raft jumping over a ledge in a rushing river

5 ideas to exploring Southern Norway with children

If you’re looking for a world of unique adventures to experience with your children, Evje in Southern Norway is ideal. With outdoor activities both on land and in the water, there’s plenty to do for the little ones. Here are some ideas.

Explore TrollAktiv Water Park in Evje

Kids jumping at the large blob at TrollAktiv water park
Photo: Troll Aktiv

Located on the lake amongst an abundance of forest, the water park boasts a blob, swing and trampoline, where children can bounce around with abandon! Family rafting trips include admission to the water park, which is not to be missed.

River rafting 

raft jumping over a ledge in a rushing river
Photo: Troll Aktiv

Experience the ups and downs of a roller coaster but on a river. Family river rafting TrollAktiv in Evje is a boatload of fun for the entire family, including children aged six and up who are at least 120 cm. The tour starts after learning some basic skills with your guide, followed by a venture out down the Otra river on still water, where there are some small drops and waves. 

The entire trip takes up to three hours and can be done between April and October. It’s worth noting that Otra is considered the warmest river in the country, so don’t hold back from getting wet.

Stand Up Paddling

Stand up padling in Setesdalen
Photo: Troll Aktiv

An excellent way to move around the river is on a stand up paddleboard. TrollAktiv offers SUP sessions that include games, surfing and an opportunity to see how good your children are at balancing as they go down some easy rapids and wave trains. 

If you’re all feeling a bit lazy, take a trip down the Otra river, or if you’re looking for a little more excitement, try the white water.

Get up close with a moose

Moose in Andøya in Northern Norway
Photo: Ismaele Tortella | Visit Norway

Moose rule the forests around here, so don’t miss the opportunity to see one up close and personal. The elk park Elgtun at the Landeskogen Peace Center in Bygland allows visitors to watch moose named Olga, Orvar, Elvira and Frøya during one of their three feeding times. There are also guided tours of the forest daily at 12.

Tree Trekking and the Mineral Park 

High ropes park in Setesdalen valley
Photo: Troll Aktiv

Get a bird’s eye view of the forest at the high wire adventure park in Evje. There are a number of different courses depending on your child’s skill level (and confidence), built into trees between  4 – 12 metres high. It’s located right next to the Mineral Park, where you can explore nature’s treasures like minerals and crystals.

River rafting with Troll Active

white water rafting in Evje

White Water Rafting

Take part in an action packed rafting experience on the Otra River in Setesdal Valley
From NOK 670
river rafting with children

Family Friendly River Rafting

Join our family rafting trip on the Otra River in Setesdal Valley
From NOK 570