10 Things to Do in Arendal That You Shouldn't Miss

July 14, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Arendal (Urban East Norwegian pronunciation: [²ɑːɳ̍ɖɑːl] ( listen)) is municipality in the county of Aust-Agder in southeastern Norway. Arendal belongs to the region of Sørlandet. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Arendal (which is also the seat of Aust-Agder county). Some of the notable villages in Arendal include Rykene, Eydehavn, Færvik, Strengereid, Kongshavn, Kilsund, Brattekleiv, Longum, Saltrød, Staubø, Vrengen, and Kolbjørnsvik. The offices of UNEP/GRID-Arendal are also located in the city of Arendal.
Restaurants in Arendal

1. Hove and Spornes

Hove, Arendal 4818, Norway +47 37 00 55 44
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5 based on 62 reviews

Hove and Spornes

On the southern part of the island of Tromoy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful area called Hove. This recreation area is part of a protected moraine that lies along the southern coast. The whole area has been adapted for walks with resting places along the shore. There is a beach and kiosk at Hove camping during the summer season, and several kilometres of smooth rocks. Sundays between September and May, there is a lunch buffet at Hovestua in Hove camp from 12 to 18.  The paths are many and stretches from Hove to Alve, along Spornes beach, consisting of boulders and rocks, and sand when the sea permits. The area is used for hiking both summer and winter, and is suitable for everyone, children and adults. The trip from Hove camping to Alve and back is about 12 kms, and the network of paths allows both short and long trails. Maps for sale at Arendal tourist office, Hove camp, and Bjellandstrand Gard. Parking for instance at Hove camping and Hove camp. Bus no 3 to Tromoy ost leaves Arendal every hour during the day, Monday-Saturday.

Reviewed By Bjørn Harald W - Arendal, Norway

This is a 'must see' for visitors in Arendal. Beautiful place and perfect for both couples who want a romantic time, friends wanting to have a fun time, camping, families with children, swimming, barbecue or just relax and enjoy the fresh Norwegian air. Visit on a sunny day.

2. Vitensenteret Sorlandet

Kystveien 2, Arendal 4841, Norway +47 37 00 67 67
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Vitensenteret Sorlandet

A fun and educational experience for the whole family!In addition to our exhibition area, we also have varying activities. In the weekends an holydays you can join us to a spectacular trip to the space in 3D, and much more. Se our website for the daily program.You find the Science Center at the quay in the center of Arendal. As well as a scienceshop, parking and a cafe with the possibility to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful oceanwiew.Welcome!

Reviewed By Travellerall0ver - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A great place for big and small. Multiple themes and fascinating layout and Exhibitions. Place might be rented for birthday parties i.e.We are very happy that you had an interesting time at Vitensenteret! And you are welcome to visit us again!

3. Bjellandstrand Gard

Bjellandveien 87 | Faervik, Arendal 4818, Norway +47 37 09 44 49
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Bjellandstrand Gard

- a place where time comes... The farm is located in beautiful surroundings where you can sense, experience, and fantasize. A taste of summer all year long. The farm Bjellandstrand gard (farm) and the area around has a long and exciting history.

Reviewed By Rune69 - Prestfoss

Visited the café on a Saturday afternoon (the first open weekend this season) with my parents. Although the weather wasn't the best, a visit to Bjellandstrand is a nice way of spending time in the Tromøy countryside.
Although the cashier man wasn't the talkative kind, the cakes were large and tasted great - that's the most important thing, I guess!

4. Trinity Church

Kirkebakken, Arendal 4836, Norway +47 37 01 35 80
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Trinity Church

The Trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A desire to assert the town's status over Kristiansand was probably the motive behind its construction. In the 1830s, the town's shipping industry flourished, the population grew and the church became too small and was therefore demolished in 1832. In 1833, Crown Prince Oscar (Oscar I) laid the foundation stone for an octagonal church. Over the next 50 years, the population of Arendal doubled. According to church law, a church had to have Seating which corresponded to the population of the parish, so a new church again had to be built. In 1888, the third church was completed, in spite of the financial collapse of the banks in 1886. It towers above the Arendal skyline with its 87-metre-high tower. The church was ravaged by fire in 1902, but the damage was fortunately not extensive. The large chandelier which now hangs in the church vestibule originates from the town's first church. Copperplate engravings from the 16th century can be seen near the baptismal font. The new pipe organ was built by the German company Werkstätte für Orgelbau Mühleisen, and it has about 3900 pipes between 4 millimetres and 7 metres high. It is (November 2010) the fourth largest church pipe organ in Norway, with 59 voices and built in a German-Romantic style. Opening hours Tuesday-Thursday 1230-1400.

