Stretching along the western edge of the Oslofjord, Vestfold is a historic region that’s played an important role in Norway’s shipbuilding and maritime industries. It’s home to former Viking settlements and charming villages that have inspired artists such as Edvard Munch, as well as Norway’s oldest town, Tønsberg.
Things to do in Vestfold
Idyllic waterfront towns, historically-rich ruins and stunning coastal views - Vestfold is an inspiring region that can easily be accessed from Oslo.
Visit Sandefjord’s Whaling Museum. Occupying an atmospheric building that dates back to 1917, this is one of the largest whaling museums in the world. In addition to a 21-metre-long blue whale hanging from its ceiling, it houses interactive exhibits detailing Norway’s whaling past and a vintage whale catcher that was once based in Antarctica.
Discover Norway’s Viking history in Kaupang. Founded around 800 AD as a trade hub, Kaupang is now home to a replica Viking house that offers insight into what life was like for these Norse seafarers. Learn about the archaeological excavations carried out here and the tombs that were uncovered before testing your own archery skills.
Explore Færder National Park. Encompassing several islands and picturesque coastal areas, Færder National Park is home to the mid-19th-century Færder Lighthouse and the protected ruins of Store Færder Lighthouse. Head to the visitors centre at “The World’s End” to soak up its sweeping island views, then explore the park along its hiking trails or hop aboard a boat cruise.
See Scandinavia’s largest ruins at Mount Slottsfjell. See what remains of the Castrum Tunsbergis, a 13th-century fortress that offers impressive views across the historic city of Tønsberg. Wander between the watchtower and the 12th-century church of St. Mikael, then see the King’s Hall that was built by King Håkon Håkonsson.
Getting around Vestfold
Torp Sandefjord Airport is the main gateway to Vestfold and has flights to destinations throughout Europe while Oslo Airport is around two hours’ drive away. Trains connect from the Norwegian capital to towns and cities across the region and buses access its more remote villages.