Fredrickstad is a city and municipality in the county of Østfold, Norway. The city straddles the river Glomma where it meets the North Sea. The city centre is on the west bank of the Glomma, while the old town (Gamlebyen) on the east bank is Northern Europe's best preserved fortified town.
In the cobbled streets of the old town are buildings from four centuries, interesting small shops with designer goods, arts and crafts, furniture, food and curiosities. In the Tøihus you will find both Fredrikstad City Museum and the Tourist Information office. The flea market every Saturday on the town square is also well worth a visit!
East of the Old Town is Kongsten Fort built in 1685; the main gate is decorated with King Christian V´s golden monogram. Along the main road 110 between Fredrikstad and Skjeberg in the Municipality of Sarpsborg you will find the highest concentration of ancient monuments from the stone, bronze, and iron ages: burial mounds, stone rings and fortified hamlets.
Things to See & Do
* Fredrikstad City Museum
* Kongsten Fort
* Renaissance bridge designed by Leonardo Da Vinci
* Old town
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Language - Norwegian
Land Area – 288 km²
Population – 72,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +47
Port Location – The port is located near the Fredrickstad city centre.
Travel Links - Fredrikstad is served by the Norwegian State Railway on the Oslo-Halden line. There are also numerous express busses between Oslo and the towns and cities in Østfold, including Fredrikstad.
The main airport serving eastern Norway is Oslo Gardermoen (OSL), which unfortunately is far north of Oslo while Fredrikstad is far south of Oslo. Nevertheless, there is a bus service (line F11) between Fredrikstad and the airport taking slightly over two hours.
A new passenger terminal at the military airport at Rygge near Moss was opened in October 2007 and is considerably closer. Norwegian and a selection of charter companies service this airport.