Set at the mouth of Oslofjord, Notteroy offers a taste of life in the Norwegian islands. The region is dotted with charming towns and villages where you’ll find centuries-old churches, Iron Age burial grounds and historic lighthouses. There are picturesque coastal walking and cycling trails to explore, making Notteroy a rewarding destination for nature lovers.
Things to do
Søndre Hella is a short drive out of town and is dotted with the Iron Age graves of Norwegian warriors. Some of the oldest date to 500 AD and recall the region’s Viking roots. The scenery is beautiful and the burial ground commands sweeping views over Vestfjord.
Ferries depart from the mainland and take you across to Veierland, an offshore island laced with scenic walking and cycling trails. No cars are allowed on the island, giving it a slow-paced and laid-back feel. In the main village is a charming local museum where you can find out more about the unique history and heritage of the island.
Built in 1100 from locally-quarried granite, Notteroy Church is a local landmark. Inside the cross-shaped Romanesque church is a sparkling chandelier and a beautiful altarpiece painted by revered Norwegian artist, Jacob Lindegard. Evening services often feature the enchanting church choir.
Built in 1821, the Fulehuk Lighthouse guided ships to safety for more than 150 years. While the lighthouse is no longer operational, you can still visit the historic lighthouse on guided boat tours. Climb up to the lookout tower for magical views over Outer Oslofjord.
The towns and villages of Notteroy are easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the islands at your own pace. Notteroy is a 10-minute drive from Tønsberg and 1.5 hours from Oslo. Oslo Airport is a two-hour drive north.