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Asgardstrand

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Things to do: museums
Åsgårdstrand is a town in Vestfold, Norway. It is also the name of a former independent municipality and a center of trade. The town is situated 10 km south of Horten, 10 km north of Tønsberg and 100 km south of Oslo by the west coast of the Oslofjord.From 2007, the town has had the classification of a Tourist Town, which gives the shop owners in the oldest part, closest to the sea, the right to keep open all days of the week. In order to become a Tourist Town the number of visitors needs to greatly exceed the number of residents throughout the year.In this small, southern idyllic town you will find art gallerys, hotel, a couple of bakeries, a café, grocery stores, bank, a pub and a wine bar. There are also several other summer open bars and restaurants around the older part of the town. In addition, Åsgårdstrand has an elementary school, an old folks home and several kindergartens.In June every year, Åsgårdstrand celebrates Midsommer - the longest day of the year - with a large fire on the shorefront.The nameThe meaning of the name is the strand belonging to the farm Åsgård . The first element in the farm's name is´ás meaning 'mountain ridge', the last element is garðr meaning 'farm'.HistoryÅsgårdstrand was ladested (center of trade) from 1650 under Tønsberg, from 1660 under Holmestrand. In 1752 the center of trade was given the rights of doing business with national goods. From the beginning of the 19th century, Åsgårdstrand, was a lively export harbor for lumber, of which most was exported to the Netherlands.
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