FAMILY ADVENTURE IN SOUTHERN NORWAY

Regions

Telemark, Western Fjords

Starting Point

Oslo, Bergen

Best time to travel

April - September

Recommended Length

7 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

from 6 years

Activity Level **

3/5

This tour through southern Norway will take your family to the beautiful Telemark region and the area around the mighty Hardangerfjord in the western fjords. Visit the UNESCO listed town of Rjukan set on the foot of the Gausatoppen Mountain, take a historic boat journey through the locks on the Telemark Canal and experience outdoor fun and action including cycling, rafting and kayaking along the beautiful shores of the impressive Hardangerfjord. Enjoy the traditional and idyllic countryside of the Telemark and be blown away by the spectacular scenery and breath-taking views along Norway' fjords.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ UNESCO listed industrial heritage of Rjukan set in a dramatic mountain and river valley scenery
✓ enjoy a ride on the iconic funicular railway Gaustabanen to the top of Gaustatoppen mountain
✓ hiking and cycling in the panoramic scenery around Gaustatoppen mountain
✓ scenic boat tour and Norwegian history on the nostalgic Telemark Canal
✓ kayaking, rafting and canyoning around the mighty Hardangerfjord, the "Queen of Fjords"
✓ enjoy the beautiful unspoiled scenery of southern and western Norway

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Rjukan
Day 2 - funicular railway Gaustabanen to Gausatoppen - overnight in Rjukan (20km)
Day 3 - Hardangervidda National Park Center - Cycling - overnight in Rjukan (100km)
Day 4 - historic boat tour on the Telemark Canal - overnight Telemark Canal area (70km)
Day 5 - Eidsborg Activity Park - Røldal - overnight in Røldal (140km)
Day 6 - kayaking in the Hardangerfjord - overnight Eidfjord (125km)
Day 7 - white water jumping or family rafting - overnight in Eidfjord (20km)
Day 8 - Hardangerfjord - Bergen - overnight in Bergen (160km)
Day 9 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO NORWAY
Welcome to Norway. Transfer to Rjukan, where you will have the rest of the day free to explore the industrial heritage of the historic town, which awarded Rjukan UNESCO world heritage status. Rjukan is also famous for another unique features - giant mirrors have been installed around the town to allow sunlight to reach the town in the narrow valley over the short Norwegian winter days.
Overnight in Rjukan.

DAY 2 - GAUSTABANEN - MOUNT GAUSTA
Your day starts with a spectacular lift up to Mount Gausta. A ride on the Gaustabanen funicular, which was originally built as a secret military facility, will transport you about 850m horizontally through the mountain. Another short ride on the cable car and you will find yourself on top of Mount Gausta and take in a spectacular view over 1/6 of southern Norway on a clear day. Enjoy the scenery on one of the many hiking options on and around the mountain.
Overnight in Rjukan.

DAY 3 - HARDANGERVIDDA NATIONAL PARK CENTER - CYCLING
Visit Norway's Hardangervidda National Park center in the morning where you can learn about the fascinating nature, environment and wildlife of Scandinavia’s largest national park.
Explore Gausta mountain and the spectacular scenery in the area by bike in the afternoon. You can choose from different cycling routes, mountain or road cycling, short or long - discover the beautiful area around the Vestfjord Valley and Gaustatoppen in your own time and pace.
Overnight in Rjukan.

DAY 4 - HISTORIC BOAT TOUR ON THE TELEMARK CANAL
You will leave the Rjukan and the Hardangevidda area today and travel south to the area around Norway's beautiful Telemark Canal, which runs between the towns of Skien and Dalen. A historic boat ride will let you experience the peaceful and calm beauty of the canal and the surrounding landscape while you make your way through narrow channels and over large lakes while you will learn about the development and historic significance of the canal.
Overnight in the Telemark Canal area.

DAY 5 - ACTIVITY PARK EIDSBORG - ROLDAL
Enjoy a little family fun adventure in the morning with a visit to the Eidsborg Activity Park, where you can explore more about the history of the Telemark Canal by waterplay and other fun activities for the whole family. Guide a boat through locks along the canal in a miniature version of the Telemark Canal or learn about old Norwegian crafting traditions like blacksmithing and textile artisanship.
It is then time to leave the Telemark region behind and to continue west in the afternoon along the Langfjella mountains and the beautiful Røldal region at the foot of the Hardangervidda National Park, starting point for countless walking and hiking tours in the beautiful scenery of western Norway. Whatever the family feels like in the afternoon, Røldal offers plenty of opportunities for shorter hiking or cycling tours.
Overnight in the Røldal area.

DAY 6 - KAYAKING IN THE HARDANGERFJORD (120KM)
You will follow parts of the Hardanger route, one of Norway’s eighteen National Tourist Routes, taking you along fantastic fjord, sea and mountain scenery. Stop for a refreshing break at the Låtefossen Waterfall where you can enjoy the view of the two streams plunging down the mountain and joining together from the old stone bridge.
Continue to Eidfjord in the afternoon, where you will embark on a family sea kayaking adventure. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the stunning Hardangerfjord surrounded by majestic mountains and you might also be lucky to spot some small whales, seals and even sea eagles.
Overnight in Eidfjord.

DAY 7 - WHITE WATER JUMPING OR FAMILY RAFTING (20KM)
Due to its preferential location at the foot of the Hardangervidda National Park and the shores of the Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord offers plenty of exciting land and water based adventure opportunities. Today you can choose to embark on a family rafting adventure, where you will take on the challenges of the white water with its steady flow and narrow passages on a fun family-team effort. Alternatively, if you are looking for a real adrenaline kick, the white water jumping experience is the right adventure for you as you will abseil and zipline over the brawling waters of the mountain river. Adrenaline-pumping and acrobatic fun alike for the whole family. The rest of the day is free to explore more of the Hardangervidda National Park or to relax in and around Eidfjord.
Overnight in Eidfjord.

DAY 8 - HARDANGERFJORD - BERGEN (160KM)
A scenic fjord-view drive with beautiful waterfalls and magnificent views along the way will take you from Eidfjord to Bergen today. Spend your last day in Norway enjoying the maritime vibe of the beautiful city surrounded by mountains and fjords. Stroll through the historic lanes and along the colourful houses of Bryggen, once an important trading post of the Hanseatic league and part of UNESCO World Heritage today. You can also take the Fløibanen funicular to enjoy the panoramic views over the bay and city from Fløyen mountain.
Overnight in Bergen.

DAY 9 - 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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