Færder National Park

Norway

Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Færder National Park features rugged coastline and charming islands sprinkled with hiking and cycling trails, sandy beaches, and a fascinating history.

Discover Færder National Park

Færder National Park is the gorgeous region located along the western coastline of the Oslofjord. The park is spread over the islands of Nøtterøy, Tjøme, Hvasser, and Bolærne, just a two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Oslo.

The park includes beautiful coastal nature, small rugged islands, and lush seabeds perfect for exploring. Check out the historic city of Tønsberg, hike along the coastal trails, or head out into the water for some snorkeling around the small rocky islets.

Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest city, is the gateway to Færder National Park. Tønsberg is full of historic and cultural attractions and there are many hiking trails surrounding the city. From Tønsberg, you are just minutes from the adventures that await in the national park.

Guide: Summer Hikes in Færder National Park

From Tønsberg you can either head south towards Verdens Ende to explore the coastline, or you can jump on a water taxi out to the Bolærne islands. On this small archipelago just east of Tønsberg, you can explore the popular swimming beaches, hike through the varied nature and even visit a historic Norwegian naval base. Spend a whole day — and even overnight — at Bolærne to really enjoy the adventures it offers.

Verdens Ende “The World’s End” has become a popular location to visit at the very southern tip of the national park. The rugged landscape and the replica of an ancient lighthouse have intrigued many travelers eager to experience this edge of Norway’s coastline. The accompanying visitor center provides information about the national park.

The variety of nature and adventures found in Færder National Park provide a perfect place to enjoy and explore the outdoors. Walk along the coastal trails, go swimming at the popular beaches, or enjoy the quiet forests. The adventures are endless at the “end of the world”.

Why choose Færder NP?

  • Enjoy beautiful coastline and beaches, varied hiking trails, and cultural experiences
  • Discover the beauty at Verdens Ende – “the end of the world”
  • Explore the Bolærne islands with their strategic naval history
  • Visit Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest city
  • Find the park just 2 hours from Oslo

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Sunset on Hvasser island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Boats docked at Østre Bolærne island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

How to get to Færder National Park

The city of Tønsberg is the entry point into Færder National Park.

Car
From Oslo, head southwest on E18 for 95 kilometers towards Kristiansand. Take exit 35 “Gullikrysset” for road 308 toward Tønsberg/Nøtterøy/Tjøme. Follow the road for 31 kilometers through Tønsberg and Nøtterøy until you reach the island of Tjøme and finally Verdens Ende. There is a parking lot just north of the harbor. The travel time is normally around two hours.

Public transportation
There are hourly train departures from Oslo to Tønsberg. Book tickets at nsb.no.

From Tønsberg, there are hourly bus departures to Verdens Ende. Services run from early in the morning to late at night. Visit vkt.no to view the schedule.

Hiking in Moutmarka, near Verdens Ende. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

The best time to visit Færder National Park

The true beginning and end of the seasons varies depending on snowfalls and general weather conditions. The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Færder National Park in English.

Winter
Exploring the Norwegian coastline on a winter’s day is a completely different experience than in the summer. The sun is low in the sky and the bright fall colors have disappeared, exposing the rugged landscape. Depending on the snowfall and winter temperatures the ground could be snowy, but snowcover is typically light in Færder. The coastal paths, for example on Hvasser, are often easy to follow during winter. It is also an interesting time to explore the coastline by boat.

Spring
For many parts of Norway, Easter is the beginning of the spring and the start of the season spent along the shoreline. The flowers have started to bloom and winter has loosened its grip. Although the temperature of the ocean may not be warm enough to swim comfortably, the days are getting longer and the sun is beginning to provide pleasant days along the coast. Springtime in Færder National Park is a great season to enjoy hiking the coastal trails and experiencing the beautiful spring colors.

Summer
Summer arrives in Færder at the end of May and lingers until the end of September. July is the warmest month with the least amount of rainfall and the ocean temperature reaches its peak around August. With lots of activities to do and the best weather of the year, it is no surprise that visiting Færder in the summertime is the most popular for both Norwegians and visitors from abroad.

Fall
In the fall, the weather can be a bit more unpredictable. At the end of September and through November there is a mix of comfortable, calm days watching the fall colors arrive along the coast, or strong storms bringing large waves and impressive winds. The snow and ice will not arrive until December, so the coastal trails will still be near the best throughout the fall. With the right clothing, there is nothing better than experiencing the power of nature by the ocean.

