Take your knowledge one step further at the Visitor Centre!

The Færder National Park visitor centre was opened by HM Queen Sonja on 26 June 2015. The centre occupies the same location as the old restaurant at Verdens Ende. Tjøme Municipality was responsible for building it based on drawings by the architectural firm Ola Roald AS. The pebble dash finish of the original restaurant was preserved and combined with new and exciting features such as the “Færder axis” and the rotunda with a compass rose on the top floor.

The centre will provide information about the national park, as well as trying to encourage people’s support and involvement. “At the edge of the sea” is an educational and innovative attraction for visitors. There are dedicated materials and activities for schools. The visitor centre is also a hub for research and management.


Helgerødveien 590
3145 Tjøme

Opening hours

Dec 16 – Jan 10: CLOSED

Jan 11 – May 10: Saturday – Sunday 12 PM –  4 PM

Ticket prices – The exhibition

Adults incl. one child: NOK 90,-
Children: NOK 45,-
OAPs: NOK 70,-

Panoramic room only with tablet: 50,-

The exhibition “At the edge of the sea”

This attraction has been developed for the visitor centre by Expology AS. It is an experience-based exhibition that presents life in the national park, both above and below the water. The rotunda on the first floor shows life below water using digital technology. There is a panoramic film where the audience can participate using kinect technology. A tablet will guide visitors through the attraction and allow them to study topics in greater depth. The top floor is dominated by the natural panoramic view. Here visitors will learn about the things that live above the surface of the sea in the national park. You can also have a go at a quiz with a prize.


Tickets for the exhibition “At the edge of the sea” are sold in the shop in the reception area. Here you can also buy books, local products made of wool and wood, postcards and souvenirs. You can also sign up to nature walks and organised activities and events.

Activities include crabbing and snorkelling along an underwater course. You can sign up and hire equipment in the reception (tel. +47 335 07600). Our friendly staff will be delighted to help you!

Photo: Linda Yuen

Guided tours

Our local nature experts/national park hosts Erik Bleken and Terje Kristiansen also offer guided tours of the area around the visitor centre.

Photo: Prestgaard / Andersen

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Seminars and courses

Færder National Park visitor centre will publish details of upcoming courses and seminars at www.faerdernasjonalpark.no, as well as on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/faerdernasjonalparksenter

You can also hire the centre for these kinds of events outside normal opening hours. Enquire through our booking page.

Photo: Strobe Foto


The visitor centre will offer education and information about nature, the environment, outdoors activities and cultural history. The education programmes will be flexible and can be utilized in classrooms, in the visitor centre and out in the field. The entire age spectrum will be covered, from kindergarden to college and university. The programmes will be expanded gradually.

This is our mascot Pelle Strand, pictured as he explores and learns.
Pelle Strand is made out of marine debris by artist duo Kari Prestgaard and Astor Andersen.

Photo: Prestgaard / Andersen

Organisational structure

Færder nasjonalparksenter er organisert som et interkommunalt selskap

Management/Governing bodies

General Manager: Bente Molvig
Nature guide: Cecilie Notø


The Board of the visitor centre:

Chair: Vidar Ullenrød

Vice Chair: Per-Eivind Johansen

Inger Lise Gulliksen

Anne Holm Moen

Øyvind Hagen

Representative council:

Mayor of Færder: Jon Sannes Andersen

Mayor of Tønsberg: Anne Rygh Pedersen

Richard Fossum

Steinar Solum

Tom Mello

Lise Mandal


The building is owned by Tjøme Municipality, and the visitor centre and restaurant each lease part of it. The visitor centre is owned by an intermunicipal company in which the municipalities of  Færder and Tønsberg are equal shareholders. The visitor centre received its authorisation from the Norwegian Environment Agency on 21 June 2016.