Arendal is a harbor and port city on the Skagerrak Strait in Aust-Agder County, Norway. Ideally located less than an hour from kristiansand, Arendal offers visitors a vibrant mix of waterfront recreation, shopping, and historic sites. Get a car for hire in Arendal to see everything from the 12th century Tromoy Church to Amfoss Bridge and the waterfront shops in Pollen. The vehicle will also come in handy if you want to hop over to adjacent Tvedestrand for some book shopping, or take a coastal drive to Kristiansand.
History buffs will find no dearth of historical attractions in Arendal. You can start at the 12th century Tromoy Church and make your way to the twin Torungene lighthouses from 1843. Lyngor is one of Europe’s best preserved villages, with old homes and a beach spread across four islands. You can see more of this on the island of Merdo, which again has a surprisingly well preserved collection of old wooden homes leading to beaches on either side of the island. Get a car for rent in Arendal and head for Tvedestrand to see the Næs Ironworks Museum. The Elvarheim Museum and the natural wonder of Svårthylkyrkja in Amli are well worth a visit too.
The best place to take a break in Arendal is the quayside in Pollen. It is a commercial hub filled with shops, fish markets, restaurants, and bars. The Arendal city center has a lot of shops. Bookworms should burrow straight for Tvedestrand. Urban shoppers in need of large malls with central air-conditioning may want to hide out in the Harebakken Shopping Center or spend a few hours browsing the 80 odd shops at the AMFI Arena.
If you came to Arendal for an outdoor holiday or as part of a road trip, camping might be the better choice. The Hove Campsite offers cabins in addition to space for both tents and caravans. It also has a recreational area, beach, mini-golf, and other facilities. The Risoy Campground between Tvedestrand and Risor is another suitable choice. The Moen Campground in Risor also has a beach. If you need a full-service campsite for your caravan, try Mineralparken near Evje. The Sørlandet Feriesenter cabins between Lyngor and Risor are quite popular among tourists.
One of the benefits of a stay in Arendal is that it allows you the freedom to explore the coast on either side at your leisure. Book your car rental in Arendal right now and plan for a nice coastal drive to Kristiansand or Oslo. When driving to Kristiansand, stop along the way at Grimstad and Lillesand. The drive to Oslo has considerably more visit-worthy stops, including Langesund, Porsgrunn, Sandefjord, Tønsberg and Drammen.
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