Færder National Park was established to protect the landscape, habitats, species, geology and coastal ecosystems – both on land and at sea – in a large section of outer Oslofjorden. Færder National Park has some of the greatest biodiversity in Norway. There are rare habitats like temperate deciduous forest, coastal conifer forest, salt meadows and old hay meadows on land, and kelp forests, eelgrass meadows, soft-bottom habitats and shell sand areas in the sea. This allows a multitude of plants, insects and other animals to live here.

The national park also has a duty to protect cultural heritage, while enabling people to peacefully experience nature and enjoy simple outdoor recreation.


Færder National Park covers 340 square kilometres of mainland, islands, skerries and sea bed in the municipalities of Tjøme and Nøtterøy. It stretches from Ormøy in the north to Færder lighthouse in the south. The national park also encompasses the islands south of Hvasser, as well as Verdens Ende and Moutmarka.

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For centuries the local people lived from the sea, and their activities have left their mark on the national park. Fishers and pilots continue to operate in and around the national park, now side by side with the growing tourist industry. Various disused military installations have also become visitor attractions.

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The national park will educate people about nature and the environment, outdoor recreation and cultural history. Its materials and approaches will need to be flexible so they can be used in classrooms, at the visitor centre and out in the countryside. They will also have to meet the needs of all age groups, from nursery school to further education. Additional materials will be added in stages.

Photo:  Prestgaard/Andersen

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