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Summer family destinations

Are you looking for an action-packed holiday bursting with activities, or would you prefer a more relaxing time hanging out with the family on the beach? Whatever you’re looking for, these family favourites have something for everyone, and also include direct flights from Scandinavia. Here are SAS’ hottest tips for this summer’s destinations in Scandinavia and Europe.

Photo: Den Gamle By


Denmark’s second city is perfect for a family weekend. Go exploring in the large Tropical Houses at the city’s botanical gardens. There’s lots to see along paths meandering between palm trees and tropical plants. Be sure to check out Den Gamle By open air museum for a journey back in time. Go on a treasure hunt, feed the geese and experience what it was like to live in days gone by at the museum, which is free to everyone under 18. There are several amusement parks and funfairs in the vicinity for people seeking action and excitement.

Fløibanen. Photo: Endre Knudsen


A visit to Western Norway and Norway’s second largest city can’t fail to be a family success. Take a trip on the Fløibanen funicular up to the mountain of Fløyen. Here, you’ll have views across the entire city, and the area is also home to Bergen’s largest playground for energetic youngsters. Say hello to the otters, penguins and all the other animals at Norway’s largest aquarium located in the city. The VilVite activity centre makes for a fun outing for the kids. The activity centre offers 100 exciting and challenging experiments and activities for children to discover.

Liseberg. Photo: Monstrum


Gothenburg is packed with family activities. A fast-paced visit to Liseberg amusement park or meeting the animals and dinosaurs at Universeum science centre and museum are classic family destinations. A great way to experience the city is to take a trip on one of the Paddan boats along Gothenburg’s canals. An excursion to Slottskogen park is a wonderful family experience and is also free – enjoy a picnic among the trees or visit the large play area, perfect for younger and older children alike. Don’t forget to visit the animals at the zoo.

Omis. Photo: Shutterstock


Croatia has grown to become one of Scandinavia’s most popular tourist destinations. The country’s second largest city of Split is the perfect destination for the whole family. Visit the ancient town of pirates at Omis. A yacht excursion is a wonderful family experience. Various types of day trips are available for beginners, while experienced sailing families can hire their own yacht. The district of Vranjic lies on the outskirts of Split. This area is home to Croatia’s largest aquarium and aquatic animals from all over the world.

Photo: Annika Goldhammer

Palma de Mallorca

The family favourite of Mallorca remains a popular choice with Scandinavians, and it’s easy to see why. The island has lots of activities for all the family. Experience Mallorca’s fantastic food culture at the large San Juan Gastronomic Market, offering food to suit all tastes. The area close to the market is home to a large play park – perfect for young children. Visit the Caves of Drach, one of a number of caves found on the island. An exciting journey underground for both young and not so young.

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Alicante at the heart of Costa Blanca offers many exciting excursions. Take a refreshing visit to a waterpark – great for hot days. For chocoholics, the city has its own chocolate factory and chocolate museum. Try a day at the beach for a little relaxation or fun water activities or try a snorkel safari and discover the fantastic world beneath the waves.

Acropolis. Photo: Unsplash


The Greek islands are a favourite family destination, but the country’s capital is also a fantastic destination. Discover the cradle of democracy together with the family and enjoy some of the many activities. One of Athens’ most popular destinations is the Acropolis – why not climb the mountain together with the children? This is perfect for energetic youngsters, as the area is not well suited to pushchairs. Outside Athens lies the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre for injured and sick sea turtles. The expert volunteers know all there is to know about these animals. Don’t forget to try the Greek version of doughnuts known as ‘Loukoumades’. These are sold at all cafés and at street stalls.

Making flights more sustainable

SAS is always working to make flying more sustainable. This includes modernisation of the aircraft fleet and the transition to the Airbus A320neo, one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft available. SAS’ goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% by 2025. Since April 2018, SAS has been the first airline to carbon-offset all Youth Tickets.

  • Traveling light is the new way to travel, but families with children may sometimes need to take a little more baggage, so it’s possible to book more baggage if you need to. 

  • Book your meal with the award-winning New Nordic menu, prepared using local and seasonable raw ingredients. Raw ingredients come from 32 carefully selected Scandinavian producers. A wide range of menus means there is something for everyone, whatever your allergies or preferences.

  • Become a EuroBonus member so that your journeys are automatically covered by carbon offsetting. SAS provides carbon offsetting for all Youth Tickets and all tickets booked by EuroBonus members.

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