Færder National Park
Færder National Park is one of Norway's most important areas for coastal outdoor recreation, and large areas are secured as publicly owned recreation areas. Boating, canoeing, hiking and swimming are popular activities here.
Færder National Park comprises 340 square kilometres of mainland, islands, reefs and seabed in Færder municipality. It stretches from Ormøy in the north to Færder lighthouse in the south. The islands south of Hvasser, Verdens Ende and Moutmarka are part of the national park. In the middle of the Oslo Fjord, Færder National Park borders Ytre Hvaler National Park.
Færder National Park is important areas for coastal outdoor life, and large areas are secured as publicly owned outdoor areas. Boating, kayaking, hiking and swimming are popular activities here. In addition to being an important local area for permanent residents and cottage owners. The proximity to Tønsberg city and the densely populated Oslo area means that Færder National Park is much used.
Færder National Park is a distinctive archipelago landscape that is the result of the work carried out by the enormous ice masses from the Ice Age.
The sea areas in the national park are very varied, from groundwater areas in the skerries to the deep sea areas further from land. In the shallow areas, there are large kelp forests and lush eelgrass beds that are important breeding areas for fish. At the depths, we find exciting seabed landscapes with large mountain gorges and flat soft bottom areas, and this variation provides a basis for a diverse animal and plant life on the seabed.
Several important nesting areas for seabirds are included in the national park. It is also home to a diverse black plant flora and insect fauna. Particularly important areas are Sandø, Bolærne, Østre Bustein and Moutmarka.
VISIT THE NATIONAL PARK
Færder National Park is easily accessible by boat, car and public transport. At the End of the World, you can drive a private car all the way to the border of the national park.
Dinner with a view - Verdens Ende Spiseriet is a restaurant at the End of the World, and open all year.
Tents are allowed for up to two days minimum 150 meters from house and cottage. Tents are not allowed in the seabird areas, Ruseodden on Østre Bolæren, Sandø, Østre Bustein and Moutmarka. See map of tenting areas.
Barbecue is prohibited directly on the surface.
Bonfires are not allowed from 15th of October to 15th of April. Bonfires are not allowed directly on the mountains and rocks all year round.
Bathing is of course allowed. The same applies to the clearing of landed seaweed and kelp at widely used bathing sites.
Fishing of cod is forbidden. Fishing of other fish is perfectly fine, as long as you stay within the rules set by the fishing authorities.
Berries and edible mushrooms can be picked for your own use.
Flowers and ordinary plants can also be picked for own use, except in the former plant protection area in Kjøkkenbukta on Østre Bolæren.
BUT REMEMBER THAT ...
The speed limit at sea is 5 knots within 100 meters of land, and otherwise 30 knots within the outermost islands. The speed must always be adapted to the conditions, so that there are no accidents or injuries.
Film and photo with drone is not allowed.
Water scooter is prohibited. The same applies to unnecessary noise when using motorized model aircraft and the like.
Motor traffic on land is not allowed, with some exceptions for agriculture and some other purposes.
Pollution and littering of all types is of course not allowed.
There is a leash requirement for dogs in the entire national park in the period 1 April to 15 October. In the seabird areas (zone B), the restraining order applies throughout the year. The bird life in the seabird areas must not be disturbed. In these areas, traffic on land and up to 50 meters from land is not permitted during the breeding period 15.04 - 15.07. Hi, nests, nesting, breeding and spawning grounds are protected against damage and unnecessary disturbance.
Release of animals on land and in water is prohibited.
Cultural monuments must be treated with respect and protected from damage and destruction. Loose cultural monuments must not be moved or removed.
Last updated: 08/09/2023
Source: Visit Vestfold
Færder National Park