Sandefjord

Sandefjord is in Vestfold in Norway. An international small town with an exciting historical past.

Understand

Sandefjord is a historical town which has become a modern town of culture with a dynamic business life. The history of Sandefjord has been formed by the Viking Age, the shipping industry and whaling in Arctic and Antarctic areas. Sandefjord has a history of pioneer spirit and creativity, daring and bravery.

The Vikings had their very first settlements in Vestfold. The Gokstad Viking Ship which dates from the year 900 was discovered in Sandefjord. Today one can find a replica of this famous ship (the "Gaia“) down at the harbour. Like the Vikings, the urge to go abroad and explore foreign countries led the first whalers to the Antarctic Ocean. The history of the whalers can be explored at the Whaling Museum and at the Museum's Wharf with a visit aboard the whale-catcher "Southern Actor.“

Sandefjord is also a well known and frequently visited vacation spot for Norwegians.

Get in

Vestfold's international Torp Airport (TRF) has flights to some major and minor cities around Norway and Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Gothenburg, Marseille, Pisa, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nice, Alicante, Malaga, Milano, Prague and Stockholm. Sandefjord is located 10 km from TRF. There is an hourly train from Torp station to Sandefjord, with a free shuttle bus connecting Torp airport to Torp station.

The Norwegian State Railway serves Sandefjord on the Oslo-Skien line (Vestfoldbanen).

Nor-Way Busexpress' line 182 goes through Sandefjord.

The Color Line vehicle ferry connects Sandefjord to Strömstad (Sweden) five times a day.

There are self-service luggage lockers at the train station. 40NOK per day.

Get around

vestviken kollektivtrafikk operates a good bus service within Sandefjord and throughout Vestfold. The central bus station is just south of the train station on Møllersgate. Buy tickets on the bus, or buy a travel card at the Narvesen shop at the train station. You can get either a periodekort (period travel card) (unlimited travel in two weeks or a month) or a verdikort (stored-value card) (you must put at least 100NOK on to start with, and can then add as much or as little as you like, in the shop or on the bus). The card itself costs 50NOK.

There is a taxi stand at the train station.

See

Do

Go for a walk on the Vesterøya peninsula North Sea Trail. Take the 168 bus to the end of the route (Tveitan) and follow the blue tracks (marked Kyststien) around the point. The tourist information centre has maps. Careful, there are only a few buses per day.

Buy

Sandefjord has a charming city centre, consisting of a mixture of old and modern buildings and a wide selection of shopping possibilities.

Eat

Sandefjord has a good selection of restaurants and cafés. What is possibly one of Norway’s best gourmet restaurant outside Oslo, Solvold, is located here in a modern building near the harbour. Also located at the harbour is the fishmonger well known for the excellent quality of its goods and delicacies.

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Drink

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Sandefjord

Kristiansand Larvik  W  E  Stokke Oslo


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