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For the slightly more ambitious, follow the Nidelva river soutwards from the Nelaug train station with direction Arendal, through hilly forests.
Norway's oldest half-timber church. Built in 1640. Decorated in Baroque and Renaissance style paintings. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson married Karoline here in 1858.
The Setesdal Museum at Rysstad , a journey through the culture, history and traditions of Setesdal.
Standing on the top of the waterfall at Skrelia your eyes will follow the veil of water from the mountain top to the fjord below. You are in for a fantastic view! This is the place to go hiking to see the polished mountain meet the ocean!
The Norwegian Museum of Horticulture is situaated outside the town, at Dømmesmoen.
The Hisøy bike route is a nice route that takes the tour from the center of Arendal and out to the ferry at Kolbjørnsvik. The route has possibilites for deviances from the main route and directions from Kolbjørnsvik and back to Arendal.
Homborsund Lighthouse is located on a small island by the coast of Grimstad.
Mainly flat and gentle terrain, but parts of the trip do not follow foot and cycle paths (26 km).
Visit the wonderful mountains where a troll (according to legend) lived! If you look closely you will find the footprints left by him on the road!
The children who used to tend the cattle here were told to be careful, especially in the dark or during thunderstorms. There is a place in the mountain that is said to be troll country and traces can be found, if you look closely. There is a troll's footprint named "Røsefoten". Infact, legend has it that the troll grew too tall and had to sit, which left a large imprint in the mountain. More markings are to be found in the valley, Tveit Hunnedalen. One in particular is said to be his large rope bag which has left an imprint on the mountainside.
Furulunden is a large nature park with exellent sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and pine forests.
The park is around 5 minutes' walk from the centre o...