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Arendal with two lighthouses
Galtesund in Arendal.
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Holiday in Arendal

Visit Arendal and enjoy the salty fresh sea breeze while exploring our picturesque archipelago by boat, by foot  or bicycle. Go deep-sea fishing, swimming or kayaking and get face to face with nature. 

Take the ferry to beautiful car-free Merdø island and spend a day at the beach with the little café and the museum right next to it. Or how about a sightseeing boat trip around the isle of Hisøy and see how the locals live?

The kids will love the Hove high rope course on Tromøy island or the hours spent at Vitensenteret Sørlandet (the Science Center). When it is time for dinner, you will love the fact that most of the restaurants and pubs are located around the harbor Pollen, in the heart of Arendal.

View over Arendal
Arendal panorama.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Woman buying seafood in Arendal
Pollen Arendal.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Fishing trip with M/S Amor in Arendal
Children onboard ferry with island in the background
Merdø .
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
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What to see and do in the Arendal region

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Activities and attractions
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archive preserves and makes our region's culture and history known both through exhibitions in their completely new… Read more
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archives
The science centre in Arendal is great fun for the whole family. Test, design, build and experiment with science. Read more
Vitensenteret - The science centre in Arendal
The skating rink in Arendal is open from November to March, and the rink is perfect for speed skating, bandy, ice hockey and playing on the ice. Read more
Arendal artificial ice rink
Arendal's bowling alley is located in the town centre and has 10 bowling lanes, 3 pool tables, VIP room, arcade games, and a kiosk/snack bar. Read more
Arendal bowling
Arendal concert hall is located in the heart of Arendal, and is one of the largest culture and conference facilities in Southern Norway. Read more
Arendal concerthall
Welcome to lend reading material, use the internet or take a break and read the news paper at Arendal Library. Read more
Arendal library
Norway's tallest wooden house is located in Arendal. Built as a private residence between 1812-15, it is today a national heirloom. Read more
Arendal old townhall
Klöckers hus is a museum displaying how a well-off family lived more than 100 years ago. Part of the museum displays the home of the sailor. Read more
Klöckers Hus - Arendal town museum
Near Arendal town, skating ramps are available on some of the local schools at Myra, Moltemyr, Roligheden and Hisøy. Read more
Skateboarding in Arendal
1888 the third Trinity church of Arendal was completed. With its 87 meter high church tower it was a landmark in town. Read more
The Trinity Church in Arendal
Tyholmen is the oldest part of Arendal, located on the small peninsula on the south-eastern corner of the town, and offers charming houses and alleys. Read more
Tyholmen the old town of arendal
The Merdø museum is a small coastal farm kept as it was in about 1800. Beautiful surroundings on the island makes this a popular summer holiday spot. Read more
Merdøgaard museum
Accommodation
This beautiful building situated on the wonderful seaside of Arendal accomodates both the sophisticated business traveller and the conference… Read more
Clarion Hotel Tyholmen
Thon Hotel Arendal is centrally located by the water's edge in Arendal. There is a short distance between the hotel and shopping, Pollen, taxi and the… Read more
Thon Hotel Arendal
Need a place to sleep in Arendal this holiday season? Arendal Maritime Hotell is open during the Christmas holidays and New Years. Read more
Arendal Maritime Hotell
Camping ground with a beach and lovely recreational area, kiosk and minigolf. Cabins and room for both tents and caravans. Read more
Hove Camping
Hove leirsenter is idyllically located on the island Tromøy outside Arendal, surrounded by Skagerrak, Hovekilen and beautiful hiking areas. Read more
Hove Leirsenter
Nidelv Camping is beautifully located on the island Hisøy, by the bank of the river Nidelva. The camping ground is only 5 kms from Arendal town. Read more
Nidelv brygge og camping
Three double bedrooms, two WCs/showers, and kitchen to share on the ground floor of with a wonderful view towards the seaward approach to Arendal. Read more
Arendal Gjestehus (Guest house)
Arendal Marina is located on the edge of historical Tyholmen and within walking distance from the town centre. Read more
Arendal guest harbour
This 1930s Functionalist-style hotel is in the coastal resort town of Fevik. It offers upscale dining and a private sand beach. Read more
Strand Hotel Fevik
Tvedestrand
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Read more
Tvedestrand
In 2015, Lyngør was number one on the list "top ten 'lesser known' European islands to visit by British newspaper The… Read more
Island paradise of Lyngør
The book shops of Tvedestrand offer a treasure of second-hand books for the collector or the enthusiast in a unique atmosphere by the harbour. Read more
The book town Tvedestrand
The Tvedestrand museum has a history closely linked to the history of Tvedestrand town. The building is one of the oldest and best preserved in town. Read more
Tvedestrand Museum
Tvedestrand aquapark is open every day during the summer season, and is free of charge. Read more
Tjenna aquapark
From the coastal town of Tvedestrand the route passes through hilly farmlands on its way to the best preserved ironworks in Norway. Read more
Bike trip Tvedestrand-Nes Verk
Resort Lyngørporten is situated on the seaside on the mainland near the preserved island community of Lyngør. Read more
Bokhotellet Lyngørporten - resort
Lyngør lighthouse in Tvedestrand is open for accommodation through Aust-Agder trekking association. The old residence has been made into a cabin. Read more
Lighthouse holiday at Lyngør
Ferry between Gjeving and Lyngør, a beautiful island in Southern Norway. Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
Nes Verk Golfpark is one of the best golf courses in Norway, with a popular 18-hole course. The driving range and 9-hole course are open to everybody. Read more
Arendal & Omegn Golf Club
Næs Jernverksmuseum is one of the best preserved ironworks in Norway, unique in Europe. Playground and arranged children activities throughout July. Read more
Næs Ironworks Museum
For kids
Tvedestrand aquapark is open every day during the summer season, and is free of charge. Read more
Tjenna aquapark
Nes Verk Golfpark is one of the best golf courses in Norway, with a popular 18-hole course. The driving range and 9-hole course are open to everybody. Read more
Arendal & Omegn Golf Club
Næs Jernverksmuseum is one of the best preserved ironworks in Norway, unique in Europe. Playground and arranged children activities throughout July. Read more
Næs Ironworks Museum
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and animals like wolf,… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
TrollAktiv rafting and activity center in Evje, Southern Norway have over twenty different outdoor sport activities. Read more
TrollAktiv in Evje
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archive preserves and makes our region's culture and history known both through exhibitions in their completely new… Read more
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archives
The science centre in Arendal is great fun for the whole family. Test, design, build and experiment with science. Read more
Vitensenteret - The science centre in Arendal
The skating rink in Arendal is open from November to March, and the rink is perfect for speed skating, bandy, ice hockey and playing on the ice. Read more
Arendal artificial ice rink
Near Arendal town, skating ramps are available on some of the local schools at Myra, Moltemyr, Roligheden and Hisøy. Read more
Skateboarding in Arendal
Arendal's bowling alley is located in the town centre and has 10 bowling lanes, 3 pool tables, VIP room, arcade games, and a kiosk/snack bar. Read more
Arendal bowling
Have fun at the outdoor pool area at the campsite Sørlandet Feriesenter. Read more
Havgløtt Bad
The Risør Aquarium is the only saltwater aquarium between Oslo and Stavanger which has over 100 different kinds of fish and seawater creatures. A fun… Read more
Risør Aquarium
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