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Brekke Locks are Northern Europes highest system of locks - Photo: Haldenkanalen sluseturer
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Brekke Locks are Northern Europes highest system of locks Photo: Haldenkanalen sluseturer

Attractions in Indre Østfold

Take a trip on the Halden Canal, Norway's oldest man-made waterway. Or visit the country's largest inland fortress in Mysen.

The Halden Canal

The Halden Canal, the oldest canal in Norway, goes all the way from Skulerud in the north to Tistedal in the south, stretching almost 50 miles. Along this exciting waterway you will find three lock systems, with a total of 127 feet lift height.

You can take a boat trip on board the M/S Strømsfoss or on one of the other steamboats in Ørje. Or, you might want to hire a canoe and spend the night at one of the camp sites by the waterside.

In the north you will find Ørje Locks, dating back to 1860, with three locks and a total lift height of 32 feet. The locks here are operated by hand. At Strømsfoss Lock, also built in 1860, there is one lock with a six-feet lift height.

Brekke Locks are made up of four locks with a total lift height of 88 feet, making it Northern Europe's highest system of locks.

Museums and defence works

The Canal Museum in Ørje is the place to go to learn about the Halden Watercourse, the Halden Canal and the locks in the region.

Indre Østfold has played a central role in the country's history, and has impressive defence works from various periods. One of these is Høytorp Fortress in Mysen which is Norway's greatest inland fortress. In Hobøl you will find Ole Kjærbu's krigshistoriske samlinger, an impressive collection of items from World War II.

There are also several rural museums such as Folkenborg Museum in Mysen and Rakkestad Bygdetun.

It is also worth mentioning all the beautiful churches in the region. Some of these are open for tourists.

Outdoor activities

In Indre Østfold there are wonderful opportunities for an active outdoor life. There are several marked paths for both hiking and cycling, as well as good possibilities for hunting, canoeing and fishing.

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Last updated:  2014-11-06
Ørje Locks date back to 1860 and are operated by hand - Photo: Jørn A. Fjeld
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Brekke Locks are Northern Europes highest system of locks - Photo: Haldenkanalen sluseturer

Attractions in Indre Østfold

Take a trip on the Halden Canal, Norway's oldest man-made waterway. Or visit the country's largest inland fortress in Mysen.

Attractions in Indre Østfold

Source: Visitnorway

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Come and enjoy the exciting district between Oslo and the Swedish border. Explore undisturbed nature, wilderness experiences, and lots of culture.

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