I have adopted this habit of considering my home county as down right boring compared to other regions around Norway. It’s a bad habit… Sure, the fjords are spectacular, Oslo is cool and Lofoten is beyond words, but on days like today, when the summer sun makes the sea sparkle, the landscape is lush and green and those beautiful coloured houses with white picket fences become as exotic as any beach bungalow, well, then I catch myself appreciating everything within my reach.
Norway consists of 19 fylker or counties, including the capital Oslo, which is the smallest one. Just some 50 kilometers south of Oslo, you will cross into Østfold, which is the third smallest county. The first city you will arrive at is Moss,
which also happens to be my hometown! Now, in Østfold the about 300.000 people who live here are spread across smaller towns and villages surrounded by mostly farmland. Moss is the third largest city, but if you continue further south towards the Swedish border, you will pass both Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg, the largest and second largest city in Østfold. There ain’t many of us Norwegians so when I talk about cities, this is exclusively in Norwegian terms, cause when truth be told, we’re not really more than towns, Fredrikstad having around 80.000 inhabitants. In Oslo we are known as nothing more than farmers and hillbillies the lot of us!
Oh, well so we don’t have an opera house, metro or tall buildings, but still we got some gems scattered around. Now, if you happen to find yourself in this area of Norway, you might ask yourself where to go. Well, I am here to tell you about one of my favourite places in Østfold and show you exactly why you should cruise this way on a sunny summer’s day… Translated, Engelsviken has the lovely name Angel’s Cove.