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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

Attractions

10

Duration

12 Hours

Length

199 km

Created By:

Ina Yulo Stuve
Ina Yulo Stuve
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Highlights

  • 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.

Guide details

Starts from

Oslo

Transportation

By Car

Guidance

Self-Guided

Duration

12 Hours

Length

199 km

Price

History and CultureUnique LocationsFamily-Friendly
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.
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.
10 Attractions to Visit

Day 1

199 km2 km

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.

Day Itinerary

09:00

Oslo

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80.9 km1 h 10 min
Holmestrand brygge
10:1515 min

Holmestrand brygge

Landmark
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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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