Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. 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. This mostly refers to the inhabitants, who are known to be friendly, open and humorous.
Speaking of warmth, the Hvaler islands, located just outside of Fredrikstad, is the most sunny area in Norway. The islands are an incredibly popular holiday destination and is highly recommended for those interested in a relaxing vacation with fishing, bathing, paddling, and sailing, sunbathing on polished granite rocks, dining in scenic surroundings, 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, several galleries or one of the unique shops behind the ramparts. There are several options for getting to Fredrikstad and around.
Find more inspiration on Fredrikstad’s official website.
Learn more about the historic Fortified Town in Fredrikstad. Daily guided tour of the old fortress town,…More
Learn more about the historic Fortified Town in Fredrikstad. Daily guided tour of the old fortress town,…
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Litteraturhuset Fredrikstad (the House of Literature) is dedicated to literature and culture. Along with many…More
Visit Fredrikstad & Hvaler has a temporary office during the summer at Skjærhalden, Kirkeøy. We are located in…More
The Glass Factory (Glasshytta) in the Old Town, Fredrikstad is the first studio glass cabin in Norway. It was…More
M/B James is a nice fishing boat that offers fishing trips in the beautiful Hvaler archipelago. The boat is…More
By driving along highway 110, you will find many cultural and historical monuments dating back to the Bronze…More
The museum has a permanent exhibition where you can get an insight to Fredrikstad's exciting and diverse…More
Galleri Gunne is a part of Bastion 5 in Old Town Fredrikstad. The gallery showcases glass art based on the…More
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Hvaler Coastal Museum is the only museum in Østfold focusing on coastal culture. The museum is located at…More
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The outdoor pool has a water slide, jumping boards at different heights, childrenspool and a small shop.…More
Island hopping to Hvaler's secret places. Hvaler is equally attractive by land as from the water. Vesterøy,…More
The new Gamle Fredrikstad Golf Course is uniquely situated beside the Old Town of Fredrikstad. The course can…More
The golf course has been strategically designed and offers a real challenge to the experienced golfer, while…More
Therese M is an fashion store situated in the Fortified town of Fredrikstad, specialising in womens fashion…More
This marina is usually the pick-up place for visitors to the bird observatory on Akerøya island.More
Akerøya is a small island in the outer Oslofjord. It has proved to be a migration hotspot, in particularly…More
Arekilen is a swamp and small lake overgrown with reeds, surrounded by decideous woodland. It is particularly…More
Arekilen is a swamp and small lake overgrown with reeds, surrounded by decideous woodland. It is particularly…
This hotel is suited for all, especially families and people who seek entertainment. It is Fredrikstad's…More
Information about the cabins: The cabins have a fridge, hob and bed clothes. Things you need to bring are:…More
A combined spa and apartment motel surrounded by beautiful scenery in Hvaler's great nature reserve.More
Gamlebyen Hotell is in the picturesque Old Town of Fredrikstad, within 5 minutes’ walk of all its shops,…More
The new Guest Harbour is located at Kråkerøy, a short walking distance from the City centre. There are 39…More
Quality Hotel in Fredrikstad is pervaded with Scandinavian design, and is a first class hotel. The hotel and…More
South east of the Oslo fjord, about an hour's drive from Oslo and 15 minutes from Fredrikstad, is one of…More
Welcome to our redecorated facilities (2002) in the heartland of Fredrikstad. Centrally located in Østfold…More
Hvaler Gjestgiveri inn provides the very best of food and wine. We only make food using the best raw…More
Cafe Oline is a cozy cafe and pub on Søndre Sandøy on Hvaler. Oline serves good food in nice surroundings and…More
They are a well renowned restaurant who have been making good food for over 30 years. They only choose the…More
In the heart of Skjærhalden you find Big Fish Café. Here everything is made from scratch, the…More
Restaurant Slippen has an idyllic riverside location in the centre of Fredrikstad. The chef and his staff are…More
Engelsviken Brygge Fiskerestaurant (Fish restaurant) opened its door for the first time in May of 1995, and…More
Engelsviken Brygge Fiskerestaurant (Fish restaurant) opened its door for the first time in May of 1995, and…
There are frequent train departures from Fredrikstad to Oslo, Halden and Gothenburg.
Fredrikstad is attached to E6 by Oldtidsveien (from Sweden and Halden) and mainroad 110 (through Råde from Oslo).
Travel time from Oslo to Hvaler is around one hour and 30 minutes.
There are daily bus departures between Oslo, Fredrikstad and Hvaler. Check out Nettbuss’ website for prices and timetables.
There is a ferry from downtown to the old town which is quite frequent. It is a free and scenic means of transportation. The ferry also goes to the neighboring suburb Gressvik.
Oslo Airport is located 130 kilometres north of Fredrikstad. From the airport you can reach Fredrikstad by train, express bus or local train.
There are also direct flights from many European cities to Torp Sandefjord Airport, 83 kilometres southwest of Fredrikstad.
Nettbuss is one of the largest bus companies in the Nordic region, with operations in Norway, Sweden and…More
Scenic boat trip between Fredrikstad and Strömstad in Sweden. Departs Thursday and Saturday from March / April…More
Travel with Vesleø II and experience Kosterhavet - and Outer Hvaler National Park. Aboard the boat there is an…More
Our ferries operate the eastern islands on Hvaler. M/S Hollungen and M/F Hvalerferga II will take you on a…More
Gamlebyfergen (Old Town Ferry) operates between the west side (Cicignon) and the Fortress Town (Gamlebyen),…More
The city ferries are an important part of Fredrikstad’s transport system. All the ferries are free. The…More
There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.