Butterfly on Østre Bolærne island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Verdens Ende

Verdens Ende – “The World’s End” – is a striking coastal area composed of small islands and rocky landscape. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Tjøme, an island in the southern part of Færder National Park. The area is well-known for its beautiful coastal views and the ocean-smoothed giant rocks jutting out of the water. Many visitors come to enjoy the nature, climb out onto the small islands, and of course visit the “vippefyr”, an example of an early lighthouse, built from stones found along the island’s shores.

Verdens Ende is an attractive outdoors area for activities both on land and in the water. Local coastal trails show off the beautiful scenery along the ocean’s edge. In the protected harbor the Oslofjord’s Recreation Council has marked a safe area for snorkeling and swimming. On the nearby small island of Hvasser is another great coastal trail leading from Lilleskagen to Sandøysund.

Situated next to the harbor at Verdens Ende is the Færder National Park visitor center. The center has a restaurant, historical exhibits, and other necessary facilities. Although Verdens Ende is quite enjoyable on a beautiful summer day, it can also be an exciting place to witness the rough seas on stormy fall afternoon.

Replica “vippefyr” at Verdens Ende. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Recommended adventures

Moutmarka Coastal Trail

Hiking 5.6 km · 2 – 4 hr

Hvasser Coastal Trail

Hiking 3.7 km · 2 – 4 hr

Tønsberg

In the heart of Vestfold county, along the coast of the Oslofjord, lies Tønsberg. Norway’s oldest city, Tønsberg is full of cultural experiences and many interesting attractions.

Near the center of Tønsberg sits Slottefjellet, a hill featuring ruins of Norway’s largest castle from the Middle Ages. The stately Jarlsberg farm, one of Norway’s largest agricultural properties, sprawls right to the water’s edge next to the city. Walking distance from downtown are two nature reserves and a beautiful trail, Grevestien. The trail leads through Ilene Nature Reserve, by the castle, and through the quaint, historic city.

After exploring Tønsberg, it is just a short distance to the white sandy beaches, beautiful coastal nature, and endless activities along the the charming islands of Nøtterøy, Hvasser, Tjøme, and Bolærne. This region is a popular place for many family-friendly adventures, from biking to swimming to hiking. An abundance of coastal trails can be found throughout the national park’s islands. There’s also a 26-kilometer walking and biking route traveling south from Tønsberg to the very southern tip of the national park, Verdens Ende.

It is very easy to access the Bolærne archipelago from Tønsberg. The three islands are rich with beautiful nature as well as intriguing history, both well worth a visit. To reach the islands, take the boat departing from the Tønsberg pier.

Signpost along the Grevestien nature trail. Photo: Fylkesmannen i Vestfold (Ilene Nature Reserve)

Recommended adventure

Grevestien

Hiking 12.1 km · 2 – 4 hr

Bolærne Islands

The Bolærne archipelago is situated in the Oslofjord just a quick boat trip from Tønsberg. The three islands are protected within the national park. Vestre Bolærne, Midtre Bolærne, and Østre Bolærne can be explored all year round but summer is by far the best time to visit these rugged islands. Swim at the popular beaches and even camp overnight at one of the camping grounds or the historic Commander’s House.

From 1916 Østre Bolærne was used as a Norwegian naval base but was retired in 2002. The historical buildings and impressive canons aiming out over the ocean remain, providing interesting artifacts to explore while hiking throughout the island.

Enjoy a swim at the popular beaches or explore the island by way of the many trails. Exciting adventures await on the Bolærne islands so be sure to dedicate a full day, or even a weekend, on the islands in the Oslofjord.

Café on Østre Bolærne island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

How to get to Bolærne

A ferry operated by Bolærnebåtene runs from Kanalveien in Tønsberg to Østre Bolærne. The ferry runs 3–4 times a day in the summer season from the 23rd of June to the 19th of August. A return ticket costs 175 NOK for adults and 100 NOK for children. Payment is by cash or credit card.

The ferry can also stop at Vestre Bolærne and Mellom Bolærne islands, but this requires an advance booking.

In the ferry’s off-season Bolærne can be accessed with water taxis operated by Fjordtaxi and Skyssbaaten.

Forest trail on Vestre Bolærne island. Photo: Oslofjordens Friluftsråd

Recommended adventure

Østre Bolærne Coastal Trail

Hiking 3.2 km · 1 – 2 hr

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