Larvik is a city in Vestfold. Population: 42412. Size: 530 km2.
The Norwegian state railways (NSB) 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.
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: www.larvikmuseum.no 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.
Official home page for Larvik