Rica City Hotel Fredrikstad
Nygaardsgata 44 - 46, Fredrikstad, 1607, Norway
More about Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad, Bewo campground
Fredrikstad, Bewo campground
Fredrikstad, the sea near Bewo campground
Fredrikstad, Bewo campground, in front of cabin
Travel Tips for Fredrikstad
The local beer
Since all the bars and pubs in Fredrikstad was closed on Sunday evening I had to settle with the local beer from the minibar at my hotel room.
To my surprise "Fredrikstad Pilsner" was actually good, although not the best beer I had ever had.
According to the bottle the beer has great traditions back to 1567, when the local people started to produce it. This apparently was military times, and a very hard period for the norwegian people as one general person in Fredrikstad by that time drank 8 litres of beer - every day...
And I thought that Swedes drank a lot...?
The beer was nice, more dark than bright. Cost me 35 NKR (4,50 euro) for a 33 cl-bottle. Probably not worth it, but what should one do when I had been waiting for a beer all evening long when I was working...? :)
Funny thing was the sign on the bottle, which was a collection sign, with motivs from the old village of Fredrikstad. I got a canon gun, which apparently was number four in the series.
Watching a football game
Fredrikstad FK is the local football club, playing in the first league in Norway. Was founded back in 1903, and was quite successfull in the beginning. Have won the league nine times (last time 1961) and the Norwegian cup (huge in Norway) ten times. First time in 1932, and the last time 1984. Has this year (2006 reached the semifinal, for the time in decades.
During the last decade of the 1900-ties Fredrikstad were playing in lower divisions. Since 2003 they are back again in Tippeligan, the first division in Norway. They have a good crowd, and it's always lots of spectators at their games at Fredrikstad Stadion.
Play their home games dressed in red och white.
Famous players is the Swedish goalkeeper Rami Shaaban (stood a game for Sweden in the World Cup) and Raymond Kvisvik, the technical midfielder who was bought from Brann in 2005.
The Fredrikstad Stadion is old and not very modern. Only a small part of the head tribune has roof, and when it started to rain at the game I visited it soon fell through the roof too.
A new stadium is being built right now, and the plan is that it should be ready for games for the season 2007. From what I saw it will be a very nice stadium, much bigger than the one they have now.
Fredrikstad FK has played in the Europeans cups 16 times, but have only won one of these games. Nothing special. If you want to fit in totally dress in something red and white.
Saturday 28 June 2008 - we had a very modest breakfast on the Bewo camp site with some knäckebröd and cheese, and after that we went out by car for a visit to the old town - Gamlebyen - of Fredrikstad.
Fredrikstad, Norway's 5th largest city
"Fredrikstad city by the Glomme River"
The city of Fredrikstad was founded in 1576 by King Fredrik II. The city straddles the river where it meets the North Sea. Fredrikstad is the 5th largest city in Norway and a population of approx 80.000 people.
Tollbodkaia. The ferry that takes you to Gamle Fredrikstad. It cost NOK 20 roundtrip ride. Freddrikstad - Gamle Byen.
Take a nice walks on the river promenade. This is also lined with outdoor cafe and restaurants.
Sailing in Fredrikstad
I was crew on a tallship during the 2005 race from Newcastle, UK. I would recommend going to a tallship festival because they are every few years and very enjoyable. There are ships from the US, Europe and even Indochina. You can take tours on most of the boats and the city really comes alive.
"Modern Town vs. Historic Town"
I spent most of my time in the historic area which has all the restaurants and shops and is the working city. The city is urban in some parts and walking along the water towards the sea you may pass deserted industrial buildings, whereas if you walk along the river in the opposite direction (towards the high bridge) there is a tree-lined trail. Across the river from the modern city center is the historic area which was much more beautiful. You can get to this by taking a ferry. A maritime museum is also on that side of the river.
I thought the terrain looked a lot like Georgian Bay, Canada where I have sailed but many of the other crew on the ship compared it to the coast of Maine which I haven't seen. There are large limestone rocks with fir trees as well as many fishing boats.
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