Destination Norway Day 10: Fun Things to do in Flam, Norway with Kids

This is journal entry 10, our 9th day of adventure in Flam, Norway. Here we explore nature and heritage in one of the world’s most tucked away and undiscovered places, and it starts with Easter.

My six-year-old son and I have embarked upon a 14-day Eurail trip from Oslo, Norway to Bodo in the Arctic Circle. We started in Oslo for 2 days then to Stavanger where we had a city break and explored Vikings. Then we explored Haugesund, the homeland of the Viking Kings and then Bergen

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This is what an approach to Flam looks like via a Fjord Cruise.

 

Managing and Easter Bunny Visit Away from Home

We arrived to Flam, Norway by boat the day before. We spent the afternoon snowshoeing in the mountains and seeing some of the most incredible views in the world. Completely charmed by this mountainside village, by morning we were eager to explore every inch of it, but not before a certain Easter Bunny attended his duties. That’s right, we were spending our Easter in our favorite place in Norway. I mean what better way is there to spend an Easter away from your family than in the world’s most charming village ever. In fact, I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Easter Bunny himself was from Flam.

That said it was time to get to work…

 

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Our charming and very cozy mountain chalet hotel. 2 thumbs up!

 

I really wanted the Little to have a memorable Easter experience abroad. In the U.S. it’s very traditional to spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs filled with candies, loose change and stickers. Children are usually gifted with Easter baskets filled with large chocolates, toys, books and jelly beans. All by the hand of the never seen, always stealthy, Easter Bunny. In the afternoon, families gather together over dinner and enjoy one another’s company. Given the holiday is such a big deal back home, I wanted the Little to have a special experience. So, I woke up extra early to tend to my (AKA the Easter Bunny’s) duties.

 

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The Little has been visited by the Easter Bunny

 

I had packed a few things in advance and mustered up what chocolate I could from the hotel. The girl at the front desk at the Fretheim Hotel was so nice. She helped me stuff a few eggs with spare change and rounded up a handful of sweets. Then, like any Easter Bunny would, I strategically hid all the eggs in the front garden.

After this I ran up to the room, slipped on my Easter Bunny ears then a pair on the Little, and started to wake him up.

What is that on your head? Oh my, it looks like the Easter Bunny was here, you have ears on your head! And look, there’s an egg on the floor!”

 

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A sleepy Little just waking up with his bunny ears and an eager bunny beside him…

 

And just like that he was off, scrambling to follow the trail of eggs, bunny ears on and all. And with this we started our second day of adventure in my favorite place in Norway.

 

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The Little is on the hunt!

 

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The Little enjoying his Easter Egg hunt…

 

Things to do with Kids in Flam, Norway

Don’t let the size of Flam, Norway fool you. There’s plenty to do in this tiny village. My recommendation, get on with Fjord Safari Tours, conveniently placed in front of the Fretheim Hotel. Here you can book any of their fun adventure tours.

Travel Tip: This is the kind of place where your kids can run around and just have fun. It’s probably the safest place on earth. Enjoy some time outside and let the kids play with other traveling children at the park just in front of the hotel.

For us, our second day consisted of:

  • Fjord Safari’s UNESCO World Heritage Site speed boat tour of the Aurlandsfjord which included a stop at a teenie, tiny village (population 65) where they’ve been making goat cheese since goat cheese was made
  • A little jaunt through the shopping and dining spots in their miniature (and charming) town center
  • A sightseeing tour on the Flam Railway for even more spectacular landscape views (one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world)

There are of course other activities to do. All of which you can find info on here and here

  • Fjord cruises (all year)
  • Fjord cruises seasonal
  • Explore a glacier (summer)
  • Scenic viewpoints from stunning vista spots (all year)
  • Multiple boat tours and transport services
  • Flam Railway Museum
  • Borgund Stave Church
  • Fretheim Cultural Park
  • The Snow Road – One of the most beautiful in Norway
  • Otternes Anno 1700

 

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Approaching a village in Flam on the Safari tour

 

Our UNESCO World Heritage Site Speed Boat Tour of the Aurlandsfjord

This tour departed at 11:45am but we got there a few minutes early to suit up in head to toe thermal gear. The fjord is freezing and at high speed, it’s even more frosty. Once geared up, we hopped on the boat and before we knew it were off on an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Aurlandsfjord.

