Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Handcrafted to combine nature, culture, a bit of adventure with plenty of family downtime, this 10-day itinerary is a dreamy journey that features Norway’s spring and summer highlights. Norway is the perfect place for a rousing family vacation: fjords and mountains set a beautiful scene, colorful cities immerse its visitors in the local culture, and children’s attractions provide your young ones with space to play. Mysterious castles and reliable railways will help to immerse you in the culture.
Oslo – Introduction to Norway
Colorful and charming, Oslo is one of Europe’s most idyllic capitals. The low-rise city has a laidback vibe, especially in the center. Mountains and forests backdrop the city, while the fjord creates a beautiful view from almost anywhere. After landing at Oslo’s international airport, you will be greeted by a guide and transferred to the waterside, where your hotel will have a convenient location in a pedestrianized area. Today will be at your leisure, and you can walk off the flight in the nearby streets. Your guide can also provide you with dining recommendations.
Oslo – Highlights of Oslo
Today, you will set out on a Viking adventure, rekindling a historical time with an interactive experience on the Bygdoy peninsula. First, you will take a ferry from a harbor near your hotel before gasping at the thought of an Arctic expedition of exploring Fram, which is an enormous polar exploration ship. The Viking Ship Museum usually goes down as the favorite children’s attraction in Oslo. After lunch, there will be more to see on this peninsula, including a lookout tower that will have you gazing all the way to Sweden. Back in the center of Oslo, you can bask in the atmosphere of a local tavern, stroll past all the painted houses, and look for a restaurant along the harbor at Aker Brygge.
Oslo – A Summer Cruise
Cruising is integral to most Norway vacations, and a two-hour trip on Oslofjord will be an excellent introduction, especially as you will have some longer cruises later in your vacation. Traversing narrow sounds and passing deserted islands, it will be a cruise that will showcase the wild splendor of Southern Norway. Your kids will most likely get excited this afternoon as you visit the Children’s Art Museum, where interactive exhibits bring the creative passion out of everyone. Norgesparken Tusenfryd is an optional extension this afternoon.
Kristiansand – Norway’s Iconic Family Attraction
Instead of the long drive to Kristiansand, you can opt to fly the 45-minute journey, which means that you can make the most of your one night in Norway’s Southern city. First, you can ride an 1894 locomotive for three miles along an iconic gauge track. Afterward, you will stroll through the city’s botanical garden before finishing your day in Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park. The Norwegians think of this huge family attraction as their version of Disneyland. Everything is tailored to kids with playful stories, rides, interactive attractions, and cute characters that celebrate Norwegian culture and history.
Stavanger – Exploring One of Europe’s Finest Old Towns
The guided transfer to Stavanger will take three hours; it is a lovely journey across soporific landscapes, pastures, and rolling mountains. After checking in to your hotel, a local guide will lead you on a treasure hunt, and everyone will be hunting for clues amid one of Europe’s best-preserved old towns. A day in Stavanger can seem like you have stepped back into Viking times, and there is certainly an old-world charm to the cobbled lanes. A treasure hunt will also add a little competitiveness to the day and is usually an excellent means of keeping your children entertained with history.
Stavanger – Adventure on the Water
The Norwegian Children's Museum holds its own as one of the best educational children’s attractions anywhere in Europe. This is a place where they can paint, play, and follow up on interests from dinosaurs to engineering. The museum is best for kids aged 5 to 12, and it is best explored when the kids make their own agenda. After running around this giant playpen, you can spend a couple of hours on the water, indulging in a scenic boat ride to the fjords of Preikestolen. The hike to Preikestolen is more than three miles uphill, so it is unlikely you will make it to the top of this cliff.
Bergen – Immersed in Mountains and Fjords
Today, you can upgrade your experience by traveling to Bergen by private helicopter, which is a journey that will highlight the vibrant splendor of Norway’s famous fjords. During your transfer, you will fly above ragged peaks and undisturbed stretches of water. The pilot will then set you down in the wilderness, where you can have a picnic alongside the water and find a beautiful space for your kids to play. There will literally be nobody else around, and that is the type of experience that makes Norway such an inspiring destination. The rest of the day will be at your leisure in Bergen, which is a city surrounded by seven fjords and seven mountains.
