Charming Fredrikstad is the largest city in the southeastern region of Ostfold 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 Ostfold 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 is 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.