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The idyllic white-painted city of Tvedestrand from the air, between the fjord and the city lake Tjenna. Southern Norway.
The idyllic white-painted city of Tvedestrand from the air, between the fjord and the city lake Tjenna. Southern Norway.
Tvedestrand in Southern Norway.
Photo: Atle Goutbeek
Tvedestrand in Southern Norway.
Photo: Atle Goutbeek
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Cobblestone streets, an idyllic archipelago, and Norway’s version of the flatiron building await in Tvedestrand, the book town by the Skagerrak strait.

Located between Arendal and Risør in Southern Norway, Tvedestrand oozes of small-town charm and seaside vibes. You’ll find antiquarian bookshops on every corner, with second-hand treasures that transport you to new worlds on every page.

Luckily, the fairy tale doesn’t end when you close the book. Here, you can stroll down cobblestone streets between old wooden houses that cling to steep hills. In the quaint city centre, you’ll find Strykejernet, which might be the narrowest house in the country.

A trip to Tvedestrand is not complete before you’ve explored the idyllic archipelago, which is part of the maritime national park Raet. Take a ferry to the car-free islands Sandøya and Lyngør, or enjoy Tvedestrand’s outdoor aquapark during summer.

To take in some culture during your visit, make your way to the well-preserved Næs Ironworks museum, one of the technical and industrial cultural heritage sites in Norway, or the Tvedestrand museum, located in one of the town’s oldest buildings.

Get in-depth travel information on Tvedestrand’s official webpage.

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From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Tvedestrand.

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

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Top attractions in Tvedestrand
Næs Jernverksmuseum is one of the best preserved ironworks in Norway, unique in Europe. Playground and arranged children activities throughout July. Read more
Næs Ironworks Museum
Let Kote Null show you the beauty of our archipelago in and on the water. Read more
Kote Null
Tvedestrand aquapark is open every day during the summer season, and is free of charge. Read more
Tvedestrand Aquapark
This village in the sea consists of four islands, available only by boat or ferry, and the houses are built in the style of the days of sail. Read more
Lyngør island
Sandøya is a beautiful small island community outside Tvedestrand in Southern Norway. Read more
Sandøya island
Nes Verk Golfpark is one of the best golf courses in Norway, with a popular 18-hole course. The driving range and 9-hole course are open to everybody. Read more
Arendal & Omegn Golf Club
The Tvedestrand museum has a history closely linked to the history of Tvedestrand town. The building is one of the oldest and best preserved in town. Read more
Tvedestrand Museum
Linn's Lysstøperi (chandlery) is located at Sandøya outside Tvedestrand. Read more
Linn's lysstøperi
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Farsund and Lista
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    • Tvedestrand train

      By train

      There are daily departures from Oslo and Stavanger stopping at Nelaug, where you can change for a train to Arendal, located around 30 minutes by bus from Tvedestrand. 

    • Tvedestrand bus

      By bus

      Express buses from Kristiansand and Oslo stop along the E18 near Tvedestrand. From there, you can take a local bus or jump in a taxi.

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    • Tvedestrand boat

      By boat

      You can travel by ferry to Kristiansand from Hirtshals in Denmark or to Sandefjord from Strömstad in Sweden and continue your journey towards Tvedestrand by bus.

    • Tvedestrand car

      By car

      You can drive to Tvedestrand via the E18 road.

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    • Tvedestrand plane

      By plane

      The nearest airports are Kristiansand Airport and Torp Sandefjord Airport. Both have bus connections to Tvedestrand.

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