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Sculpture of human face in Fredrikstad, Eastern Norway
Sculptures in Fredrikstad.
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Family enjoying shrimps by the sea on a sunny day in Fredrikstad, Eastern Norway
Summer in Fredrikstad.
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Niche shops in Fredrikstad, Eastern Norway
The streets of Fredrikstad.
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In the friendly coastal town of Fredrikstad, you can enjoy the historic atmosphere of the old town and be inspired by the city’s many museums and art galleries. And just around the corner, the coastal paradise of the Hvaler archipelago awaits.

Charming Fredrikstad is the largest city in the south-eastern region of Østfold and one of the best preserved fortified towns in Northern Europe. Here, you’ll find a great mix of culture, history, and idyllic surroundings.

Behind the 17th century defensive walls surrounding the historic old town, cobbled streets lead you to many local shops and cafes.

The city is seething with creativity, so make sure to swing by the artists’ collective Bastion 5 or Østfold Art Center.

If you’re more interested in history, visit the Fredrikstad Museum or stroll through the Renaissance garden on the small fortified island of Isegran.

A short distance from Fredrikstad lies the Hvaler archipelago and Ytre Hvaler National Park. Go island hopping with the local ferry or explore the area in a kayak. This summer paradise is also perfect for fishing, diving – and lazy days in the sun.

Get in-depth travel information on Fredrikstad and Hvaler’s official website.

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Top attractions in Fredrikstad and Hvaler

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Fredrikstad and Hvaler.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Fredrikstad and Hvaler offer.

Getting to Fredrikstad and Hvaler

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Top attractions in Fredrikstad
The star-shaped old town of Fredrikstad was founded in 1567 and is the best-preserved fortress town in Northern Europe. The town gives you a sense of… Read more
The Old Town - Gamlebyen Fredrikstad
Norway's most concentrated collection of cultural monuments from the Bronze and Iron age. Read more
Oldtidsruta (Ancient monuments)
Visit the beautiful and historic island in the river between the Old Town and Kråkerøy. Isegran is the perfect place for food, culture, and leisure… Read more
Isegran
The island of Hankø can offer everything you might wish for, and more; beautiful nature, activities, peace and quiet and accommodation. Enjoy the… Read more
Hankø - a charming island
Island hopping to Hvaler´s secret places. Hvaler is equally attractive by land as from the water. Read more
Island hopping Hvaler
Visit the largest model railroad exhibition in Scandinavia! Discover an impressive model railway layout inside a vast landscape, paced with details.… Read more
The Old Town Model Train Centre
On the south side of Rødshue on Kirkøy, in a landscape scattered with remnants of old quarry activity, lies the sculpture park StenKunstHvaler. Read more
Stone Art Hvaler (StenKunstHvaler)
Discover and experience Glommastien, a bike path that runs between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad. Read more
Cycle routes: Glommastien (The Glomma path)
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      By train

      There are frequent train departures to Fredrikstad from Oslo, Halden, and Gothenburg.

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    • Fredrikstad bus

      By bus

      There are daily bus departures between Oslo, Fredrikstad and Hvaler.

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    • Fredrikstad boat

      By boat

      The ferry from the city centre to the old town goes frequently and is a free and scenic means of transportation. The ferry also goes to the neighbouring suburb Gressvik.

    • Fredrikstad car

      By car

      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 1.5 hours.

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    • Fredrikstad plane

      By plane

      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.

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