|HORTEN - HELGEROA
How to get there:
Travel to Horten on board the ferry from Moss or by train from Oslo to Skoppum.
route runs through varied coastal scenery, from sheltered areas,
nestling behind islets and skerries to barren and open stretches near
the sea. The terrain along the coast is fairly flat, but becomes more
hilly further inland. The huge moraine ridge, also known as the Great
Ridge (det store Raet) which runs south from Horten to Mølen, was deposited in the sea by advancing ice during the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago.
the end of the Ice Age, the sea level had risen by 150 metres, so that
most of the ridge is now above sea level. The ridge is a natural,
geographical feature which can be seen in many places along the route.
Much of the county´s farmland lies on such sediment. The wildlife is
varied and (un)fortunate explorers can encounter elk, beavers and roe
deer. You can also enjoy bird watching and fishing.
route takes in the most densely populated coastal region in Norway, but
this is still a great place for cycle tours. Borre National Park boasts
the largest collection of royal burial mounds in northern Europe.
Seafaring and hunting and fishing have long been of great importance to
the region, with Sandefjord´s long history as a whaling port and the shipyard at Horten.
Several museums in Horten and Sandefjord have excellent exhibitions on the region´s seafaring history, and
agriculture flourishes on the level plains along the Great Ridge near
the centre of the county. In recent years, service industries and the
tourist trade have gradually become increasingly important to the
region, as more and more people want to visit this idyllic stretch of
coastline. Each year, artists visit Stavern, Åsgardsstrand and Larvik for inspiration for their work.
(better map are coming)
The county gallery, the Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, is in Tønsberg.
The Vestfold Festspillene (festival) takes place each year between the
end of June and the beginning of July, with a range of music, dance and
theatre performances as well as exhibitions and outdoor events
throughout the whole county. Tønsberg, the capital of Vestfold is the
oldest town in Norway, dating back to around 870 AD.
Recommended type of bike:
Any bike with good tyres is suitable for this route.
Numerous possibilities, from basic campsites to luxury hotels.
Total distance: Approximately 105 km.
Tourist Information Offices in
Horten +47 33 03 17 08
Tønsberg +47 33 31 02 20
Sandefjord +47 33 46 05 90
Larvik +47 33 13 01 00
maps for Vestfold can be purchased at Tourist Information Offices. This
route is specially signposted for cyclists both in and around villages