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Get the riviera feeling in Risør

Picturesque, idyllic, charming; it is possible to use all the guide books clichees 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
Adam Read, Visit Sørlandet
Kayaking outside Risør
Kayaking outside Risør
Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
Family sitting on the edge of giant pothole
Giant potholes at Sild
Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Girls bathing in lake
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Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
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"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

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. 

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.
Watchman in Risør harbour
Activities and attractions
Activities and attractions
Risørflekken sea beacon
Risørflekken is Risørs most famous landmark as it was used by sailors to navigate their way to the harbour. It can be seen 12 nautical miles from… more
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Risør Aquarium
A visit to Risør Akvarium is a fun experience for the whole family. There is fish feeding at 14.00 which is great entertainment for the children and… more
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Risør guest harbour
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. The guest harbour is in the… more
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Risør Seilskuteklubb
The Risør Sailing Ship club has a large collection of monumental items and a picture gallery from Risør's sailing history. The exhibition is located… more
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Risør Undervannsklubb
Explore the archipelago under water. Risør Undervannsklubb have several dedicated and trained divers. Every summer they have organiced dives several… more
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Risør Tourist Information
Contact the Risør tourist office for information about accommodation, attractions, activities in and around Risør. There are maps available and a… more
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Den lille Dyrehage (zoo)
Den Lille Dyrehage "The Little Zoo" is located at Brokelandsheia just outside Risør. There are over sixty different animal species including monkeys,… more
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Stangholmen island
Stangholmen island just outside Risør is a popular place to visit. There are many bathing areas and a lighthouse with restaurant and bar. The outdoor… more
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Potholes at Sild
Approximately 10,000 years ago, potholes were formed after the ice age at a place called Sild outside Risør. They are Northern Europe's largest… more
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Pool area at Sørlandet Feriesenter
Accommodation
Accommodation
Det Lille Hotel Maritime Suites
There are 10 suites in the centre of the town, and four situated a short walk from the centre, in a beautiful restored building from the 1700s with… more
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Risør Hotel
The Risør Hotel is located in the heart of Risør among the traditional white wooden houses. Some sections of the building were built in the typical… more
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Røed Camping
Røed Camping is located by the Sørfjorden shoreline, just off the motorway E18 on your way to Risør. The site is within walking distance of the… more
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Risør Gjestehus - guesthouse
Risør Gjestehus "guesthouse" is situated in an idyllic and secluded area on the fjord to Boss Vika outside Risør. On offer are accommodation… more
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Risør Pensjonat B&B
The Risør Pension is a guest house that offers affordable accommodation in the southern town of Risør. The guest house offers single, double and… more
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Færsnes Gjestegård guesthouse
Færsnes Guest Farm is situated in the beautiful surroundings near lake Vegår in Vegårshei. Visitors stay in the traditional but modernized buildings… more
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Jegertunet Feriesenter
Jegertunet Feriesenter (holiday centre) is located in scenic surroundings at Øysang in Risør. The feriesenter opens new this summer 2015 from mid June… more
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Risør Resort Moen Camping
Risør Resort Moen Camping is a family campsite with lots of activities located right by the Sørfjorden, 10 kilometres from Risør centre. There are… more
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Sørlandet Feriesenter Camping
Sørlandets feriesenter "Southern Norway holiday centre" is a family camp site with lots of activities, located by the Sandnes Fjord between Risør and… more
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Hiking in Vegårshei Norway
Vegårshei
Vegårshei
Færsnes Gjestegård guesthouse
Færsnes Guest Farm is situated in the beautiful surroundings near lake Vegår in Vegårshei. Visitors stay in the traditional but modernized buildings… more
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Jegertunet Feriesenter
Jegertunet Feriesenter (holiday centre) is located in scenic surroundings at Øysang in Risør. The feriesenter opens new this summer 2015 from mid June… more
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Vegårshei Village Museum
Between Vegårshei and Risør, about 800 meters from the road 416, is the Vegårshei museum. The museum was founded by Julius Grasåsen (1897-1986).… more
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Kids fishing in Randvik Risør Norway
Family activities
Family activities
Den lille Dyrehage (zoo)
Den Lille Dyrehage "The Little Zoo" is located at Brokelandsheia just outside Risør. There are over sixty different animal species including monkeys,… more
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Risørflekken sea beacon
Risørflekken is Risørs most famous landmark as it was used by sailors to navigate their way to the harbour. It can be seen 12 nautical miles from… more
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Risør Aquarium
A visit to Risør Akvarium is a fun experience for the whole family. There is fish feeding at 14.00 which is great entertainment for the children and… more
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Risør Tourist Information
Contact the Risør tourist office for information about accommodation, attractions, activities in and around Risør. There are maps available and a… more
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Risør guest harbour
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. The guest harbour is in the… more
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Potholes at Sild
Approximately 10,000 years ago, potholes were formed after the ice age at a place called Sild outside Risør. They are Northern Europe's largest… more
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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.
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