The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 7, & Boy age 4.
Address: Stryn 6792, Norway
Phone: 57 87 40 40
Hours: Depends on the season
Website: Several websites to choose from!
Admission: Free if hiking; charge for bus or troll car
Description: Briksdal Glacier attracts visitors from around the globe, and with good reason. Between the high peaks and the beautiful waterfalls, this glacier shows nature at the very finest. You can either hike or pay to have a “trollcar” (like a golf cart) drive you to close to the glacier.
Our Experience: When we went most people bought their tickets directly from sales people at the port. The line can be really long and crowded if cruises are in the port, and many people were not able to get on one of the black mini buses because they were sold out. There is also a public bus that you can take. The mini bus takes you to Briksdal village, from there it is roughly a 45 min walk to the glacier. It took our family about an hour to go up but less time to get back down. The walk is really nice, and you get to see some nice waterfalls along the way. The glacier itself, while nice, is a bit anticlimactic. It is quite small these days because it has receded a lot over the years. In spite of this we felt like it was still worth doing because the entire family enjoyed the experience. We rate it a thumbs up. There is an option to pay for a troll car, a large electric golf car type of transportation, that will take you most of the way up. From where they drop you off you will still have to hike about 10-15 minutes. This was not a simple walk but we had no problems even with the younger kids.
Address: Town outskirts
Description: Norway has numerous lakes that are fed by glaciers, and visitors can enjoy the beauty of these features or even go in for a quick dip in some seasons. The water in these lakes can be extremely cold (even during August), so anyone who goes in should be prepared for the freezing temperatures.
Our Experience: We got lost on the way to a hike and after we decided to give up on the hike, we didn’t have much more time before we needed to leave. We passed by a glacier fed lake and my son decided to jump into the lake fully clothed. Some of our other kids followed, though most only went in up to their waist. The kids said it was freezing, but in this spontaneous detour they (and we) had a blast. If you don’t mind your kids getting wet and can stand the freezing cold, and if you like being spontaneous, then this activity is worth a quick diversion. This is not for the feint of heart!
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips