 - NORWEGIAN MOUNTAINEERING CENTER - ROMSDALEN VALLEY
The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre in Åndalsnes explores the history of mountaineering and outdoor mountain activities in Norway in an interactive way. Learn about the development of spectacular outdoor life on Norway’s steep peaks in the interactive museum and discover the thrill of mountain climbing on Norway’s highest indoor climbing wall!
Enjoy the rest of the day in the Åndalsnes area, enjoy the spectacular views over the valley from the Rampestreken platform or venture along the scenic Litlefjellet hiking route.
Overnight in Åndalsnes.

DAY 9 - RAUMA RAILWAY TRIP
A great family experience will await you today as you will embark on one of Europe’s most beautiful train rides and travel from Åndalsnes to Dombås or Borli along the Rauma river through the beautiful Romsdalen valley. Pass by the beautiful Kylling Bridge and the spectacular Trollveggen and enjoy the beautiful views on the panoramic scenery made from mountains, valleys and rivers.
Overnight in Åndalsnes.

DAY 10 - CYCLING AT LOEN AND LOVATNET LAKE (145KM)
Today’s tour will take you to the small village of Loen in the innermost of Norway's Nordfjord and in the shadows of the mighty Jostedalsbreen Glacier. Here you will find stunning fjord scenery at it’s best and a full range of exciting and fun activities to experience nature. The Loen skylift will take you to the top of Mount Haven, 1,101m above sea level and you will follow one of the many hiking trails to enjoy the fantastic views over Jostedalsbreen, the Nordfjord and Lake Lovatnet. Enjoy the fantastic scenery around the Nordfjord and Lodalen Valley on a family friendly cycling tour taking you through the glacial valley at the foot of the mountain and around the small villages along Lovatnet Lake.
Overnight in Loen.

DAY 11 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in hotels, farms & guesthouses
- private car hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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When to travel
As the country stretches over a length of just under 1,500km from south to north, the climatic conditions in Norway are quite varied. The gulf stream brings mild conditions to the western coast. Temperatures in spring in the west and south lay around 14 degrees. Norway's northern and eastern regions have cold, long winters and warm summers.
Due to the northern location, November, December and January are the darkest months in Norway with long dark nights everywhere and hardly any daylight in northern Norway. February and March are still considered winter months and come with long dark nights, but offer great conditions for winter sports. Including October, these months also bear the best chances to spot the Northern lights. Temperatures still tend to be quite low in April and October, but spring is unfolding all across Norway in May and between June and September the conditions for getting outdoors are perfect with warm temperatures and long days.

How to travel
Oslo Gardermoen is by far the largest and busiest international and national hub for passengers arriving to Norway by plane. Many airlines offer regular schedules and direct connections to many European cities and it is also easy to connect here to other destinations in Norway. There are only a few direct long-haul connections from Gardermoen, but it is possible to connect through the European hubs like Copenhagen, Frankfurt or London.
After Gardermoen, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromso have the highest passenger volumes. International direct European connections are also available from these airports.
It is also possible to arrive to Norway by ferry with links to Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany or the UK.
The national flight network is well developed with frequent and regular national connections, also to the smaller, regional airports.
Despite the natural challenges like fjords, high mountains and harsh winter conditions, infrastructure is well developed in Norway. Railroads are mainly located in the south while most northern regions are accessible by car, ship or plane. Local transport issues have seen large investments since many tunnels, bridges or ferryboat connections are indispensable in many parts of Norway.

Travelling with children
Norway is a great country to travel with the whole family with kids friendly hotels, restaurants and activities waiting around every corner. From roaming the green parks and museums of Oslo, enjoying outdoor activities and Viking culture around the western fjords or whale watching and dog sledding adventures in the north, Norway holds many adventures that kids will never forget.
Many Norwegians tend to travel as a family, so many hotels and attractions are well prepared to look after families and make them feel welcome. Admission to museums and other attractions is often free for children under six years and family tickets are nearly always available.
Outdoor adventures are the best way to experience the magnificent landscape of Norway and there is a wide range to enjoy with the whole family, obviously the older the kids, the wider the range of adventures. For younger kids, there are wildlife safaris or theme parks all over the country, where kids can also learn about the magnificent nature and the mythical heritage.
Children’s products are widely available, but, like many things in Norway, are very expensive, so you might want to consider to pack a reasonable supply from home , specially for very small kids.
As many activities center around being outside, the summer months are the best time for families to travel to Norway. But winter also holds some great experiences to be enjoyed with the whole family, like the Northern lights, skiing or dog sledding, so don’t let the cold temperatures hold you back, it’s all about being prepared and bringing the right clothes.
Many restaurants offer kids menus with smaller portions for cheaper prices. Baby changing areas and high chairs are available in most places. Car seats are available when renting a car, but it is advisable to reserve in advance when traveling over the summer months.

What to bring
If traveling in summer
As with many northern and coastal countries, it is possible to experience all four seasons within a couple of hours, especially over summertime. So it’s best to be prepared for all weather and keep in mind that it can be cold in the south and warm in the north and vice versa.
As conditions can change quickly in Norway and temperatures vary with altitude, it is best to dress in layers and always bring a waterproof jacket and, if hiking, some waterproof trousers and proper waterproof hiking boots. As the sun is strong over the summer months, sun lotion, sun glasses and a sun cover are a must.
As the days can get quite warm over the summer months, you might want to bring a swimsuit to test the waters in the Norwegian fjords, so it’s always a good idea to bring a swimsuit. You should also bring some light summer clothes for warm days where you plan to be less active.
On the other hand, the days can be quite cold as well and especially when going to the mountains it is important to stay warm. A warm wooly sweater, some thermal leggings or underwear and a warm hat will save the day. To be on the very safe side, you should pack some gloves and a scarf too.
Some people might find it hard to sleep during the short and bright nights in the summer months, so sleeping masks can help to prevent missing out on sleep.
Besides some of the essentials listed above, your waterproof backpack should also be filled with some snacks and a reusable water bottle when heading out to the wild. The natural water in Norway is very clean and you can easily refill your bottle on the way.

When travelling in winter
Packing for winter in Norway is quite straight forward - pack the warmest clothes that you can find in your wardrobe! Definitely pack a warm, water- and windproof coat, a warm hat, thick gloves and a proper winter hat. Warm and lined winter boots will keep your feet warm when out for longer periods and walking in snow.
Thermal layers are essential, ideally bring thermal underwear, but tights and a warm wooly jumper will already help to keep you much warmer. Snow pants will keep you dry and warm in any weather.
Most people are not used to the cold air of the Norwegian winter and your skin might dry out quickly, so a rich moisturizer or skin oil is also a good addition to the packing list.
As the winter nights are dark, many people in Norway wear reflectors, especially in the smaller towns and in the countryside. A reflector vest or reflectors that can be clipped on the coat will do just fine.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Norway, please visit our Useful Information on Norway page.

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