Updated: Nov 18
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.
Go to the Magic Ice Gallery
This is an amazing attraction located in Svolvær and is a perfect outing for people of all ages. This permanently frozen ice sculpture gallery is 500 square meters and houses hundreds of unique sculptures and an ice slide that will keep you and your kids entertained for hours. This is a great way to spend an afternoon as a family while getting to experience some of the amazing art that Norway has to offer.
Visit the Lofoten Aquarium
The Lofoten Aquarium is a great place to take your family, especially on a rainy day. This aquarium is small but features a wide variety of fish and sea creatures that live in the waters off the coast of Norway. They have an interactive exhibit where you can touch some of the animals and learn about their habitats. This is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about the local marine life and spend a couple of hours out of the rain.
Visit a Reindeer Farm
Reindeer are an important part of the culture and economy in Lofoten and during a visit to the Lofoten Islands, it is a must to visit a reindeer farm. There you will be able to meet and feed the reindeer and learn about their lifestyle and importance in the area. This is a great activity for families of all ages to do especially if you have never seen reindeer before. You can also purchase products made from reindeer leather or antlers which make great souvenirs.
Take a Whale Watching Tour
The waters off the coast of Lofoten are home to many different types of whales and during a whale-watching tour, you have a good chance of seeing some of these amazing creatures up close. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise along the coastline. This 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 Northern Lights and Orcas Tour is the way to go. Otherwise, check out Visit Norway for some day tour options.
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.