An international small town with an exciting historical past.
Sandefjord is a historical town which has become a modern town of culture with a dynamic business life. The history of Sandefjord has been formed by the Viking Age, the shipping industry and whaling in Arctic and Antarctic areas. Sandefjord has a history of pioneer spirit and creativity, daring and bravery.
The Vikings had their very first settlements in Vestfold. The Gokstad Viking Ship which dates from the year 900 was discovered in Sandefjord. Today one can find a replica of this famous ship (the "Gaia“) down at the harbor. Like the Vikings, the urge to go abroad and explore foreign countries led the first whalers to the Artic Ocean. The history of the whalers can be explored at the Whaling Museum and at the Museum's Wharf with a visit aboard the whale-catcher "Southern Actor.“
Sandefjord is also a well known and frequently visited vacation spot for Norwegians during summer.
Sandefjord Airport, Torp (IATA: TRF) has flights to some major and minor cities around Norway and Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Gothenburg, Marseille, Pisa, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nice, Alicante, Malaga, Milano, Prague, Stockholm, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Sandefjord is located 10 km from the airport. There is an hourly train from Torp station to Sandefjord, with a free shuttle bus connecting Torp airport to Torp station. There is a taxi stand at the airport, a trip to Sandefjord downtown takes 15 minutes and costs around 300 NOK (on weekdays).
Nor-Way Busexpress Line 182 goes through Sandefjord.
Lavprisexpressen is a lowcost buscompany, Line 191 goes through Sandefjord
Everything in the town center is within walking distance, but to access the different areas around town including the many beaches it's recommended to use public transportation or to rent a bike.
Vestviken Kollektivtrafikk operates a bus service within Sandefjord and throughout Vestfold. The central bus station is just south of the train station on Møllersgate. Buy tickets on the bus, they accept both cash and credit cards. Another alternative is to buy a travel card at the Narvesen shop at the train station. You can get either a periodekort (period travel card) (unlimited travel in two weeks or a month) or a verdikort (stored-value card) (you must put at least 100NOK on to start with, and can then add as much or as little as you like, in the shop or on the bus). The card itself costs 50NOK.
There is a taxi stand at the train station, the airport and close to the main square. Keep in mind that traveling by taxi in Norway can get really expensive. The local taxi company is Vestfold Taxi +47 33 42 02 00
Experience Sandefjord by bike, they can be rented by contacting the local tourist office +47 33 46 05 90. The price for renting a bike is 125 NOK a day.
Go for a walk on the Vesterøya peninsula North Sea Trail. Take the 168 bus to the end of the route (Tveitan) and follow the blue tracks (marked Kyststien) around the point. The tourist information centre has maps. Careful, there are only a few buses per day.
Sandefjord has a charming city center, consisting of a mixture of old and modern buildings and a wide selection of shopping possibilities.
Sandefjord has a good selection of restaurants and cafés. What is possibly one of Norway’s best gourmet restaurant outside Oslo, Solvold, is located here in a modern building near the harbour. Also located at the harbour is the fishmonger well known for the excellent quality of its goods and delicacies.
Buying alcohol in stores
Beer can be purchased in supermarkets at a cost of 12-25 NOK for a 0.33l bottle. Supermarkets stop selling beer after 20:00 each day, 18:00 on Saturdays, and 15:00 on holiday weekends. It is not possible to buy beer in a store on a Sunday. It is illegal to drink in public areas. You will get a warning if spotted by a police officer with an open alcoholic beverage in your hand, but if you behave impolitely or he/she see you drinking from it you'll receive a fine starting at 2000 NOK.
Hard liquor or wine can only be bought at the state-owned shop called Vinmonopolet.
Pubs and bars
All bars, pubs and restaurants in Sandefjord are smoke-free, which means you have to go outside to smoke. But since you can't drink in public areas, you have to leave your drink inside unless the bar/pub has a designated drink-area. The price for a half-liter of beer is typically ranging from 70-85 NOK. Closing hours are 02:30. Local legislation says you can't serve any alcohol after 02:00.