Sandefjord

Travel Guide
Sandefjord

With its 90 miles of coastline and a rich whaling history, Sandefjord is perfect for a weekend trip to the sea.

Sandefjord occupies a fantastic location along the Oslo Fjord, and is particularly popular in the summer. The two peninsulas Østerøya and Vesterøya each offer coastal hiking paths and have a number of beautiful beaches for bathing that the whole family can enjoy. You can also hire a boat, canoe or kayak in Langeby, outside the centre of Sandefjord, if you're keen on having a more active holiday.

Whilst you're in Sandefjord, you will certainly notice how the whaling industry has shaped the character of the town and played a critical role in the development of the area. In the inner harbour you will find the Whaling Monument, and nearby you can see the Southern Actor, the world's only remaining fully operational whaling ship.

The Whaling Museum itself in Sandefjord is Europe's only museum dedicated entirely to the history of the whaling industry. The building dates back to 1917, and its main attraction is a full-scale model of a blue whale. The centre has an activity centre for children, who are also admitted for free.

Ship owner Anders Jahre's old house, Midtåsen, has now been made a cultural monument with a parking area, steps and fountains. The Midtåsen Sculpture Pavilion and sculpture park displays 16 works by Knut Steen in marble and bronze.

Preståsen is a hiking area above Sandefjord where you can enjoy the view of both the town and the harbour. Visitors used to come here to the former spa to exercise and paint the natural surroundings. Below Preståsen is Bjerggata, with its idyllic wooden buildings, which because of its location escaped the fires in the city. This is where whalers and craftsmen lived at the turn of the last century.

After the four fires that struck the city over the period 1892–1922, large sections of Sandefjord town centre were reconstructed, and many buildings therefore reflect the Art Nouveau style. Although the site no longer has a spa, Badeparken remains a part of the town's identity and is a relaxing spot for young and old alike right in the centre of town. Or, on a rainy day, you can take the family to the Metro Bowling and Lekeland Activity Centre.

Sandefjord is easily accessible by car, bus, train and even plane, as the Sandefjord airport, Torp, is located about 6 miles from the centre of town. If you'd like to experience an aerial view of the town, take a ride on Norway's oldest flightworthy passenger aircraft, a DC3 Dakota from 1942, which departs from Torp during the summer season.

Scandic Park Sandefjord
Scandic Park Sandefjord
3.5 out of 5
Strandpromenaden 9, Sandefjord
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs8,028 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Whaling Monument and Sandefjord Museum. Midtasen Sculpture Park and Bokeskogen Park ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"Amazing location, friendly staff, clean, big and cimfortable rooms."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Scandic Park Sandefjord
Hotel Kong Carl
Hotel Kong Carl
3.5 out of 5
Torggata 9, Sandefjord
The price is Rs8,286 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated in Sandefjord, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bakgaarden and Sandefjord Museum. The Whaling Monument and Olav's Chapel are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (757 reviews)
"Early Checker in at vert quiz during night despoter downtown"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2021

Hotel Kong Carl
Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic
Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic
3.5 out of 5
Jernbanealléen 33, Sandefjord
The price is Rs8,119 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb
Located in the heart of Sandefjord, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olav's Chapel and Sandefjord Museum. Bakgaarden and The Whaling Monument are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (651 reviews)
"Took about 10 minutes for a person to come out. Had to pay for the additional person. Because I accidentally clicked 1 person. Only 1 pillow in the bed which was strange."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Clarion Collection Hotel Atlantic
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Toldgaarden Gjestegaard
Toldgaarden Gjestegaard
3 out of 5
Kirkestredet 12, Larvik
The price is Rs8,278 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bolgen Culture House and Bokeskogen Park. Sandefjord Museum and The Whaling Monument ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (93 reviews)
"I wanted to be in the vicinity of the whaling towns and this was ideal for that and my ferry journey from Hirtshals. All in all a very pleasant stay."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019

Toldgaarden Gjestegaard
Royal Apartment Sandefjord City Centre
Royal Apartment Sandefjord City Centre
4 out of 5
Rådhusgata 12, Sandefjord
Situated in Sandefjord, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sandefjord Museum and Olav's Chapel. Bakgaarden and The Whaling Monument are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
"Stood in rain as we attempted to get in touch with owner for 90 minutes; did NOT stay there!"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019

Royal Apartment Sandefjord City Centre
Dal Gjestegaard
Dal Gjestegaard
3 out of 5
Dal Gård, Solerødveien 86, Skoppum, Horten
Situated in a regional park, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Edvard Munch House, Oslofjord and Borre Church. Borrestranda and Midgard Historical ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (24 reviews)
First time and last one...
"It was dirty, a lot of dust everywhere. There is no light over the dining table, which makes it impossible to work on it when the night comes. The one bedroom is so small, my luggage was not fitting between the bed and the wall. Too few kitchen wear. Bad isolation of the cabin, yiu can hear train ..."

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

Dal Gjestegaard
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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