Sandefjord Things to Do

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    Whaling monument

    by CliffClaven Written Nov 20, 2007

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    At the end of the main street, close to the ferry terminal, you can find the monument to Sandefjord's whaling heritage. It looks great in the photos, which tend to show the fountains bubbling and sparkling around the monument, but in winter they turn off the fountains. The monument looks rather forlorn in the frozen pool with its coating of dirty ice.

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    All you ever wanted to know

    by CliffClaven Written Nov 20, 2007

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    It is probably wiser to leave your Save the Whales tee-shirt at home if you plan to visit Sandefjord's whaling museum, which claims to be the only one of its kind in Europe. It is fairly big – well, it has to be, since one of the star attractions is a full-size model of a blue whale. Fortunately, the models on sale in the museum shop are rather smaller. If an hour here doesn't make you want to reread Moby Dick, nothing will.

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    Visit the Southern Actor

    by bpwillet Written Jul 14, 2005

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    Southern Actor-Sandefjord

    Whaling was a huge part of the culture and economy of Sandefjord. Almost 3000 men from the town and area were employed by whaling boats from the late 1800's and made Sandefjord a center for international whaling. With many expeditions heading to the far reaches of the artic and Antartica the town boomed with the spoils of this industry. The "Southern Actor" is the only boat left from the modern whaling days restored to its original condition. Built in 1950 this whale boat would be a part of a group of whale boats in the Antarctic. You can walk on its decks and through the onboard quarters which are still visited by old whalers-some having worked on the "Actor" when it was still commissioned as a whaling vessle. Most of the boats were lost during WWII or modified for other purposes after the war.

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    Look for the church

    by CliffClaven Written Nov 20, 2007

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    No problem if you get lost in Sandefjord. With few highrise buildings in the town, it is easy to locate the soaring spire of the town church. It was built just over 100 years ago, and if you fail to see it, you should hear it, when its computer-controlled bells chime the hours.

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    The whale museum

    by Hildeal Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    this is a must for all Sandefjord visitors. In the Museum you'll read, hear and see the history of the whale capture and how it's done earlier and today. you'll also learn about other peoples relationship with whales, especially the inuits. There's a model of a big whale there, an exhibition with polar animals and a play room for the kids.

    price for adults: 40 NK, Group 30NK.

    Kids ? i don't know

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    Take in the view...

    by bpwillet Written Jul 14, 2005

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    View from the top-M��ller��sen

    Sandefjord is a great place to check out small inlets, farms, and hills that attribute to Norway's great scenery. The view from Mølleråsen Hill are quite good. Situated just north of the town it gives you a great panoramic vantage point to look at the fjord surrounding hills, and farms. The rocks are great to just sit up on maybe even for a picnic. There is also a bench set up there. It can get quite windy though.

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    Kurbad Spa

    by bpwillet Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Kurbad Spas from Tollbugata

    The spa first opened in 1837 attracting members of high society and celebrities from Norway and abroad. It is used now as a cultural exhibition center. There is also a small pictoral display of the history of the Kurbadet and the town.

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    travel to sweden by boat

    by Hildeal Updated Apr 3, 2007

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    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.

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    the Whale monument

    by Hildeal Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    a MUST attraction, located near the harbor of Sandefjord.

    The artist Knut Steen made the monument in the period 1955 - 1960.

    The sculpture shows whalers in action and is situated in the roundabout close to the harbor in Sandefjord.

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    Visit the harbour chapel

    by Hildeal Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    this chapel opened in the spring 2004 and it is probably the only floating chapel in Europe. Inside this Chapel, everyone is welcome to enjoy the silence and the light ceremony. There's also a memory room and a wall made to remember the norwegian whale catchers who were barried in South Georgia, the island in the south pacific.

    It's possible to lend the chapel for arrangements. Marriages have also been done here. The chapel takes 30 persons.

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    Visit the Flower garden

    by Hildeal Written Aug 3, 2006

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    in the park near the harbour and next to the playground you'll see a flower garden made as a labyrinth. As you walk there in this labyrinth you'll see all these poems hanging there. These poems are written in Norwegian. But even if you don't read Norwegian it's a great place to meditate.

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    visit the old whale boat Southern Actor

    by Hildeal Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    you can visit this boat inside as a part of the whaling museum, but you'll have to pay som extra.

    Southern Actor was built in 1950 for Sevilla Whaling.
    During the second world war a lot of whaling ships were demolished, and made for other purposes. Southern Actor is an example of a typical whale boat who represents the period from 1945-til 1955.

    the boat was brougt to Sandefjord in 1989. in May, June, August and September it's possible to rent the boat for a fjord trip.

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    visit Bjerggata

    by Hildeal Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    Bjerggaten is among the oldest preserved houses in Sandefjord. They're from the begynning of the 1800 century. The people living here were trademen and seamen.
    Today Bjerggaten and also Breili are idyllic places which shows old house areas and wood houses which escaped the city fire.

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    Sandar Kirke

    by bpwillet Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Sandar Church and cemetary-Sandefjord

    The Sandar Kirke is one of Sandefjord's oldest on the northern edge of town. It was built on the ruins of an older stone church from the 13th century. Originally supporting a dome instead of the spire which is on the present church built in the late 1700's.

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    Sandefjord Kirke

    by bpwillet Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Sandefjord Kirke

    This distinct red and white church is also on the northern edge of town. Originally much smaller, and white it was built in 1872 only to be destroyed by fire in 1900. The church you see today was built 3 years later.
    Famous for its acoustical sound there are many concerts held here throughout the year.

    The church is only open for services or events it is hosting. You can get a tour if you contact the Sandefjord Travel Association.

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