As Norway is having its last days of summer, weather reports stating the last ‘warm’ day would be Monday, July 29th, we decided to take advantage of those ‘last days’ and enjoy our neighborhoods in Vestfold County, Norway. We had a yummy traditional shrimp dinner with the in-laws at the family cabin in Sandefjord, which we LOVE, and has some of the most amazing sunsets. Sandefjord is the most populous municipality in Vestfold County, Norway. The city is known for its rich Viking history and the prosperous whaling industry, which made Sandefjord the richest city in Norway. It is known as the “whaling capital of the world.” It is home to Europe’s only museum dedicated to whaling (there is currently no more whaling), and is home to Gokstad Mound where the 9th century Gokstad Ship was discovered.
After spending a little time in our family cabin, on the way back home to Horten, we stopped by Verdens Ende, “The World’s End”, which is located outside Tønsberg in Færder National Park. Verdens Ende is 1 of 5 “World’s Ends” in the world. Here you get majestic views to the horizon.
Verdens Ende is probably best known for Vippefyret, built by pebbles from Tjøme’s beach in 1932. It is BEAUTIFUL there and it is the perfect place for families to bathe and spend the day on a hot summer day.
On the last estimated hot summer day, we rode our bikes to one of my favorite places in the world, Åsgårdstrand, the only place one of my favorite artists, Edvard Munch, felt it to be home, and his favorite place to be in and paint, even though he was originally from Oslo. I can see why.
There is a certain peace and mysticism in the lovely, sleepy beach town, and of course, we HAD to visit Edvard Munch’s house, which still contained a lot of his personal items untouched.
The home was tiny and cozy, but the view, open yard and big trees were all inspiring and larger than life.
We rode the bikes from Horten, to Borre past the Viking museum and mounds, through the forest and by the sea, right into Åsgårdstrand, the same route Munch took from Borre to Åsgårdstrand. That road was a source of inspiration to some of his paintings as we learned.
We continued our bike ride and parked on the beach where we spent the rest of the day enjoying our “last day of summer.” We sat on the sand with a view similar to some of Munch’s beach paintings. It was perfect.