Make wonderful memories in Norway – ideas for a family-friendly adventure

Perfect moments together

Are you looking for a good spot for your next family vacation, with exciting and wholesome activities you can all enjoy together? We've got your covered!

Well-known challenges for a harmonic family vacation include extensive stretches of driving (“Are we there yet?”), fears of your toddler getting lost in large crowds and long waits to get into – well, basically anything. There is also, of course, the balancing of everyone’s interests, which easily leads to days starting out with bored parents at an indoor playground followed by kids’ meltdowns at a "no-touching" art gallery.

Chose the Oslo region for your next family vacation, and we promise that it’ll be easy to find wholesome activities that you can enjoy together, in the true sense of the word.

A wide variety of experiences are available within a relatively small radius, minimising the need for extensive travel. Add a safe and pleasant environment with modest crowds (we’re still a bit off the beaten path), and you have the perfect destination for a memorable family trip.

 

Great family moments in the Oslo region
Great family moments in the Oslo region
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen

 

The Oslo region’s options for great family fun range from breathtaking historic monuments to modern science centres; from urban adventures to unforgettable mountain hikes. Read on to learn more about some of our favourites and get inspiration for your travel planning.

Pleasant all-day attractions

What better way to spend a day together than staying in one place with plenty to do and no need to rush around? Several of the Oslo region’s main attractions present you with enough activities and experiences to fill a whole day. 

Sculpture parks are perfect for a joint family art adventure, far from strict museum guards and annoying barriers. The Oslo region’s two contemporary outdoor art collections, Ekebergparken Sculpture Park and Kistefos Sculpture Park, invite you to spend the day hunting for stunning, playful and thought-provoking outdoor artworks by world-renowned artists. The parks are also equipped with play areas and places to eat when everyone gets hungry.

 

Family lunch at Kistefos Sculpture Park
Family lunch at Kistefos Sculpture Park
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen


The Oslo region has a rich history of industry and design, and some of the industrial complexes have turned into attractions that combine different kinds of experiences. At the historic Hadeland Glassworksyou can watch glass blowers use century-old techniques to create signature glass products, enjoy art exhibitions and browse exclusive design outlets. Children can blow their own glass and make candles the old-fashioned way, and two outdoor playgrounds are at their disposal.

The eight kilometres long museum Blaafarveværket, built around cobolt mines from the 18th century, offers both exhibitions, outdoor activities, a children's farm and family-friendly trips into the mines.

 

Young miners at Blaafarveværket
Young miners at Blaafarveværket
Photo: Blaafarveværket/Godt Sagt


The Oslo region’s fortresses and fortified towns are ideal spots for all-day family outings. In a unique historical atmosphere, you can play hide and seek through underground tunnels, look for ghosts and climb the canons, roll in the grass and, of course, learn more about Norway’s history of defence. Fortess cafés and quaint little shops come standard.

 

Boy exploring Fredriksten Fortress in Halden
Boy exploring Fredriksten Fortress in Halden
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen


As a charming take on the family amusment park, Lilleputthammer adventure park comes recommended. The park is built around a small-scale model of Storgata in Lillehammer, as it was in the 1930s. Inside the small, charming buildings, children can enjoy arts and crafts activities and dress up in costumes. On the premises you'll also find the Children’s Book Town, where kids can read, listen to stories and enjoy short theatre plays.

Learning for everyone

Learning is always fun, even on vacation.

The Oslo region is home to two large science centres that cater to curious minds of all ages. The Norwegian Museum of Science and Industry contains a wide selection hands-on installations and exhibitions with everything from old airplanes to quirky musical instruments. Inspiria Science Centre encourages its visitors to experiment and explore their way through different sicence exhibits.

There are also museums in the region that may come across as less playful, but which nevertheless offer unforgettable educational experiences. Who will not be intrigued by the sight of the world’s oldest preserved viking ships or a visit aboard the world's most famous polar vessel?

Whatever your interests are, you’ll find an attraction that covers it (well, most likely, at least).

The Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum
Photo: VisitOSLO/Thomas Johannessen



Memorable times outdoors

The Oslo region’s welcoming and accessible nature makes it easy to include outdoor experiences in your vacation plans.

Pack a lunch, put on good shoes and find a path that takes you to outdoors adventures. Your options for scenery range from Hvaler costal national park in the south of the region to the mighty mountain landscapes of Gudbrandsdalen in the north.

Forest hiking in Hedmark
Forest hiking in Hedmark
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen



There are a lot of challenging and fun outdoor activities you can all enjoy together, such as tree climbing, rafting and downhill biking. We guarantee you that even the most jaded of teenagers will get excited!

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Getting here


Getting to the Oslo region is easy.


Oslo Airport, with over 200 international flights a day, is the main gateway to the region. It is situated just north of Oslo, and is easily accessible from Oslo city centre by Flytoget Airport Express Train. 

Once you have arrived ...

Train is a comfortable way to travel, and the Norwegian State Railways tie together most of the destinations in the Oslo region. Sit back and relax, let the kids move around a bit, and enjoy beautiful Norwegian scenery on the way.

The State Railways also offers a journey planner in English, which makes its easy to look at your options and book your tickets in advance.