City of Sarpsborg (Ostfold)

The city of Sarpsborg is included to the region Ostfold and to the county Sarpsborg

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Sarpsborg – Home of Europe’s Largest Waterfall

With over 50,000 inhabitants, the city of Sarpsborg is the fifth largest industrial area in Norway. While it is home to a number of paper mills and various other factories, Sarpsborg also boasts a number of beautiful natural wonders. Perhaps the most impressive of its natural wonders being the Sarpsfossen Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. The city boasts an active and exciting history as well. The first settlers of Sarpsborg arrived nearly 7,000 years ago and has officially existed as a town for almost 1,000 years. The Norwegian King Olav Haraldsson sailed up the Glomma River in 1016 finally stopping and establishing the town at the base of the Sarpsfossen Waterfall. The town grew and developed until the mid to late 16th century when it was burnt down by the Swedes only to be later rebuilt closer to the mouth of the river by King Frederik II. At that point the town became known as Frederikstad. The area remained Frederikstad until 1702 when it disappeared in a massive landslide. Finally Sarpsborg regained its name and town status in 1839. Today the town is known for its sunny weather, beaches, lakes, waterways, and forests.

Points of interests / things to see

The Solberg Tower

For nearly 60 years the people of Sarpsborg and the surrounding areas have been focused on showcasing the natural and cultural sites of the area for visitors and for the public. In one of the most culturally and historically rich areas in Norway, the new E6 now meets Solberg, known as the “road of the ancients.” The area has been deliberately designed to serve as a “living” meeting point and historical and activity center. The Solberg tower, standing about 30 meters tall marks the center of this area and allows visitors and locals alike to enjoy the unique intersection of natural beauty and cultural history. From the tower can be seen Norway’s greatest concentration of rock art, a number of renowned fortresses and historic burial grounds, important stately homes, as well as various medieval churches. The tower serves as not only a proud landmark but also as reminder of the town’s history. The tower is located at Oldtidsveien 1747 Skjeberg and can be reached by telephone at +47 69 11 70 00. More information about the Solberg Tower can be found here: www.ostfold-f.kommune.no/modules/module

Storedal Kultersenter (Cultural Center)

For any travelers visiting Norway, one of the most informative and interesting sites to visit is the Storedal cultural center as it is both informative as well as beautiful. During the 12th century King Magnus the Blind was born in Storedal. Nearly 800 years later, Erling Storedal, a blind son of a farmer, inherited his farm from his father and with no desire to maintain a farm and with his identification with the area’s history decided to turn the land into a park. The park eventually became the site of Storedal cultural center. Created and developed by artists, scientists, garden architects, and local historians, both the park and the cultural center are truly amazing and exciting experiences worth any visitor’s time. Some of its features include the sculpture “Ode to the light” by Arnold Huakeland. The sculpture stands over 19 meters tall and is one of the most popular of the site’s attractions. Other attractions include an outdoor amphitheater, and a vast and beautiful garden where more than 250 different types of plants can be found. The cultural center is also located right near the famous prehistoric rock carvings. These carvings are known to be the oldest in Norway and date back to the Bronze age (about 1800 to 490 B.C.). The center hosts a number of events and meeting throughout the year and is open to the public during Norway’s summer months. More information can be found at http://www.visitoslofjord.no/en/Sarpsborg/activities-and-attractions/attraction1/Perks—Nature/?TLp+271977&Storedal-Kultursenter-cultural-site-#sthash.mj8BUJvL.dpuf

Solbergtarnet

For nearly 60 years the people of Sarpsborg and the surrounding areas have been focused on showcasing the natural and cultural sites of the area for visitors and for the public. In one of the most culturally and historically rich areas in Norway, the new E6 now meets Solberg, known as the “road of the ancients.” The area has been deliberately designed to serve as a “living” meeting point and historical and activity center. The Solberg tower, standing about 30 meters tall marks the center of this area and allows visitors and locals alike to enjoy the unique intersection of natural beauty and cultural history. From the tower can be seen Norway’s greatest concentration of rock art, a number of renowned fortresses and historic burial grounds, important stately homes, as well as various medieval churches. The tower serves as not only a proud landmark but also as reminder of the town’s history. The tower is located at Oldtidsveien 1747 Skjeberg and can be reached by telephone at +47 69 11 70 00. More information about the Solberg Tower can be found here: www.ostfold-f.kommune.no/modules/module

Hafslund Manor

One of the most recommended sights for any and all of country’s visitors is Hafslund Manor, one of Norway’s most beautiful manors. From its very beginning the manor has been known to have always been buzzing with activity and growth. Surrounding the manor and powered by the Sarpfossen waterfall are a number of sawmills, farms, and forestry businesses. This hustle and bustle surrounding the manor continued to develop after the transformation to electrical power and eventually the manor and the surrounding industry it created developed into a self-sustaining community including social services like schools and welfare. In the late 19th century, increased technological advances transformed the manor and its industry into a truly modern industrial company. The main building of the manor itself was originally constructed in 1762 after the initial baroque building burned to the ground four years earlier. The manor has been home to a number of well-known and well respected families across the years including Bildt, Elieson, Wessel, Werenskiod, and Rosenkrantz. The hafslund manor is one of the most carefully preserved and is currently owned by Hafslund ASA and is used mostly by its owners. Fortunately for visitors however, the manor is open every Sunday from June to August for hour long tours at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. the English style park surrounding the manor is open to the public all year long and is located at 1701 Sarpsborg.

