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Beachlife at Spornes beach.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
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Many experiences in Southern Norway’s first national park - Raet.

Do you enjoy swimming off delightful beaches, canoeing, surfing, boat trips, camping, walking in a unique natural setting, climbing, cycling, fishing, diving, birdwatching, visiting idyllic outlying harbours or exploring cultural heritage? If so, welcome to Raet National Park in Arendal, Grimstad and Tvedestrand in Southern Norway.

This is Raet National Park

Raet National Park was created in 2016 to protect the special natural area which extends from the Valøyene islands off Grimstad along the entire Arendal coastal strip to Lyngør in Tvedestrand. The park covers a total of 607 square kilometres of coastal nature and sea.

See signs of the ice age

Raet contains visible traces of the ice age around 12,000 years ago. When the enormous glacier that once existed in the area retreated, it left behind huge quantities of stone, sand, gravel and clay which it had picked up during its journey. This process led to the creation of a unique coastal landscape.

Getting to the skerries by boat

Outdoor recreation and beaches

Raet National Park is one of Southern Norway’s most popular outdoor recreation areas, and many people visit the seaway, particularly during the summer months. Many of the islands are protected as outdoor recreation areas and as an archipelago park. The national park is ideal for kayaking, windsurfing, boat trips and walks, recreational fishing and swimming.

Bathing spots in Raet National Park

Natural experiences around Raet

Lighthouse experiences

The cultural history of the national park is dominated by its proximity to the sea. There are four protected lighthouses in the park: Lyngør, Møkkalasset, Store and Lille Torungen.


Hotels, restaurants and things to do in Arendal, Southern Norway. Read more
Think of Grimstad, and you think of skerries, white-painted wooden houses, festivals, good food, and summer atmosphere. Enjoy lazy days in the sun, a… Read more
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Read more
In 2015, Lyngør was number one on the list "top ten 'lesser known' European islands to visit by British newspaper The… Read more
Experience the car-free island paradise of Lyngør
Outdoor recreation and beaches
At Tromøy outside of Arendal you find the beaches at Hove. These are fine, family-friendly beaches, where smooth, coastal rocks are close by, for… Read more
Hove beaches
South on the island Tromøy, only 10 minutes by car, bus or boat from Arendal, there is a great area called Hove. The recreational areas are protected,… Read more
Hove and Spornes
Spornes is just outside Tromøy, close to Hove. Here you can experience a stunning view towards the Skagerrak, and there is also a sandy beach as… Read more
Spornes beach
Ferry to Lyngør between 14.08.2015 - 24.08.2016: From Lyngør Mon–Fri: 0730(ii), 0945(ii), 1145(ii), 1420(ii), 1545(ii), 1640(ii), 2140(iii) When… Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
On the southern part of the island of Tromøy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful area called Hove. This… Read more
Hiking area at Hove and Spornes
Stølsviga is on Hisøy in the direction of Havsøy. Particularly well suited to children, with two beaches separated by smooth, coastal rocks, large… Read more
Stølsviga in Arendal
Merdø is a charming island on the seaward approach to Arendal, with family-friendly beaches, pebbled beaches and smooth, coastal rocks. The Merdøgaard… Read more
Merdø beach outside of Arendal
Public recreation ground within walking distance of Fevik. A popular outdoor area with a stunning sandy beach and ample parking. Read more
Storesand Recreation Ground
Ideal for outings, and within easy reach of town centre - by foot or by bike. With its sandy beaches, shallow waters, play area, beach volleyball… Read more
Groos Recreation Ground
Excellent swimming opportunities at Moysand Family Camping. This beautiful campsite is located between Grimstad and Fevik – on the mainland, but… Read more
Public outdoor area east of Moysand Camping. An ideal family spot, featuring a sandy beach, grassy banks and excellent views to the islands Valøyene… Read more
Grefstadviga Recreation Ground
Kystlaget Terje Vigen offers guided fishing trips every Friday in July . On board the old fishing boat, Østerøy, local captains… Read more
Guided fishing trip in Grimstad
The Hisøy route starts from the center of Arendal, westbound along the docks past Kittelsbukt and over to Svinodden, before you take the freeroad… Read more
Bike trip on Hisøy
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