Rich on culture and history
Get a close up look at Vestfold’s exciting history of both the Vikings and shipping. Visit Kaupang, Norway’s oldest town, or take a trip along Vestfold’s beautiful coastline in the Viking ship Saga.
Verdens Ende – “The World’s End”:
“Verdens Ende “The World’s End” is located outside Tønsberg in Færder National Park. Verdens Ende is 1 of 5 “World’s Ends” in the world. Here you get majestic views to the horizon. Verdens Ende is probably best known for Vippefyret, built by pepples from Tjøme’s beach in 1932..”
The Coastal Path in Stavern with Mølen:
“On the coastal path between Stavern and Helgeroa there is 35 kilometres signposted coastal path. Walk along rocky shores, sandy beaches, shallow bays and different types of woods.
Mølen for many is a popular destination, both in good and bad weather. Mølen is part of the UNESCO European Geopark. There are several rocks to explore for those interested, you can find over 100 different rocks.”
The Slottsfjells Museum
“In the midst of Tønsberg surrounded by beautiful surroundings you find the Slottsfjell museum. The museum and the area around it is cultural heritage that represent the city’s long history. Ruinparken shows remains of one of Norway’s most significant medieval citizen.”
The Viking Ship Saga Oseberg
“The world’s most important discovery from the Viking era was made just outside Tønsberg in 1904; The discovery of the famous Oseberg viking ship.
The Oseberg Viking Inhertiance Foundation has built an exact copy of this ship on a voluntary basis. In the construction process only tools and construction methods identical to what was used during the construction of the original ship in the Viking era was applied.
The Beech Forest in Larvik
“Bøkeskogen – The Beech Tree Forest – is Norway’s largest and the world’s most northerly beech tree forest. As comfortable walking trails invite you to explore the jewel in the crown in the town of Larvik, you can enjoy the grandness of the forest for miles and miles.
The Beech Tree Forest stretches inwards along the Farris lake, and as you walk you will find small, cosy cabins and unspoilt places where you can enjoy the views and eat your lunch-pack”
Stavern and Fredriksvern
“Fredriksvern is Norway’s first main naval base, built in Stavern from 1750 onwards. The original name was Fredriksvern Verft, named after king Frederik V. who reigned at that time.
Fredriksvern has played an important part in the development of Stavern as well as in Norwegian maritime history during the years, and the place has probably been a harbour since ancient times.
There are several arts galleries and small museums here and the area is filled with exciting activities all year round.”
Karljohansvern in Horten and the The Naval Museum
Karljohansvern is a national fortification in Horten, on the western shore of the Oslofjord, a good hour’s drive from the capital Oslo. The fortress is beautifully situated on a peninsula between the fjord and the inner harbour and consists of both big storage buildings from the mid 19th century and ordinary houses from the 20th century. The oldest house that remains at Karljohansvern were a part of Horten farm built in the 16th century. There are also nice recreational areas along the fjord.
Karljohansvern also offers cultural experiences, for example The Naval Museum with exciting collections connected to the naval history through war and peace, and the Preus Museum with exhibits within photography and visual art.”
Midgard Viking centre
“Midgard Viking centre was opened in 2000 with the purpose of promoting Vestfold’s Viking heritage. The centre has interesting and exciting exhibitions which shows different aspects of the history.
Midgard vikingsenter is situated near the Borre burial mounds, which form one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage sites.
In 2013 gildehallen was opened at Midgard. The hall is a magnificent reconstruction of one of the Viking’s major party halls/rooms. Big parts of the building are built by hand and with time appropriate tools, beautiful woodcarvings to show that the Vikings extraordinary woodcarvings are not forgotten. Our guides have insight on all the exciting details of the building and the Vikings.”
Kaupang – “Vikingtown”
“Kaupang was founded around the year 800. The location was significant when the town was established as a hub for trade and production. At Kaupang today there is built a Viking house like they think it could have been. You can also see a model of the town and get to know how the town was located.”
*Kaupang Viking town is open during the summer season.
Haugar Vestfold Art Museum
“Haugar Vestfold art museum is worth a visit. Andy Warhols tribute to Munch is some of the museums permanent exhibitions. However, the museums also have different exhibitions throughout the year, which means its worth visiting more than ones.”
Edvard Munch’s house in Åsgårdstrand
“Munch’s house is located just off Grand Hotel Åsgårdstrand, passing by the hotel and the marina. Surrounded by green lawns, you will see the house and the studio in the hill. Alternatively, you will walk along Edvard Munch’s gate, an idyllic street with charm and cozy gardens. At the museum it is nice to sit and overlook the sea and down the shoreline, which caught Munch’s early interest.”
Midtåsen in Sandefjord
“The beautiful former home of shipping magnate and philanthropist Anders Jahre is now owned by the municipality of Sandefjord. The house, which sits in 15 acres of grounds (Midtåsen), was built in the 1930s and designed by renowned Norwegian architect Arnstein Arneberg. ”