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Photo: Walter Schoffthaler

Summer charm in a historical setting

Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia.

Warmth, is often used as a keyword when Norwegians are asked to describe Fredrikstad. Mostly, this refers to the inhabitants, who are known to be friendly, open and humorous. 

Warmth also refers to the fact that The Hvaler islands, located just outside Fredrikstad, is the most sunny geographical area in Norway. The islands are an incredibly popular holiday destination for Norwegians, and is highly recommended for those interested in a relaxing holiday with fishing, bathing, dining, sailing, sunbathing on polished granite rocks, paddling, and exploring the beautiful Ytre Hvaler National Park. 

The Old town in Fredrikstad is a much-visited sight, as it is one of the best preserved fortified towns in the Nordic region.

The fortified town was founded in 1567 by King Frederik II, and was constructed according to Dutch architectural models, with wide water-filled moats and high earth ramparts. Here you can visit the largest model railroad exhibition in Scandinavia, and don't miss the city’s very own scale model of «Gamlebyen» – the fortified town. It's all in the details!

Today it is a living quarter of Fredrikstad with 350 inhabitants. You can relax with an Italian coffee in the market place, enjoy a tête-à-tête over a bottle of wine at one of the restaurants, visit Fredrikstad Museum, galleries or one of the unique shops that are to be found behind the ramparts.

The old town in Fredrikstad
Walter Schoffthaler
Fredrikstad aerial photo
The seaside of Fredrikstad
Walter Schoffthaler
Lauer at Hvaler
Sten Helberg

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