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Extreme Adventure Holidays: Chasing The Northern Lights

If your kids love looking at the night sky, it’s worth considering taking them on one of the great once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences to view the Northern Lights. Photographer Joseph Bradley of Joseph Bradley Auroras has been taking photos of the Northern Lights for 9 years now and lives in Yukon, Canada with his kids aged 4 and 6 years old. He tells suitcases&strollers what you can expect to see, how to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of them and how you will know if your kids are ready for a family holiday to chase the Northern Lights.

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Family Holiday Destinations: Haholmen Havstuer in Norway With Kids

Great family holidays are all about a combination of relaxation, adventure and fun and that’s what family friendly accommodation Haholmen Havstuer does so well. The tiny fishing village is a really memorable way to experience Norway with kids – from the minute you spot the transfer to the minuscule island via Viking ship you know this unusual holiday destination is going to be all about fishing, windswept walks and snuggling up around a stack of books as a family.

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Family Friendly Accommodation: Juvet

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Norway that will also appeal to your design aesthetic, it’s worth planning a trip around the unique and uber cool boutique hotel Juvet. This is a design hotel quite unlike anything almost anything you will see anywhere else in the world. You get all the creature comforts of free wifi, beds, bathrooms and home cooked meals with a view to rival anything you’d see while camping with kids (without having to do the camping). For a memorable experience of rural Norway with kids, don’t miss this.

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Norway With Kids: Bøyabreen Glacier

For one of the most spectacular – and easy – drives you will do to see once-in-a-lifetime natural scenery, head to Fjærland in Norway. Here from the side of the road you will catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bøyabreen Glacier that actually comes all the way right down into the tourist carpark. If you want see a glacier with kids, it doesn’t get any more convenient than this.

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Elsa & Anna’s Home in Frozen: Bergen

The small portside town of Bergen is one of Norway’s hidden gems. It has a gorgeous historical nautical village feel about it with colourful wooden houses perched along the cliffs, tiny cobbled streets and laneways full of cool designer boutiques, cafes and old churches and buildings. The UNESCO city may not be super famous but maybe it should be. After all, it is the city that inspired Arendelle in the Disney smash hit Frozen. If you’re planning to visit the Norwegian fjords with kids, this is a great way to experience a city in Norway with kids before hitting the countryside.

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Family Adventure Holidays: Nigardsbreen Glacier

One of the multiple arms of Jostedalsbreen Glacier (the largest glacier in Europe) this is a very impressive way to experience a glacier with kids. Right in the heart of Norway’s fjord district, the massive ice formation that is Nigardsbreen Glacier is surrounded by huge rock faces, a stunning glacial lake and magnificent vistas as good as anything you will see anywhere in the world. If you are in Norway with kids, this is a memorable family holiday activity that should not be missed.

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The Ultimate Barbie Experiences

If your little girls can’t get enough of the blonde bombshell that is Barbie, perhaps it’s time to embrace their love of hot pink and seek out these fantasy-like experiences. Whether it’s just an afternoon in a mall to dedicating an entire island holiday to Barbie, here are some of the most memorable kids holiday ideas for Barbie fans.

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Travelling with Allergies (& Dietary Requirements)

No, we’re not just talking fussy eating here. If you or anyone in your family has Crohne’s disease, is celiac or has an allergy to nuts, for example, watching what you eat while on holidays can literally save your life. Kim Koeller, President and CEO of Gluten Free Passport tells suitcases&strollers about how to travel safely with kids with allergies and dietary restrictions. 


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10 Reasons to Choose Cruises For Families

Kitschy and mass market, a cruise might seem like the type of holiday for people too lazy to plan their own family vacations. But that’s exactly what makes them so much fun. Yes, the décor is often tacky. Yes, you may be eating buffet (a lot). Yes, your friends will laugh. But you and your kids will enjoy yourselves more than you can imagine and you will come back super relaxed. And isn’t that what a holiday is all about? Here are 10 reasons why cruises make for some of the best family holidays. 

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