Flights to Fredrikstad
The city of Fredrikstad is situated in south east Norway on the River Glomma. Together with the neighbouring city of Sarpsborg it is the fifth largest city in Norway and features an attractive old town.
The closest airport for flights to Fredrikstad is the Oslo Airport Gardermoen (airport code: OSL), and there is an express shuttle bus that will take you between the airport and Fredrikstad. A flight from South Africa with either BMI or Virgin Atlantic will make one connection as you go through London, while flights with South African Airways and Lufthansa stop in Munich. Flights to Fredrikstad take between 14 and 20 hours, depending on the airline on the route.
Book a Flight To Fredrikstad:
To Book a flight type in where you are leaving from, where you want to go to. Edit the date range and number of passengers and just click on the submit tab.
The Tourist Attractions of Fredrikstad:
Although Fredrikstad is the fifth largest city in Norway it’s not a particularly large city so has a friendly, small town feel. Founded in 1567 by the Danish king, King Frederick II, the city is named after him, and was built as a replacement for the town of Sarpsborg which was burnt to the ground. The site for Fredrikstad was decided upon as it was a better location than Sarpsborg had had. Despite being built as the former town’s replacement, many of the original residents of Sarpsborg stayed in the area and actually rebuilt the original town on its same site, resulting in two nearby towns.
The Old Town
The Old Town is on the east side of the River Glomma and is accepted by many to be the best preserved fortified town in Northern Europe. When they began building the newer town on the opposite side of the river it became more popular and grew faster than the original old town. The old town also suffered a great fire in 1764 when many of the original buildings were burnt down, however Fredrikstad Fortress still remains and is the oldest remaining building in the town today.
Fredrikstad Fortress was built between 1663 and 1666 and was in use right up until 1902 as a fort and then until 2002 as a garrison. The fortress is now a popular tourist attraction and includes within the fortification five individual forts and a battery.
Fredrikstad is an attractive city with its riverside location and visitors can take advantage of walks alongside the river where you can stop with a picnic, or make use of the numerous bars and restaurants that are all especially popular during the summer. This is a great place to come and mingle with the locals as you enjoy a beer in one of the gardens or patios on the riverside.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are a great time to visit as you’ll have the chance to enjoy that riverside setting. Temperatures are mild at this time of year, and with the northern latitude of Norway Fredrikstad will have long summer days where it’s daylight for many hours. During the winter the days are far shorter as daylight hours are reduced. Temperatures are cool, but not as cold as you might expect for a city at this latitude, though snow should definitely be expected.