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Fredrikstad, Norway

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Fredrikstad is easily accessible with public transport. There are frequent services from Oslo and from Oslo Airport Gardermoen. From Oslo, it takes about 1 hr 20 minutes, whilst from Oslo Airport Gardermoen, approximately 2 hrs. Moss Airport Rygge is only 20 minutes away and is served by several airlines.

There is also a good train service to and from Oslo. Departs every hour from Oslo Central Station. During rush hour, there are departures every half hour. During the summer season, there are daily boat trips to Strømstad, Sweden, both from Fredrikstad and from the Hvaler Islands. City centre ferry and river crossing; to and from the Fortified town, has frequent services from the early hours of the morning until late.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Fredrikstad offers rich cultural life, a bustling quayside and a cosy Old Town. It's proud to be the best preserved fortress town in Scandinavia with a rich history, shops, galleries and cafés.

Founded in 1567, by King Frederick II, Fredrikstad is situated where Norway’s longest river Glomma meets the sea. It's traditionally been an important harbour for timber export, then later for shipbuilding, until the main yard was closed in the 1980’s.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

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Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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