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Tønsberg and Færder

Coastal charm in
Norway’s oldest town

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Tønsberg in the summer .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
Tønsberg in the summer .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

See and be seen on the boardwalk of Norway’s favourite summer city Tønsberg!

It´s located in Vestfold, an hour's drive south of Oslo and is known as the Oslofjord's sunshine coast …

Tønsberg in the summer .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
Tønsberg in the summer .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

...where you also can enjoy a mouthwatering plate of mussels in Tjøme, a true summer island paradise in the Færder region.

Delicate mussels in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Delicate mussels in Tønsberg, Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com

To get the best overview of Tønsberg, visit the Castle rock tower that provides panoramic views and the Slottsfjell museum gives you a historical overview.

Nearby, you can explore the Vestfoldtunet traditional cluster farm, learn more about the history of whaling and the Viking Age...

The Slottsfjell tower in Tønsberg .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
The Slottsfjell tower in Tønsberg .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

... because The Viking roots run deep in this region of Norway.

At Tønsberg harbour, you can take a guided tour back in time at Vikingodden and experience the true size reproduction of the legendary Oseberg Viking Ship.

Saga Oseberg .
Photo: Ole Harald Flåten
Saga Oseberg .
Photo: Ole Harald Flåten

Exploring the Haugar Art Museum is a must – it's one of Norway’s top contemporary art museums.

Art museum in Vestfold in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
Art museum in Vestfold in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Vestfold

Don’t forget to set aside time to shop in the cozy streets and enjoy a harbour-side lunch.

There's a lively atmosphere in Tønsberg until late evening. Boats fill the harbour and locals and visitors flock to outdoor restaurants and concerts at Foynhagen gardens – or the annual summer show!

The city of Tønsberg .
Photo: Visit Vestfold
The city of Tønsberg .
Photo: Visit Vesfold

South of Tønsberg lies the Nøtterøy island with its delightful summer atmosphere. A ferry runs from Tenvik to the isolated and car-free island Veierland. Visit a café, wander the island, and go for a swim!

The car-free island Veierland outside Tønsberg .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com/ Simen Sørhaug
The car-free island Veierland outside Tønsberg .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com/ Simen Sørhaug

Further south of Tønsberg you'll find the island Tjøme, with warm, smooth skerries, perfect for sunbathing. 

When temperatures hit 20 degrees Celsius, there’s nothing like the soothing sea breeze at Tjøme!

Relax on a sand-covered beach or explore the skerries by boat.

You can also take the passenger ferry to the Bolærne islands, or explore the coast on the steamship DS Kysten.

This area also offers some of the best places to paddling in Norway. You can actually paddle all the way to …

The World's End in Tjøme .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com
The World's End in Tjøme .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com

the end of the world, Verdens Ende!

Yes, you heard it! This is a recreational area located at the southernmost tip of Tjøme. Its unique lighthouse makes it a popular destination you don't want to miss even when the forces of nature is raging.

Nearby, you’ll find the Færder National Park visitor center, where you can dine with stunning views of the whole Skagerrak area!

The popular Moutmarka hiking area is close by, offering many beautiful coastal trails.

The World's End at Tjøme .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com
The World's End at Tjøme .
Photo: Visitvestfold.com

Feel like cooling off?

At the island of Hvasser you’ll find some of the region’s most popular restaurants, fishmongers, and beaches like Lilleskagen (picture), Hvasser syd and Fynstranda.

Lilleskagen beach in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Lilleskagen beach in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo

Treat yourself with an extravagant overnight stay. 

Discover rural luxury at Engø Gård Hotel

Engø Farmhouse .
Photo: One Big Happy Family / Visitnorway.com
Engø Farmhouse .
Photo: One Big Happy Family / Visitnorway.com

…or spend the night at Fulehuk lighthouse out by the open sea.

Fulehuk lighthouse .
Photo: One Big Happy Family / Visitnorway.com
Fulehuk lighthouse .
Photo: One Big Happy Family / Visitnorway.com

Longing to make some good memories?

Children playing by the sea in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Children in sunset in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
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