The borderlands between Oslo and Sweden offers untouched nature, Norway’s oldest canal Haldenkanalen, and a lot of good fishing spots.
The Indre Østfold region has played a central role in the country’s history, and has impressive defence works from various periods.
One of these is Høytorp Fortress in Mysen, which is Norway’s biggest inland fortress. In the region you will also find Haldenkanalen (“the Halden Canal”), the oldest canal in Norway, with northern Europe’s highest system of locks. Here you'll find beautiful scenery with opportunities for quiet relaxation, and the canal is excellent for canoeing. You may also try the passenger boat “MS Strømsfoss”.
Indre Østfold offers a wide range of recreational activities, including a fabulous indoor swimming complex, two golf courses, horse racing – and several motor sports centres.
Indre Østfold has been a centre for motorsport in Norway for many years. Rally drivers Petter and Henning Solberg come from this region, and the area has some of the best motor sports facilities in the country. The most famous of those is Rudskogen Motorpark, where you can watch motorcycle and car races, or go for a spin on the tarmac yourself.
If you are traveling with a group and are looking for gastronomic sensations, you may want to enjoy a meal based on locally grown produce in the rustic setting of a farm like Bamsrudlåven in Mysen. Or you might prefer to dine in the cave Risen Grotte in Marker. The cave, which is lit up by 750 candles and can take up to 50 guests, took the owner 10 years to build.
There are about 56,000 people living in Indre Østfold, and Askim and Mysen are the largest towns.
There is no need to wait until you´re here to find out what you´d like to do.
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