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Winter Activities for Kids in Norway

Norway is a fabulous country that offers plenty of exciting, tempting activities that you can experience during the winter season. From the northern lights safari to dog sledding and reindeer safari, there are options up to everyone’s taste. But what if you are planning to make a family trip to winterly Norway? In this article, you can learn about the best winter activities for kids in Norway. Be sure that exploring Norway with kids entails a lot of fun!

By the way, our company has created a new tour program tailored for families with kids aged under 5. If you are interested in this opportunity to plan an exciting trip to Norway for your family, you may contact us now. Make a fabulous Christmas in Norway for kids!


In this article, we gathered and divided the things to do in Norway with kids into three categories: activities suitable for toddlers and kids aged under 5, activities for kids aged 5 and over, and activities for kids aged 12 and more. So, here you can find activities for kids in Norway, depending on your needs and on your kids’ age.

Note: all activities that involve interaction with animals are limited by age. However, there are a few exceptions, and you can find all available options in the article below.

Activities for Families with Toddlers (Aged Under 5)

When it comes to the best activities in winter Norway with kids aged under 5, fjord cruises are the most suitable one. The majority of fjord cruises are fit for this purpose, though we recommend you consult us or your tour operator first. Here, however, we will list some of the best activities for kids under the age of 5 in Norway.

Northern Lights Sailing

Northern Lights Sailing Cruise in Winter with Kids

Embark on a Northern Lights Fjord Cruise and enjoy a magical evening under the Arctic sky in a warm, comfy catamaran, together with your family. This sailing tour is a fantastic chance to enjoy this marvelous natural phenomenon in the peaceful surroundings of Tromsø.

While enjoying the beauty of Norwegian nature in winter, you will have a chance to share a delicious meal and hot chocolate with your family members. Indeed, this is one of the best things to do with kids in Norway – you are guaranteed to have a marvelous experience and unforgettable memories from this evening cruise!

Note: we advise you to bring warm boots, hats, scarves, and mittens to this cruise for all your family members.

Northern Lights Camp

Things to do in Norway with Kids

Another way to experience aurora borealis together with your family is to embark on a trip to the northern lights camp. This tour is an amazing way to combine the northern lights chase with enjoying hot drinks by the fire in a relaxed, somewhat intimate atmosphere. Together with your kids, explore the camp and relax in a lavvu, a traditional dwelling of the Sami people in this area.

Note: if you decide to chase the northern lights with kids aged under 5, the tour will last from 6pm to midnight.

Northern Lights Reindeer Sledding

Reindeer Sledding with Kids in Norway

Reindeer sledding is not merely an ordinary activity for tourists; it is also the oldest traditional means of transportation in this area in the Arctic circle. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Norwegian nature as you relax in your reindeer-dragged sled.

After your adventure comes across the snowy plains of northern Norway comes to an end, you can share a hearty Sami meal by the fire and learn more about this culture! This activity is definitely one of the best things to do with kids in Norway in the winter season.

Note: if you decide to try this activity with kids aged under 5, the tour will last from 6pm to 10pm.

Activities for Kids Aged 5 and Over

If you have slightly older kids, then the sheer variety of activities you can do with them increases! In addition to the tours and activities for kids we have listed above, you can also add some of them listed below to your trip.

Husky Farm Visits

Things to do with Kids in Norway

Take your kids to the cozy farm at Finnefjell and explore how husky dogs live here in kennels. Interact with these cute animals and see how they run and play here – the vast spaces they can enjoy here are something these dogs absolutely love! Then, enjoy hot drinks and traditional Norwegian pastry (called “lefse”) by the fire while sharing your impression with other tour participants!

Note: the farm is located some 18.5 kilometers away from Tromsø, in the municipality of Dyrøy.

Dog Sledding

Exploring Norway with Kids

Would you like more activities that involve husky dogs? Try dog sledding! Enjoy the beauty of huge Norwegian winterly fields while relaxing in a comfy sled pulled by adorable huskies. Don’t miss a chance to experience the most fascinating adventure in the fairytale Arctic wilderness.

Besides, you can choose the time of the day when this activity takes place – be it a ride through the snowy-white wonderland or a fabulous journey under the bright starlight in the evening. Your kids will absolutely love this adventure!


Snowshoeing with kids in Norway

Snowshoeing is a popular activity in Norway during the winter season, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t include it in your family trip! There are plenty of equipment rental shops in Tromsø and there are instructors who can teach you how to snowshoe properly. But the most important thing is that there are plenty of picturesque valleys and meadows near Tromsø that are ideally fit for snowshoeing.

All in all, this is a fun family activity that doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge and basically anyone can try it! Contact us if you would like us to add this activity to your trip.

Day-Time Fjord Cruises

Best Small Cruise Ship Norway with Kids

The majority of day-time fjord cruises are suitable to do with kids (consult us or your tour operator before ordering them). Enjoy a small cruise ship fjord tour in Norway with kids and appreciate the beauty of Norwegian nature. Don’t forget to bring your camera, since it would be inexcusable not to take photos of the fabulous Norwegian landscapes and fjords.

Activities for Kids Aged 12 and Over

Even though we do not recommend the tours listed below to families with kids aged under 12, it is possible to do these activities with kids aged 7 and over. However, we do recommend you consult us or your tour operator before including any of these tours in your trip.

RIB Boat Excursion

Best Small Cruise Ship Norway with Kids

In case you are looking for things to do with kids in Norway, the RIB boat tour doesn’t immediately come to mind. But if your child is 12 or older, book this experience and enjoy the Arctic sea breeze.

Your boat will be captained by an experienced skipper and you will get a perfect chance to see the wildlife in the Norwegian fjords from the comfort of your boat. Hot drinks (with some delicious muffins) will keep you warm while you explore the fjords around Tromsø.


Best winter activities to do with kids in Norway in winter season

Snowmobiling is a perfect way to get an unbelievable adrenaline rush as you drive through the snowy plains near Tromsø. Venture far into the Norwegian wilderness and appreciate the beauty of this country’s beautiful nature on this exciting adventure. If you are lucky, you will get to see aurora borealis, too!

After your 75-minute long ride comes to an end, you will join the rest of the group by the fire and enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal. Isn’t it a great way to share your emotions and impression about this experience with others?


If you would like to get more information about traveling to Norway with your family during the winter season, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will help you organize an exciting journey to the Land of Vikings!

In case you would like to learn more about winter activities in Norway, you can check out articles on cross-country skiing in Norway and where it would be best to see the northern lights in Scandinavia.

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