The old name of this town was Tunsberg – the oldest town in Norway. The city has about 35.000 inhabitants and lies in the county of Vestfold. Tønsberg is also surrounded by some of the county's major tourist attractions, including old viking graves and museums.
There are plenty of options for daytrips where both residents and visitors can enjoy a wide range of landscapes.
In summer, cities like Tønsberg are among the most popular retreats. The people are easy going and very friendly, and cultural life is rich. Second only to Oslo, Tønsberg has the most lively summertime day and nightlife in Norway.
Tønsberg is also a well known and frequently visited vacation spot for Norwegians.
Vestfold's international Torp Airport (TRF) has flights to some major and minor cities around Norway and Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Gothenburg, Marseille, Pisa, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nice, Alicante, Malaga, Milano and Stockholm. Tønsberg is located 10 km from TFR.
Vestfold Kollektivtrafikk (Vestfold Public Transport) operates a decent bus network, time tables can be found online and in buses.
Availability of taxis is generally fairly good, however, prices are rather high – as can be expected in Norway. The taxis are operated by Tønsberg Taxi, telephone number 33 30 11 11.
In the summer (late June - August) you can go to a place called Fjærholmen for a swim in the Oslo-fjord. The temperature in the sea will normally be 18- 22 degrees. Fjærholmen is 10 km away from Tønsberg out on an island, reachable by bus or car. The same place will also be the area where all have their private sailing boat and if you are lucky,- maybe somebody will bring you along for a sailing tour. Just be brave and ask! The perfect summer activity for a family: During the summer you can also take a small ferry going out (1 hour) to an island in the Oslofjord called "Bolærne" which will be coastal artillery fortress, opened for the public in 2005.The ferry will go from "Brygga ved kanalen". You can stay there for days in a quite inexpensive hotel system (In the same rooms and beds where the soldiers used to live!), and you can as well eat all meals in the restaurant. The price per person will depend on how many sharing the same room,(max 4!)but somewhere around 30-60 EUR per day per person will give you an idea. You can stroll along the island - or dive directly from the rocks or just sit in the small harbour looking on the traffic of private summer boats. On top of the island there will be a small viewpoint where you can see all the cruiseboats and ferries passing on the way to and from Oslo. Ask the locals for advice how to find updated information. There will be a tourist information office in the town near "Brygga" during peak season.
Go to "Roar i Bua" a popular seafood shop just in front of Brygga hotell and buy some fresh shrimps (15 EUR a kilo) and sit on the quay and eat them naturell and throw the leftover to the seagulls. If you are into "Heavy shopping", and it is a rainy day or winter, I would recommend the shoppingmall called "Farmandstredet" close to the central bus station. Shops enough for a full day shopping maraton!
Go to "Havariet" down at seaside. Good food at a fair price and in the summer you can enjoy the summer outside.
Most restaurants are fully licensed, serving all kinds of drinks. Prices vary, but a 0,4l draft beer will cost 50-60 NOK (6-8 EUR) – a cafe latte from 25-30 NOK.
Be aware that you are not allowed to drink alcohol in public places outside restaurants; if spotted by the police, you will be given a hefty fine! And another good advice is to not get to tempted to use a fence or building as toilet, recently the fines have been changed to up to US$2000 if caught!