From idyllic Lyngør to former industrial town Eydehavn, the Sørlandsleia protects sailors from strong winds and rough sea, and offers some of the most iconic sights of the Sørlandet coastline.
The Southern Norwegian idyllic landscape is pronounced around every little islet. It all starts in Lyngør, where Lyngør lighthouse is at the outer rim and opens the "street" along the beautiful white-painted clapboard houses on the islands that constitute the famous Lyngør. Accommodation is available at Lyngør lighthouse, in addition to the book hotel Bokhotellet Lyngørporten on the mainland - the latter is well worth a visit, and a meal.
The street leads into the Lyngør fjord. There are many lovely places on these islands, and there are lavatories on the islands Askerøya, Gjesøya and Borøya, among others. The shipping lane continues through Snaresund, where there is a location for swimming. The lane goes north of Tverrdalsøya and towards Kilsund. There is a marina at Kilsund, and Staubø kultursenter is a café and art gallery close by, open during the summer season.
The inner lane takes you to Vrangsund, where there is a small passage on to Garta. In the Garta fjord, there is a guest jetty and lavatories. Further southwest, towards Eydehavn, you get to the industrial area at Arendal havn, the main harbour for ships and transportation. This area was created in 1913 when founding Arendal Smelteverk AS and Det Norske Nitridaktieselskap. The founder was Sam Eyde. In Eydehavn there is a museum telling the story about the industrial worker and his life, and there is a petrol station by the harbour in Neskilen.
It's safe to travel in Sørlandsleia. The shipping lane is marked with red and green seamarks by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, and they are located in critical places for the leisure boats all the way to Eydehavn. You can continue your sea journey from Eydehavn through the Tromøy strait into Arendal town.