Vestfold’s coastline has an extensive cultural history. The county by the Oslofjord has played a central role in Norwegian history as a hub for shipbuilding, marine activities and Vikings.
In Vestfold, the short distance between the charming towns will make your trip more interesting and varied. Stavern is known for its varied and exciting archipelago, whilst Larvik is the birthplace of Thor Heyerdahl. Horten and Sandefjord have a vast marine history, and Tønsberg holds the title of Norway’s oldest town.
Discover Færder National Park, one of Norway's most important areas for coastal outdoor recreation. You should also pay a visit to the World’s End at Tjøme for breathtaking views.
Vestfold was a centre of power in the Scandinavian Viking Age, and is the county in Norway where you’ll find the most traces of our proud Viking heritage. Several of the world’s most important archaeological findings from the era are discovered here: Monumental royal burial mounds in Borre in Horten, the Oseberg ship burial mound and Slottsfjellet in Tønsberg, and the Gokstadhaugen burial mound in Sandefjord. Norway’s first urban Viking settlement at Kaupang can be found outside of Larvik.
If you enjoy hiking or biking, the many tracks along the coastal path are an enjoyable experience. Follow the coastline on marked trails and over sleek rocks right at the edge of the sea, and enjoy the sight of Vestfold’s distinctive archipelago. Breathe in the clean air and discover sandy beaches where you can swim and relax in the sun.
Culture buffs will enjoy the county’s diverse cultural scene, which includes festivals, shows, art and a number of museums, like the Slottsfjellmuseum in Tønsberg and Norway’s National Museum of Photography in Horten. For shopaholics, there are countless small shops that sell everything from antiques to designer clothes.
Water has always been important in Larvik, from the time when the Vikings sailed in to build Norway’s first town at Kaupang and Colin Archer shaped the boats of the future to make polar exploration a reality.
From the Vikings of old times to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg.
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry.
A seaside town offering plenty of outdoor pursuits, Horten also boasts a rich heritage dating back to Viking times. In nearby Åsgårdstrand you can visit legendary artist Edvard Munch's summer house.
There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.
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