Guest harbour by Town Hall
Boat Fair in Pollen
Sightseeing on Nidelva
Norwegian jazz singer Silje Nergaard
A little break after canoeing
Along the beautiful southern coast of Norway, you find the small town Arendal. Though there are only about 39 000 inhabitants in this municipality, you'll find we can offer a big city atmosphere during the summer months. Then, this town really comes to life with numerous activities from May through August. Every week can offer something special to our guests, such as the Boat Fair in May, Children's culture week in June or International Market and Canal Street - Arendal jazz and blues festival in July.
During the summer months, about 150 000 tourists make it to our little town. They can choose to stay at hotels, cabins, camping grounds, guest harbours or other types of accommodation available in our area.
The southern coast bears connotation to sun, boat life and swimming, but there are many more activities available. Some are offered 12 months a year, some are season-based. Activities range from diving, sightseeing, and fishing, to museums, art galleries and guided town tours.
If you want peace and quiet, spend a day in the inland area. Go swimming in fresh water, do some fishing or take a walk along the many walking paths. Bring a camera and you'll make your own souvenirs. Bring a picnic basket or have lunch at a café - there are many different places to choose from.
Are you one of those who could lie on the beach all day, go swimming in the sea and enjoy bars and restaurants at night? Or perhaps you would like to go out in a boat, perform exciting wreck dives and finish the day with fresh shrimps on a little island?
Or perhaps you like staying in a hotel, shop a little, eat lunch in the sun at a nice café, and see an art exhibition in the afternoon before you get dressed for a delicious 5-course dinner at a restaurant. We have things to suit your wishes, no matter what you would like to do. Stay a little, why don't you?
How to get to Arendal
Daily departures from Kristiansand (about 1,5 hours) and Oslo (4,3 hours).
Daily departures from Kristiansand (1 hour) and Oslo (4 hours).
Two large parking garages in town centre. Easy to find from E18, the highway from Oslo to Kristiansand. Reasonable parking in Barbu, east of town with walking distance to town centre. Some accommodations have free parking outside of town. From Kristiansand 1 hour,
from Oslo 3,5 hours.