Why Scandinavia for Families?

Andy Hemingway

Norway and Sweden are true winter wonderlands with picturesque villages, stunning snow blanketed forests, cosy cabins, husky dogs and reindeer which will capture the imagination of children.

It’s not just about the safe compact village centres, the family friendly accommodation, superb skiing schools and the friendly locals, it’s an all-round winter experience.

Why Sweden and Norway?

Short flight times from regional airports - with rail transfer options to certain resorts that children will love.

Family friendly accommodation - all hotels we feature offer half board options with early dinners for children. Many have children’s playrooms, for example the Vestlia Resort in Geilo, Norway has an enormous self-supervised soft playroom, and all the hotels have swimming pools with separate children’s pools. Family rooms are widely available with extra beds, cots, sleeper sofas and interconnecting options.

Significant children’s discounts at hotels - kids up to 3 or 4 are generally free, some offer discounts for children up to 15 years of between 50 - 75%. Please ask us for advice.

Plenty of spacious, slopeside cabins and apartments - perfect for families, with pre-bookable grocery deliveries available at most resorts. The Forest Cabins in Geilo or the Bergo Cabins in Beitostølen are particularly delightful.

Christmas week - in Geilo, the Forest Cabins and the Geilolia Apartments offer free Christmas trees and decorations over Christmas week and every resort has a visit from Santa (giving away free presents) on the 24th December - the kids will love it!

Crèche facilities - Geilo and Hemsedal in Norway have exceptional crèches with hourly, half day and full day options (pre-booking recommended).

Superb ski schools and uncrowded slopes - friendly, English speaking instructors with no more than 10 children per group. The focus is as much on fun as on learning, which has proved to be a winning formula. Scandinavian resorts have plenty of gentle and uncrowded slopes, perfect for children to gain confidence and improve their techniques quickly.

Family focussed resorts - the compact resort centres create a safe environment for families, with the majority of resorts’ slopes leading to the one base area. Supermarkets are well stocked and the locals are friendly and English-speaking. Resorts have a real family focus and each offers a programme of family activities such as tobogganing, sleigh rides and snow rafting (see below for more details).

Family offers - in addition to the discounts available at hotels, often resorts will offer discounts on ski hire, rentals as ski school over certain periods of the season. Please call us for all the up to date family offers available.

Non-ski activities for all the family - the quality, authenticity and variety of non-ski activities in Scandinavia’s ski resorts is a massive draw, particularly for families! From mini-snowmobile safaris and horse drawn sledge rides to Husky dog safaris, visits to mountain farms and dinners in a Tee Pee - a visit to Scandinavia is so much more than just skiing. Over the school holiday periods all resorts offer free children’s activities.

Need advice? Please call us on 01273 224 068 for tips and advice on travelling as a family to Scandinavia.