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Horten and Åsgårdstrand

Munch and Viking history

The charming seaside towns of Horten and Åsgårdstrand are rich in history and culture,
and offer tranquil coastal and inland nature.

Horten .
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Horten .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com

Drift past the trees on a boat and walk along waterside trails.

Horten .
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Horten .
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Do you recognize this famous motif?

Local landmarks and landscapes feature in many of Norwegian-born expressionist painter Edvard Munch's works, including Pikene på broen ​(The girls on the bridge).

Experience picturesque Åsgårdstrand, where one of Modernism's most important artists found his inspiration, and ...

Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Sven Erik Knoff / Visitvestfold.com
Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Sven Erik Knoff / Visitvestfold.com

... visit Edvard Munch's house, where everything remains as it was when the artist lived there.

Stroll through idyllic streets with small wooden houses, cafés and galleries in Åsgardstrand.

Edvard Munch's house, Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
Edvard Munch's house, Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

Journey back in time and unleash your inner Viking at ...

... the Midgard Viking Centre.

The centre is located near the Borre burial mounds, one of Norway's most important cultural heritage sites. Explore Viking history and try your hand at Viking games and activities.

Gildehallen, Borre .
Photo: VisitHorten
Gildehallen, Borre .
Photo: VisitHorten

Norway’s national photo museum – Preus Museum – is located at the historic former naval base Karljohansvern in Horten, offering visitors many fascinating exhibitions.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack in the café. 

Karljohansvern .
Photo: VisitHorten
Karljohansvern .
Photo: VisitHorten

Here, you will also find the Navy Museum, one of the oldest naval museums in the world. Established in 1853, its collection includes more than 150 model ships, and you can even climb into a submarine.

The Navy museum in Horten .
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The Navy museum in Horten .
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Wake up to the sound of bird song!

Tretopphytter Oslofjord is located in Nordre Vegge just outside Horten. Its treetop cabins offer stunning views of the Oslofjord and the surrounding nature. 

Treetop Cabins Oslofjord outside Horten .
Photo: Knut Bjerva
Treetop Cabins Oslofjord outside Horten .
Photo: Knut Bjerva

Sample some delicious Norwegian seafood!

Visit Grand Restaurant in Åsgårdstrand for a tasty meal by the harbour and panoramic views of the fjord.

Eating out in Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
Eating out in Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

Want to explore these quaint surroundings at your own pace?

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Strolling the street in Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Didrick Stenersen/Visit Vestfold
Strolling the street in Åsgårdstrand .
Photo: Didrick Stenersen/Visit Vestfold

Port towns in historic surroundings

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Get in-depth travel information on Horten’s official website.

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