Vikingveien i Vestfold

One of Vestfold County’s visions is to promote Vestfold as The Viking County of Norway and making Vestfold a Scandinavian centre for communicating Viking history and culture.

Vestfold is the county in Norway boasting the most traces of our proud Viking heritage. The region between Mølen in the south and Borre in the north has many places worth visiting. The Vikingveien heritage trail shows some of these notable locations to visitors.

Over a distance of about 60 kilometres (40 miles) you will discover large, significant burial mounds, remains of Norway’s first town and where the most important finds from the Viking Age were made. Vestfold even has its own Viking ships, both original and replicas.

What all these Viking remains have in common is that they were found close to the Vestfold ridge, the large moraine along the coast that remained after the ice receded from our land about 10 000 years ago. As the ice retreated, people settled around the ridge, where the soil was porous and easy to cultivate. Even in those days Vestfold was a good place to live.

It was easy for the early inhabitants to make their way along the flat top of the ridge, and this is also where the first roads in Vestfold were built. These days, modern motorways have been constructed further inland.

Street address: 
Snekkerstadveien 34, 3080 Holmestrand
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Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.