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family rafting


Sjoa Familierafting offers family rafting for families with children aged 6 and up. With our unique location right next to Gudbrandsdalslågen, we have the absolute best conditions to give you and your family a family river rafting experience that is suitable for the whole family. The guide adapts the tour to the participants' wishes, skills and qualifications and ensures a safe and fun experience for everyone. See video from our family rafting.

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If you are an active family, everyone will enjoy the family rafting experience. The feeling of being in the raft and following the current in the river will give everyone an adrenaline rush. The family rafting trip itself offers speed and excitement, you will also have the opportunity to play, explore and swim in the river and jump into the water from the rafts. It’s fun and challenging, it’s definitely an experience you’ll never forget. It is not 8 kilometers of flat water, but a good mix of calm parts, fun and challenging rapids and lots of fun. And for those of you who wonder if family river rafting is too boring for the early teenagers; No, it is not!

You get all the equipment you need for the trip. If the weather is a bit chilly, it can be a good idea to wear thermals or base layers under the wetsuit. Otherwise, swimwear is sufficient if the weather is warm.

If all participants are over 15 years old, we recommend white water rafting on Sjoa with Sjoa Rafting AS, our sister company, which offers river rafting for participants aged 15 and over. There are different levels of white water rafting challenges so you can participate whether you are a beginner or an experienced rafter.

If you want to explore other water activities at Sjoa Familierafting, we offer both canyoning and SUP. It is also possible to swim or fish in the river. There is a nice sandy beach. If you want to stay dry, we can recommend a trip to Sjoa klatrepark or to explore the adventure trail.

Stay & eat

If you get hungry, you can either use our simple guest kitchen for cooking, you can grill, or buy simple meals such as homemade pizza or toast from us. If you want us to serve you meals during your stay, they must be pre-ordered. We serve breakfast, lunch and a 2-course dinner. All meals are homemade from good Norwegian ingredients – traveling as short a journey as possible.

To gather energy for a day on the river, it is good to have a good night’s sleep. At Sjoa Familierafting, we offer various types of accommodation. Our camping area for caravans, mobile homes and tents has a beautiful view of Gudbrandsdalslågen. For those who want an experience of exploring the wilderness, living in lavvu on the banks of Gudbrandsdalslågen is a special experience that brings you even closer to nature.

We have newly refurbished cabins with bunk beds and enough space for a family of up to five people. All cabins are equipped with a fridge and a table so you can serve meals indoors.

We also have a cozy family room of approx. 30 m2 with two double beds, dining area, fridge, kettle and a sink. There is room for an extra cot, should there be a need for this. The family room is on the second floor of Nordre Stuggu, a beautiful house from 1745 with views over both the area and Gudbrandsdalslågen. Nordre Stuggu is centrally located and close to the central sanitary facility and guest kitchen.

Starting time
10.00 and 14.00

NOK 810,- per person

about 2,5 hours

Age limit
From 6 years

The family rafting trip on Gudbrandsdalslågen is a super intense and experience-rich rafting trip, where the participants experience the best family river rafting without long stages on the river, where the children risk getting cold.

We start with the distribution of equipment at Varphaugen before we go to the rafts. After a thorough safety instruction by the river, the rafts are put directly on the river and we then have approx. 7-8 km of paddling. We build up the family rafting trip by starting calm where we get the necessary instruction and training and then challenge the river, jump into the water and swim in the current. The trip offers speed and excitement, and there are many opportunities to play and swim from the rafts.

When the family rafting trip is finished, we are picked up by the bus and driven back to the starting point, Varphaugen, where the participants can shower and enjoy ice cream, waffles or something else from the cafe, while looking at photos from the trip.

All the equipment you need on the family rafting trip is included in the price.

Our activities


We offer activities for children of all ages and are working continuously on developing the activities. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated.

Family Rafting

Sjoa Climbing Park



Adventure Trail

Pentathlon / Femkamp

We also offer


Our sister company Sjoa Rafting AS, offer white water rafting on Sjoa as well as canyoning, river boarding, packraft, paintball etc. for participants from 15 years of age and up.

Sjoa Rafting AS is idyllically located right next to the river Sjoa and most trips end with paddling straight into the camp.


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