Østfold is a region that is teeming with historical landmarks. The rock carvings around the city of Sarpsborg go back thousands of years to just after the last Ice Age. The city itself, located by Europe’s largest waterfall Sarpefossen, was founded by Norway’s patron saint in 1016, making it for a time Norway’s Capital.
Now the county’s largest city is neighbouring Fredrikstad, where the history is visible in the charming fortress town. A half hour drive away, at the Swedish border, the large, beautiful fortress of Fredriksten tower above the city of Halden. Their history aside, both cities are also packed with life and modern culture.
Inland you’ll find large, untouched areas of forests, great for hiking, biking and camping, as well as lakes such as Lyseren and Øyeren, and Norway’s largest river Glomma, ideal for activities such as fishing and canoeing. For the history enthusiast, even there you’ll find a fortress, the largest one inland, Høytorp at Mysen.
Østfold is wonderful in summer. Relax at the beaches around Moss, or explore tiny coastal villages like Sponvika. That’s not to mention the island paradise of Hvaler – hundreds of islands and islets and skerries, linked to the mainland by bridges and tunnels – where you can swim, explore, relax, enjoy the food and the culture.
Centered on Europe’s largest waterfall, the town of Sarpsborg was founded a thousands years ago by Norway’s patron saint and most famous king.
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia.
Halden is an idyllic small town nestled down by the Iddefjord, just on the border to Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress.
The town of Moss and its surrounding areas have the most beaches in the whole of the municipality of Østfold, a rich industrial heritage and a flourishing art scene.
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