These amusement parks are a real scream (and we're not talking Munch)

Roller coaster

The SpeedMonster is hailed as Scandinavia's most spectacular roller coaster, said to accelerate faster than a Formula 1 race car.

For tourists, Norway usually calls to mind winter sports, boating, hiking and fjord cruises. But wait, there’s more! Check out these attractions that put a Norwegian spin on fun and games.


TusenFryd is not an ordinary amusement park but a real entertainment center where you can find attractions for all ages, great shops, hotel accommodation, concerts and many places to eat.

The amusement park features dozens of spectacular rides, including SpinSpider, SpeedMonster, SuperSplash and ThunderCoaster. There are also more than 30 other rides and games, a water park, more than 20 restaurants and special area for younger children called Barnas Fryd. In the summer, guests can enjoy BadeFryd, a water park with a swimming pool, a swimming river, a triple slide and beach volleyball.

The park is 20 km from Oslo, at Høyungsletta 19, 1407 Vinterbro. Follow all signs from the exit of E6/E18 at Vinterbro. You also can take the bus from Oslo: No. 541 Drøbak/TusenFryd, which departs from the bus stop close to the Oslo S railroad station.

Kristiansand Dyreparken and Amusement Park

Few parks cover such a variety as the Kristiansand Dyreparken (Zoo), which is why it is commonly referred as the “Living Park.” Just 11 km east of Kristiansand you will find the most beautiful and natural zoo, with scenery and environment in abundance.

Kristiansand Dyreparken is actually five separate parks, including a water park (bring bathing suits and towels), a forested park, an entertainment park, a theme park, and the zoo itself, which includes an enclosure for native Scandinavian animals such as wolves and moose, a large breeding ground for Bactrian camels, and exotic animals such as lions, tigers, giraffes and zebras.

Dyreparken is Norway’s most frequently visited attraction, covering 150 acres of wild Nordic terrain. It is totally different from other European zoos, which are characterized by bars and heavy padlocks. At the Kristiansand zoo, the animals have wide-open spaces in which to roam, yet visitors are still able to get up close to observe some of these most beautiful animals – like the red panda, which is threatened by extinction.

There is also the “Summer Island” bathing area with heated swimming pools and poolside entertainment. Watch the pirates battle it out from the Black Lady ship, while you enjoy an ice cream.


Kongeparken is a theme park for the entire family. Make your own delicious chocolate in the Freia Chocolate Factory, ride Norway’s largest carousel, Humla, or try Norway’s longest bobsled track – more than 1,000 meters long! You may also dare to ride Kongeraften – go ahead and cast yourself down a mountain in rubber rafts at high speed!

In Kongeparken, Bamsekongen is the King. He has to keep a constant eye on the rascally bear Brumle who is always finding himself in trouble. You will also meet Brumle’s girlfriend, Brumleline, and other friendly and playful bears.

Kongeparken is a place for those who loves thrills, magic and excitement. The park offers more than 60 attractions and experiences. You can find Kongeparken next to E-39, 10 minutes from Sandnes and 20 minutes from Stavanger.

Among the other experiences in the new medieval area, you will find The Castle – Norway’s only roller coaster with spinning gondolas. With a speed that can go up to almost 70km per hour, everything is set for a magical ride with sharp turns, sudden drops and dizzying speeds in and out of The Castle.

Voss Klatrepark and Geilolia High Rope Course

If you enjoy more classical adventures and are taller than 140 cm, then you can choose among two exciting climbing parks in Norway: Voss Klatrepark (Climbing Park) near Voss and Geilolia High Rope Course near Geilo.

Voss Klatrepark is Western Norway’s first elevated park with a total of 29 different climbing and balance obstacles, where the highest activity is located more than 13 meters above the ground.

The climbing park is located in the scenic surroundings at the river beach. The activities include two zip lines, the longest more than 70 meters. The activities are divided into two tracks so that more groups can be active in the park. The activities are varied, fun and challenging for children and adults alike.

Geilolia High Rope Course also has a lot of possibilities for climbing and rappelling. With a total of 31 stations and two zip lines, this area is perfect for both groups and individuals of all ages. With helmets and other security equipment, you can safely pass bridges and other challenges in the air.

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