Arendal

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Arendal

Arendal has dedicated the entirety of its beautiful archipelago to museums, walking paths, climbing parks and festivals. Here there are activities and opportunities to kick back and relax for young and old.

Thanks to the timber trade, Arendal appeared on Dutch naval charts as early as the 1500s, and over the next couple of hundred years the town developed into an important seaport in the region, becoming the largest seafaring port in Norway from 1880 onwards. Traces of the many different functions the town has played over time can be observed in the many museums Arendal offers.

The Eydehavn Museum is situated in a former industrial area and shows how a worker's home would have been furnished in the 1920s, while the Kløckers hus in its imperial style shows how a middle class family lived around 1900. This is also home to Norway's largest collection of ships in bottles. At the Aust-Agder Cultural and History Centre you will find regional archives and various exhibitions of local historical significance, while the Bomuldsfabriken Art Hall presents exhibitions of contemporary art, so there is much here to choose from.

The Merdøgaard Museum is furnished to reflect how a skipper’s family lived 200 years ago. All of Merdø is car-free, and a popular spot for walks and bathing. Here you will have a view towards the two lighthouses Store and Lille Torungen, built in 1844. Ferries operate throughout the summer from Pollen Harbour, where you will also find a wide selection of places to dine. Many of the town's outdoor areas can also be found here, offering a pleasant atmosphere for evening socialising.

If taking a weekend trip to Arendal, you can enjoy a bicycle outing on Hisøy or Hove on Tromøy Island, where you will discover typical Sørland charm with wonderful beaches and rocky slopes. The latter is located in a protected natural area where kids can explore the climbing park.

A popular place for younger family members is the Sørland Science Centre, with its interactive exhibitions. If you are visiting during the winter months, the Arendal Winter Festival takes place in the early part of the year, offering winter activities and cultural experiences for all ages. If, on the other hand, you travel here in July, you will have the chance to enjoy the Canal Street Jazz and Blues Festival, which attracts both Norwegian and international artists.

Arendal has good train and bus connections to the rest of the country, and if you are travelling from afar, the nearest large airport is in Kristiansand. When you see the tower on the Trefoldighetskirken, you will know that you will soon be arriving in the pearl of the Sørland region.

Lille Hotell
Lille Hotell
3 out of 5
5 Torvgaten, Arendal, Agder
The price is Rs6,064 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Located in the heart of Arendal, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bystranda and Vitensenteret Sorlandet. Bulder Lekeland and Arendal Tennis Club are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (62 reviews)
"Central, clean, and efficient accommodation. Qing was fantastic and sorted out all of the questions we had. Would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Lille Hotell
Thon Hotel Arendal
Thon Hotel Arendal
4 out of 5
Friergangen 1, Arendal
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs9,538 per night from 8 Oct to 8 Oct
Located in the heart of Arendal, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vitensenteret Sorlandet and Bulder Lekeland. Arendal Tennis Club is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (387 reviews)
Decent hotel in centre of Arendal
"Good decent hotel in the centre of Arendal. Decent rooms. Four star but not extrordinay"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Thon Hotel Arendal
Clarion Hotel Tyholmen Arendal
Clarion Hotel Tyholmen Arendal
4 out of 5
Teaterplassen 2, Arendal
The price is Rs8,481 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in the heart of Arendal, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bystranda and Vitensenteret Sorlandet. Bulder Lekeland and Arendal Tennis Club are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (508 reviews)
"Very nice place with splendid breakfast!"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

Clarion Hotel Tyholmen Arendal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Canvas Hove
Canvas Hove
2 out of 5
Hoveodden 200, Arendal
Situated on the waterfront, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hove strand and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bukkevika and Merdogaard Museum. Vitensenteret Sorlandet ...
4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
Pustepause
"Under Arendalsuka var dette en fantastisk plass å bo. Eneste ulempen var taxikøen tilbake fra Arendal om kvelden."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Canvas Hove
Charm Inn Arendal
Charm Inn Arendal
4 out of 5
Strømsbuveien 2, Arendal
Located in the heart of Arendal, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bystranda and Vitensenteret Sorlandet. Bulder Lekeland and Arendal Tennis ...
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Property is excellent. Great quality and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Found this much better than staying at a hotel. Very central location and convenient for shops and restaurants."

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Charm Inn Arendal
Solferie Rolfsmyra 8
Solferie Rolfsmyra 8
3.5 out of 5
Rolfsmyra 8 1 etasje 4842 Arendal, Arendal, Aust-Agder (county)
Situated in Arendal, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Vitensenteret Sorlandet, Bystranda and Bulder Lekeland. Merdogaard Museum and Arendal Tennis ...
Solferie Rolfsmyra 8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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