Bergen – A Full Day Cruise
Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s fjords, and today will provide you with the scenic journey of a lifetime. Mountain peaks will climb higher and higher as you leave the city behind. The fjords will narrow, meaning great walls will soon hem you in on all sides. The snowy summit is sometimes reflected in the water, and there will be a solitude that can help anyone stop and reset. Cruising the fjords near Bergen is probably Norway’s most iconic experience, and it is family-friendly, so you can venture off the boat and explore different areas amid epic natural landscapes.
Bergen – Your Final Full Day in Norway
This final day will be left free, so you can tailor a guided tour based on your interests and energy levels. Perhaps, you will have had enough of the fjords or museums by now. One option for this afternoon will be Troldhaugen, which is a stunning summer villa where you can all relax and reflect on your Norwegian experience. Bergen Aquarium is a contrasting option, while a ride on Floibanen funicular can provide you with a fitting finale to your time in Norway.
Bergen – Departure
Bergen is Norway’s second-largest airport, so it will be a convenient place of departure today. You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast for your outbound flight.
- Discover Norway’s breathtaking fjords during a beautiful day cruise beneath the mountains near Bergen
- Lead your kids to Norway’s greatest playgrounds, including the country’s children’s museum and the superb Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park
- Wander among beautiful history, from Oslo’s colorful houses to Gamle Stavanger and Gamle Bergen
- Inspire your children with Norwegian culture, from interactive experiences in the Viking Ship Museum to the Children’s Art Museum and a ride on a 120-year-old locomotive
- Embrace the great Norwegian outdoors with customizable hikes and walks that will be expertly led by local guides
- Fly across the wilderness on a beautiful helicopter flight that includes landing next to a remote fjord
- Explore charming Norwegian towns and enjoy overnight stops in lesser-known destinations, such as Kristiansand and Stavanger
- Tailor your family adventure to your family with a variety of options at each destination, including more time outdoors, in the mountains, or on the fjords
Norway’s greatest allure is its sense of space. Mountains dominate the landscape, and there are thousands of trails to try, including many that are ideal for children. Fjords stretch through the west of the country, which are epic features that can showcase nature’s scale. Even the cities are spacious, with large pedestrianized areas and entirely natural surroundings. This is a country that can feel like a family playground, and it will be yours to explore on this expertly crafted ten-day itinerary. From Oslo to Bergen, you will be immersed in the local culture, exceptional nature, and a family atmosphere that only Norway can offer.
You will kick off your family getaway with three nights in Oslo, which is a vibrant capital that has large pedestrianized areas and nothing too stressful. During your time here, you will be cruising on a fjord, visiting different children’s attractions, and learning all about the Vikings. Three days means time to relax and also means that you can see the best of what Oslo can offer. A short domestic flight will fly you to Kristiansand on day four, where Norway’s largest family amusement park will fill most of your day. Afterward, you can enjoy the beauty of the wilderness on a guided transfer to Stavanger, which is the capital of Norway’s Southwest. The Norwegian Children’s Museum is just one attraction here, and you will connect with local history and enjoy breathtaking views of your surroundings.
After two nights in Stavanger, you will fly to the fjords to Bergen during a private helicopter adventure that includes touching down beside a remote fjord and embracing the power of Norwegian nature. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords, making it a wonderful setting for leading your family into the outdoors and finding a place to connect with each other. A family cruise will also be included, and your final day can be tailored to how you feel near the end of your vacation.
You can expect to stay in stunning family accommodations throughout your vacation that will be complete with interconnecting rooms and warming amenities. Local guides will lead each excursion, and most of your activities are private, so they can be adjusted to your mood and energy. This ten-day itinerary is best in spring and summer because the weather is best, and long days allow for a more adjustable program. The route can be adapted for a fall or winter family vacation with inclusions that offer experiences in the snow and searching for the northern lights.
$3,745 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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