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

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      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

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      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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      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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