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Old wooden boats in Risør
Old wooden boats in Risør.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
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Get the riviera feeling in Risør

Picturesque, idyllic, charming; it is possible to use all the guide books clichés when discribing Risør -  and get away with it. This coastal town is a heritage preserved wooden town that offers cultural festivals, a large archipelago and a long history of wooden boat building. 
Sailboat passing Stangholmen lighthouse
Trebåtfestivalen.
Photo: Adam Read, Visit Sørlandet
Kayaking outside Risør
Kayaking outside Risør.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
Family sitting on the edge of giant pothole
Giant potholes at Sild.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Girls bathing in lake
Urheia.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
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Explore Risør

Find out what Risør has to offer for you a visitor. Check out where to stay and all the great activities available, what is going on and all the attractions to visit in and around Risør. 

"My journey also ended in Risør, but I fell in love with it. It’s the most beautiful place, an enchanting seaside town – with uninhabited rocky islands, little white painted wooden houses, glittery blue sea, fishing boats, endless pine trees … I found it exquisite."  

                                                                                                                   - Bee Rowlatt, The Guardian

Wooden boat culture

Risør has a long and proud tradition of building wooden boats and is one of Norway's seafaring towns for sailing ships. Boating is a big part of life in Risør and its very own Trebåtfestivalen - The Wooden Boat Festival - celebrates the long and proud history of ship building in the region.

Events in Risør

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Activities and attractions
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
Stangholmen island just outside Risør is a popular place to visit. Read more
Stangholmen island
Visit the potholes at Sild, 25 minutes driving southwest of Risør. The potholes here are the largest in Northern Europe and are very popular during… Read more
Potholes at Sild
Overlooking the Risør harbour is a large white rock that offers panoramic views over the harbour and coastline called "Risørflekken". It is Risørs… Read more
Risørflekken sea beacon
Art gallery in Risør with a nice view over the town from the top floor. Read more
Gallery Branntårnet in Risør
If you have your own boat, the guest harbour at Risør is one to put on the list of places to visit along the archapeligo. Read more
Risør guest harbour
The Risør Sailing Ship club has a large collection of monumental items and a picture gallery from Risør's sailing history. Read more
Risør Seilskuteklubb
Join Risør Undervannsklubb (Scuba diving club) for an organiced dive or get tips, fill your bottles and go diving on your own. Read more
Risør Undervannsklubb
Contact the Risør tourist office for information about accommodation, atractions, activities in and around Risør. Read more
Risør Tourist Information
Den Lille Dyrehage "The Little Zoo" is located at Brokelandsheia just outside Risør. Read more
Den lille Dyrehage (zoo)
Accommodation
Det Lille Hotel offers 17 comfortable "maritime suites". The suites are unique and are tastefully furnished to reflect the town's rich seafaring… Read more
Det Lille Hotel Maritime Suites
The Risør Hotel is located in the heart of Risør among the traditional white wooden houses. Read more
Risør Hotel
Campingsite by the Sørfjorden, only 12 kilometers from the center of Risør. Read more
Røed Camping
Risør Gjestehus "guesthouse" is situated in an idyllic and secluded area on the fjord to Boss Vika outside Risør. On offer are accommodation… Read more
Risør guesthouse
The Risør Pension is a guest house that offers affordable accommodation in the southern town of Risør. Read more
Risør Pensjonat B&B
Sørlandet Feriesenter "Southern Norway holiday centre" is a family camp site with lots of activities, located by the Sandnes Fjord between Risør and… Read more
Sørlandet Feriesenter Camping
Visitors at Færsnes stay in the traditional but modernized buildings of the farm with all comforts like a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Read more
Færsnes Gjestegård guesthouse
Jegertunet Feriesenter (holiday centre) is located in scenic surroundings at Øysang in Risør. Read more
Jegertunet Feriesenter
Camping, cottages and apartments in scenic surroundings in beautiful Sørfjorden. Read more
Risør Resort Moen Camping
Vegårshei
Visitors at Færsnes stay in the traditional but modernized buildings of the farm with all comforts like a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Read more
Færsnes Gjestegård guesthouse
Jegertunet Feriesenter (holiday centre) is located in scenic surroundings at Øysang in Risør. Read more
Jegertunet Feriesenter
The Vegårtun Village Museum in Vegårshei shows an interesting collection of objects from the old days. Read more
Vegårshei Village Museum
Vegårshei has a variety of great fishing spots which require a fishing licence. Here are details on where this fishing licence can be purchased. All… Read more
Fishing in Vegårshei
Vegårshei church is a cruciform church from 1808 and consecrated in 1810, in Vegårshei Municipality, Aust-Agder county. Read more
Vegårshei church
There is a famous wolf that once lived in Vegårshei. It was the only wolf in modern times that was legally hunted and shot. This is quite a rarity… Read more
The Vegårshei wolf
Vegårstun camp site is very popular amongst tourists and locals for weekly or over night stays. Read more
Vegårtun
Family activities
Den Lille Dyrehage "The Little Zoo" is located at Brokelandsheia just outside Risør. Read more
Den lille Dyrehage (zoo)
Overlooking the Risør harbour is a large white rock that offers panoramic views over the harbour and coastline called "Risørflekken". It is Risørs… Read more
Risørflekken sea beacon
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
Contact the Risør tourist office for information about accommodation, atractions, activities in and around Risør. Read more
Risør Tourist Information
If you have your own boat, the guest harbour at Risør is one to put on the list of places to visit along the archapeligo. Read more
Risør guest harbour
Visit the potholes at Sild, 25 minutes driving southwest of Risør. The potholes here are the largest in Northern Europe and are very popular during… Read more
Potholes at Sild
Sørlandet Feriesenter is a four star campsite, located between Risør and Lyngør in Southern Norway, with good fishing conditions. Read more
Fishing holiday - Sørlandet Feriesenter
"Havpadlern" in Risør offers kayak rentals, guided kayak tours and paddling courses. Read more
Havpadlern - Kayak in Risør
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    Getting here and around

    By air: Risør is located midway between Kristiansand airport Kjevik and Sandefjord airport Torp.

    By road: Risør is located approximately three hours drive from Oslo and 1,5 hours drive from Kristiansand along the E18. 

    By bus: There are several daily departures between Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger with bus. The buses stops by E 18 at Vinterkjær bus stop. From there either corresponding local bus or taxi to Risør (10 minutes).

    By train: The nearest railway station to Risør is Gjerstad stasjon.

    Find yourself some local treasures in Risør's niche stores

    Shopping in Risør is cozy and intimate. The many unique niche stores in Risør are located in small streets with old wooden houses, a characteristic of the Norwegian coastline. In these shops you will find many exclusive and trendy items which cannot be found in large chain stores. The few chain stores in town have developed their own uniqueness.

    More to see and do in Risør and Vegårshei

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