A whale of a time in Sandefjord

The whaling monument in Sandefjord

Last weekend, Eirik and I attended the Fjord Classics festival in Sandefjord, a small town located 120 km south of Oslo. Between concerts, we enjoyed ice cream along the harbour and got a glimpse into the town’s rich whaling history.

Enjoying ice cream in Sandefjord
The city is proud of its whaling history
The city is proud of its whaling history
Outside the Whaling Museum in Sandefjord

The Whaling Museum (Hvalfangstmuseet) in Sandefjord has existed since 1917 and is Europe’s only museum of whales and whaling. Its main exhibition features animals from the Arctic and Antarctic regions:

Elephant seal at the Whaling Museum (Hvalfangstmuseet) in Sandefjord

If you want to experience Norwegian life outside of Oslo, spend a day in Sandefjord. It is easily accessible via a 1.5 hour train ride from Oslo Central Station and is a favourite stop on cruise expeditions. Restaurants (I personally like Chili and TukTukThai) and boutiques are within short walking distances, so you can really enjoy yourself and have a relaxing time!


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