Borgarsyssel Museum

The Borgarsyssel Museum features a main building that was originally constructed in 1924 and houses a number of Norway’s and Europe’s artifacts from a number of different periods of time. Perhaps what makes this museum particularly unique and an absolutely necessary stop for any and all of Scandinavia’s visitors is the site on which the museum sits. The museum is situated on the ancient ruins of the Nikolas church that last stood erect in 1115. The site also features about 20 old and ancient buildings that beautifully showcase Ostfold’s history stretching from early medieval times through the present. The Museum is open daily with the exception of Mondays from June 1st through August 31st as well as on Sundays from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in September. Admission is free. There is also a special children’s hour that features children’s activities such as a petting zoo and other various activities. Children’s hours start at noon from Tuesday-Sunday. The museum also includes a gift shop which mostly attracts visitors who are interested in the shop’s handmade glass figures. The museum is located at 1721 Sarpsborg and can be reached by telephone at 69 11 56 50. For more information about tourism including admissions and hours of operation or for more information about the museum’s features or history please visit www.ostfoldmuseeene.no

The Robert Normann Museum

As a tribute to the well known jazz musician from Norway, Robert Normann, the Sarpsborg Jazz Club opened a 50s style museum in Sarpsborg. The museum houses a collection of musical instruments. The museum attracts music fans by showcasing a prominent Norwegian musician while playing music for its guests. The museum also sells a number of various CD’s as well as concert tickets for concerts arranged by the Sarpsborg Jazz Club. Hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. The museum is located at St. marie Gate 1706 Sarpsborg. For more infmation interested parties may feel free to contact bjarne@sarpjazz.no or visit www.sarpjazz.no.

Soli Brug

From 1860-1880, Agardselva was the site of a well functioning and fully operating saw mill. Well after the mill closed down the Dorje-Berg family purchased the old sawmill. They restored the remaining buildings and conversted them intyo a functioning workshop for Eva Dorje-Berg and her son, tow well known ceramic artists and painters. Two times per year the family opens up the buildings for and art exhibition that includes guided tours that can be arranged in advance for groups. For more information about the site, exhibition, or the Dorje-berg family, interested parties can visit http://www.visitoslofjord.no

Skjeberg kirke

Originally dating back to 1100 the Skjeberg church is one of the most beautiful and well preserved medieval churches in the country. The current building was built in the late 1300’s in the Roman style. Perhaps the most distinguished feature of the church is the baptismal font that is known to be made of soap stone and dates back to the early 12th century. The baptismal font is highly valued in Norway and is considered to be one of the finest remaining in the world. The church also features a number of other distinguishing features and treasures, most of which were donated to the church from previous owners of Hafslund Manor. Today the church is open for visitors during the summer.

Kjerringasen Alpincentre

Most travelers visiting Norway in order to enjoy the common winter sports choose to take advantage of the downhill slopes at Kjeringasen Alpicentre. There they will find three different downhill slopes including the longest of the slopes measuring 650 meters with a decline of about 120 meters. The Alpicentre attracts snowboarders and skiers and produces its own snow using snow canons. Visitors will also find a café where both hot and cold specialties are available as well as some adventurous and beautiful hiking trails during the summer months. Kjerringasen Alpincentre is located at Alpinveien 109, sarpsborg 1708, Norway and can be reached by telephone at +47 69 14 81 85.

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Country :
Norway
Locality :
Sarpsborg
Administrative area 1 :
Ostfold
Administrative area 2 :
Sarpsborg
Country code :
NO
Latitude :
59.2840729
Longitude :
11.1094028

Surrounding towns

  • Sarpsborg ~0 km
  • Rolvsøy ~6 km
  • Skjeberg ~9 km
  • Grålum ~2 km
  • Råde ~16 km
  • Gressvik ~14 km
  • Greåker ~5 km
  • Slevik ~19 km
  • Rakkestad ~21 km
  • Kråkerøy ~16 km
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Getting to and Around Sarpsborg, Norway

The nearest airport to Sarpsborg is Moss airport Rygge and is only about 15 minutes from the city. The airport connects to a number of different locations within Europe including a daily route to London, England. From the airport it is easy to access the city by car, train, bus, or taxi. Most visitors choose to take advantage of either the Frederikstad Og Sarpsborg taxisentral or the shuttle bus from the airport to the train station and into the city, both of which run regular fixed price routes. Alternatives to the Moss Airport Rygge include arriving into the Gardermoen Airport, Torp Airport, or Landvetter Airport followed by a bus or train ride downtown where it is easy to find a bus or train connection into Sarpsborg. Travel time from these airports usually takes about 2 to three hours. Another option is to access the city by car via the E6 which passes directly through Sarpsborg. Once inside the city, the most common forms of transportation include car, taxi, bus, and by foot. There are various options in terms of regular bus lines as well as a relatively common number of taxis.

Sarpsborg city hall

City hall address
Sarpsborg rådhus
1712 Sarpsborg, Norway
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Latitude
59.2813173
Longitude
11.1114693

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