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Arendal old town hall
Arendal old town hall.
Photo: Christina F. Sæthre
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What not to miss when visiting Arendal

Visit the top attractions in Arendal and surrounding areas. Explore the skerries and visit the old outport Merdø.
Woman and children overlooking the sea
Spornes beach.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Young couple at Pollen harbour, Arendal
Pollen havn.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Children onboard ferry with island in the background
Merdø .
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Galtesund in Arendal
Torungene, Arendal.
Photo: Dannevig Foto

Take a boattrip to the island of Merdø

Enjoy a day at the beach on a island paradise, just a short boattrip from Arendal.

Merdø, one of the islands furthest from the coast, is the most popular daytrip destination. Take your own boat or the local ferry from Arendal to Merdø. On the island there are many beautiful old wooden houses. Narrow paths bring you from Merdøgaard Museum past sandy and pebbled beaches. Bring a picnic basket, or eat at the Summer café.


Attractions in Arendal town

Picturesque Pollen harbour and grand glass lift to stunning panoramic view

Pollen is Arendal's bustling quayside, the very heart of Arendal. Here you will find fishermen selling crabs, the fish marketpubsrestaurants, along with benches where you can sit down for a rest, enjoy delicious ice cream or feed the ducks. Nothing is like a sunny day down at Pollen, our own mini-Nyhavn.

You should definitely also take the new glass lift through the mountain up to a breathtaking view over the town, sea and surrounding islands. 

Tyholmen, the old town

At Tyholmen you find the town museum Klöckers Hus, the old town hall from 1812, the tallest wooden building in Norway among many other things.

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