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Larvik is a city in Vestfold. Population: 42412. Size: 530 km2.

Get in

By ferry

  • Hirtshals Colorline[6] operates a super fast type ferry on the line, which does the crossing in 3 hours 45 minutes. Tickets for an adult goes for 180 DKK and up, while the price for a car with max 5 passengers are starts at 720 DKK. As of October 21st 2008, departure times from Larvik was 8.00 and 17.30.

By train

The Norwegian state railways (NSB)[7] has departures for Oslo once every hour throughout the day, journey time for Oslo is 2 hours 6 minutes on most departures. There is also two daily trains to Stavanger, the western terminus of the southern railway line.

Get around


  • Bøkeskogen. Norways largest beech forrest.
  • Herregården. Former residence for Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve. The building started in 1674.
  • Svenner lighthouse, [1].

Tourist Office 8Storgata 48) open from 8:30 to 16 from monday to friday. It's open until 18 between mid-June to beginning of August.

Library (Bibliotek) 10-19 on monday, 10-16 from tuesday to friday, 10-14 saturday

Herregården "The High Residence of the Count" - The Manor House - was built by the recently appointed Count of Larvik, Ulrik Fredrik Gyldenløve, in the 1670s.

The Manor is one of the earliest and most important examples of Baroque architecture in Norway, being built in the years 1674-1677. It is well adapted to traditional Norwegian log architecture. The interiors are famous for rare decorations in regency and baroque style, being immensely popular at the time. From the start, the Manor was located outside the city borders, surrounded by a large garden stretching all the way sown south towards the sea.  The Manor was made a listed building in 1923, and today is a part of the Larvik Museum.

Throughout the year the Manor hosts several cultural happenings and other types of arrangements.

Outside you find a small baroque garden and nice park areas.

A major plan for restoration and preservation of the Manor and exterior areas are under construction.  

Contact details: Larvik museum Nedre Fritzøegate 2 3264 Larvik 47 48 10 66 00 web: e-mail: [email protected]

Opening hours/The Manor House: June 5th- September 10th: Sunday 12.00-16.00 June 20th-August 15th: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-16.00 Kaupang is recognised as the first town in Norway. Three hundred years before Trondheim was founded, 400-600 persons lived their lives in an organised society at Kaupang just outside the town now known as Larvik.

Kaupang was recognised as a town, because it was populated by quite a number of people living close in a tight-knit society, not making their living from primary industry. The big time for Kaupang was between 800 and 900, and in that period there was extensive trade aimed at Europe via England, Denmark and Sweden. The trade network stretched all the way to the Far East.  Plans are being made for a an extensive information centre at Kaupang. Meanwhile you may visit Kaupang yourselves, and sense some of the history this kaupang (marketplace) has. A small exhibit is open to the public and it is possible to see the ruins of this busy little settlement in the fields around it.

Guiding on prior agreement in the period May-September.

Bokeskogen is the northern-most beech forest in the world and the biggest public place in Norway. It's on the top of the city and it stretches until the Farris forest. It has always been an important place for the people of the city and it's here that the 17. mai march starts from.

Hedrum Rural Museum is a rural museum with oldies and goldies from the Hedrum village. Located in Kvelde in Lågendalen, it gives tourists a taste of the typical Hedrum farm only 20 minutes away from Larvik city centre.     From 1985 onwards the Hedrum Rural Museum is owned and run by Hedrum Historic Preservation Association and comprises 1 acre of land and 4 houses. The main living quarters have been restored to resemble a typical Hedrum farm from around 1900. An old shop has been set up in the corner room. 

There is a collection of old kitchen utensils, handicrafts, tools and implements at the museum, and there are exhibitions of local art, handicraft and a proper exhibition of the Norwegian Resistance Movement's contributions during World War 2.

Hedrum Rural Museum is open at Sundays from the middle of June until the end of August.


  • Culture House 'Bølgen' (means the wave in English), [2].



  • Becks Brasserie & Bar (Becks Brasserie & Bar), [3]. One of the best eating and drinking locations in town.



  • Farris Bad (Farris Bad), [4].
  • Oddane Sand camping (Oddane Sand camping), [5]. The sunny place to be!


  • Tourist Office 8Storgata 48) open from 8:30 to 16 from Monday to Friday. It's open until 18 between mid-June to beginning of August.
  • Library (Bibliotek) 10-19 on monday, 10-16 from tuesday to friday, 10-14 saturday

Get out


Stavern has kept it's special charm with its' narrow streets and old houses Norway's smile is one of its' nicknames. Artist town and Jonas Lie's town are others. Stavern is a favorite with thousands of tourists and artists. A meteorological phenomenon blesses Stavern with 200 sunny days every year and the weather is possibly the reason why meteorologists make sure of securing Stavernsodden Light for their holidays. In Stavern the summer lasts "all summer long". Spring and Autumn also charm with sunny days where sea and sky lay cheek to cheek. In summer Stavern boils like a southern stew, the population doubles times over and the town has on offer a plethora of summer activities with galleries and exhibitions on every street corner.

The Artist Town Stavern has a long tradition as a town for artists and has, through time, become famous for it's variation of exhibition by local artists and those from further afield both amateur and professional alike. There are Easter, summer, autumn and Christmas exhibitions in about 20 locations around the town.

Herman Wildenvey Stavern and Herman Wildenvey belong irrevocably together and this is where Herman and Gisken Wildenvey built their "Hergisheim", which was ready to move into in 1927. In the winter they lived like all the other ordinary residents of Stavern, but in the summer they were a natural focus for visiting artists like Ørnulf Bast and August Oddvar. Wildenvey's bust stands at the entrance to Fredriksvern Verft and was created by Ørnulf Bast in 1955. Wildenvey looks towards Hotel Wassilioff and perhaps longs back to those summer days and nights in Stavern.

Jonas Lie Just to the left of the entrance to Stavern Church lies the grave decoration of the poets Thomasine and Jonas Lie. It was raised in 1908 with a relief based on a well-known double portrait of the couple. As a very young man Jonas Lie was a sea cadet candidate in Stavern and lived at the fort commander's residence. The milieu was immortalised later in his novel "The Commander's Daughters". In his elder years, Jonas Lie returned to Stavern and lived there for the last 2-3 years of his life in his newly built home at Larviksveien 22, "Elisenfryd"

Happy Days For almost 4 weeks each summer the town bubbles with life when "Happy Days" is arranged  in Stavern. There are activities on the stage, on the beach and at Fredriksvern Verft.

Fredriksvern Dockyard Ferdriksvern Fortress is located in Stavern, outside Larvik in Vestfold.  There are guided tours all year and several art exhibitions to choose among.

History The decision to build the Fredriksvern Dockyard was made in 1750 by Frederick V, King of Denmark and Norway. Most of the buildings and fortifications were already completed by 1754 with the surrounding ramparts and moats. A garrison church, cemetery and houses were built outside the ramparts. Fredriksvern became a centre for naval activities in Norway, with a high level of competence in all skills required for ship-building, seamanship and operative naval duties. 

In 1814 the yard became the main base for the Norwegian Navy. The Navel Cadet Institute was relocated to Karljohansvern in 1864, and Fredriksvern Dockyard was abandoned in 1896 when the Norwegian Parliament decided to turn it into an exercise centre for the Military Academy. In later times the Dockyard was also home to the Anti-Aircraft Regiment. This means that through its more than 250 years of active service, Fredriksvern has acted as a garrison for all branches of the military defence. 

How to get there? Take the E18 Highway to Larvik (either from Kristiansand in the south or Oslo in the north), then take the RV 301 Road to Stavern. Parking in the Stavern town centre. Entrance to the dockyard from Tollbodgaten street, next to Hotel Wassilioff. 

Bus from Larvik:

Guided tours of Fredriksvern Dockyard Guided tours of Fredriksvern all year round for small and large groups.  For further information and bookings, please contact VisitStavern at Fredriksvern Dockyard on phone no. (+47) 911 23 222. Tours start at the Dockyard gates and take visitors on a tour of the old part of the dockyard. Galleries and museums There are several permanent galleries and museums at Fredriksvern Dockyard.


The Gunpowder House is situated at Fredriksvern Wharf in Stavern. It is constructed more out of practical reasons than out of importance of physical appearance.

The need for two gunpowder towers was revealed in report of the year 1756. Part of the reason was said to be the risk of placing a thousand barrels of gunpowder in one place, and secondly that  other sites able to host a tower of that size were unsuitable of other reasons. A proposal showing a gunpowder tower with a vault was sent over, but the board did not approve of this. The condition was that the attic needed to have a wooden floor resting on a tier of joists, making it possible to cover with a thick layer of horsemuck as isolation against bombardment.

The gunpowder tower was also used as prison for a period of time.

Today the building functions as suitable space for galleries and expositions.

Jan Olav Forbergs is an artist whose works are shown in Atelier Forberg in Fredriksvern Verft in Stavern. His website:

From Stavern starts the Kyststien, a 33 km itinerary reaching Ødegarden ,on the western side of Brunlanes peninsule. You can buy the guide to the track in the tourist office of Stavern.

Along the Kyststien it's possible to visit the Mølen, Norway's biggest beach of rolling stones.

The Mølen can be reached by foot more easily from Nevlunghavn

Bus Larvik-Nevlunghavn:


Routes through Larvik
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