 

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The Little all suited up and ready to rock with our amazing guide Jonatan.

 

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The Little and I all geared up for our speed boat UNESCO adventure

 

Along the fjord there are charming little villages consisting of what looks like little toy houses next to towering mountains. Our guide took us along the Nærøyfjord where he told us all about the local villages, the local folklore, wildlife and culture. There’s even a bed and breakfast on a cliff which is only accessible via a steep rock face climb.

 

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Jonatan giving the deets on local heritage and folklore… legend has it the trolls created the fjords in Norway.

 

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No shortage of charm here.

 

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Another perfect little village.

 

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More beauty in Flam

 

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This is what it looks like to be a mini human in thermal gear… Nothing but nose.

 

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Fjord Safari gets you up close to nature…pretty cool.

 

Travel Tip: It’s cooooooold. You would be wise to use a pair of wool gloves that open so you can take photos and cover right back up. In the summer months it’s not as cold but still advised. 

 

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The insanely adorable Pottery Barn-like village of Undredal where Norway’s finest goat cheese is made.

 

Touring Undredal with Fjord Safari

As we returned from the Nærøyfjord we got to stop in Undredal, a small village perched on the shore of the fjord home to 65 locals and 450 goats. Here we were able to explore the tiny village and get an up close view at just how serene living on the fjord is. We were even able to sample award winning goat cheese. The whole experience was so charming and so authentic. I really felt like we were a part of this place, like we belonged there. I easily could have spent a night or two in Undredal.

 

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Looking out into the fjord from Undredal.

 

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The village goat statue in Undredal.

 

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Another picturesque spot in Undredal.

 

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The Little striking a pose in Undredal

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Our happy little troll enjoying a speed boat ride

 

Travel Tip: In the summer there is a guided tour of Undredal’s Stave Church which you can get more info on here. Also, there’s a little village market where you can get your own cheese. Be sure to bring cash!

 

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A cool place to eat in Flam. Kids love trains!

 

Exploring the Shopping and Dining

We made it back with plenty of time to take a jaunt around the dining and shopping area. From the Fretheim Hotel to your left there are a few places to eat and a couple of cool gift shops filled with trolls and lovely traditional Norwegian souvenirs. We had a lot of fun just walking around the town window shopping.

 

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A delicious salmon dish at the Fretheim Hotel

 

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The LIttle goofing off with one of the giant trolls. There’s a lot of trolls in Norway.

 

Travel Tip: There is a brewery called Aegir Brewery & Pub which is absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend stopping in there. Our hotel also served really good food. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner there and both were lovely.

 

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Take an awesome trip on the Flam Railway the most scenic in all of Norway.

 

The Flam Railway

This was the getaway train for us, but if you’re staying in Flam you can take a scenic trip with a return. This is the most scenic rail trip in all of Norway. Anyone wanting to see breathtaking landscapes must take this tour. You can get a ticket in the train station (just outside the Fretheim Hotel). Trains leave regularly.

 

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The vintage Flam Railway which takes you on Norway’s most beautiful train ride from Flam.

 

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The view from our Flam Railway ride

 

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A stop along the Flam Railway with my giant hat…not one of my hottest moments but I’ll take one for the team.

 

Norway train ride the Little

I love this, it’s other worldly… the view from our train out of Flam with my kid just taking it all in. Proud mom moment here.

 

In Closing

We loved Flam, Norway. To date it’s one of my favorite places on earth and certainly in Norway. Its indescribable beauty, serenity, and distance from the world as we know it made it a very special experience. I can not wait to get back to this village to see what other adventures await. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll meet the Easter Bunny in his off season…

Keep Following Our Mom and Son Adventure!

Follow our next day in Norway when we explore a Medieval crypt at the Nidaros Cathedral during our Trondheim city break.

For more information on visiting, check out their tourism site. For trip planning to Norway VisitNorway.com!

Special thanks to Visit Norway USA. While they and the local tourism offices are funding all air, hotels and meals, this in no way shapes my opinion of my journey through Norway. An additional thank you to VisitFlam for managing our itinerary.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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