Heading to Tonsberg, in southern Norway, is a great getaway for the summer if you are planning a visit to the country. This city, the oldest town in the land of the midnight sun, offers teeming attractions, from wonderful Scandinavian nature to Viking sites. It doesn’t stop there! There is a wide variety of worthy cultural events here, a dramatic seascape from Brygga, or “pier” in Norwegian, and succulent lapskaus, a Norwegian stew - it’s all waiting to be discovered.
-Visit the historical site
-Witness the dazzling display of excavations- Vestfold County Museum
Day 1: Tonsberg Fortress
Day 2: Vestfold County Museum
Day 3: Brygga in Tonsberg
Day 4: Oseberghaugen Royal Mound
Day 5: The Koigen leisure area
Day 6: Viking Ship
Day 7: Departure
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The ruins found at this historical site are a silent witness to how King Harald I united the country and it illustrates the importance of Tonsberg as Norway’s oldest town. The castle was built in the 13th century, by King Haakon Haakonson. To get a worthy view of the old town and the beautiful blue horizon, just take a few steps up the decrepit stairs.
Museum-hopping in Vestfold County is a nice way to explore Tonsberg, in a short time, and the Vestfold County Museum is just a few minutes away from the train station. This spot highlights a dazzling display of excavations, but the main attraction is the mind-blowing Oseberg Viking ship. To see a humungous blue whale skeleton, stop at the museum’s Whale Hall. Other must-visit attractions include the Vestfold Farmyard and the Viking Hall.
Brygga which literally means “pier”, is an immaculate spot for strolling and enjoying the restored Quayside buildings and peaceful sea view. Discover the town’s vibrancy at the nightclubs and restaurant, along with the waterfront. To sight another point of interest, the magnificent display of Maserati’s and racing boats, shouldn’t be missed.
Seeking some Viking remnants? Then you need to take a short trip to the Oseberghaugen Royal Mound. It’s where the eminent Viking ship, known as the Oseberg, was discovered. Although it’s simply a burial mound, the site conceals a rich history. In addition to being a historical site, the grassy spot is arguably ideal for either picnicking or walking the dog.
The city established this public area on the banks of Lake Mjosa in 2005 and it has been a popular area for both locals and visitors to go to during the hot summer months. It has a beach area with a small artificial islet, which is good for a dip or swim. Sports facilities include basketball courts, a beach volleyball area, and a skating park. Families and visitors can have barbecues with their picnics, while their children can play on the playground. If you want to venture some more, there is also a nearby hiking trail.
The Hamar Olympic Hall is also known as the Viking Ship or Vikingskipet in Norwegian. It was constructed during the hosting of the 1994 Winter Olympics, but since then has been a venue for several events and tournaments of different sports events. Now it is also being used as an event and concert venue, as it can accommodate up to 20,000 concertgoers. Sports events can accommodate up to 10,000 spectators. During the fall months, it is utilized as a venue for huge indoor events such as trade fairs and concerts.
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