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Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

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Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July


We are a couple in our late twenties and we would love to have an adventure on the South Coast of Norway. We are up for anything (wild/ natural/ adventurous/ Norwegian/ off the beaten track). Our limitations are that we need to get public transport about.

Looking forward to your suggestions,


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1. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

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2. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

The South Coast (costa del sol) is nice (south of Stavanger is actually one of the few very flat areas in Norway), but in terms of landscape and natural scenery modest by Norwegian standards. Pretty little towns along the coast.

More inland like Setesdal valley or Lysefjord/Lysebotn is more wild:



The beaches south of Stavanger are popular among surfers and kiters:



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3. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

Hi Jane!

Southern Norway is a good choice!

I would recommend the white coastal towns (ten towns along the coast from Kragerø in the east to Flekkefjord in the west), and my favourites are Tvedestrand, Arendal, Mandal and Flekkefjord.

Tvedestrand is a small town, with narrow and steep streets. It is a book town, and quite relaxing.


Arendal is bigger, and especially the Tyholmen area in the town is nice. There you can find the old town hall, one of the biggest wooden buildings in Norway. You should take the small ferry from Arendal to Mærdø, an old harbour island. A very nice ferry trip along the fjord, and Mærdø island is idyllic.


Mandal is one of nicest white towns of Sørlandet (the local name of the area, english: South Land). The beautiful Sjøsanden beach near the town center is a must, and take a walk through the nearby Furulunden park and find your own small beach.

If you can get to Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik (Woollen Mill), you should! It is a very nice working museum. Hire a bike in Mandal and ride to Sjølingstad (8 km west of the town). http://www.vestagdermuseet.no/tema.aspx?m=38

Flekkefjord is just as nice and charming as the others, but you should stop here because of the old railway. You can hire a rail tricycle and ride along the old railway line. Very fun ride through nice countryside and dark tunnels!


The only city along the route is Kristiansand. It is quite a busy harbour, and not that charming. But if you want shopping or night life, this is the best place. If you do stop, walk out to Odderøya Island, just beside the city center. Walk to the top of the island and look at the old fortress (WWII), and look at the nice view.

I would recommend you taking the bus along the coast (and not the railway, because it runs deep in the country). There are plenty of buses connecting the towns.

Have a nice time!

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4. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

Buses between Sandefjord (Fokserød near the airport) and the various towns of southern norway



buses in the Vestfold area where Sandefjord is located http://www.vkt.no/Rutetabeller/Vestfold.aspx

For a start I would recommend a trip to Stavern with a detour to Svenner fyr

(shuttlebus + train to Larvik, bus from there See info at http://www.stavernguiden.no/Summary.htm

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5. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

Are you going back to Torp also, in 4 days? Then you do have a very tight scedule! For bus from Torp to Kristiansand: http://www.sorlandsekspressen.no/?lang=en_GB

Lavprisekpressen can take you all the way from Torp to Stavanger, but then you have to make a reservation in front. Their homepage is only in norwegian, but here is their mail adr. post@lavprisekspressen.no, so you can ask them your questions.

If you only have 4 days and are flying in/out of Torp, you can visit Sandefjord, Larvik, Stavern. Here are some links from Larvik/Stavern area: http://www.stavernguiden.no/Summary.htm, http://www.opplevlarvik.no/en/,

If you like to walk the costal trail might be of interest www.visitnorway.com/uk/Product/?pid=30581

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6. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

Have you considered bisycling? I went from Oslo to Kristiansand with my two sons two years ago. Between Horten and Risør, you can do island hopping on ferries that don't take cars:



Try translating these pages with Google:



Tønsberg - Risør took us two days, but that was maybe a little hectical. Three days would have been better.

The ferry streches that don't carry cars are:

• Husvik-Husøy Ole III, tlf. 33 34 86 50:



• Tenvik - Engø, tlf. 918 88 219:




• Helgeroa - Langesund, tlf. 33 18 82 45/ 909 83 620:



• Øysang - Risør: This last ferry is the only wooden car ferry in traffic in Norway today. It actualy takes cars:




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7. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

Brainspin: That trip looks fantastic, I might try this myself :)

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8. Re: Sandefjord to Stavanger for 4 days in early July

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