Rica Park Hotel Sandefjord

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Strandpromenaden 9, Box 175, Sandefjord, Vestfold, 3200, Norway
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by samhague

Sandefjord is a lovely town, but dont expect a lot. Do not bother tryng to do anything on a sunday morning, everything (except the whaling museum) is closed on a sunday morning, also if you pick up the guide to sandefjord make sure its in the correct language for you. otherwise it doesn't make sense. Norway is incredibly expensive about £2.50 for a bottle of water or a mars bar. £8.50 for an irish coffee. stayed at the Rica Park Hotel which was absolutely wonderful, although expensive, it has a pool and a wonderful buffet breakfast included in the cost.

Sandefjord, Norway

by rusty703

The Whaling Museum is worth a visit unless you're weak of stomach and heart about whaling. Interesting displays and a film (in Norwegian) from the 60's. Surprisingly, for a town steeped in whaling history and largely owing its existence to the industry there's hardly a whale souvenir to be found. I searched for hours across the entire town center (which frankly can be covered in a matter of 2-3 hours) hoping to find whales in a multitude of media - glass, stone, ceramic, wood, metals - but alas there were none. The closest thing to a whale souvenir is the stuffed whale for children you can purchase at the whaling museum.

As for dining I recommend dinner at the Kong Carl Hotel in the city center. Their specialty is fish and they are more reasonably priced than most of the restaurants I checked. Food is delicious, although the young server could stand to be a bit more attentive to her diners.

The historic houses from the early 19th century in the Braggata section at the edge of town are worth the modest stroll.

I stayed at the Rica Park hotel which is above average for the price. Be sure to bring a bathing suit to enjoy the spa/pool. I intended to but had left my swimsuit at home and wasn't prepared to drop $50 for a bathing suit to enjoy a swim for an hour. Even in this modest Scandinavian town the dollar does not go far.

Back to whales and dining, you can sample a bit of whale meat at Kokeriet restaurant on the harbor. Not sure how they get the meat since I believe whaling is now illegal and whales are a protected species. I may email them and inquire about that.

Sandefjord is a good stop for those who have never been to Norway and wish to say they've been their, and it's a relatively inexpensive flight on Ryanair from London-Stansted. Oslo is a 2-hr bus ride away if you must have the big city.


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Torp airport

by ettenaj

Hi we are due to arrive in Torp airport on 26th Dec I have been frantically looking for a decent hotel in the=at area , can anyone help or do we need to head for Oslo??

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by YVRDave

There is the Clarion Collection about 116GBP and The Rica Park hotel at about 135GBP

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sandefjord has some hotels..
but are u staying there or going some where else in norway

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some links for the area

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by ettenaj

Thanks guys but I have managed to sort out a hotel in Oslo. Happy Chritmas to you

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by YVRDave

And to both of you too

Torp Airport

by thelittlevoice

i know it's not in oslo but i have no need to get to oslo so i wonder if you guys have any suggestion of which city that is near sandefjord that is worth spending the night? thanks.

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by jamesfmunro

It's only 1.5 hours to Oslo by bus - and Oslo is a nice place. Why not just go to Oslo? You get to see some Norwegian countryside on the way...

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by nuppe

Tking the Oslo ride is a good suggestion. If you prefer to stay closer, Sandefjord has a maritime museum(with some viking stuff) and a whaling museum - the city grew big thanks to whaling...(history now) Nightlife etc I don't know much about, but it's of course a coastal town so you could dip your toe in the Oslofjord.

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by iver

depending on how late u land in sandefjord,,,, ( its my neighbourtown) i'd say,, either stay in sandefjord at rica park hotel,,, or go by bus or train to oslo,, its only aprx 2 hrs drive:)

anyways,, if u stay in sandefjord,, give me a note and we can meet for a coffee or something?
happy travels

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Idyllic Inlets

by bpwillet

If you are visiting any part of Norway you are more than likely going to come across water of some sort. If you take some time to visit Sandefjord there are some great inlets perfect for swimming. With so many small islands there are plenty of places to sit back and enjoy a swim or soaking up the sun.

travel to sweden by boat

by Hildeal

The boat goes from Sandefjord to Stromstad, Sweeden. It takes around 3 hours. Enjoy the trip and all the food in the restaurant(knee supper), it's enough food for three hours

In Sweden you should take the advantage of all the cheap food there, before returning to Norway.

The Whale City my nice tourist trap

by Hildeal

"My trip to Sandefjord"

My Trip to Sandefjord was not planned. it was actually a tourist trap. when I ordered my ticket from Oslo to Stuttgart and back I failed to see that oslo airport also includes Torp airport in Sandefjord. When I first saw that I was going to fly to Sandefjord, I decided to make the best out of it, and stay a night in this town, since I arrived to late to get back to oslo that evening.

"The history of Sandefjord"

Sandefjord's history goes way back. The vikings lived here and left remnants of an interesting period. Today this is represented by the Gokstad burial mound just outside of the town centre, where the Gokstad ship was excavated in 1880. A copy of the ship, the "Gaia", has Sandefjord as its homeport and is found on the museum pier. In the 1800s Sandefjord was a renowned spa town with prominent guests such as the author Henrik Ibsen and King Oscar II.

"Sandefjord, a maritime city"

Sandefjord is famous for its navigation and chemical industry. the ship Gokstadskipet was found near the city in 1880 and now is to be found in the Vikingship house. Both the Gokstadship Copy "Gaia" and The whale boat "Southern Actor" has Sandefjord as their home harbour.


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