Whether your reasons for being in Norway are totally intentional or they are the result of an unexpected and overextended layover with one of your connecting flights, now you are there and you have extra time on your hands. What on earth should you do?
First of all, take a moment to realize that this is a super lucky opportunity. If your biggest problem is figuring out how to spend extra free time while traveling to Tønsberg, Norway, you have to be honest: Things could be a lot worse. Laughing matters aside, where should you go? To start, check out some of these ideas.
1. Stay in Luxurious Accommodations
Whether you decide to stay in a hotel in downtown Tønsberg or somewhere else on the outskirts of the city, you will find an abundance of high-quality options to choose from.
2. Tour Castle Rock Ruins
If you prefer exploring and checking out the histories of unvisited areas, a better idea than spending the day in the hotel is going to visit the ancient church ruins at Castle Rock.
3. View the Viking Ship Saga Oseberg
Take a step back into history with one of the most important discoveries from the Viking Era: the Oseberg ship. You will not believe what it looks like in real life!
4. Escape Along the Coastal Trails
When you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and just step into peaceful serenity, take a walk along the main coastal trails that surround Tønsberg.
5. Make Your Way Through Gullkronen
After checking out the coast, if you are still hungry for more nature, there is still Gullkronen. As a giant area of protected forest, this is a beautiful place to spend the day hiking or observing nature.
6. Take Your Time Looking Around Haugar Art Museum
Calling all art lovers! To experience all of the best art that Tønsberg has to offer, look no further than the world-famous Haugar Art Museum. Take some time to appreciate both permanent and rotating exhibitions.
7. Peer Into the Middle Ages at the Slottsfjells Museum
If you are from the United States, it can be difficult to measure the age of a city like Tønsberg, but it goes back to before the Middle Ages. As such, it is not surprising that one of the local educational centers focuses on this unique timeframe. Why not learn something while on vacation?
8. Experience Farm Life
In a country like Norway, farming is a way of life. With that said, it is a different way of life than most urban residents are familiar with. To help bridge this gap in understanding, one valuable resource and attraction worth visiting is the Holt Gård (farm). Located in Undrumsdal, it is about a 10-12 minute drive both from Horten and Tønsberg.
9. Eat Somewhere Delicious
While you are wandering around the streets of Tønsberg, do not forget to listen to your stomach. When it starts growling, it is best to listen to ensure you have enough energy to continue exploring while on your travels.
10. Go on a Bicycle Tour
Without a doubt, one of the best ways to explore any city is via bicycle. In Tønsberg, this could not be truer. While you are there, make sure to meet up with one of the many groups of cyclist enthusiasts who can share their love of the city while you guys vibe with shared cycling interests.
11. Plan an Easy Day
Finally, make sure you also include time to take it easy while you are on your trip. To really experience a place, you need to give yourself time for random magic to happen. If you wait, it always does.
Tønsberg, Norway, is one of the coolest places on earth. Use this list as a guide to start planning your next extra day of exploring around the city.