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Houses by the sea in Arendal in Southern Norway
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In the coastal gem of Arendal, you can experience everything from underwater safari and contemporary art to modern camping in cocoon tents.

The city of Arendal, located at the coast of Southern Norway, is famed for its buzzing city centre and idyllic archipelago.

It is not a surprise that water sports enthusiasts love it here. The area is, after all, part of the maritime national park Raet. But the adventures continue on dry land, too.

From next-level glamping at Canvas Hove and the Science centre to the museums KUBEN and Bomuldsfabrikken kunsthall – you definitely won’t be bored!

A trip to Arendal is not complete without a stroll from old town Tyholmen to the lively inner harbour Pollen.

Get in-depth travel information on Arendal’s official website.

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Top attractions in Arendal

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Arendal.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Arendal offers.

Getting to Arendal

Get in-depth travel information on Arendal’s official website.
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Top attractions in Arendal
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
Love nature and the ocean? Visit our national park Raet, one of only four marine national parks in Norway. Read more
Raet National Park in Arendal
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
Southern Norway's largest location for contemporary art. Changing exhibitions and a permanent art collection with works by Norway's leading artists. Read more
Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall
Groups have the possibility to hire a guide for a historical tour of the town among the wooden houses at Tyholmen, the old part of Arendal, Southern… Read more
Guided walking tour in Arendals old town
An idyllic boat trip in the river Nidelva around the island Hisøy. In the skerries the boat passes Torungene lighthouses, the Havsøy sound, and Merdø. Read more
Daily sightseeing tours onboard the MS Nidelv
Take a short hike along southern wooden houses and narrow paths, walk on sandy beaches and the pebbled beach, and see the view towards the… Read more
Visit on Merdø island
Get an adrenaline kick high up in the tree tops at the new high wire adventure park at Hove outside of Arendal. Read more
TrollPark Hove
Experience cultural sites in Arendal on bicycle! The roundtrip moves from the town centre past old wooden houses, a gallery, and a very special… Read more
Arendal cultural trail
The activities are at the center of attention at Canvas Hove. SUP, windsurfing, kayaking, underwater safari with underwater scooter and mountain… Read more
Canvas Hove outdoor activities
RIB boat trip in Raet National Park in Arendal, Southern Norway. Read more
Trip to Raet National Park with RIB
Two buildings at Store Torungen lighthouse outside Arendal are available for accommodation. The lighthouse open for visitors during the day. Read more
Lighthouse holiday at Store Torungen
Destinations in Southern Norway
From underwater safari and modern camping to art and a science centre – discover the coastal town famed for its buzzing city centre and idyllic… Read more
An old pirate town, thousands of birds, miles of beaches, and a little piece of America – discover Farsund and Lista. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Street art, the Dutch Quarter, rail biking, and idyllic nature await in Flekkefjord, the westernmost city in Southern Norway. Read more
Get lost in narrow cobblestone streets, find your private island, and let your mind wander as you walk along the seafront. In Grimstad, the atmosphere… Read more
Explore urban beach life in Norway’s southernmost city! Kristiansand also has a vibrant cultural scene and exciting activity parks and museums. Read more
From fjords and mountains to old mines, via ferrata and festivals – Kvinesdal offers lush nature, cultural history, and a little piece of… Read more
The idyllic Blindleia archipelago, a Historic Hotel, and traditional Southern Norway charm await in Lillesand. Read more
From close encounters with the weather and long forest walks, to the underwater restaurant “Under” and charming white-painted wooden… Read more
Lindesnes and Mandal
From hiking in the mountains and having fun at the beach to fishing and Viking history – get ready for an outdoor adventure in Lyngdal. Read more
The seaside town of Risør is famed for its white-painted wooden houses, fun events like the wooden boat festival Trebåtfestivalen and the… Read more
Visit the cradle of Norwegian folk traditions! Stop in charming villages, enjoy fun activities, and travel with a steamboat on the Byglandsfjord. Read more
Characterised by high peaks and scenic lakes, Sirdal is a picturesque mountain region in south-western Norway that offers year-round… Read more
Cobblestone streets, an idyllic archipelago, and Norway’s version of the Flatiron building await in Tvedestrand, the book town by the… Read more
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    • Arendal train

      By train

      The train between Oslo and Stavanger connects with the Arendal Line at Nelaug station.

    • Arendal bus

      By bus

      Busses from Oslo and Kristiansand stop along the E18 near Arendal. From there, you can take a local bus or jump in a taxi to your final destination.

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    • Arendal ferry

      By ferry

      From Denmark, you can take a ferry to Kristiansand and continue your journey from there.

    • Arendal car

      By car

      From Oslo and Kristiansand you can follow the road E18 and take exit 71 towards Arendal.

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    • Arendal plane

      By plane

      The nearest airport is Kristiansand Airport. From here, the Airport express coach will take you to Arendal.

      You can also fly to Torp Sandefjord Airport. Take a taxi from the airport to the bus stop Fokserød by the E18, where bus connections will take you to Arendal.

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