Before we get into family-friendly things to do in Lofoten, we must first cover why Norway is a great country to bring your family.
Why Bring Your Family to Norway?
Norway is an ancient and amazing country that almost feels mythical. With its rich nordic heritage and landscape that reaches the skies, it will have you and your children spinning in circles in awe of the amazing views and stories that saturate this country.
Norway is also a very safe country. In fact, it’s often been ranked as the safest country in the world. So, you can rest assured that your family will be well-protected while you enjoy all that Norway has to offer.
Now that we’ve covered why Norway is an excellent choice for a family let's get into Family Friendly things to do throughout Lofoten.
Sail Through Trollfjord
Trollfjord is an untouched fjord with absolutely no development along its coasts and is full of natural beauty. This fjord is one of the most popular fjords above the arctic circle and is a wonderful fjord to sail. World Sea Explorers does a great private 5-hour Trollfjord Cruise that caters to families. Providing stories of the battle of Trollfjord and taking you into the places that large cruises just can't reach. They have a hot tub on board and kayaks and paddleboards for the family to be able to get out on the water if it's a nice day.
This experience is a great way to spend a day with your family in Northern Norway.
Go to the Beach
The beach is a great way to spend a day with a family whether that's building sand castles or just exploring the coastline. Lofoten has a variety of amazing sandy beaches you and your family can spend the day.
Here are just a few.
Haukland Beach is a large horseshoe-shaped beach covered with Beautiful white sand and surrounded by stunning natural scenery (as most of Norway is). This beach is a popular location so you will likely see other families both locals and visitors spending their day on the beach. With lots to explore there, you will have no problem staying entertained for the entire day.
Haukland Beach is located an hour's drive east of Svolvær and if you don't have a car there is public transit that will take your family right to the beach.
Unstand Beach is a great location to bring the family for a day's outing, especially if your kids are a little older and want to get out on the water. Being the heart surfing in Norway this little beach is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and create some great laughs and memories with the family. This beach has some more boulders covering it but there is still plenty of sand for those wanting to just enjoy a day in the sun. If spending the day on the water or on the beach isn't what you want to do that day it also features a number of hiking trails in the area from Saupstadtinden which is a short hike to Loften Hike 7 which is a larger hike along the coastline.
Take a Tour to Find your own Private Beach
If you and your family prefer to spend the day in more quiet solitude taking a private beach day tour might be just the thing for you. During this tour you will spend the day sailing to more secluded beaches that very few ever step foot on. There you will get to spend the day with just you and your family exploring your own private beach or kayaking along the shoreline. Once you are finished for the day you will sail back to port while getting to warm back up in the hot tub on board. This is a great experience for a family that is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Visit the Viking Museum
The Viking museum is a great place to take your family, especially on a rainy day. This museum is small but features a wide variety of exhibits and artifacts from the vikings of Norway. This is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about the cultural history of the vikings and spend a couple of hours out of the rain.
Go horseback riding
Visit Hov on Gimsøy island on the northern side of Lofoten and ride Icelandic horses through mountains, beaches and roads that the predecessor of the"Viking horses" rode on over 1,000 years ago. The Icelandic horse has its roots in Norway and the Viking Age.
Take a Whale Watching Tour
The waters off the coast of Lofoten are home to many different types of whales and during our Lofoten Fjord Cruise and Fishing Tour, you have a good chance of seeing some of these amazing animals up close. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise along the coastline. This tour is an activity that the whole family will enjoy and one that you will never forget.
If you want to go on a more secluded trip that will last your family over several days all along the Norwegian coast, the Lofoten Highlights Tour and Arctic Circle Tour are the way to go. For winter sailing, the best whale watching tour in Tromsø is the Northern Lights and Orcas Tour.
Norway is an amazing place to visit with your family and there is so much to see and do. These are just a few ideas we hope will help you get with your trip planning to this amazing country.