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The charming little town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings with a fabulous cluster of islands just off the coast. No less than 495 islands, islets and reefs are waiting for you to explore.
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. Narrow streets and alleyways spread from the harbour through the town, with galleries and parks within easy walking distance.
Art and culture have long traditions in Kragerø. The coastal area’s unique light has inspired many artist, amongst them Edvard Munch and his “The Sun” and “History” for the University of Oslo.
The area abounds with opportunities for an active holiday. The surrounding district and the larger islands are ideal for tours on bicycle and scenic boat rides.
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 anywhere. Other popular activities include canoeing, golf, sea rafting, and fishing.
Charming cafés, specialty 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. There are several options for getting to the area.
Find more inspiration on Kragerø’s official website.
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.
Kragerø is located 200 kilometres south of Oslo by road. If you go by car from Oslo, follow the main road E18 and exit the E18 at either Gjerdemyra or at Tangen in Sannidal.
Kragerø doesn’t have a train station, but the Norwegian State Railways between Stavanger/Kristiansand and Oslo stops at Neslandsvatn station.
Most trains will have corresponding buses to and from Kragerø, 0,5 hours drive away.
The ferry company Fjord Line links Hirtshals in Denmark with Langesund, only 30 minutes by car from Kragerø. Color Line’s SuperSpeed ferry links Hirtshals to Larvik on a daily basis.
Locally, three ferries carry cars, freight and passengers to and between the largest islands in the area. For timetables, check out Kragerø Fjorbåtselskap’s website.
The nearest major airport is Torp Sandefjord Airport, about 2 hours to the north by car or bus.
Kristiansand Airport Kjevik is to the south of Kragerø, a little over 2 hours away by car or bus.
Taxi boats are available for tranporting people and goods between Kragerø and the islands just off the coast. The taxi boats are docked at Taxibåtbrygga near the ferry port.
Cyclist are welcome in Kragerø. Cycle paths are prioritized recent years, and it is easy to get around on two wheels.
There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.
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