Two families on the road in Norway, loads of planning ahead for mini-adventures by car. Just follow along!
Part 1: Notes from the road
(And how to road trip with kids the right way)
The more the merrier, right! Travelling with another family is so much fun and actually much easier for everybody. Our experience is less squabbling and more play (that goes for both the grown-ups and the kids), win, win!
Before we left we made sure to fill up on coffee/smoothies and buns, oh, and cuddles of course…
Pointing us in the right direction!
Show and tell with Dad on the ferry! Everybody was pretty excited that the trip started on the water. So much to look at and so great to get some fresh air before we head off in the car!
A little bit of in-car-fun, soft toys and tiny Pixie books. We also had audio books for the car which everybody loved. We left the iPad at home but you could bring it as long as you have one of those great iPad covers so the kids are protected in case of an accident!
To be able to stop whenever and wherever you want is such a great feeling! We drove by this café and just had to stop, the fact that they served hot waffles was, of course, a bonus.
We made some new friends along the way too… as you might imagine this was one of the highlights of our trip. We got to pet the lamb and the kids fed them grass and flowers.
Stop and smell the flowers (and have an ice cream).
Another stop we made was at this cute beach with the most amazing views. The kids, of course, were more interested in catching crabs and finding seashells, but everybody enjoyed themselves. Some of us even went for a swim.
We had brought a few small things with us to play with while on the road. Nothing big, just things we knew the kids would find fun, like their fishing gear and small wooden boats for the beach.
On our way again, next stop the ferry and then our home for the night.
The ferry rides almost became our favourites, it really breaks up the journey. Remember to take regular breaks throughout the trip, especially if you are travelling with a small baby, just to make sure your little one get’s all the fresh air he or she can!
After a long day, it was so great to get a good night’s sleep (and especially with this view). Day two started early with a lot of coffee and a big breakfast. We also made some sandwiches for the road since we knew there would not be anywhere to get food for a few hours.
Some of us took a nap and some of us played, I think both were equally good…
We just had to stop here and go for a little exploring, I mean, snow in the middle of summer? We weren’t able to climb the mountain, but we went for a little adventure. The best times are really made up as you go.
It’s all about contrast
It’s all about contrast, right!? One great tip (that you probably do anyway) is to do a lot of research before the trip about where you are going and the history of the area. So if the kids are tired of the audiobooks or the music you can entertain them with stories from where we had been and where we were headed.
Buckle up, we are driving back home. This road trip has been so great in every way, a real adventure for everyone actually. So easy and to have the freedom to stop wherever you feel like has been pretty amazing. I know, we didn’t drive to the end of the world but we figured that a great adventure could also be small.