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FREDRIKSTAD AND HVALER

Perpetual bliss

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Fredrikstad in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co
Fredrikstad in Eastern Norway .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co

Let the cobbled streets lead you back in time and into the charming old town of Fredrikstad.

Gamlebyen "old town" in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
Gamlebyen "old town" in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

It is the best-preserved fortified town in Northern Europe, and the atmosphere here is as vibrant as ever.

The scent of cinnamon pastry follows you around as you visit local glassblowers, galleries, and art studios …

Gamlebyen "old town" in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
Gamlebyen "old town" in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

… and hunt for treasures in the quirky antique and second-hand shops.

The weekly flea market during summer is a must for passionate treasure hunters!

And for a touch of modernity in historical surroundings, you can stop by the popular Old Town Model Train Centre.

The streets of Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co
The streets of Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co

Just west of Fredrikstad lies the Hvaler archipelago, with its 833 islands and islets.

Explore them by car …

Hvaler in Østfold .
Photo: Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co
Hvaler in Østfold .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co

… or watch the shorefront glide by from the local ferry.

Go island hopping for private bike rides and hikes on the car-free islands.

Serenity and fresh ocean air surround you wherever you go.

And so does perpetual sunshine. The islands in the outer Oslofjord are blessed with more sunny weather than any other place in Norway.

The coastline of Hvaler .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
The coastline of Hvaler .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

The beautiful seaside scenery is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.

Spent in the idyllic harbours or on the islets of Ytre Hvaler National Park.

The beach in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co
The beach in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co

What to pack in your picnic basket?

Seafood and real Hvaler shrimps from the local fishmonger Skjærhalden.

So fresh. And so tasty.

Skjærhalden fiskemottak in Hvaler .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co
Skjærhalden fiskemottak in Hvaler .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co

More culinary experiences await you in Fredrikstad.

Take your pick of these mouth-watering temptations!

Table tales from Fredrikstad .
Photo: TrueStories / Bleed / Visit Oslo Region
Table tales from Fredrikstad .
Photo: TrueStories / Bleed / Visit Oslo Region

Round off your meal with a stroll through the downtown area.

Urban development has turned Fredrikstad into a cultural haven with charming town squares and pedestrian zones …

Brygga pier in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
Brygga pier in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

… and a scenic promenade along the river Glomma, with a wide selection of social establishments.

Brygga pier in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
Brygga pier in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

Go for a river cruise on the local ferry – entirely free of charge!

Let it take you from the city centre to the old town, and further to the culture park on the fortified island Isegran. Followed by a trip to behold …

Byferga ferry in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler
Byferga ferry in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Walter Schøffthaler

… Jaume Plensa’s mighty head sculptures along the Phønix quayside.

Sculptures in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co
Sculptures in Fredrikstad .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / houseofikigai.co

Mild winters make Fredrikstad and Hvaler popular destinations all year round.

Come experience it for yourself!

Plan your trip to Fredrikstad and Hvaler.

Fredrikstad in Østfold .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co
Fredrikstad in Østfold .
Photo: Visit Fredrikstad Hvaler / HouseofIkigai.co
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