Kongsvinger Festnings Venner ('Friends of Kongsvinger Fortress') offer guided tours for large and small groups throughout the year. Guiding must be booked in advance.
Kongsvinger Fortress Museum is situated in the old food storehouse from 1682. It features exhibitions about the history of the armed forces from the Viking Age until the present day, about the extensive resistance activity and cross-border traffic to and from Sweden during World War II, and a photo exhibition from the time around the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905.
Restaurant and accommodation
A new hotel has opened in the fortress that both offers accommodation and has a restaurant serving food and refreshments.
Salutes are fired on the birthdays of the King and Queen, and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, on VE Day, Constitution Day and Union Dissolution Day at 12.00 (13.00 on Sundays).
Dates of ordinary salutes:
- 21 February - the King's birthday
- 8 May – VE Day,
- 17 May – Constitution Day
- 7 June – Union Dissolution Day
- 4 July - the Queen's birthday
- 20 July - the Crown Prince's birthday, 19 August - the Crown Princess's birthday.
The fortress trail
Walk at your own pace and learn about the nature, unique architecture and history of the fortress through the centuries. The map of the trail provides information about historical events and famous people, and what everyday life was like within the fortress's thick walls. The map also contains information about the design of the fortress, and explanations of what, to most of us, are unfamiliar words and expressions used about buildings, weapons and other things that were part of fortress life.
Tips for things you can do yourself
Large parts of the fortress consist of open parkland that you can use for recreation purposes. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, play ball games or just go for a walk in these areas. As long as you show due consideration for the historical surroundings, the only limit is your imagination.