The town of Moss and its surrounding areas have the most beaches in the whole of the county of Østfold, a rich industrial heritage, and a flourishing art scene.
You are free to choose between almost 50 different beaches in and around Moss. Some with bare rock faces, others with sand or grassy hills. In Moss town centre, you will find “Sjøbadet” and “Fiske” located on the Jeløya side, and if you prefer more rural surroundings, you will probably favour the beaches on the peninsula of Jeløy, in the charming village of Son or at Larkollen.
Moss offers day-trip walks through lush countryside, along the Oslofjord, through woods and beautiful cultural landscapes to viewpoints and past cafés serving delicious home-made goods. Along the way you can stop at galleries and handicraft workshops.
Galleri F15, located on Jeløy, is one of the oldest, most traditional institutions for contemporary art in Norway. The gallery shop has a wide range of prints, art, books and design products, and in the café, you can enjoy the famous Alby pastry. The almost 300 years old manor house, Røed Gaard, has a lively cultural atmosphere where several artists have their workshops and shops, in addition to galleries for both handicraft and pictorial art.
At Refsnes Gods, with an an impeccable location by the Oslofjord, you can spend a romantic weekend and enjoy a gourmet meal and fine wines from one of Norway’s most exquisite wine cellars. The main building dates from 1767 and the estate has a unique art collection, including works by both Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol.
Moss is one of Norway’s oldest and most versatile industrial centres. Møllebyen (the Mill city), which is located by Mossefossen (waterfalls of Moss), was the central point for the city’s first industrial epoch and held this status until approximately 1970. Located here, Moss Town and Industrial Museum has permanent exhibitions focusing on the milling industry, water industry and paper industry.
In Moss and its surrounding area you will find everything from modern shopping centres to old-fashioned general stores, markets and handicraft shops.
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