Welcome to Vestfold Hills
The Vestfold Hills is a 400-sq-km oasis of ice-free rock. These hills, 25km across with a maximum elevation of 159m, are especially beautiful when viewed from the air, revealing long, black volcanic dikes striping the bare rock. The first woman to set foot in Antarctica, Caroline Mikkelsen, came ashore here on February 20, 1935, with her husband, Klarius Mikkelsen, captain of the Norwegian whaling support ship Thorshavn. The Mikkelsens named the Vestfolds for their home county in Norway, the center of the country’s whaling industry.