Kragerø in Telemark
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.
Ambitious architects and young chefs are taking Oslo to new heights. If that doesn’t make you dizzy enough, try hiking to Galdhøpiggen, Norway’s highest peak at 2469 metres above sea level.
From Norway’s most charming coastal town to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful.