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    Day Trip From Oslo to Tønsberg: Viking Ruins and Medieval Fortresses

    Day Trip From Oslo to Tønsberg: Viking Ruins and Medieval Fortresses
    Starts from

    Oslo

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    8

    Duration

    10 hours

    Length

    37 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Oslo

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    10 hours

    Length

    37 mi

    History and CultureActive Leisure
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    Ina Yulo Stuve

    Ina Yulo Stuve

    Travel Expert

    • Learn more about Norwegian maritime history with a visit to the Slottsfjell Museum.
    • See a replica of the viking ship discovered in Tønsberg in 1904.
    • Do as the locals do and enjoy the sunshine by taking a stroll on the famous harbour.
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    Tønsberg holds the title of being Norway's oldest town. It's famous for its medieval burial sites and the role it plays in viking history--the most important viking artifact, an almost intact ship, was discovered here in the early 1900s. Nowadays, the city is a popular destination for Norwegians and history buffs who are looking for a seaside escape from big-city life whilst still having all the modern comforts close by. Visitors flock to this seaside city as you walk the paths of the Vikings, attend popular outdoor summer festivals, sail away to sea, or simply enjoy the nightlife on the harbour.
    This one-day roundtrip itinerary will allow you to see all the Tønsberg landmarks and enjoy spots favoured by locals. Despite being so near to the capital, Tønsberg makes for the perfect day trip with a chance to learn more about Norwegian maritime history.
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    Tønsberg holds the title of being Norway's oldest town. It's famous for its medieval burial sites and the role it plays in viking history--the most important viking artifact, an almost intact ship, was discovered here in the early 1900s. Nowadays, the city is a popular destination for Norwegians and history buffs who are looking for a seaside escape from big-city life whilst still having all the modern comforts close by. Visitors flock to this seaside city as you walk the paths of the Vikings, attend popular outdoor summer festivals, sail away to sea, or simply enjoy the nightlife on the harbour.
    This one-day roundtrip itinerary will allow you to see all the Tønsberg landmarks and enjoy spots favoured by locals. Despite being so near to the capital, Tønsberg makes for the perfect day trip with a chance to learn more about Norwegian maritime history.
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    Ina Yulo Stuve

    Ina Yulo Stuve

    Travel Expert

    • Learn more about Norwegian maritime history with a visit to the Slottsfjell Museum.
    • See a replica of the viking ship discovered in Tønsberg in 1904.
    • Do as the locals do and enjoy the sunshine by taking a stroll on the famous harbour.
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    Day Itinerary

    8 Activities
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    Day 1

    37 mi1 mi

    Become a Viking for a Day in Tønsberg

    You'll enjoy a mix of history, culture, and a laid-back lifestyle with this one-day roundtrip itinerary from Oslo to Tønsberg and back. To start off your maritime journey, you'll make a quick pitstop at the seaside town of Holmestrand where you'll have a quick grab-and-go breakfast by the water. You'll get an early introduction to Tønsberg local culture with a stroll on the buzzy harbour before stopping for an Italian lunch at a trendy restaurant. The final part of your trip will be focussed on history - from a museum with whale skeletons to getting up close and personal with a replica viking ship, amateur historians will be delighted with all that the city has to offer. After a ferry ride and dinner at a steak restaurant in Moss, you'll be back in Oslo.
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    Holmestrand Pier
    10:15 AM15 min

    Holmestrand Pier

    Pier
    Open Details
    This beautiful harbour is wonderful to see in the morning when the sun reflects on the calm waters. It'll be a great way to begin your trip and prepare for a day by the sea.
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    0.2 mi
    5 min
    LilleHolmestrand Coffee Bar
    10:45 AM15 min

    LilleHolmestrand Coffee Bar

    Café
    Open Details
    Pop by Lilleholmestrand Kaffebar, one of the nearby cafés, for a quick breakfast and warm drink to take with you as you make your way further south.
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    16.9 mi
    30 min
    Brygga in Tønsberg
    11:30 AM30 min

    Brygga in Tønsberg

    Harbor / Marina
    Open Details
    The Tønsberg harbour is the most popular meeting spot in town and is a must-do on your visit. It's the best place to get a feel for local life as it's always buzzing no matter what time of day you go. Take a relaxing stroll by the water or grab an ice cream to cool you down.
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    0.1 mi
    5 min
    Paparazzi
    12:15 PM1 hr

    Paparazzi

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Though you'll be spoilt for choice with the different dining options that line the Tønsberg harbour, Paparazzi is a trendy spot favoured by locals for their Champagne lunch, Italian menu, and after work happy hour in the summer months. Get a table out on the terrace if you can!
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    0.6 mi
    15 min
    Slottsfjellet Tower
    1:30 PM15 min

    Slottsfjellet Tower

    Historic Site
    Open Details
    This imposing 17-metre-high "Caste Rock Tower" is often the first landmark you'll see when driving into Tønsberg early summer festival that has brought artists like Diplo, Two Door Cinema Club, Karpe Diem, and Lewis Capaldi to the city. It was built in 1888 and is part of the Slottsfjell Museum. The Castle Hill area it stands on was the site of the largest ruin park in Scandinavia.
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    0.5 mi
    5 min
    Slottsfjell Museum
    2:00 PM1 hr

    Slottsfjell Museum

    Museum
    Open Details
    If you're a lover of history, then this museum is one you will absolutely enjoy. The different exhibitions showcase artefacts from the Middle Ages, stories from Tønsberg throughout the years, whale skeletons from the city's time as a whale hunting industry, and an entire hall dedicated to vikings.
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    0.8 mi
    15 min
    Saga Oseberg
    3:15 PM1 hr 30 min

    Saga Oseberg

    Landmark
    Open Details
    The discovery of the Saga Oseberg ship in Tønsberg in 1904 is considered to be the most important find in viking history. Whilst the original can be found at the Viking Museum in Oslo, this replica was constructed to show visitors what life on a viking ship was like. Marvel at the intricate design that goes into creating these majestic sea vehicles and if you're up joining the crew, buy a ticket for your chance to row across the sea with your other fellow vikings. Make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled trip.
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    19.4 mi
    1 hr 20 min
    Bifferiet Steakhouse
    6:15 PM2 hrs

    Bifferiet Steakhouse

    Steakhouse
    Open Details
    Hop on a ferry and make your way to the city of Moss in the county of Viken. A hearty meal is in store at this traditional steakhouse which serves up traditional meat dishes in a cosy venue. Fill up on entrecote with bernaise or chicken with mushroom sauce before your return to Oslo.
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