Oslo – a perfect travel destination for kids
OSLO is small enough to easy get an overview but big enough to give you and your kids plenty to do. We like to share the activities we like the most in this “green city”:
In addition to a lot of impressive stone statues of people in all ages and in all sizes which is we think the whole family will find amusing, the park also have one of the best play grounds in the city. We recommend to visit the playground at other times than Saturday/Sunday mid day since it at this time can be very busy and difficult to keep track of your kid(s).
Take the tram no. 1 to Frognerseteren (passing the Holmenkollen Ski jump on your way)
Take the Subway/local tram to Frognerseteren. Enjoy the splendid view and a cup of hot chockolate and the Norwegian “vaffel” cake from the local cafe. In the winter, rent toboggans and enjoy “Korketrekkeren”, a great toboggan slope ending very close to a tram stop further down the valley. This way you do not have to drag any kids or toboggans back up the hill but can have a nice rest in the tram heading back up to Frognersetern for a second round down the slope.
Explore the woods
Go for a long walk in some of the woods surrounding Oslo, both Nordmarka and Østmarka are so close you can take a local tram/bus to start your journey. Frognerseteren (subway/tram no 1) or Sognsvann (Subway/tram no 3) is a excellent starting point for entering into Nordmarka. If you like, you can also stay over in one of the many cabins open to the public.
Visit the Science Museum
Is the weather bad and your kids restless we suggest a few hours at the Science Museum (Norsk Teknisk Museum). Here are plenty of activities the kids can test out them selves in addition to info about Norway as an oil nation and how technology over time has effected our daily lives. If you visit Oslo often we recommend an annual membership, covering all family members.
Have a look at the viking ships and the Kon Tiki fleet
Combine a short but wonderful boat ride with a visit to the museums at Bygdøy. The ferry leaves from one of the piers by City Hall, and take only a few minutes over to Bygdøy peninsula, where you can see Fram Museum (covering the story of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen) to the left and Kon Tiki Museum (with info about Thor Heyerdahls explorations) to the right. A short walk up the road you may also visit the Viking ship museum and Folkemuseumet. If the kids are tired you may jump on the “tourist train” going between the museums (only available in summer). Folkemuseumet shows the daily life of Norwegians from the seventeen century up to today, and also offer large outside areas for kids to run.
3+Kids Travel Tips: Many of the cabins have bed rooms with 6+ beds, making it easy to stay together even if you are a big family. Ruter, the bus, boat and tram service in Oslo, offers every weekend free rides for up to 4 children for every paying adult.
ENJOY your family vacation!