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Sandefjord: walk the historical footsteps of legends and Vikings

Dubbed the Viking and whaling capital of Norway, Sandefjord is a coastal resort city south of Oslo, harbouring a pioneering spirit filled with history and legends from afar. The most populous city in Vestfold County, over 63,000 people call this city home. Sandefjord’s most popular attractions include Gokstad Mound, the Whaling Monument and the Southern Actor museum ship.

Cheap flights to Sandefjord are available for a limited time, so rejuvenate your senses in this seaside haven! Sandefjord is home to TORP Sandefjord Airport (TRF), a 15-minute drive from the city centre. TORP Sandefjord Airport serves many airlines, including KLM, Air France, Emirates and Qatar. Direct flights to Sandefjord are unavailable, but connecting flights to Sandefjord are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 15 hours.

Why visit Sandefjord

Scenic Charm

Scenic Charm

From its pretty pebble beaches to medieval stone churches, Sandefjord has a simple charm that’ll take you by surprise as you ease into its laidback atmosphere.

Fascinating History

Fascinating History

See the only whaling museum in all of Europe and learn about the city’s Viking history until it became an iconic health and spa resort for European royalty until 1939.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

This scenic city offers a wealth of activities, from kayaking and sailing off the beaches in summer, to skiing and hiking through icy forest trails in winter.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Norway
Currency Norwegian Króne (NOK)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.66 NOK
Language Norwegian / Nynorsk / Bokmål
Hub Airport Torp Sandefjord Airport (TRF)
Airline Scandinavian Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Sandefjord

Pack in your snow boots and head to Sandefjord during winter (December to February) when the freezing temperatures keep most tourists at bay and you can enjoy great discounts on travel and accommodation. Summer (June to August) is the most expensive and busiest time to visit and daytime hours can last for as long as 17 hours. The warming spring months of March to May attract many locals to the city’s festivals and outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a good deal where you can stave off the cold with a cosy fireplace and hot coffee, your best time to visit Sandefjord is between September and February.

Weather & Climate in Sandefjord

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3°C -4°C -1°C 2°C 7°C 12°C 14°C 14°C 10°C 7°C 2°C -1°C
High °C 1°C 1°C 3°C 8°C 14°C 18°C 20°C 19°C 15°C 11°C 6°C 3°C
Rainfall (mm) 53 36 58 38 46 54 65 80 76 88 74 53

The Vikings and seafaring men called Sandefjord home and made their mark here, all of which has been preserved for all to see. Obtain answers as to who the Vikings were at the Gokstad Mound. Excavated over 130 years ago, this relic consists of an enormous longboat that has even given historians quite an insight on the area’s history.

Referred to as the “whaling city”, Sandefjord was built on the whaling industry until 1968, and its famous whaling museum pertains to all things of the sea.

Family activities range from water parks, golf courses, beaches, farms and petting zoos, to sculpture parks, museums, art galleries and medieval fortresses.

Explore the countryside on a bicycle and take in the peaceful surroundings along the coastal trail.

Whether you’re passing through or stopping between cruises, Sandefjord is a place where you can rejuvenate body and soul.

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You will require a Norwegian Schengen Visa to travel anywhere in Norway. Applications must be submitted through VFS Services, located in Cape Town and Pretoria.

Email: info.nrza@vfshelpline.com

Telephone: +27 (0) 12 425 3006

VFS Cape Town Office:

47 Strand Street,

5th Floor, Office 504

VFS Pretoria Office:

1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park

114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn

Sandefjord is an incredibly safe and clean city, and is welcoming to people from all walks of life.

Most tourists walk everywhere as everything is within walking distance from the city centre. Taxis can work out expensive, while the metro is a quick and easy way to get around.

Medical facilities are easy to find, but healthcare can work out expensive so make sure you take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover possible medical expenses.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Sandefjord
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 120 R 120 R 256
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30 R 30 R 129
Cappuccino R 25 R 25 R 56
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 12 R 15 R 23
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40 R 43 R 186
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