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A wooden sailboat sailing in front of white-painted wooden houses in Risør, Southern Norway
Summer in Risør.
Photo: Adam Read / Visit Sørlandet

Quaint wooden houses, festivals, and an archipelago with idyllic islands, sandy beaches and saltwater pools – an ocean breeze with a cultural touch awaits in Risør.

In Southern Norway just an hour and a half from Kristiansand, you’ll find the jewel that is Risør – a town with a well-preserved historic centre full of white-painted wooden houses and narrow streets.

Small and charming islands make up an idyllic archipelago that is favoured by many Norwegians during summer. From water sports and swimming to “the catch of the day” at seafood restaurants – the ocean is a big part of life here.

The town is also increasingly known for its craftsmanship and creativity – and the locals know how to put on good festivals to show it off.

The popular wooden boat festival Trebåtfestivalen celebrates boatbuilding, while the Risør chamber music festival and FyrJam bring together musicians and music lovers. The local gallery Villvin hosts the annual Villvinmarkedet festival, which showcases and sells work from more than a hundred artists.

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

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Top attractions in Risør
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
The "Agnes" ferry has a permanent route to the island of Stangholmen. Read more
Ferry to Stangholmen
M/F Øisang is Norway's oldest wooden ferry. It was built in Moen in Risør in 1950 and has been in operation ever since. The ferry runs between Risør… Read more
Øisang wooden car ferry M/F Øisang
Art gallery in Risør with a nice view over the town from the top floor. Read more
Gallery Branntårnet in Risør
Take a tour around the town of Risør with the local watchman John Thomas Axelsen. Read more
Risør city walk with local watchman
Urheia is an recreational area and cultural trail close to Risør city centre. Read more
Urheia cultural trail in Risør
Stangholmen island just outside Risør is a popular place to visit. Read more
Stangholmen island
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
On the evening of March 30, 1945, a British Short Sterling aircraft was shot down over Vierli, far east Vegårshei municipality. All seven crew on… Read more
War history at Vierli
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