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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
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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 Galleri Villvin host 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

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 Risør.

Food and drink

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

Getting to Risør

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
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. He wears a traditional uniform dating back well over 100 years. 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
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    • Risør train

      By train

      The train between Oslo and Stavanger stops at Gjerstad station, from where you can continue by bus to Risør.

    • Risør bus

      By bus

      There are several daily bus departures to Vinterkjær near Risør from Oslo, Kristiansand, and Stavanger. From Vinterkjær, you can take a local bus or a taxi to Risør (10 minutes).

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    • Risør boat

      By boat

      You can travel by ferry to Kristiansand from Hirtshals in Denmark or to Sandefjord from Strömstad in Sweden. Both places have bus connections to Risør.

    • Risør car

      By car

      If you want to drive from Oslo or Kristiansand, follow the E18 to Akland, and then the Fv416 to Risør.

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    • Risør plane

      By plane

      The closest airports to Risør are Kristiansand Airport and Torp Sandefjord Airport. Both airports have bus connections to Risør.

      You can also fly to Oslo Airport and continue your journey to Risør by bus or a combination of train and bus.

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