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Those who have signed up for this excursion (total limited to 67) (Now 27 signed up.):
Aant Elzinga
Magnus Forsberg
Olav Helge
Lian Henderson
Millie Henderson
Tom Henderson
Ruth Hill
Bruce Larsen
Sally Larsen
Anders Larsson
Gretchen Legler
Jim McCarthy
Sue McCarthy
Shane Murphy
Joe O'Farrell
Gary Paine
Linda Parker
Mick Parker
Lt Cdm Julian Salisbury
Marj Spoerri
Robert Stephenson
Mike Tarver
Ken Thomas
Karen Ronne Tupek
Karen Woods
Tricia Wood
Farris 'Jack' Wright


This optional all-day bus excursion to Horten, Tønsberg, Sandefjord and Larvik south of Oslo is set for Monday, 15 May, 2017. (Most Norwegian museums are closed on Mondays, but the main museum we would ordinarily visit is the Whaling Museum in Sandefjord. Unfortunately it is closed due to extensive renovations. However we are in contact with staff there and hope to have a special visit to the original portion of the museum. More about this below.)

The cost will be NOK 650 per person (ca. $79, £63, €73), pretty much the cost of chartering the bus and providing lunch divided by the number of those coming. The maximum that can be accommodated is 67, the capacity of the bus.

We have made arrangements for lunch at the Hotel Atlantic Sandefjord a short walk from the Whaling Museum. The hotel has an extensive collection of whaling artifacts and displays. Lunch will be a buffet (salmon, ham, cheese, roast beef, scrambled eggs, potato salad, pickles, bread, butter, coffee/tea/water). There will be a cash bar for those who wish wine or beer.

The stops along the excursion route and their sequence are shown on a Google map. A second map shows the route to be taken.

Olav Helge and I did a "dry run" on Monday, December 5th and concluded that there wouldn't be time to continue on to Skien so we have dropped that from the itinerary.

• Depart early in the morning, 8:30am, from central Oslo.

• To Horten on the Oslo Fjord, via the E18 and 310. (Approximate distance: 95 kilometres. Approximate time: 75 minutes.)

• Our first stop will be at Martin Rønne's grave. He lived in Horten and his son, Finn, was born here.

Gravesite of Martin Rønne.

• We will proceed nearby to the center of Horten and see the statue of Oscar Wisting sculpted by Carl E. Paulsen in 1937.

Oscar Wisting.

• Our last Horten stop will be at the Rønne house on the corner of Prestagata and Steingata. (The wrong house, across the street, was previously shown.

Home of Martin Rønne and birthplace of Finn Ronne.

How the house looked earlier before removal or entrance and stairs. (Photo: Jahn Rønne)

• We then continue on to Tønsberg via the 19 and 325. (Approximate distance: 20 kilometres. Approximate time: 30 minutes.)

• We'll have a short stop on Stenmalveien at Halfdan Wilhelmsens alle to see the statue of Roald Amundsen, sculpted (as the one in Horten was) by Carl E. Paulsen in 1932.

Roald Amundsen.

• We'll next see a statue of Svend Foyn, the whaling pioneer. It was sculpted by Anders Svor and stands outside the cathedral. Foyn was born in Tønsberg at Foynegården.

Svend Foyn.

• From Tønsberg, we'll travel the back way to Sandefjord via the 308, 300 and 303. (Approximate distance: 39 kilometres. Approximate time: 55 minutes.)

• We'll head first to the Whaling Monument and Fountain. It "shows whalers in action. The monument was made by the artist Knut Steen in the period 1955-60 in the most 'glorious' period of whaling."

The Whaling Monument.

• We'll then walk to a nearby dock on the waterfront where we'll find the restored whale catcher, The Southern Actor, which we'll be able to board.

The Southern Actor.

• Within sight floats the tiny Harbour Chapel.. Within are metal plates with the names of Norwegian whalers who have died in the South.

Harbour Chapel

• The bus will then take us to the Whaling Museum (or Hvalfangstmuseet or the Commander Christen Christensen's Whaling Museum).

Whaling Museum.

    "When it opened in 1917 the museum building was one of the first original museum buildings in Norway. Lars Christensen had two main goals when opening the museum; to inform the public about the Antarctic and its fauna and animal life, as it was a relatively unknown continent at the time, and to tell the story of whaling as an industry. Since its opening, the museum has experienced some major changes including an expansion in 1981."
    The Museum has recently announced a major renovation and will be closed until sometime late in 2017. This is unfortunate for us but we've been told that it might be possible for us to visit the original 1917 portion of the Museum. We won't know for certain until closer to the time.

• We'll next go to the Atlantic Hotel Sandefjord which is a short walk from the Whaling Museum. Here we'll enjoy a lunch surrounded by an extensive collection of whaling artifacts and displays. At lunch we'll be shown a 20-minute film about the building of the Endurance (Polaris) that was shown at the Museum during the jubilee year.

The Atlantic Hotel Sandefjord, where we'll be stopping for lunch.

Olav Helge with a harpoon gun at The Atlantic Hotel Sandefjord.
The place is a veritable whaling museum.

• As we leave Sandefjord we'll stop at the Sandefjord gravlund (cemetery), and visit the grave of C. A. Larsen.

C. A. Larsen's gravestone.

• From Sandefjord we'll go on to Larvik via the 303. (Approximate distance: 19 kilometres. Approximate time: 30 minutes.) • Our first stop will be in Østre Halsen on the east side of Larvik where well see a bust of C. A. Larsen who was born nearby.

Bust of C. A. Larsen.

• There are several places of interest in Larvik itself. We'll see the outside at least of the Maritime Museum (Larvik sjøfartsmuseum). The museum is in Larvik's oldest brick building in Tollerodden, a small attractive old quarter of Larvik. In front is a statue of Oscar Wisting who was born in Larvik.

Oscar Wisting in front of the Maritime Museum.

• Within sight is a modern cube-shaped monument to Colin Archer and a few steps away a statue of him stands in front of his house. Also close by is an interesting statue of Thor Heyerdahl who was born in Larvik.

Colin Archer Cube

Colin Archer

Thor Heyerdahl

• From Larvik we'll head back to Oslo the most direct way (Approximate distance: 133 kilometres. Approximate time: 1 hour 33 minutes.)

TOTAL DISTANCE Entire Itinerary: 306 km or 190 miles.

TOTAL DRIVING TIME Entire Itinerary: 4 hours 43 minutes.

NOTE: As you can see this represents a full day. The schedule and itinerary may have to be adjusted to get us back to Oslo in plenty of time to re-organize and attend the opening reception at the Fram Museum.