Ytre Hvaler National Park

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Ytre Hvaler National Park (Norwegian: Ytre Hvaler nasjonalpark, literally Outer Hvaler National Park) is a national park located within the municipalities of Hvaler and Fredrikstad in Østfold, Norway. The park was established on 26 June 2009 and was the first national marine park in the country of Norway.

Ytre Hvaler is mostly a marine park, covering the outer parts of the skerries of the east shore of Oslofjord. To the south, the national park's boundaries lie on the Norway–Sweden border next to Kosterhavet National Park. Ytre Hvaler covers an area of 354 km2 (137 sq mi), of which 340 km2 (130 sq mi) is sea and 14 km2 (5 sq mi) is land.

Getting there

The closest big city is Oslo. There are plenty of international flights and you should be able to get there from most larger cities. The drive to the national park from Oslo is around 2 hours depending on the traffic.

When to visit

Most activity happens during summer in the national park. The other seasons are quite cold and the park is especially empty during winter. You might be able to catch some good weather during spring.


Park website


Park size

354 km²

Park founded


Useful links

About the park


Animals & Map


Facebook Page


Map of Ytre Hvaler National Park

Image gallery of Ytre Hvaler National Park

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Sights in Ytre Hvaler National Park

Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.

Visitor/Information centres in Ytre Hvaler National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Wildlife in Ytre Hvaler National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Bears in Ytre Hvaler National Park

Bears in Ytre Hvaler National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.