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.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokstad_ship The Gokstad Viking Ship ] which dates from the year 900 was discovered in Sandefjord. Today one can find a replica of this famous ship down at the harbour. Like the Vikings, the urge to go abroad and explore foreign countries led the first whalers to the Antarctic 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.
Vestfold's international [http://www. torp.no Torp Airport] (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 upon Tyne|Newcastle]], [[Glasgow]], [[Nice]], [[Alicante]], [[Malaga]], [[Milano]], [[Prague]] and [[Stockholm]]. Sandefjord is located 10 km from TRF.
The [http://www. nsb.no / Norwegian State Railway] serves Sandefjord on the [[Oslo]]-[[Skien]] line (Vestfoldbanen).
nor-way. no Nor-Way Busexpress'] line 182 goes through Sandefjord.
The [http://www. colorline.com/ Color Line] vehicle ferry connects Sandefjord to [[Strömstad]] (Sweden) five times a day.
vestviken kollektivtrafikk] operates a good 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, or 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 Whaling Monument''' is Sandefjord's most famous attraction. It's a sculpture from 1960 showing whalers in action.
'''The Whaling Museum :''' Gives a very in detail history about whaling in Norway and around the world. It is very in depth, and goes in to great detail about how the whales are hunted and killed so it's not for the easily upset!
* '''The whaling ship''' "The Southern Actor"
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.