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Visit Borgarsyssel Museum in Sarpsborg, Norway - Photo: Dag Andersen
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Visit Borgarsyssel Museum in Sarpsborg, Norway Photo: Dag Andersen

Attractions in Sarpsborg

Visit the Medieval church in Skjeberg, see the powerful Sarpsfossen Waterfall and go for a walk in the English garden at Hafslund Manor.

Skjeberg Church

The church in Skjeberg is one of the largest churches from the Middle Ages in Østfold. The present church was built in the latter part of the 13th century, but an older church had been built at the same site as early as 1050. The church you can see today, is built in a Roman style, but its main gate is in a Gothic style.

Sarpsfossen – the waterfall of Sarpsborg

The waterfall Sarpsfossen (also called Sarpefossen) was created by nature about 4,000 years ago when the sea level shrunk so low that the inland sea was cut of by a moraine. Today the waterfall decline measures 23 meters and there are 3 hydro electric power stations in the waterfall.

Hafslund Manor

Next to Sarpsfossen stands Hafslund Manor, one of Norway's few remaining manors from the 1600s and 1700s. Go for a walk in the manor's English garden which stretches over 10,000 square metres.

There are guided tours at the manor from June to August on Sundays. 

The Antiquity Route

The antiquity route has lately been restored and is now ready to accommodate visitors who arrive either on bicycle, by foot or by car. The area around Opstad is one of the largest burial grounds in the country with more than 150 burial places, and standing stones placed in circles. Archeologists assume that the burial grounds have been used from centuries since B.C. and up to the Viking age.

No other Norwegian municipality has more registered rock art carvings than Sarpsborg. One of the largest single rock art carvings in Northern Europe is the Bjørnstad Ship that measures 4,4 metres and shows a crew of 48 men.

The Storedal Culture Centre

A centre designed to give sighted and non-sighted people a cultural experience. In its grounds you dind the sound sculpture "An Ode to the Light" made by the Norwegian artist Arnold Hakueland. The sculpture plays electronic music, composed by the Norwegian composer Arne Norheim, which is affected by the varying intensity of the daylight.

There is also a botanical garden and an amphitheatre at Storedal Culture Centre. The park's cultural building shows art exhibitions during the summer months.

Opening hours:
20 May – 30 August:
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Sundays 12 noon - 6 pm.:00 – 18:00.

Borgarsyssel Museum

Borgarsyysel Museum was founded in 1921 and is located just outside the embarkment Olav Haraldsson built around the town Borg in 1016. The collections of Borgarsyssel show a selection of artifacts from Norway's history.

You can also visit a selection of buildings dated from the Middle Ages and up to present time. There is also a glass-blower's studio with a shop and a little farm where children can meet animals.

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Last updated:  2013-07-16
The Storedal Culture Centre in Sarpsborg, Norway - Photo: Storedal Kultursenter
The Storedal Culture Centre in Sarpsborg, Norway
The rock carving, the Bjørnstad Ship, in Sarpsborg, Norway - Photo: Håvard Kristoffersen
The rock carving, the Bjørnstad Ship, in Sarpsborg, Norway
Hafslund Manor in Sarpsborg, Norway - Photo: Pål Antonsen
Hafslund Manor in Sarpsborg, Norway

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Visit Borgarsyssel Museum in Sarpsborg, Norway - Photo: Dag Andersen

Attractions in Sarpsborg

Visit the Medieval church in Skjeberg, see the powerful Sarpsfossen Waterfall and go for a walk in the English garden at Hafslund Manor.

Attractions in Sarpsborg

Source: Visitnorway

About Sarpsborg

Sarpsborg

Sarpsborg has a rich history. Many of its attractions are linked to its past, from the rock carvings along Oldtidsveien to Skjeberg Medieval Church.

Tourist Information in Sarpsborg

The tourist information office is situated nearby the town square.

Key facts about Sarpsborg

Sarpsborg is both a municipality and a town with 51,000 inhabitants situated in the county of Østfold, southeast in Norway.

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