Attractions in Vestfold

Vestfold offers attractions ranging from ancient Viking burial mounds to the very best of Norwegian and international contemporary art.

Vestfold is lined with attractions based on natural phenomenons. Nature reserves, ancient ruins, man made parks and fortresses opened for the public to enjoy. All with easy access and within a short range by car or by foot.  

Vestfold has a wide range of sculptures in public parks and settings, probably due to a pride taken in being a well groomed, inviting area. Architecture ranging from streets lined with small, wooden homes to old ruins, strictly modern office and production structures and large, up to date complexes for modern living provides for a shifting and exciting architectural environment.

Enjoy a variety of exhibits in the many galleries of the area.  Some small and charming and operated on a private basis, others operating all year round on a more professional basis.  Most galleries offer summer exhibits well worth visiting.

The oldest Vestfold churches date back to the year 1100, but new churches have been erected throughout the county since then.  A wide specter of styles in architecture and  building material is therefore to be found in every town and in the countryside.

Vestfold has cultural landmarks dating as far back as the bronce age 1500-500 BC.  Most renowned, however, are our more than 100 sites of Viking burial grounds, places of rituals and the first urban settlements of the Viking Age. Of more recent years our coast is lined with fortresses well worth visiting.

Don't miss the Haugar Art Museum in Tønsberg, or the museums in Vestfold's towns that cover maritime, Viking, whaling, county and local history.

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