Reviewed By Zhozho - Prague

It was the biggest and obvious attraction in Arendal, it resembels the building from the Disney movie Frozen. I was there once for confirmation ceremony. It was really awesome! So many people in their fancy traditional dresses. The girl sing that day sang a song by Coldplay. Was very interesting!

5. Merdogaard Museum

Merdo, Arendal 4818, Norway +47 37 07 35 00
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4 based on 14 reviews

Merdogaard Museum

The location of the museum is idyllic, on the old outport and beautiful island of Merdo. The island is worth a visit to those who want to experience the nature, old coastal culture, or just enjoy themselves in cosy surroundings. There are a couple of small Beaches, and a nice café on the side of the island towards land. The part of the island facing Skagerrak is rocky, scattered with pebbles and boulders, and has a fantastic view both summer and winter. The museum is a small coastal farm with a main building from 1736, kept as it was in about 1800. Hourly tours in Norwegian during the summer season. The museum is a department of Aust-Agder kulturhistoriske senter, the county museum. Merdo was one of the most important outports in Sorlandet, with a customs station, pilot station, school, shop and post office. Ferry to the island from Pollen in Arendal.

Reviewed By Bjita - Arendal, Norway

Merdøgård museum is and original skipper home built in 1731, with all of its original features and interior. There a guided tours every hour, between 12 and 16, where you lean about the history of the island and the house. A must see place while on the island!
While you wait for the guided tours to begin there’s a beach right outside the museum or a café right next door, so there`s no reason not come for a wits. Just remember the museum don’t accept credit card so remember to bring cash.
The museum is only open in the summertime, but can be specially open by request if you contact the museum (see AAKS.no)

6. Kalvoysund Fort

Flostaoya, Arendal 4920, Norway
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4 based on 12 reviews

Kalvoysund Fort

Kalvoysund fort was a German coastal fort at Kalvoysund on the island Flostaoya east of Arendal town, built during WW2. The battery was meant to cover the eastern seaward approach to Arendal, and the area was more than 10 acres large. Kalvoysund fort was one of the largest fortifications the Germans built in Southern Norway during the second World War. The fortifications were built in 1941 and consisted of about 50 buildings and bunkers. There are four locations for cannons in the area, and the cannons who were there had a range of 11-12000 metres. Bunkers and other parts of the fortification are kept partially well, and the foundation walls from many of the buildings are still left in the landscape. After WW2, the fort was run by the Norwegian armed forces for a while, and there were a couple of military exercises on the fort. Then the area was given to the local authorities, and it is now a popular recreational area. There is a public bathing area in Kalvoysund, and the area is open to the public.

Reviewed By Turisten82

En riktig flott plass i utkanten av Kilsund.
Masse spennende krigshistorie knyttet til plassen.
En fin plass å dra på en utflukt med familien.

7. Tromoy Church

Flademoen, Arendal 4818, Norway +47 37 01 35 80
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Tromoy Church

Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church built around 1150. The church was reconstructed to a cruciform church between 1748-1758, and today this fabulous church is one of Arendal's oldest sights. The church is an old seamark, and due to the unsheltered location, the church is without a tower. The interior of Tromoy church is beautiful. There are wood carvings and painted interior from the 1750s, restored in 1926-1939. Several details in the church are worth mentioning, like the baptismal font made of soapstone from the 14th century, and candlesticks made of brass from 1660 Important people were buried inside the church in the Middle Ages, both in the choir and in the nave. The tombs had large gravestones in the church floor. It has been illegal to bury people inside the church since 1805, and the large gravestones were moved outside during the restoration in the 1750s. They are now visible along the churchyard wall in the west, together with boulders from Tromoy. Tromoy church has been opened to the public in July many summers, to those who wish to study the church. More information, see contact information.

Reviewed By vikingo47 - Hastings, United Kingdom

From the outside it is a most lovely little church. view out to the open sea. The original part built in stone is from the 11th Century and has been added on and also restored. It is beautiful inside with it's paintings and colour scheme. The organ looks stunning and will be repaired next year. Just a calm place.
The church yard outside also tells a story about the different sailors, family including British seamen .Tromoya is worth a visit as a lovely island. If you want a guide there is a fee.

8. Town Hall

Radhusgata 19, Arendal, Norway +47 37 01 30 00
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4 based on 14 reviews

Town Hall

Reviewed By _2013226 - Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia

I liked Arendal and I would like to come here again in the summer!Very beautiful town...pleasant to walk here, enjoy these beautiful scenery, to see these lovely cozy houses that have been preserved for a long time ... I can't say anything about local restaurants ... I came to visit friends ....But if you like a amazing nature -come here!

9. Amfi Arena Storsenter

Vesterveien 4, Arendal 4836, Norway +47 37 02 63 92
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3.5 based on 10 reviews

Amfi Arena Storsenter

Reviewed By glamourprincess - Oslo, Norway

The shopping centre of Arendal is centrally located in the middle of town. They have a wide selection of stores, mostly chain stores. It is quite modern and well-kept, but a little short on bathrooms. Parking is located inside the mountain at the back of the mall. Prices were not too bad. My favourite stores at Amfi Arena include Ark (book store), Babyshop (baby equipment and clothing), BR Leker (toys), Fredrik & Louisa (perfumes and makeup), Kicks (perfumes and makeup), Kremmerhuset (home decor), Kitch´n (kitchen supplies), Meny (food store) and H&M.
There are not that many cafes or restaurants, but Jordbærpikene is okay for a treat or a small bite.
They have a small play area (supervised), which was perfect for my three-year old! A bit pricey though at 59 NOK for half an hour!

10. Klockers Hus

Nedre Tyholmsvei 14, Arendal 4836, Norway +47 37 02 59 25
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Klockers Hus

The building was built as a private residence in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker. It is built in an empire style and clearly influenced by the building style of Copenhagen. Here are furniture from the 1800s. The parts of the house in the back are from the 1600s. The house was privately owned until 1982, when it was taken over by Stiftelsen Klöckers Hus - a local philanthropic organisation. Today this building is a museum displaying how a well-off family lived at the time. There is a living room, dining room, office and kitchen, and a wash-house with a baking oven. Part of the museum displays the home of the sailor, a small apartment in the back of the building, where a sailor lived with his family. In Klöckers Hus you can also find the old village shop with interiors from the last century. Here it is still possible to buy sugar candy, oldfashioned candy, homemade jam, local historical magazines, and postcards with pictures from old Arendal etc. The house landau, which has transported royalty visiting Arendal in the 1900s, is in the stable.

Reviewed By CharlesRIAlexander - London, United Kingdom

Arandel is a picturesque small coastal town in Norway. We visited it while on a cruise of Norway’s towns and fjords in April 2016.
Klöckers Hus was the home of a well-off family and is now run as a museum depicting how people lived here more than a century ago. Built as his family home in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker, it was acquired by a local foundation in 1982. Speaking in perfect English, a volunteer gave us an excellent guided tour of the house, showing us the living room, dining room (with period cutlery and crockery), an office, the kitchen and a wash-house with a baking oven. The furniture is attractive but quite plain in design. On the walls are many paintings (some were of the same period, but brought from elsewhere) including portraits of the family, together with other documents and artefacts that help to convey the character of family life then in Norway. We also saw in the stable the house landau (horse-drawn carriage) which transported royalty visiting Arendal in the 1900s.
The design of the house was influenced by the city architecture of Copenhagen, reflecting the political links between Denmark and Norway in the early 19th century. Some parts of the back of the house, however, date back to the 17th century and one surprise was a small apartment there in which a sailor (apparently unrelated to the von Klöckers) had lived with his family.
Another greater surprise was the workshop of Kjell Birkeland, who in 2014 received the Guinness Book of Records award for the most ships in a single bottle. (If memore serves me correctly, it was 80). Everywhere there are shelves filled with bottles containing 655 model ships, all made by Mr Birkeland. Every kind of boat that one can think of is represented, from Dutch barges to Arab dhows and from ferry boats to oil tankers. Indeed, this is the biggest such collection in the world. His total output exceeds 3,000 and he told us that he never sells them. A philanthropist by nature, he doesn’t sell his work but travels widely (and there are many photographs of him in many countries), giving away his ships-in-a-bottle to people he meets whom he likes. A quite, wiry man with long, thin legs and a calm, friendly manner, he told us that he has run the Berlin Marathon nearly 20 times. He also demonstrated to us how he inserts a boat with its masts through the narrow neck of a bottle into the main part, after which he then raises the masts using a thread-and-pulley system.
These discoveries - a fascinating period house and the world’s leading ship-in-a-bottle builder - made our visit to Arandel worthwhile and memorable.

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