From the Vikings of old times to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg.
The Tønsberg area is a popular summer destination, with a long coastline, a variety of cultural events and lots of places to eat and drink.
Tønsberg was founded during the Viking Period, and the greatest testament to the town’s significance during Viking times is perhaps the world-famous Oseberg ship, found in a burial mound in 1904. A true archaeological full-scale copy of the ship is moored in Tønsberg harbour.
Mount Slottsfjell is Scandinavia’s largest ruin site, and here you can walk around in what remains of Castrum Tunsbergis, a fortress from the 13th century. In the Slottsfjell Museum and the Slottsfjell Tower, you can see an exhibition of the history of Tønsberg city. In July each year, Slottsfjell turns into one of Norway’s most popular outdoor festival areas. Slottsfjellfestivalen is a music festival of high caliber which attracts pop and rock enthusiasts from all over the country.
The Haugar Art Museum in Tønsberg focuses on contemporary art and figuration, and shows both a permanent collection and shifting exhibitions.
When the cultural alibi is fulfilled, you should make your way to the harbour and get a taste of the vibrant pulse you will find there in the summertime.
Right outside of Tønsberg lies the charming island communities Nøtterøy and Tjøme. The inviting coastline helps double, triple and even quadruple the populations of the islands each summer, attracting both regular cabin-dwellers and many first time visitors.
In Færder National park you can explore an archipelago with about 700 islands, reefs and inlets around Tønsberg, Nøtterøy and Tjøme in the outer Oslofjord.
There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.
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Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry.
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