By Car When entering the country from Sweden, turn right just after the Svinesund Bridge, and follow the road signs to Halden.
By Boat You could take the boat from Sandefjord to Strømstad in Sweden. From there, you can take the bus, or drive by car. Estimate 30 minutes travel time from Strømstad.
If you own a boat of your own, sailing throug the narrow Svinesund (a part of the border fjord Iddefjorden) brings you to Haldens beautiful guest harbour where you could stay for your visit.
If staying inside the town, the best thing is to travel by foot. There's no long distances, and you get to see most of the town. There are also frequent Town busses that cover the town center and nearest surroundings. In daytime usually each 30 minutes.
You should go see the Fredriksten fortress. This is where the Swedish king Carl XII (Charles XII)was killed - in 1718 - during the war between Sweden and Norway, at that time a province of Denmark.
Another place worth visiting is "Rød Herregård" (The Rød Mansion). Rød Herregård, is one of Norway's most completely preserved manor houses. It has retained its patrician appearance and original interior from the time that it was still inhabited. Rød Manor contains one of the country's largest private collections of arms. The barn has been converted into a café and gallery. The buildings are surrounded by a beautiful Baroque garden and an English landscaped garden.
While in town, you should take a walk in Busterudparken, located on the north side of the town. It's a small, but beautiful park. From the park, walk down "Gågata" and take a look at the harbour.
Norwegians living near the border like to shop in Sweden, especially in this part of Norway, as it is cheaper there. One of Sweden's largest shopping centres is located on the countryside near the Svinesund bridge, around 10 km from Halden.
Halden has numerous restaurants and small cafeterias. If you look around inside the town, you can be sure to find a place that match your taste.
The harbour is full of places to enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer day.
The pub "Siste Reis" by the train station is worth a visit, voted to be on of the ten best pubs in Europe!
Numerous hotels are available. Be aware that staying at a hotel is expensive. If you are on a low budget, your best option will be to bring a tent and visit one of the camping sites instead. Fredriksten Camping is located at the fortress. From there you can walk down to the town in less than ten minutes.
In the suburbs it is possible to book a house near the lake Femsjøen (10 km away from Halden). But before you arrive ask for exact description of how to get there, because without it you will surely get lost. It can be done through Norwegian or Danish travel agency (for example Novasol).