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Oscarsborg Fortress in the Oslofjord, Norway - Photo: VisitFollo
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Oscarsborg Fortress in the Oslofjord, Norway Photo: VisitFollo

Fortresses

The most famous of all the Norwegian fortresses, is Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo city centre.

Another popular fortress is Fredriksten Fortress in Halden. In Fredrikstad, there is Gamle Fredrikstad, the old town which in its entirety is considered a fortress, plus Kongsten Fortress.

In Bergen there is Bergenhus, in Trondheim Kristiansten, and in Vardø, way up north in Eastern Finnmark, you can visit Vardøhus. Kongsvinger Fortress was built to secure the Swedish border in the east.

Fortress on an island

Oscarsborg Fortress lies like a jewel on an island in the Oslofjord outside the small town of Drøbak. This fortress is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture and history. The unique surroundings of the fortress provide a fantastic arena for the theatre, opera and concerts which are organised during the summer months. 

At Oscarsborg you will find an art gallery, a spa hotel and a good selection of places to eat.

The fortifications are a central part, as is the story of the sinking of the German cruiser Blücher on 9 April 1940.

In summer you can travel by ferry from Oslo to Oscarsborg, or arrive with your own boat to Oscarsborg Marina. The rest of the year you can take a ferry from Drøbak to Oscarsborg.

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Oscarsborg Fortress in the Oslofjord, Norway - Photo: VisitFollo

Fortresses

The most famous of all the Norwegian fortresses, is Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo city centre.

Fortresses

Source: Visitnorway

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