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Forests, islands and a fortified town

Between Oslo and the Swedish border you find Østfold, a county that is rich in history – and a popular summer destination.

Østfold is a region that is teeming with historical landmarks. The rock carvings around the city of Sarpsborg go back thousands of years to just after the last Ice Age. The city itself, located by Europe’s largest waterfall Sarpefossen, was founded by Norway’s patron saint in 1016, making it for a time Norway’s Capital.

Now the county’s largest city is neighbouring Fredrikstad, where the history is visible in the charming fortress town. A half hour drive away, at the Swedish border, the large, beautiful fortress of Fredriksten tower above the city of Halden. Their history aside, both cities are also packed with life and modern culture.

In Inner Østfold you’ll find large, untouched areas of forests, great for hiking, biking and camping, as well as lakes such as Lyseren and Øyeren, and Norway’s largest river Glomma, ideal for activities such as fishing and canoeing. For the history enthusiast, even there you’ll find a fortress, the largest one inland, Høytorp at Mysen.

Østfold is wonderful in summer. Relax at the beaches around Moss, or explore tiny coastal villages like Sponvika. That’s not to mention the island paradise of Hvaler – hundreds of islands and islets and skerries, linked to the mainland by bridges and tunnels – where you can swim, explore, relax, enjoy the food and the culture.

Halden Turist
Terje Rakke
Visit Østfold
Terje Rakke

Things to do

Getting here and around

By air:
  • Moss Airport Rygge is the only public airport in the county. The airport serves as an addition to Oslo Airport, located within a two hours drive.
By road:
  • Østfold is located strategically between Oslo and Sweden. The main highway E6 between Oslo and Gothenburg runs as a motorway through the county from the southern border with Sweden and the border with Akershus county.
  • The main highway E18 between Oslo and Stockholm goes through the county from the Swedish border in a southeast-northwest direction.
  • There are several daily bus departures from Oslo central station to Sarpsborg, with stops elsewhere in the county of Østfold. Travel time from Oslo to Sarpsborg is one hour and 30 minutes.
By train:
  • The railway from Oslo to Gothenburg is running more or less parallelly with E6, and there is also a railway between Ski and Sarpsborg that covers the inner part.
  • NSB (the Norwegian state railways) has frequent departures from Oslo S to Sarpsborg and other destinations in Østfold. Travel time from Oslo central station to Sarpsborg is one hour and 20 minutes.

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