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Scandi adventures

Mark's verdict:

It always surprises me that more people do not head north for their holidays. Scandinavia is a brilliant choice for families with nature-loving youngsters and thrill-seeking teenagers. Exsus offers some great family adventures, including exploring the fjords by kayak, reindeer and husky experiences, snorkelling alongside whales and, if you’re lucky, the stunning Northern Lights.

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Exsus Travel says

With their effortless natural beauty, cool Scandi culture, pristine landscapes, spectacular coastlines and wildlife, Sweden and Norway have fast become two of our most popular family destinations – and both summer and winter are fantastic times to visit.

  • eco-retreats
  • outdoor adventure
  • wildlife encounters

Each and every itinerary is bespoke to suit your family, tailor-made from scratch by our team of well-travelled and knowledgeable experts. The options are endless, but to inspire you, here’s just a taster of what we can do.

In summer, escape to Sweden’s stunning west coast on our Summer Nights & Seafood adventure. It starts in hip Gothenburg, where we recommend exploring by kayak and enjoying the vintage rides at the Liseberg amusement park. You’ll then head to pretty seaside villages and islands in the archipelago for breezy coastal walks, crayfish hunting, kayaking and sailing, keeping an eye out for seal colonies.

Or how about our Campfires & Kayaks holiday? Discover Viking history in Stockholm before heading to a woodland eco-retreat where you’ll go on safari to see beavers, moose and wolves, chop wood for the campfire and forage for berries for your morning pancakes, Bear Grylls style. Finish your holiday by sailing and sea kayaking around the beautiful island of Bergholmen.

On our family adventure in Norway you’ll stay in an alpine lodge and go on a thrilling musk-ox safari to witness these prehistoric animals in their natural habitat plus river rafting, canyoning, horse riding and rowing on the fjords.

Experience Norway in style on our Flagship Norway itinerary, including private boat tours, helicopter trips and wildlife safaris around the fjords, mountains and coastlines to see puffins, eagles and seals, while indulging at some of our favourite luxury hotels.

In winter, combine Norway and Sweden with this irresistible Scandi Drama, which takes in the famous Northern Lights, an open-air zoo in Stockholm, private guided experiences such as dog-sledding and ice sculpting in the Arctic Circle, the Sami culture of north Norway and the majestic fjords of Aurland – perfect for walks, cycle rides and boat trips.

Also in winter, take an epic Huskies, Orcas & Northern Lights adventure, which journeys through the Arctic Circle and will see you travelling by husky, reindeer and boat. You’ll even go snorkelling with whales in the fjords.

Explore our full range of family adventures in Sweden and Norway.

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