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Plan your trip to Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway
Plan your trip to Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway
Halden in Østfold.
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Halden in Østfold.
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Visit Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway and play in a climbing park
Visit Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway and play in a climbing park
Climbing park in Halden.
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Climbing park in Halden.
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Plan your trip to Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway and stay in a tree house
Plan your trip to Halden in Østfold, Eastern Norway and stay in a tree house
Tree house in Halden.
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Tree house in Halden.
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Halden is an idyllic small town nestled up by the Iddefjord, just on the border of Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress.

Cobblestone streets, cosy shops and restaurants, river promenades, and a charming guest harbour – the atmosphere in Halden in Eastern Norway is warm and relaxed.

Fredriksten fortress from the 17th century is one of the city’s main attractions, with almost 300,000 visitors during the summer months. The fortress’ walls, bastions, ammunition tower, dark secret passageways, and museums tell the story of the town’s fascinating history.

If you want an active holiday, Halden offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Explore the islands of the Iddefjord or go fishing, kayaking or hiking. You can also embark on an adventurous journey on the Halden Canal – Norway’s oldest channel system – with the boat MS Brekke. Along the way, you’ll experience the Brekke locks, Northern Europe’s tallest locks.

The climbing park at Ekås farm offers fun challenges for kids and adults alike. Here, you can enjoy more than 200 obstacles in several exciting courses, as well as ziplines, an outdoor climbing wall, and a base jump from a 13-metre high pole.

In the spring of 2021, the Via Ferrata Haldenkanalen with Europe’s longest suspension bridge will open! The 124.3-metre long bridge towers 15 meters over the Halden Canal by the Brekke locks. If you still have the nerves under control, challenge yourself in an exciting climbing trail and a 250-meter long zipline!

Find more inspiration on Halden’s official website.

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Things to do in Halden

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Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Halden.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Halden offers.

Getting to Halden

Get in-depth travel information on Haldens’s official website.
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Top attractions in Halden
Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress.   Many also find it one of the most magnificent in… Read more
Fredriksten fortress
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Guided tour at Fredriksten fortress
Via Ferrata with zip over the Halden Canal and Brekke locks, Halden. Read more
Via Ferrata Haldenkanalen
With its four chambers and a total elevation difference of 26.6 meters, the Brekke Locks are the highest locks in Europe Read more
Brekke sluser - The highest locks in Europe
High experiences for everyone - adventure/climbing park for the whole family at Ekås farm in Halden Read more
Climbing park - "Klatring På Grensen"
Escape room Fredriksten, Halden - A room filled with riddles, clues and unique objects you've never seen before. Read more
Escape History Fredriksten - Halden
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Manorial Rød - a gem in Halden Read more
Rød Manor
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Fredrikshalds Theater
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    • Halden train

      By train

      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.

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    • Halden bus

      By bus

      Express buses serve the route between Oslo and Halden with several daily departures.

      There is a wide selection of bus routes in Østfold, including Halden.

    • Halden boat

      By boat

      Ferries from Strömstad in Sweden dock in Sandefjord in Vestfold. Travel time from Sandefjord to Halden is 30 minutes by car.

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    • Halden car

      By car

      Halden is located just under 2 hours drive from Oslo.

      34 kilometres from Strömstad, and 138 kilometres from Gothenburg, Halden is a convenient destination to reach from Sweden.

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    • Halden plane

      By plane

      Oslo Airport is Norway’s main hub for air travel, and is located around 2 hours by car or shuttle from Halden.

      Torp Sandefjord Airport lies about 30 minutes by car from Halden.

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