Fredrikstad (aka Frederiksstad) is a port city and city in Ostfold (southeastern Norway) with population around 80,000. The city was founded in 1567 and in the second half of the 20th century it merged with the neighbouring towns Glemmen, Borge, Onsoy, Krakeroy and Rolvsoy. Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg form the Norway's 5th largest metro area (combined population over 135,000).
Fredrikstad is located on both banks of Glomma River where it meets Skagerrak Strait (between southeast Norway, southwest Sweden and Denmark's Jutland peninsula). The downtown is on the river's west bank. The Old Town is on the east bank, and is ranked best preserved fortified town in Northern Europe.
In the past, the town was an important seaport for timber export and later shipbuilding. Its current economy is based on chemical plants and light industries. Fredrikstad Museum (in Old Town) was founed in 1903 and shows the region's and town's history.
Port Fredrikstad is considered as gateway to Oslofjord's waterway (stretching between the lighthouses Torbjornskjaer and Faerder). To visit Fredrikstad, ships must navigate through Hvaler municipality's 833 islands. New ships visiting the port with maiden calls in 2019 are Spirit of Discovery (2019, Saga Cruises) and Seabourn Ovation (2018, Seabourn Cruises).
Fredrikstad cruise terminal
Port Fredrikstad has 4 cruise ship quays. A new (5th) quay is planned to be built in downtown. Berth bookings are on first-come / first-serve basis and available 2 years in advance. The port has LNG bunkering capabilities.