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Vestfold

Vestfold is a county rich in history, with several one-of-a-kind monuments and museums that tell exciting stories of its past. It is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, where activities on offer range from coastal hiking to zip-lining through the treetops.

Verdens Ende, Vestfold
Verdens Ende, Vestfold
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen

A place for utdoor recreation in many forms

Vestfold has an extensive network of signposted trails that take you from town to town along the coast, perfect for hiking or biking. Pause along the way and enjoy the sound of seabirds and the smell of salt water. 

In Færder national park lies Verdens Ende, one of the five "world's ends" on Earth. This costal gem is home to the famous landmark Vippefyret, made entirely from beach pebbles, and offers soothing views of the Skagerak horizon. 

For a different take on outdoor fun, bring the whole family to the beautiful valley of Lågedalen and up between the treetops in High and Low Activity Park, Scandinavia's largest climbing park. 

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County with a proud past

Vestfold is home to many unique museums that document historical periods and trades that have definined the area. 

The county flourished during the Viking ages, and along the Viking trail through Vestfold you'll discover burial mounds, remains of Norway’s first town and the sites of the most important archaeological finds from the Viking AgeMidgard historical centre in Borre teaches visitors about Vikings through exhibitions, guiding, and an outdoor Viking playground.

In the city of Sandefjord, you’ll find the Whaling Museum, Europe’s only museum dedicated to whales and whaling. The city also has famous whaling monument, which commemorates the city's former whaling workers.

Cultural history highlights

Where Edvard Munch came to paint

In 1889, painter Edvard Munch spent the first of what would become many summers in Vestfold’s town of Åsgårdstrand. He soon became captivated by the area’s distinctive shorelines, which are rendered in several of his paintings from the 1880s and 90s. The people of Åsgårdstrand and their daily endeavors also figure amongst Much’s well-known motifs.

Edvard Munch: Sommernatt. Stemmen
Edvard Munch: Sommernatt. Stemmen
Photo: Munchmuseet



Munch bought an old fisherman’s cottage in Åsgårstrand in in 1897. The cottage is the only one of Munch’s dwellings that has been preserved as it was when he lived there, and today it functions as a small museum, open to visitors all year round.

Home of a Bocuse d'Or-winning chef

Sandefjord in Vestfold is the home town of Bocuse d'Or winner Geir Skeie and his seaside restaurant Brygga 11. Skeie represents a local food scene that is defined by access to fresh seafood and wonderful produce.

One of Skeie's Vestfold favourites, which provided him with peace of mind while he prepared for the Bocuse d'Or, is Midtåsen, a sculpture pavilion and park that presents works by Norwegian sculptor Knut Steen in unique surroundings.

Urban highlights in Vestfold


In addition to wonderful costal nature and historic monuments, Vestfold offers plenty of urban experiences.

Tønsberg is the oldest city in Norway, dating back to the Viking Age. Today it is known as a great spot for cultural events. Tønsberg also has a famous quayside area lined with old warehouses, where restaurants, hotels, parks and playgrounds provide recreational activities of different kinds.

Taking a stroll at the pier in Sandefjord
Taking a stroll at the pier in Sandefjord
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen



The city of Sandefjord
is also a popular destination for city breakers. Highlights include cool street art, a bustling wharf area and top-notch restaurants and bakeries.

A toast to the good life in Sandefjord
A toast to the good life in Sandefjord
Photo: Visit Oslo Region/Didrick Stenersen

Contact

Visit Vestfold
E-mail: info@visitvestfold.com
Phone: +47 33 46 05 90
www.visitvestfold.com