The small cities of Halden and Fredrikstad, situated on the border between Sweden and Norway, are really special. Despite their size, they possess a hugely significant place in history as a cornerstone of Norwegian defence through centuries of Swedish expansion. This region can offer you many historical discoveries, impressive landscapes and unusual activities.

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There’s a lot of history, and there are good restaurants. Comparing two Scandinavian cultures is exciting and something to be remembered. Traditions remain alive, and where else could you sail a ship made of paper and built with your own hands?!

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Fredriksten Fortress in Halden

Fredriksten Fortress is a famous place because the Swedish king Charles XII was shot dead here while he was trying to take over the city of Halden. As soon as you upload a picture of the landscape of the fjord and islands taken from the ancient walls of the fortress, you’ll be guaranteed to receive a lot of “likes”.

Fredrikstad Old Town

The Old Town in Fredrikstad was the first Renaissance city in Norway. This isolated part of the city is mainly occupied by artists after the militaries left the town. You’ll find some pretty good chefs here too.

Downtown Fredrikstad

The downtown of modern Fredrikstad is a mixture of styles and times. There are shopping, international restaurants, a rich cultural life and pubs along the canals, all open until late at night.


This archipelago of small islands and rocks is very attractive to divers and fishers. You can even hunt for lobsters once a year.

Quality Nordic Choice

The look of the Quality Nordic Choice Hotel tells you everything you need to know about the modern Scandinavian approach to design. Every little detail makes you feel cosy and comfortable. The hotel restaurant has a huge variety of dishes, even for the breakfast, so you’ll always find something interesting on the menu.

Nygata 2-6, 1607, Fredrikstad, Norway

+47 69 39 30 00

Rica City Hotel

The Rica City Hotel is located in the heart of Fredrikstad. Behind the historic façade, you will find modern and spacious rooms. The hotel has a decent restaurant, its own concert hall, and very friendly staff who will help you navigate the various types of entertainment.

Nygaardsgt. 44/46 1607, Fredrisktad, Norway

+47 69 38 56 00

Multi-city tours

9 hours combo tour

Norwegian Heritage: Castles and Fortresses

Meet your guide near Oslo City Hall and proceed to Akershus Fortress for the first walking part of your tour. The comfortable coach is waiting for you outside the Fortress and you depart to the next attraction.

The path from Oslo lies to the town of Drøbak. You can observe Oscarborg, fortress that privided defense against naval attacks heading to Oslo, from a shore as it is located on the island of Kaholmane in the Oslofjord. You also will dive deep in the childhood because the residence of the Norwegian Santa Claus, Julenisse, is also located in this little toy town of Drøbak. There is a gift and Christmas toy shop that is open all year round, as well as a special post office for Julenisse.

From this fairy town, we head further to the fortress city Fredrikstad, where the old streets and walls preserve the reminiscence about the glorious past days, and to the borderline town of Halden along with the famous Fredriksten Festning. Here you will have some time for a lunch, and you will have an opportunity to enter one of the restaurants, which are located right on the fortress’s territory. On the menu, there are traditional Norwegian meals, different meat and fish snacks, and, of course, extremely delicious deserts (lunch is not included in price).

And since we are inside the borderline fortress, we should also cast a look at the border itself. We will head to the bridge where you can stay the way that one leg will be located in Norway while the other one in Sweden.

Duration: 1 hour walking and 8 hours bus tour.

Price: group up to 14 people 15200 NOK

Group up to 45 people: 17900 NOK


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