Welcome to Svelvik! Considered to be the northern most city in southern Norway, Svelvik lies at the northern end of Vestfold County. Svelvik lies idyllically on the western shore of the Drammen Fjord about 50 minutes from the Norwegian Capital of Oslo. Svelvik, which gained its city status in 1998, stretches from Nesbygda in the north to Berger in the south. There are 6,500 proud citizens of our beautiful city!
Outside of our urban areas you will find a robust agricultural environment with livestock and farming of fruit such as apples, cherries and strawberries. Beyond our agricultural borders you will find wooded hills with large and small lakes which are frequently used for swimming, fishing and other recreational activities. In the winter months you can take advantage of cross country skiing and we even have a small slalom hill to test your skills on.
The center of Svelvik, which we call “Sentrum”, is a small village with narrow and winding streets. You will find some small parks where you can rest your feet and enjoy the view of the Svelvikstrømmen, one of the strongest currents in Norway. You will also find a statue of Lalla Carlsen, one of Norway’s most famous actresses. In the center of town is the Svelvik Museum which documents our city’s history and our magnificent Svelvik Church which was built in 1859. Both of these landmarks are worth a visit.
The coastline along the entire municipality offers perfect conditions for swimming, fishing and boating throughout the summer months. The Fjord Park in Nesbygda offers a great beach with the opportunity to play beach volleyball or take a refreshing swim. Good fishing opportunities are everywhere, in particular, Battery Island, which is a gem for those who want to visit an historic site in close proximity to nature and the sea. Battery Island is located at the southern end of the city center and is accessible to the handicapped. There is also a boat harbour between Battery Island and the mainland. The boat harbour has a public boat ramp which can be used to launch your boat (for a small fee) and enjoy Svelvik from the sea.
A little further to the south from Battery Island, just past Homannsberget Camping, is Grunnane Nature Reserve. Grunnane was established in 1981 and is a protected wetland area hosting an incredible amount of various bird life which can be observed from early spring until late fall. You will find parts of the coastal path running through the area leading to a bird watching tower that offers excellent views over the area and surrounding fjord. The nature reserve stretches from Grunnane in the north to Krok in the south. The reserve also offers some of the best salt water fishing opportunities in the area.
Approximately 10km to the south, at the southern end of Svelvik, is the bedroom community of Berger. Berger is located right on the fjord and can be considered the cultural center of Svelvik Municipality. Fossekleiva Culture Center is home to our local artists and craftsmen. Berger can boast of many find beaches and fishing areas as well as a rich outdoor life both in the summer and winter.
Welcome to Svelvik!