Hankø Island - Fredrikstad and Hvaler - Visit Østfold

Hankø Island

The Island in the Oslofjord has been a popular recreational spot since the 1870s. The island of Hankø can offer everything you might wish for, and more; beautiful nature, activities, peace and quiet and accommodation.

Enjoy the indoors at Hankø Fjordhotell & SPA ; Roman style, or take a refreshing swim on one of the islands unique beaches, such as Trouville. Hankø has been a recreational spot since the 1870s, when sulphurous mud was discovered on the island. In 1899, hare, pheasants and a fallow deer were introduced. In 1930 King Olav bought a holiday home here. The place is today owned by the Norwegian Princess Martha and her her family.

Explore the beautiful island

The island was once the Master of The manor Elingaard`s hunting territory. You get here by boat, or by ferry from Hankøsundet.

 

When at the ferry point, check out the old red-painted Seilerkroa (Ferry inn) built in 1883 as part of Hankø Baths. Follow the path up to the once fashionable saatorium hotel Hankø Fjordhotell & Spa, raised in 1877.

 

Turn left between the tennis courts and you will see the old riding stables, built around 1900. Take the road to the right of the stables and on to Hankø Plads - one of two small farms on the island. 

 

Turn left at the barn, and turn right where the footpaths cross and follow the power lines. Cross the stream and turn left, walk northeast towards Karibukta. You may be lucky enough to spot some fallow deer along the path. Fallow deer from Denmark were released her about a century ago, and the island has a thriving herd. Dogs must be kept on a leash!

 

Continue along the path as it bends to the left and you arrive at the bay near hotel, directly opposite Seilerkroa and Bloksberg, the Royal Family`s old country estate, higher up the mountainside and now owned by Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn.

 

Hankø has a centre for sailing from the 1880`s. as darkness falls, you can see Kristian Blystad`s memorial to King Olav V, a sailboat lit in silhouette, out in the sound.

Directions

Svinesund- Hankø

Follow E6 north towards Oslo. Turn right (off Highway) and follow road 109 towards Fredrikstad. In the center of Fredrikstad follow signs for Oslo and follow road 110 for about 5 min. Turn left towards Engelsviken and Saltnes on road 116. Turn left towards Hankø and Vikane on road 117. After 5 min. you will reach the sea, use the parking lot on the right hand side next to the ferry.

Remember to pay the parking ticket. The ferry runs continuously and will bring you to Hankø in 3 minutes.

 

Oslo - Hankø

Take the E6 south to Gothenburg from Oslo. When reaching Råde, turn right (off the highway) and follow road 110 towards Fredrikstad. Drive through Råde center and continue for about 10 minutes and turn right onto 116 towards Engelsviken and Saltnes. Drive for another 5 minutes and turn left towards Hankø - Vikane on road 117. After 5 min. you will reach the sea, use the parking lot on the right hand side next to the ferry.

Remember to pay the parking ticket. The ferry runs continuously and will bring you to Hankø in 3 minutes.

 

GPS

Drive to Vikaneveien 405 – You reach the parking lot and the ferry to Hankø.

 

Public transportation

Take the bus to Hankø directly from Fredrikstad Railway Station. Borg bus, route 302, Fredrikstad - Øyenkilen-Vikane (Hankø) The bus departs every hour weekdays, and more often during rush hour.

 

Find more transport options here. 

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