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Small town feel in the inland

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.

Høytorp Fort, Mysen
Mysen
Bjørn Arne Garseg
Guided mine tours in Romsåsen, Askim
Askim
Grete 2015
Haldenkanalen
Halden
Gunnar Arvesen
Gokart Rudskogen, Rakkestad
Rakkestad
Rudskogen Motorcenter
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Getting here and around

By plane:
  • There are several direct flights between Moss Airport Rygge and destinations in Europe.
  • Oslo Airport is another option, with routes to many worldwide destinations.
By road:
  • There are several daily bus departures from Oslo. The last stop is either Mysen or Ørje, depending on the time of day. Travel time from Oslo to Askim is approximately 55 minutes.
  • If you go by car from Oslo, follow the E18-signs towards Stockholm. From Sarpsborg, follow Rv111 towards Rakkestad.
  • Within Indre Østold there are several local buses.
By train:
  • NSB, the Norwegian state railways, has trains going from Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) to Mysen. It will stop at Tomter, Spydeberg, Askim and Mysen, in addition to smaller stations if needed. The travel time is approximately 55 minutes to Askim and one hour and five minutes to Mysen.

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