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Norway’s fortresses have cemented their position among the country’s foremost cultural and tourist attractions – vibrant cultural arenas visited by millions of people every year. What about a short break that lets you experience staying in some of these scenic and historical locations?
Your self-drive holiday starts at Festningen Hotel & Resort in Kongsvinger. The majestic Kongsvinger Fortress towers over its surroundings, offering views of the town and the Glomma, Norway’s third-longest river.
Kongsvinger Fortress has never been besieged or captured, yet has been of major strategic importance in defending southern Norway.
You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner in historical surroundings. After breakfast the next day, we recommend a guided tour of the fortress. The tour then continues southwards to Drøbak outside Oslo and Oscarsborg Hotel & Resort.
We suggest stopping for lunch at Ekebergrestauranten, with its stunning views across the Oslofjord.
Kongsvinger – Drøbak, driving time: approx. 2 hours
Oscarsborg is a beautiful fortress that has played an important role in Norway’s history. It is best known for the sinking of the German cruiser Blücher on the night of 9 April 1940, giving the King, government and parliament the opportunity to leave Oslo and take up the fight to defend Norway elsewhere. It is claimed that no other single feat of the Second World War had the same political and military significance for Norway.
Enjoy the opportunity to spend a night in such a special place and dine in a truly unique setting.
After breakfast the next morning, take a walk around the island to experience its special atmosphere.
And why not stay for lunch, before heading towards Halden to continue your experience break at Fredriksten Hotell & Fredriksten Fortress.
These days, the fortress is a symbolic border post – sitting as it does above the river that marks the border between Norway and Sweden – and serves as a regional cultural arena. Some of the most dramatic and bloody events in Norway’s military history took place here, perhaps the best known of which is the fall of the Swedish king Karl XII in 1718.
A delicious dinner is served in the evening, accompanied by magnificent views.
Drøbak – Halden, driving time approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
The package includes:
Accomodation including breakfast.
Oscarsborg Fortress is best known for the sinking of the German cruiser Blücher on the night of 9 April 1940, giving the King, government and parliament the opportunity to leave Oslo and take up the fight to defend Norway elsewhere. It is claimed that no other single feat of the Second World War had the same political and military significance for Norway.
Our hotel lies on an island in the middle of the beautiful Drøbak Sound and has 89 guest rooms – many with fantastic sea views – sleeping up to 180 people.
During the summer months, Oscarsborg is very popular as a tourist destination. The two Kaholm islands, North and South, boast beautiful nature, guns, impressive fortifications and underground passages, excellent walking and viewpoints, a sandy beach, restaurants and boat harbour.
Why not combine a stay at our hotel with a trip to the Tusenfryd amusement park, Drøbak’s attractive 18-hole golf course, the small-town idyll of Drøbak’s centre, galleries, and much more?
We also recommend experiencing Oscarsborg in wintertime, which is an extremely atmospheric season with the buildings and guns beautifully illuminated.
The only way to get here is by boat – your own, or the scheduled service from Drøbak. During the summer, boats from Oslo also calls at Oscarsborg.
We offer modern facilities in historic buildings set in beautiful and inspirational surroundings on two islands in the Oslo fjord. You will find large and small guns, old fortifications, stunning viewpoints, museums and galleries, the Commander’s House and the Commander’s Jetty, a sandy beach, and paths in the forest and along the water.
From Hovedfortet, the main fort, underground passages lead down to the southern battery, and the eastern and western beach batteries.
Many of our guest rooms boast fantastic views of the sound between Oscarsborg and the island of Håøya.
In the evening, the island’s lighting creates a magical atmosphere, something that simply has to be experienced!
Address: Oscarsborg festning, 1443 Oscarsborg