Vestfold coastline may not be long, but it has an extensive cultural history. Vestfold has played a central role in Norwegian history as a centre for whaling, shipbuilding and marine activities. You can experience this at close quarters. The 3 main towns in Vestfold; Larvik, Sandefjord and Tønsberg are all pretty close to each other and offer a varied selection of shopping, activities, attractions and coastal experiences.
Vestfold was a centre of power in the Scandinavian Viking Age. A number of the world’s most important archaeological finds from the Viking Age were discovered in Vestfold, including monumental royal burial mounds in Borre (Horten), the Oseberg ship burial mound and Slottsfjellet (Castle Hill) in Tønsberg and the Gokstadhaugen burial mound in Sandefjord. Norway’s first urban settlement form the Viking Age, at Kaupang, is outside Larvik. Viking history is visible, like a row of pearls, in Vestfold’s landscape.
To get here is easy; Torp Airport Sandefjord is an international aiport with several international departures with Widerøe, Norwegian, Ryanair, KLM and Wizz Air in addition to Charter. There are daily domestic departures to Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. The ferries Color Line and Fjord Line have daily departures to Sweden and Denmark. The Vestfold Line is a railway line that runs through a number of towns in Vestfold and ending in the town of Skien in Telemark. European route E18 runs through the county.