Horten is a historic port town with a fascinating Viking heritage. Set on the banks of Oslofjord, it’s known for historic architecture and flower-filled gardens. Visit excellent local history museums and step back in time at one of Norway’s biggest ancient burial grounds.
Things to do in Horten
The town centre is built around a picturesque harbour surrounded by colourful wooden houses. You’re within walking distance of several museums, including the Royal Norwegian Navy Museum where you can peer inside a submarine and climb aboard KNM Narvik, a decommissioned warship.
Borre Mounds is one of the largest Viking burial grounds in Scandinavia. Strolling around the park, you’ll pass by dozens of the grass-covered burial mounds, some more than 1,000 years old. The Midgard Viking Centre features fascinating exhibitions on artefacts found at local archaeological sites.
The nearby town of Åsgårdstrand has a rich artistic heritage. Famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted some of his most iconic works here and his former home has been reimagined as a local history museum. Stroll around the picturesque harbour, browse boutique galleries and enjoy lunch at an al fresco café. The nearby villages of Borre, Skoppum, and Nykirke are also worth a visit.
Scenic hiking and cycling trails skirt the coastline and take you to sandy beaches, rocky bays and through lush coastal forests. Borrevannet Lake is a great place to swim, sunbathe and enjoy a picnic. Cast a line for the chance to reel in pike and perch.
Getting around Horten
Horten is a 25-minute drive from Tønsberg and 1.5 hours from Oslo. The town is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trains run between Oslo and Skoppum in around one hour. From here, it’s a 10-minute drive to Horten. Local buses run between Oslo and Horten in around two hours, while Sandefjord Airport Torp is a 30-minute drive away. Ferries run between Moss and Horten in 30 minutes.