Sandefjord Travel Guide

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Sandefjord Things to Do

  • the Whale monument

    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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  • Look for the church

    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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  • All you ever wanted to know

    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...

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  • Whaling monument

    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...

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  • travel to sweden by boat

    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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  • Gokstad

    The Gokstad ship is a late 9th century Viking ship found in a ship burial beneath a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway. It was excavated in 1880.The actual ship is now in the Viking Museum in Oslo but a replica, Gaia is in the port in Sandefjord.At the actual Gokstad site, there is information boards about the ship...

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  • visit Bjerggata

    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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  • Visit the harbour chapel

    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...

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  • The whale museum

    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...

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  • visit the old whale boat Southern Actor

    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...

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  • Visit the Flower garden

    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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  • 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...

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  • Sandar Kirke

    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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  • Kurbad Spa

    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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  • Visit the Southern Actor

    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...

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Sandefjord Restaurants

  • Magasinet Cafe

    I spent two days here attending a course . the company rents out the meeting rooms all days a week, and they also serve dishes for parties and confirmations.according to their website, the prize for each person, food included, is 275 NK. They usually serve tapas dishes but can make almost anything you want. I really loved the food and the...

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  • Great atmosphere

    This coffeehouse is set of in an historic house just off Badeparken. Inside it is a great open area for mingling, studying, reading or just relaxing. There are local artists who have displayed their works on the walls and there is even a stage in one corner that plays host to open mic nights, local bands, and book readings. Outside there is a front...

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  • Italian food

    Did i write about pizza before?? I did but they ditched from the menu some time last year a well informed source told me. So no pizza this time but pasta. And a very good pasta i must add. Penne with beef and a creamy pepper sauce. Only one word "YUM"!Its not the typical pizza joint. Just a normal restaurant, tastefully decorated, in which they...

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Sandefjord Transportation

  • So where is Sandefjord?

    Okay, now that old Cliffie has sold you the idea of a trip to Sandefjord, how do you get there? You can see from the map (click for a better view) that Torp airport, only 15 minutes by bus from Sandefjord, is attracting more and more lowcost carriers, who market the airport as a cheaper gateway to Oslo, 100 kilometres farther north. When old...

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  • Ferry across the Skagerrak

    The Color Line provides daily sailings across the Skagerrak between Sandefjord and Stromstad in Sweden. The crossing takes just over two hours and is certainly better than the drive of nearly 250 kilometres around the Oslo fjord. After that, it is only another 500 kilometres to Stockholm.

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  • how to get to Sandefjord from Oslo by...

    I took the train from Sandefjord to Oslo. it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. The train to Oslo leaves Sandefjord 39 minutes over each hour. if you're a student you'll pay 163, non-student pay around 200 +- NK.

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Sandefjord Shopping

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    by bpwillet Written Jul 14, 2005

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    There are many local shops to choose from in Sandefjord. From Norwegian designer clothing to gallery-like art stores to regular department stores. These promenades are great for window shopping or picking out that last item before heading out of town/the country.

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Sandefjord Local Customs

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    by bpwillet Written Jul 14, 2005

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    When I was walking around Sandefjord's residential area there were lots of families out swimming or just sunbathing. The woods that surround parts of Sandefjordsfjorden are great for picnics or walks.

    Swimming in Sandefjordsfjorden

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Sandefjord Tourist Traps

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    by Hildeal Written Jul 18, 2006

    well I should be the first to admit it, it didn't first see that my plane went to Torp airport and not to Oslo Airport. in the weekends, especially Sundays it's difficult to get from Torp airport to Oslo. the last bus to oslo went from Torp at 22.15. If you don't make it and you have to go to Oslo you have a big problem.

    Unique Suggestions: You can try to get to know someone who's going to Torp. Sandefjord is a small town, and maybe they're willing to drive you to the centre of Sandefjord or they know how to spend the night. If you're taking a taxi to town it would be cheaper if you're taking a cap with someone else. Or if you're lucky someone is driving to Oslo and is willing to take a tourist with them.

    Fun Alternatives: it shouldn't be to difficult to find a hotel or an other accomodation for the night. But staying at a hotel is quite expensive. If you don't want to spend at least 700 NOK for a night you should consider a private accomodation.

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Sandefjord Off The Beaten Path

  • Idyllic Inlets

    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.

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  • Info

    The wall at the Gokstad site. Thanks to Iver who plunged in the 30 cm snow slush!Here on the wall it showed how they found it buried in the ground.

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  • It looks just like a field

    Here in this field they found the Gokstad ship that is currently in the Vikingshipmusuem in Oslo.It looks like nothing special but still they found it here. It must have been burried very deep because they found the mast still on the ship.The hill shows were it was nowadays in use as a hill to sled from. On the side is a wall with more info about...

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Sandefjord Favorites

  • Torsoyustillinga /torsoy gallery

    Is located in Eftang, Larvik and it takes around 30 minutes to get there by car. There's an art gallery there, every year and three main artists like Aake berg, Dang Van Ty and Hans Normann Dahl. This years guest artist this year was Harrition Pushwagner.Free intrance. The prizes of the pictures is anywhere from 3000 to 50000 NK so if you have a...

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  • Tourist information

    in case you get lost, or you want to find out more about Sandefjord.adress:Thor Dahlsgt. 1, 3210 Sandefjord

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  • a map of Sandefjord City

    http://search.kvasir.no/query?what=map&content=&geo_area=&company_name=&streetname=SANDEFJORD&streetnumber=&city=SANDEFJORD&postal_code=3208&mapstate=7%3B10.2202%3B59.1312%3B0%3B10.2147%3B59.1339%3B10.2257%3B59.1285%3B&mapcomp=%3B%3B%3BSANDEFJORD%3B%3B%3B3208%3BSANDEFJORD%3B%3B%3B%3B%3B10.2166462628219%3B59.1311758598527%3B0%3B0%3B0.0000%3B0.0000%3...

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