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Tønsberg Tønsberg
Photo: Frank K. Opsahl/Visit Vestfold

The oldest town in Norway

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.

Saga Oseberg
Saga Oseberg
Ole Harald Flåten
Verdens ende
World’s End at Tjøme
Visit Vestfold
Aktiv Fritid
Aktiv Fritid
Per Bonde

Things to do

Getting here and around

By plane:
  • There are several domestic and international flights to and from Torp Sandefjord Airport. From there you can take a train or a bus to Tønsberg.
  • From Oslo Airport Gardermoen you can travel by car or train to Tønsberg. Estimated travel time is about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
By train:
  • Vestfoldbanen, operated by the Norwegian State Railways, NSB, stops in Tønsberg on its way between Oslo and Skien.
By road:
  • There are several daily express busses to Tønsberg.
  • If you go by car from Oslo, follow the main road E18 to Tønsberg. Travel time by car is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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