the City of Tønsberg
Norway´s oldest town
Welcome to the beautiful skerries, lonely forests and peaceful lakes, farms and charming residential areas and to a historical town which is the centre of a enjoyable holiday area, well known for it´s sunny climate.
Tønsberg, founded in the Viking-Ages, is Norway´s oldest town (celebrating it´s 1125-year jubilee in 1996). The world renowned Oseberg ship which was found just north of Tønsberg centre bears proof of this.
Castle Hill a 63 metres high cliff with steep sides dominates the town. Castle Hill was besieged by King Sverre in 1201 - 1202, the longest in Norway´s history.
Tønsberg is Vestfold´s county town and commercial centre. Tønsberg Harbour, have several restaurants and the landing stage. There is a large variety of shops, several hotels an active cultural life and exellent possibilities for sport and recreation.