The charming town of Fredrikstad and the spectacular Hvaler islands complement and complete one another in terms of history, countryside, townscapes, outdoor activities, gastronomy, art and culture. The two communities are almost fused together, being separated by just a handful of tiny islands. Both Fredrikstad and Hvaler are famous for their beautiful beaches and enchanting archipelagos, and together they seem like differing but adoring siblings who can display to their visitors contrasting moods.
The archipelago and its unique environment in the rustic islands attracts visitors, no matter if they come by car, bus or boat. During the busy weeks of summer, the county´s population is multiplied because of all the cabin and vacation guests. A beautiful archipelago and a coast of 691 kilometers makes Hvaler a place for everyone - all year around.
Some places in this world are like an exciting box of chocolates, wrapped in layers upon layers and filled with delicious surprises. Fredrikstad is one such place. No matter how many times you come here, there is always something new to explore in the largest city in Østfold county.
It`s easy to fly to the past on the wings of your imagination when you walk along the narrow lanes of the Old Town in Fredrikstad, and read the street signs that tell the story of the town`s life hundreds of years ago.
Experience the Adventure of Island Hopping
You'll get a wonderful and charming holiday at a reasonable price "hopping"
from island til island in the Hvaler archipelago. This archipelago paradise is only two hours away by car from the capital Oslo. So close in distance, yet so distant and different in nature and environment. Welcome to your island hopping trip in the Hvaler archipelago.
You’ll find Norway’s richest petroglyph treasures just outside Fredrikstad
You will find many places near Fredrikstad and Hvaler with amazing stories from our Bronze Age ancestors. Østfold is the Norwegian county with the most petroglyphs, and Skjebergsletta outside Fredrikstad is the area with the most in Østfold. In this rich cultural landscape at the bottom of Skjebergkilen are over 100 engravings on islets and sloping mountain rocks.
The Ytre Hvaler National Park was set up to preserve a distinctive, large and relatively pristine area in southeast Norway with complete ecosystems on land and in the sea. Coral reefs, varied hard- and soft-bottom communities, stretches with currents and varying depths of water are important elements in the marine natural history.
Most people who are fond of Hvaler have a loving relationship with the grand and beautiful sight that meets the eye when driving over the "gateway" to the islands; the Puttesund Bridge.
The nature is never off season, and has no limited opening hours. Fall in love with the archipelagos - all year!
Local bliss with the ocean’s feasting table from Fjordfisk. Hvaler's coastal location and closeness to the cold waters of the Skagerrak and the North Sea make it a paradise for those who enjoy fish and seafood.
The Fantastic Coastal Trail in Fredrikstad and Hvaler Takes You Hiking Along the Coast – Full of History, Cultural Heritage and Wonderful Nature.
How about spending a few days at a lighthouse during your summer vacation? It's an easy and salty adventure accompanied by the natural sounds of the ocean and the nature, and time and tranquility to relax.
We find much of the Norwegian light house history in the outer Oslo fjord basin. We also find examples of various types of lighthouses, from the coastal lighthouses Færder, Torbjørnskjær and Svenner to inlet lighthouses like Struten, Strømtangen, Homlungen and Fulehuk. And last, but not least, the very special Hollenderbåen lighthouse standing on Hollenderbåene in the middle of the fjord.
Among the best known islands in region is Hankø, which is a polar hiking area with a lush flora. Hankø is also known as the Mecca of sailing and the most fashionable hliday resort in the Oslo fjord.
In 2012, Norway’s first underwater path for divers and snorkelers opened on the west side og Outer Hvaler National Park. “Lossen” lays six meters deep in the water and the path includes no interference to the seafloor since signs are created in stone slabs that lay on the seafloor.
Hvaler offers you something new every day! A short trip of less than 2 hours from Oslo you can experience the world of Hvaler. A world which is best described as breathtaking and magical.
For a long time Hvaler has been regarded as one of Norway's most exciting holiday and recreational areas. The sea, the beauty of the coastal landscape, the many rustic villages and the record many hours of sunshine attract holidaymakers to this amazing archipelago. Hvaler must be experienced, you must have been there to understand…
Hvaler is the sunniest place in Norway, and it offers beach experiences for everyone.
From the bespoke to the unique. Fredrikstad is brim-full of independent stores and boutique shopping treats.
Restaurants and cafés in Fredrikstad and Hvaler offer delightful delicacies and enjoyable experiences and offer restaurants to suit every taste. You can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee at a traditional café in the Old Town or choose a more modern atmosphere in city centre for your relaxing break.
In Fredrikstad and Hvaler, you will find a thriving art scene with the galleries to match. From small experimental places to big galleries showing both Norwegian and international names.