Fabulous coast areas, historical fortresses, all kinds of activities and numerous cultural events! During WOC 2019 you get to experience anything you like.

In between the spectator races there is more than 100k of coast line to have a swim from. August offers pleasant water temperatures in both the Oslo Fjord and the inland lakes. If you still prefer indoor pools, there are pool-/leisurecentres at both the athlete’s hotel Quality in Sarpsborg and Østfoldbadet in Askim. 


PHOTO: Have a swim in the Oslo Fjord.

If you’d like to enjoy good cultural experiences, there’s among other things a jazz festival in Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad during the WOC week. In Moss they are building up to the city’s 300thanniversary on Aug 14thwith several activities and pop-/rock concerts. In Moss you’ll also find the renowned gallery for contemporary art, Galleri F 15.


PHOTO: Contemporary art at Galleri F 15.

The WOC website will be updated with more cultural events as soon as they’re confirmed.

Three great fortresses are well worth a visit as well: Fredriksten Fortress in Halden, Høytorp Fortress in Mysen and the Old Town with Kongsten Fortress in Fredrikstad. At Kongsten one of the spectator races will be staged as well. For more information:


In between the races there are several restaurants throughout entire Østfold that offer great food and refreshments in customer friendly environments. Perhaps you’d like quiet boat ride upon the Halden Stream towards the canal locks in Ørje? Or you could enjoy modern city environments that have developed from the times Østfold was known as primarily an industrial area. 


PHOTO: Sing-along.

If there is any energy left you could play golf or tennis, or rent a canoe, kayak or a bike and enjoy the surroundings at your own pace. More information:


Even if WOC would like you to keep you inside our beautiful area, Oslo with Holmenkollen and the Royal Castle is less than an hour’s drive away. On the way to Oslo you’ll also find the renowned amusement park Tusenfryd. 

No shortage in opportunities! Only your desires and energy levels limit the possibilities in between the races. The WOC week is all yours, perhaps you should consider expanding with another week!


PHOTO: Golf at Evje, one of Østfold’s golf courses.

Bergman decided the men’s relay Bergman decided the men’s relay 2019-08-17 - - In the hills towards the sixth control I realised I’m going to win, Swedish last lap runner Gustav Bergman said after he’d secured gold for Sweden in a thrilling men’s relay at WOC 2019’s last day. More detail
Relay: Swedish ladies with WOC 2019 treble. Relay: Swedish ladies with WOC 2019 treble. 2019-08-17 - Sweden’s Karolin Ohlsson outsprinted Swiss Julia Jakob on the golf course towards the last control. This means that Sweden will take all the women’s gold medals home from WOC 2019. More detail
Volunteer of the day: Have sent close to 10.000 runners into the forest. Volunteer of the day: Have sent close to 10.000 runners into the forest. 2019-08-17 - WOC 2019 will have close to the estimated 10.000 spectator race starters during the WOC week in Østfold, and Saturday we paid the staff at the start a visit in the pouring rain. More detail