Our adventures

Family Adventure Holidays in the Norwegian Fjords and Mountains

Experience thrilling, diverse and fun outdoor activities together as a family!

"Norway's nature is the ultimate playground of activities for an active, bonding family vacation."— Hvitserk parent

Norwegian culture is known for its connection to nature and outdoor life. For Norwegians, this connection starts young! 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. On this tour you will:

  • 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)
  • Visit the World's Coldest Museum! 50 meters inside the glacier
  • 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!

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.

DIFFICULTY           

Level 2 out of 5. 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. The weather changes fast in Norway, and you can experience snow even in the summer. Therefore we ask you to follow the equipment list when packing. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in four different accommodations on this trip, including some of Norway's most famous mountain lodges and a lavvo camp. There are possibilities for twin, triple and family rooms. Please let our office at [email protected] now this well in advance. 

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daypack on this trip. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks 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: 7 people; Maximum: 14 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • We always use carefully selected authentic accommodation when sleeping indoors (twin rooms as described in the program). 
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner for all days (see day to day program). 
  • All local transport.
  • Equipment for all activities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point and return home. We are happy to assist and book train tickets and give advice on travel itineraries. Transfer to Oslo on last day. Drinks and snacks for day to day.

Day 1: From Oslo the Mountains

Pickup by the guide and driver in Oslo in the morning and depart to Hindsæter – the hotel is located just outside one of Norway`s most famous National Parks: Jotunheimen. On our way, we stop for lunch at a mountain farm –  made of local, homegrown food – 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.
Overnight and dinner at Hindsæter.

Accommodation Lodge Ascent 100m Distance 3km Meals D Descent 100m Time 1hrs hiking Transport 5 hrs

Day 2: Rafting and Farm Visit

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 5 hours (including lunch).
Transfer to the lodge at the foot of Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain. Next to the lodge is a climbing park – if someone wants more action before dinner.

Accommodation Lavvo Meals B L D Time 5hrs rafting Transport 1.5 hrs

Day 3: Hike to Norway's highest mountain/go into the ice

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.
Up for a trip to the worlds coldest museum? Learn about climate changes, wildlife, and humans living in the highlands in the climate park – 60 meters into the glacier ice. We go 600 years back in time and experience thowing permafrost and melting snowfields.

Accommodation Lavvo Lodge Ascent 700m Distance 6km Meals B L D Descent 700m Time 6-7 hrs hiking Transport 1 hrs

Day 4: Underneath 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. After buying cinnamon rolls at one of the most famous bakeries in Norway, we drive cross one of the highest mountains 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.

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.

Accommodation Lodge Ascent 50m Distance 2km Meals B L D Descent 50m Time 3-4 hrs caving Transport 2 hrs

Day 5: Hiking on the Glacier

We stop for some lunch once we get to the glacier, enjoying the view across the front of the calving glacier. 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 (it is an option to use motorboat instead of kayak - if someone wants to do that). Three-course dinner and overnight at Nes Gård.

Accommodation Lodge Ascent 100m Distance 5km Meals B L D Descent 100m Time 2 hrs hiking Transport 1 hr

Day 6: Hiking with 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; possible to extend the hike to one of Norway's biggest waterfalls. 

Accommodation Guesthouse Ascent 100m Distance 5km Meals B L D Descent 100m Time 2-3 hrs hiking Transport 1.5 hrs

Day 7:  Say Goodbye!

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 and then transfer to Oslo (or possible to go with an express boat to Bergen or stay longer in Fjord Norway – or even go with the famous Flåm Railway. Please let us know if you want us to arrange the tickets to your onward destination).

Meals B Transport 5 hrs

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 youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) 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 weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights.