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Sandefjord Travel Blog

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On our final day, we decided to head out to Sandefjord.  We were flying back out of Sandefjord/Torp airport at 10.30pm, so we thought we'd head down to the town to see what it had to offer.  It's about 80 miles/110km, usually a two hour journey.  We planned to get the train back.  However, when the expected train did not arrive, we quizzed a local lady what had happened.  It seems it is not just the British railways which are susceptible to delays and cancellations.  Due to a problem on the line, the train to Sandefjord was cancelled.  We were able to get a train some of the way and aparently needed then to get a bus.  It's always a bit disconcerting in a foreign country where you don't understand the language to try and get around problems.  I have to say though that the Norwegians we spoke to all spoke excellent English and were friendly and helpful, something us Brits do not get everywhere these days!

We got down to Sandefjord in the early afternoon and had a look round the easily accessible town.  Again, with it being cold in winter, it wasn't really the weather for sitting around outside.  We spent most of the day inside warming up and catching up on a bit of the footy.

We eevntually made it back to the airport for our flight, but I would give a note of warning - getting from Sandefjord to Torp airport (only about 6-7 miles) isn't as straightforward as it should be.  There's no direct train or bus and at 8pm on a Saturday night the train which should have had a bus connection to get us there wasn't running.  We considered getting a bus to the town that was nearer and then a taxi, but in the end got a taxi straight there for about 230 NOK (£26).  Expensive as it's only about a 10 minute ride maximum, but given it was cold and dark, getting the plane was priority, so sometimes you just have to take the hit!

So that ended our sort stay in Oslo - a nice place, but I would advise going in summer rather than winter as there's not a great deal going on at this time of year. But I will definitely be going back to Norway one day...i saw a brochure for the Flam railway which goes to Bergen and it looked fantastic!!

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