Horten community lies in Vestfold county in southeast Norway, just an hour away from the capital Oslo. Our house sits in a small hamlet of homes and farms, close to but shielded from the main roads and just one kilometer from the main freeway to Oslo, and just 8 kilometers from the picturesque seaside town of Horten. Horten is known for its viking heritage, its seafaring and navy history, and its friendly small town atmosphere.
The main train line (to Oslo, northbound, and Torp airport, southbound) is just 2 kms away (Skoppum station). Access to the main freeway, E18, is just a little over 1 km away. Oslo is 1 hour and 10 minutes by train, and a little less driving. Torp airport is 25 minutes away by driving and about 35 mins. by train. Rygge airport is one hour away (including 30 minute ferry trip). Airport pick-up is available at both Torp and Rygge for a fee. We offer free pick-up from the train station, and can lend our electric car for short drives (to the train or to town), can offer lifts, or, for longer drives, may be able to offer a car to hire.
The village of Skoppum has a large Kiwi grocery store and post office. The town of Horten (pop. 25,000, and 8 kms away) has many restaurants, live-music venues, shops, parks and museums. There is a municipal bus stop five minutes away for trips into both Skoppum and Horten. There is a ferry in Horten that regularly crosses Oslo Fjord to the town of Moss, with a train connection to Rygge airport and towns south.
Norway’s national photography museum, Preus Museum, is located in Horten. The former site of a major Norwegian naval base, Horten also has a large Naval Museum, including an accessible 1960’s era submarine. A good city museum features authentic glimpses into the way locals lived in the past. The artist Edvard Munch’s summer house is preserved as a museum in the nearby town of Åsgardstrand.
The ancient Viking burial grounds, Borrehaugene, are very close. A large Viking Hall, built according to authentic standards, and a Viking museum, are nearby. There is a Viking Festival down near the beach in early July, where viking aficionados come from near and far to dress in Viking style clothes, camp, cook over huge tripod cast iron pots, and sell viking wares- baskets, metal work, woodwork, wool and linen. There are music presentations, food booths, mock battles, and other presentations.
There are many uncrowded beaches in the area on Oslo Fjord (just 6 kms away), and numerous historic Viking sites. There are many bicycling opportunities (bike trails and country roads). You can also wander in forests and fields.
There is excellent cross-country skiing just out the backdoor in winter, and prepared, lighted cross-country ski trails nearby. We feel this area of Norway is ideal for sun, sea, hiking, skiing, and sightseeing.