The Coast

The Mølen promontory, around 20 minutes' drive west of Stavern, is Norway's largest beach of rolling stones, and an austere and rather impressive sight. The 230 stone cairns and heaps of boulders, which are laid out in parallel rows, are all Iron Age burial mounds.

The beach is also something of a geological oddity, forming the end of the ice-age era Ra moraine (rock and silt pushed ahead of the glacier and deposited as a new landform), which extends from the lake Farrisvatn, which the moraine dammed, to the southwestern end of Brunlanes.

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Nearby The Coast attractions

1. Verkensgården

8.76 MILES

Verkensgården has tools and implements from a local 17th-century sawmill and ironworks. There's also a permanent geological exhibition documenting the…

2. Larvik Museum

8.76 MILES

This multi-part museum is spread across the town and is under the auspices of the broader Vestfold Museene.

3. Bølgen

8.85 MILES

The town's impressive wave-shaped cultural centre houses a gallery that has an interesting curatorial calendar of contemporary Norwegian artists, concert…

4. Larvik Maritime Museum

9.08 MILES

A 1730 brick structure immediately east of the harbour is home to maritime art and a number of impressive model ships. Colin Archer, the famous Norwegian…

5. Herregården Manor House

9.25 MILES

The classic baroque timber Herregården manor house was constructed in 1677 as the home of the Norwegian Governor General, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, the…

6. Bøkeskogen


This sublime patch of green overlooking Larvik is Norway’s largest and the world’s most northerly beech tree forest. It is criss-crossed with walking…

7. Kaupang

10.85 MILES

Kaupang, 5km east of Larvik, was a former Viking town built around AD 800 and occupied until 960. It is believed that up to 1000 people once lived here…

8. Porsgrund Porselænsfabrikk

13.65 MILES

In Porsgrunn, just south of Skien, is one of Norway's best-known and longest-running porcelain factories. You can book a tour to see artisans painting the…