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Halden is an idyllic small town nestled down by the Iddefjord, just on the border to Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress.
The fortress is one of the most important attractions for tourists who visit Halden, and during the summer months almost 300,000 people come to see Fredriksten. It was constructed in the 17th century, and its walls, bastions, armaments, ammunition tower, dark secret passageways and museums tell the story of the town. The whole site is also lit by an impressive floodlighting.
With its cobblestone streets, large and small shops, cosy restaurants, river promenades and guest harbour, the atmosphere in the city is warm and relaxed.
If you are looking for an active holiday, Halden gives you many opportunities for outdoor experiences. Explore the Iddefjord, the Halden inland waterway, the islands and the many marked paths and walkways.
Northern Europe's highest locks, the Brekke locks, are an experience to remember as you work your way up the Halden inland waterway.
A climbing park at Ekås farm offers a special challenge for kids and adults alike. Here you can enjoy the scenic farm surroundings, combined with several climbing challenges up in the trees - among them more than hundred platforms amongst several exciting trails, an outdoor climbing wall and a base jump from a 13 metre high pole.
The city is located just under two hours drive from Oslo, with the Swedish town of Gothenburg about the same distance to the south. There are several options for getting to Halden.
Find more inspiration on Halden's official website.
There are frequent train departures between Oslo and Halden, travel time is 1,5 to 2 hours.
There are also several daily train departures between Oslo Airport and Halden.
Express buses serve the route between Oslo and Halden with several daily departures.
Ruter has a wide selection of bus routes in Østfold, including Halden.
Halden is located just under two hours drive from Oslo.
Located only 34 kilometres from Strømstad in Sweden, and 138 kilometres from Gothenburg, Halden is a convenient destination to reach from Sweden.
The ferry lines Color Line and Fjord Line depart from Sandefjord to Strømstad in Sweden on a daily basis, and from there Halden is only 30 minutes away by car.
Oslo Airport is Norway's main hub for air travel, and is located around two hours by car or shuttle from Halden.