Blue skies, golden sunshine and the sound of the ocean...
... what more can you ask for?
Kragerø is a small coastal town and a cluster of islands located in Telemark, approximately three hours south of Oslo.
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.
Kragerø's unique light has inspired many artists, Edvard Munch amongst them. Walk in Munch's footsteps through the streets that gave him inspiration for many of his most famous works!
Another major Norwegian artist, Theodor Kittelsen, was born in Kragerø. He became famous for his drawings of mythical creatures and felt that Kragerø had "fairy tales in every corner". His childhood home in the town centre is now a museum.
In the summer, from June to August, Kragerø is a popular holiday destination for Norwegians. The rest of the year, Kragerø is a calm, charming oasis where you can enjoy popular activities such as kayaking, fishing, diving, and more!
Visiting in the winter?
During the holidays, Kragerø transforms into a beautiful, dreamlike Christmas Town with lots of lights highlighting the cosy, narrow streets and traditional wooden houses.
Kragerø has achieved the label for Sustainable Destination – which does not mean that the destination is sustainable, but that they have committed to work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism and to strengthen the positive ripple effects.
Ready for long summer nights or quiet winter evenings in this quaint town?
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Although Kragerø doesn’t have a train station, the trains between Stavanger/Kristiansand and Oslo stop at Neslandsvatn station, about 45 minutes by away by bus.
Most trains have corresponding buses.
Express buses from Oslo in Eastern Norway to Kristiansand in Southern Norway serve Kragerø, with multiple stops 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, take the E18 motorway and exit at either Gjerdemyra or at Tangen in Sannidal.
The ferry company Fjord Line links Hirtshals in Denmark with Langesund, only 40 minutes by car from Kragerø. Color Line’s SuperSpeed ferry links Hirtshals to Larvik on a daily basis, with journeys taking about 3.5 hours.
Local ferries transport cars, freight and passengers between the largest islands in the area. Visit Kragerø Fjordbåtselskap for timetables and more information.
Taxi boats are available for transport between Kragerø and the islands just off the coast. The boats are docked at Taxibåtbrygga near the ferry port.
Cyclist are welcome in Kragerø. Cycle paths have been prioritized in recent years, and it's easy to get around on two wheels.
The nearest major airport is Torp Sandefjord Airport, about one hour and fifteen minutes to the north by car (approx. 2hr 15 min by bus)
Kristiansand Airport Kjevik is to the south of Kragerø, about one hour and forty minutes by car (approx. 3 hours by bus).