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Panorama picture from Holmestrand Municipality in Norway




UTSIKTEN

Holmestrand is often called "The town by- and on the mountain". The view is called "utsikten". Once a 9 kilometre long and narrow place at the coast, the town has expanded up the mountain and on the plateau. The Holmestrand area has lots of rare types of rock. Scientists come from all over the world to make new findings here. Some of the oldest stone-age findings in Vestfold have been found in Holmestrand.

In the summer the harbour area is the centre. Here, you can enjoy fresh boiled prawns, have a small meal outdoors and have a cool drink. From the quay, you view all the boatlife. Close to 1000 small boats have their regular places here. You will also find a unique and rewarded guest-harbour here.

The islands in the Holmestrand fjord offers excellent recreation possibilities. Also here it all comes together for the boatpeople. The nature, clean water, swimming-possibilities and peace makes these islands special. Nice places for a swim are also located to the north "Dulpen" and the south "Hagemann" of the town. "Sandsletta" by Sand Camping is also recommended. Downtown Holmestrand is actually devided in two. One part with old residential houses made of wood and a modern part with office buildings.

Holmestrand offers great possibilities for any one interested in hiking or strolling in the nature. Up on the plateau there are many great spots where you can overview the whole of Holmestrand fjord. Marked tour paths makes it easy to find your way. Fishing possibilities are good in the Hillestad Lake. From here, you are also able to go paddling in the Eikern stream. The old Kings Road from Larvik to Christiania (Oslo) ran across the Holmestrand mountain. This part is still intact and worth a visit.