We have tried many different ways to travel with kids, and even if we from the time before kids were used to jump from one place to another we have now realized that the family vacations where we have established a base camp have been much better for both grown-ups and kids. Thus, we will make some blogs where we look at nice day trips from a specific location, and first “vacation base” is Ålesund:
Giske, Godøya & Alnes Fyr,
On the tip of Godøya, an island just outside Ålesund, you find a small lighthouse turned into a small cafe and local art gallery. It is just a 20-25 minutes’ drive from Ålesund. Drive in the direction of the airport, but as soon as you have driven through the first tunnel (actually taking you under the fjord) you turn left to Giske and Godøya. Giske is as flat as Godøya is hilly, and is most famous for its summer music festival (see under Calendar for more info). Giske also have a very nice beach for the ones brave enough to go for a swim. Depending on how much time you like to use and the age of your kids you can stroll along the coast, go for a hike over the mountain, rent a small boat to go fishing or choose to stay over a night in one of the “rorbu”(fishermen cabin) available at Godøya.
Photo: Rune Saether
Also known as the snow powder paradise of Norway, Stranda is approx. 1.5 hours away from Ålesund (included a 15 minutes ferry ride where the kids can test out the famous “Svele”, which can be compared with an American pancake). The ski area has a separate area for kids and both kids and grown-ups can rent all different kind of ski equipment. Enjoy a day in the slope and remember to stop up and enjoy the view! If you like to stay a some days you can either stay at Stranda Hotel or check out one of the cabins closer to the ski area (feel free to contact us if you like more detailed advise of where to stay).
Photo from http://www.strandafjellet.no
Ålesund is a town located on the West Coast of Norway, a 6-7 hours’ drive north of Bergen. It is a good starting point for visiting Geiranger, Trollveggen and the Alps of Sunnmøre, but is also worth some attention for its own beauty. We think Ålesund is a good place to be when traveling with kids. We have been there many times, and have picked 5 activities for the whole family to enjoy.
If your kids are big enough, you cannot be in Ålesund without walking up the 415 steps to Fjellstua, on top of the Aksla, the “city hill”. Ask all to count the number of steps and see how the numbers differ from each other when you after a while reach the restaurant at top. Here you can buy the local “svele” (almost like an American pancake) and enjoy the view of the town, the fjord and the islands around. The stairs start in the middle of the small City park, where you by the way also find the best play ground in town. Why not stop here on your way back? If you are two or more grown-ups, you can let the kids play and take shifts to visit the Art Gallery just in the other corner of the park, Ålesund Kunstforening. Read more
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 Read more
5 reasons for bringing your kids to Norway this fall
1. The nature is astonishing at this time of the year, and the capacity at the mountain cabins open for everybody to use are very good. Check out how you can travel with kids in the mountains for a very reasonable price. Turistforeningen has cabins all over Norway, and make it possible to walk from one cabin to the next. All cabins have fire wood available and food for sale. Kids love to explore the nature, but with cold nights it can be good to sleep inside in a warm cabin instead of in a tent.