In the friendly coastal town of Fredrikstad, you can enjoy the historic atmosphere of the old town and be inspired by the city’s many museums and art galleries. And just around the corner, the coastal paradise of the Hvaler archipelago awaits. Charming Fredrikstad is the largest city in the south-eastern region of Østfold and one of the best preserved fortified towns in Northern Europe. Here, you’ll find a great mix of culture, history, and idyllic surroundings. Behind the 17th century defensive walls surrounding the historic old town, cobbled streets lead you to many local shops and cafes. The city is seething with creativity, so make sure to swing by the artists’ collective Bastion 5 or Østfold Art Center. If you’re more interested in history, visit the Fredrikstad Museum or stroll through the Renaissance garden on the small fortified island of Isegran. A short distance from Fredrikstad lies the Hvaler archipelago and Ytre Hvaler National Park. Go island hopping with the local ferry or explore the area in a kayak. This summer paradise is also perfect for fishing, diving – and lazy days in the sun.
Get in-depth travel information on Fredrikstad and Hvaler’s official website.
Fredrikstad is proud to host the Tall Ships Races for the fourth time in 2023 – following highly successful events in 2005, 2014 and 2019. During the Race, the fleet will experience the exhilarating challenge of sailing through the magnificent archipelago in the Outer Oslo Fjord. It protects the city from the open sea, and gives Fredrikstad the title of Norway’s “gateway to Europe.”