Discover the coast on foot
If there’s one thing that should definitely be on your to-do list in Horten, it’s to embark on the beautiful coastal path. It stretches around 17 kilometres from Falkensten by Løvøya in the north to Åsgårdstrand in the south, and at the same time includes the historical hiking trails out on Karljohansvern. There are many fine highlights along the way, and the coastal path is the perfect way to discover Horten’s many sights. From Hotel Horten it is only a five-minute walk to the starting point at Horten Havn, which is approximately in the middle of the stretch. See map and info about the highlights along the route here.
Tips! Horten also offers lovely cycle paths – see Visit Vestfold for routes and more info.
Farm fun for the whole family
At Buggeparken family park the experiences are lined up: Here you can say hello to Gråtass the tractor and the barn elf, play chicken bingo, jump in the hay, walk on stilts or challenge yourself on the obstacle course. You can also get close to the many animals that live here, ranging from alpacas and rabbits to chickens, pigs and sheep. An outdoor theatre, cinema and tractor rides are also organised, and the area offers barbecues for free use and a kiosk with a range of goodies. In other words, a fun farm experience for both young and old alike.
For fishing enthusiasts
Horten also offers good opportunities to get fish on the hook. Just ten minutes’ drive from the centre of Horten lies the beautiful Borrevannet lake, known as one of Norway’s best pike lakes. The record is actually a whopping 18 kg (!), and there are also good chances of catching a perch. If it is mackerel you want to catch, you will find good opportunities at Steinbrygga below Borre church and at Veggfjellet outside Løvøya.
Tips! Borrevannet also offer excellent hiking opportunities around the lake, swimming areas and excellent conditions for canoeing and outings in rowing boats. The lake is a nature reserve thanks to its diverse flora and fauna, both in and around the water.
Horten for water babies
Don't forget to pack your swimwear, because Horten has lots of lovely beaches, several of them within walking distance of the hotel. One of the most popular is the sandy Rørestrand beach, about two kilometres from Hotel Horten, which, in addition to its excellent swimming opportunities, offers a large grassy area with volleyball court, a beach bar and barbecue areas. There is a parking nearby, or otherwise the coastal path in Horten passes by there. Several nice swimming spots include Borrestranda, Vollane, Møringa, Varnestang, Jesusbukta and Reverompa. You can see a map with an overview of the swimming areas here. If you don't like salt water, Borrevannet also offers fine swimming options.
Sightseeing at sea
Kayaking is a great way to discover Horten’s archipelago, and there are several beautiful routes to choose from. A nice hike graded as easy, and around 6–8 kilometres long, is called Indre Havn, Horten Historisk Tursti 10. Along the way, you paddle through the Canal, past Keisemarken’s bathhouse and the Reverompa swimming area. You can rent a kayak from Borre Kayak rental. If, on the other hand, you’re a beginner and want to be completely confident in the kayak first, you can sign up for a kayak course at RS Noatun. The Kayak group of DNT Horten also arranges various tours and courses, and rents out kayaks and equipment.
Learn to brew craft beer
At Buggegården Brewery, which is part of Buggegården Family Park, you can both taste local beer and learn how to brew your own. Local favourites such as Gråtass IPA and Bondens Blonde Ale are made here, brewed with malt from grain from the farm’s own soil. During the course, you will learn the secret behind good beer and how you can start home brewing yourself. If you're tempted to take home some local drops from the farmer, Buggegården Bryggeri also has its own beer outlet, which is open every day. The brewery also makes the farm’s own kombucha and iced tea.