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.
There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.