Experience thrilling, diverse and fun outdoor activities together as a family!
- Interact with local farmers and animals
- Go rafting down one of Norway's world class rivers
- Hike Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen (2469 meters above sea level)
- Zip line across a mountain river
- Go caving with a helmet and headlamp in 10,000 year old caves
- Hike on Austdalsbreen Glacier, experience glacial "blue ice"
- Hike with horses up a pristine mountain valley beneath breathtaking waterfalls
- Enjoy a few of Norway's most famous bakeries, taste Norway's famous cinnamon rolls!
Norwegian culture is known for its connection to nature and outdoor life. For Norwegians, this connection starts young, creating ties to nature starting at birth, and ranging through school age. For this trip, we require an age up 10 and up. In the age of smart phones and technological stimulus, we want to share Norway's nature with families to ensure fun, adventure and challenge for all in the mountains! If your family wants to explore a new country, culture and adventure together, this is the trip for you.
All activities on this trip are flexible depending on group fitness and ability. An important part of any family vacation is relaxing! On this trip you will have the opportunity to explore a plethora of activities as a family, learn about Norwegian history and culture, learn about climate change, and relax in the evenings to reminisce about your day together - while enjoying good. local food and stay in comfortable hotels and guesthouses.
You must be at least 10 years old to join this tour - and we recommend it for families with kids up to 16 years old.
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
Read more about physical requirements and risk here.
We have to work a little to reach the destination. These are trips most people can handle, if they have a basic level of fitness. We sleep in comfortable tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to join. The physical activity is the main element of the trip, such as cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing / hiking or glacier hiking, but you do not need prior knowledge of the activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals
- Professional nature guide
- Transport within itinerary
See more of what's included under the "details" tab
Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.
Level 2 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. We are active for 6-9 hours each day, but we have a comfortable pace and enjoy nature as we go. You need to be used to activities to do this trip, kids that are excited about new experiences and being active will enjoy this trip. 10-year-old minimum.
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day.
How to get there?
Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.
We stay in four different accommodations on this trip, including some of Norway's most famous mountain lodges. There are possibilities for twin, triple and family rooms. Please let our office at firstname.lastname@example.org now this well in advance.
Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.
You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide will speak English.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
Number of participants
Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 8 people.
- Professional nature guide.
- All meals as described in program
- Transportation from Oslo Airport to Oslo Central Station
- Equipment for all included activities
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to the meeting point at Oslo Airport.
- Drinks and snacks.
- Zipline in Lom
- Stavechurch entrance fee in Lom
Day by Day
Journey from Oslo to the mountains
You will be picked up by the guide in Oslo in the morning and depart to Hindsæter – the hotel is located just outside one of Norway`s most famous National Parks: Jotunheimen-Home of the Giants. On our way, we stop for lunch at a mountain farm – enjoying traditional food that is local and homegrown – and learn how they make their own cheese and see their animals!
Either before or after dinner we have the opportunity to do a short hike to the nearby Ridderspranget - a narrow gorge in the Sjoa Valley. We will spend the night and enjoy dinner at Hindsæter.
A full day of family-friendly rafting in the Sjoa River or Otta River. The area around Sjoa is one of the best areas for rafting in Europe. Even if some of the rapids are extreme, it's possible to do rafting with kids on some of the mellower sections on the river. The class is between 1-3 and the rafting last around 4 hours. Transfer to the lodge at the foot of Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain.
Galdhøpiggen-Norway's highest mountain
The trek to Galdhøpiggen is around 700-meter elevation – and takes around 6 hours to complete. With the guide, you cross the glacier (all necessary equipment is provided) and reach Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 meters above sea level. The summit, inside Jotunheimen National Park, is one of Norway's most popular and iconic mountains – and the highest mountain in the whole country. It’s a spectacular hike from the glacier at Juvvasshytta (around 1800 meters above sea level). The hike is not very steep, and possible for families with kids from about 6/7 years old. We provide a pin for the kids who make it to the summit.
Underneathe the mountain
We go to the small village Lom to try out the Zipline across the Børre river and over the waterfall in the middle of the village (not included). After buying cinnamon rolls at one of the most famous bakeries in Norway, we drive across one of the highest mountain roads in Norway. The road across Sognefjellet is one of Norway's National Scenic Routes. Along with selected roads in Norway, natural wonders are amplified by art, design, and architecture – taking you closer to nature in new and surprising ways – and at Sognefjellet you will be seeing some iconic viewpoints.
At Sognefjellet we stop to go on a cave in and under the mountain. Over a thousand or millions of years, sour water dissolves marble, which is washed out with porous rocks, while they are hard. Such caves occur. In Dumdalen, west of Lom, there is such a phenomenon, most of which form the site for about 10,000 years ago. With helmets and headlamps, we explore the caves. Dont be afraid to get dirty!
After the exciting hike we descent to the Sognefjorden. This is one of the longest fjords in the world.
Dinner and overnight at Nes Gård – a nice, old farm with a panoramic view of the fjord and the Feigum Waterfall (one of Norway's biggest). Three-course dinner.
Hiking on the glacier
Today we have a slow morning before we drive towards the glacier. In order to reach the glacier, we will be transferred by boat. We start the trip on the blue ice at the glacier front. Walking around huge crevasses toward the center of the glacier for a commanding view over the lake and the National Park. We spend about 1.5-2 hours on the glacier, exploring & explaining various features before heading back. Tonight we enjoy a three-course dinner and overnight at Nes Gård.
Horses and waterfalls
After a healthy breakfast, we will visit the green, beautiful valley of Utladalen. In Utladalen, we will hike to Vetti Gård, an old farm situated close to the huge Vetti waterfall, one of many impressive waterfalls in this fairytale-valley. In order to get to this farm, we will have horses walking with us to help carry our luggage. Dinner and overnight at Vetti Gård - and for those who want to, it is possible to extend the hike to one of Norway's biggest waterfalls.
Say goodbye to high mountains and impressive waterfalls as we hike out the Utla Valley and down to the bakery in Årdal for a quick bite to eat. Soon we begin to travel back to Oslo for our final portion of the trip.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.
Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.