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Kragerø Kragerø
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A coastal delight among islands and skerries

The charming little town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings with a fabulous cluster of islands just offshore. No less than 495 islands, islets and skerries lie waiting for you to explore and enjoy.

Kragerø lies furthest south in the county of Telemark and is home to some 11,000 residents. The atmosphere of Kragerø is an attraction in itself. The town spreads from the harbour, with galleries and parks within easy walking distance. With its narrow streets and alleyways, Kragerø has long been popular among artists.

One of them was Edvard Munch, who was inspired by this coastal area's unique light when he painted "The Sun" and "History" for the University of Oslo. Opportunities for an active holiday abound in Kragerø. The surrounding district and the larger islands are ideal for tours on bicycle.

Jomfruland and Skåtøy are perfect for island-hopping with bicycles. Their landscapes are flat and easy to cycle on, and you can find places to swim almost everywhere. Other popular activities include canoeing, golf, sea rafting, fishing and more.

Charming cafés, specialist shops, bars and restaurants lie side by side along most of the town's narrow streets and lanes. Several of the restaurants and cafés can be found in the inner harbour and marina area, and all summer long concerts featuring top national and international artists are arranged in Kragerø.

Haakon Sundbø - www.fotovideoweb.no
Haakon Sundbø - www.fotovideoweb.no
Ingvild Langeland
Haakon Sundbø - www.fotovideoweb.no

Things to do

Getting here and around

By air:
  • The nearest major airport is Sandefjord Torp Airport, about two hours to the north by car or bus.
  • Kristiansand Airport Kjevik is to the south, a little over two hours away by car or bus.
By road:
  • Express buses serve Kragerø from Oslo in Eastern Norway to Kristiansand in Southern Norway, stopping at various points along the way.
  • For travel by express bus to Kragerø, disembark at Tangen in Sannidal and take a corresponding local bus the rest of the way to Kragerø.
By train:
  • Kragerø does not have a train station, but the Sørlandsbanen railway line between Stavanger/Kristiansand and Oslo stops at Neslandsvatn station.
  • Most trains will have corresponding buses to and from Kragerø, half an hour's drive away.
By boat:
  • A daily ferry connects Hirtshals in Denmark with Langesund, only 30 minutes by car from Kragerø.
  • Another ferry connects Hirtshals to Larvik on a daily basis, and is only an hour by car from Kragerø.
  • Locally, three ferries carry cars, freight and passengers to and between the largest islands. The newest of the ferries also offers fjord cruises.
  • Taxi boats are available to take people and goods between Kragerø and the hundreds of islands just off the coast.

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