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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 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 neighbouring 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.