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Ready to explore some of Norway’s most charming fortress towns, before you wind down by the sea?
Or see edgy contemporary art and prehistoric rock-carving sites in the forest?
If so, Østfold is the perfect place for you!
Østfold runs along the eastern side of the Oslofjord, from the town of Moss to the Swedish border.
The largest city is Fredrikstad, which is one of the best preserved fortified towns in Northern Europe.
Now, hit the beach! The Hvaler islands is the place for idyllic seaside experiences.
Here, sunscreen, a swimsuit, and your coolest pair of sunglasses are all you really need.
And remember: the ocean breeze is a natural stress reliever all year round.
Stop by the historic Rød Manor House, where you can take a stroll in the beautiful English landscape garden after a visit to the museum.
Bring the family – they’ll love it!
Since the last Ice Age, there have been human settlements in the area, and Østfold has Norway’s largest collection of rock carvings.
Sarpsborg was founded by King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway in 1016 when he was unable to pass the waterfall Sarpefossen by boat.
Considering that Sarpefossen has one of the largest water flows of any European waterfall, we can’t really blame him …
Visit the Inspiria Science Center for some cool experiments and activities. Afterwards, trick your way through the bike park outside.
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