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Skåtøy og skjærgården

Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Kragerø Sentrumsforening Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Fotografen Jan Hasseleid Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Fotografen Jan Hasseleid
Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Kragerø Sentrumsforening
Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Fotografen Jan Hasseleid
Skåtøy og skjærgården Photo: Fotografen Jan Hasseleid

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Skåtøy and the coastal islands

Skåtøy
Skåtøy is the largest of Kragerø’s islands with a population consisting of both vacation visitors and permanent residents. Over the years, a great many artists have lived here for longer or shorter periods of time.

The ferry makes several daily calls. From the ferry landing at Skåtøyroa it is seven easy kilometres to Korset at the tip of the island. The road passes close to Skåtøy Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Islands. The church, built in 1862, is Norway’s third largest timbered church.

At nearby Skåtøy Cafe and Gallery, you will see the figure of an old, crook-backed woman. It is supposed to represent “Pesta” as featured in Theodor Kittelsen’s book about the Black Death. The figure was made by Per Elsdorf in 2001.

The Skåtøy Folksong and Poetry Festival is held on the island every summer. Scandinavia’s most well-known folk singers perform regularly at this festival.

A cruise on the fjord on a warm summer day is one of life’s more enchanting experiences. You can even meet the characteristic Eidkil Troll on your way through the Eidkil Canal.

Krikken Coastal Fort lies on the outermost shore of western Skåtøy. The fort was built by the Germans during WWII. Trenches, underground rooms and passageways have now been opened to the public. A stop here is an exciting experience steeped in history. Children will enjoy the opportunity to explore the area. Don’t forget to bring a torch with you!

The coastal islands
The cluster of offshore islands is very important for Kragerø. Each separate island has its own special features. There are now regular daily ferry routes to Skåtøy, Jomfruland, Langøy, Gumøy, Bærø, Tåtøy and Stabbestad.

Langøy lies in Kjøpmans (Shopkeeper’s) Fjord. Located on its area of about 6,000 sq metres are 29 mines and some 150 pits. Some of the mines are open to the public. The little manor house on Langøy was once owned by the Anker family whose anchor-shaped crest still hangs over the front entrance. At one time, Langøy had Norway’s tiniest post office and its own postal code: 3784 Langøy Mines. The island also had a school and a cemetery. Norway’s first woman industrial manager worked here on Langøy in 1674.

Gumøy lies at the centre of the cluster of islands. It has a richly varied landscape and numerous cultural sites. Gumøy nature trail is the result of a cooperative project between Kragerø municipality and various local interest groups. Maintenance, re-construction and adjustments on the trail are carried out annually.

Årøy is a well-kept secret among these islands. “The Wells”, a series of 36 large and small geological potholes, lie along the island’s outer shore looking towards Jomfruland. These potholes were created more than 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age by stones rotating in the whirlpools of glacial rivers. The island’s shores and nearby islets are perfect places to swim.

The Kragerø Sail Association has its headquarters on Saltneven on the seaward approach into town. The island is open to the public. The Association has excellent facilities on its docks for visiting yachtsmen - showers, WCs, electrical outlets and washing machines. There is also a small kiosk here run by the Association which is open most of the summer.
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Skåtøy og skjærgården

Skåtøy and the coastal islands Skåtøy Skåtøy is the largest of Kragerø’s islands with a population consisting of both vacation visitors and permanent...

Skåtøy og skjærgården

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