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8 good reasons to visit Hove in Arendal

Adventurers and nature lovers – look here!
Hove beach in Raet national park
Hove beach in Raet national park.
Photo: Visit Sørlandet

At Hove just outside Arendal you can combine beautiful south coast nature with an overnight stay in the treetops, enjoy an outdoor bathing experience, stroll along the shingle beaches, learn to surf or swing between the treetops at TrollPark Hove. Adventurers and nature lovers – here are 8 tips for what you can see and do on Tromøy, just outside of Arendal.

Treetop adventures at TrollPark Hove

TrollPark Hove was completed in the spring of 2019, and the first guests began arriving, keen to try the treetop challenge. The park has one of the best safety systems anywhere in the world, so it is safe to use all of the numerous fun zip-lines installed between the trees. You will feel the physical thrill and excitement, have a lot of fun and feel a common bond between your fellow climbers. Just go for it!

Experience the rolling sea in Raet National Park

Raet, the only national park on the south coast, is part of Hove. Take a walk along the characteristic shingle beaches, created during the first Ice Age, approx. 10-12 000 years ago. Feel the waves and the swell of the sea and experience the power of nature.

Magical overnight stay at a ‘glamping’ site

Canvas Hove opened in the spring of 2019 and offers overnight stays in treetop ‘cocoons’, hammocks and glamping cabins. This special type of accommodation, known as glamping, is very popular and has been fully booked during the summer.

Watch the sea life below you

Hire a glass-bottomed canoe from Canvas Hove and observe wonderful underwater nature through a glass port in the deck of the canoe. These special boats literally offer a crystal-clear window onto life beneath you. You will feel like a true adventurer! Or take a relaxing paddle on the calm sea, protected from wind and weather on the inside of the skerries on a SUP board.

Sauna and hot tubs beneath the stars

Take a lovely hot sauna with a sea view, or swim out to the floating sauna where you can enjoy the heat and steam combined with cleansing of the body and soul. At Canvas Hove you can also relax in a hot tub beneath the stars, take in nature and the expansive view – followed by a refreshing swim in the Skagerrak.

Kayak experiences

Canvas Hove hires out kayaks and you can also book guided tours from Wannado and Kote Null. These are suitable both for beginners and the more experienced.

Raet boat tours

Captain Knut Mørland works with Aust-Agder Tourist Association (AAT), providing transport services by boat to and from the Lille and Store Torungen lighthouses and sightseeing trips in the marine Raet National Park, of which Hove is a part. Contact MS Torungene for booking.

Trail riding, surfing and much more

Try trail riding with a full-suspension electric trail bike – you are guaranteed to have a totally fun experience! Join a course for complete beginners or hire a guide who will show you Arendal’s finest trails. With the wind in your hair and salt spray in your face, some of Norway’s best surfing instructors will show you how to enjoy top surfing outside of the farthest skerries. Canvas Hove can arrange this and many, many other activities.

If you are adventurous and are looking for new experiences, this scenic island is the perfect place for nature lovers, to enjoy numerous activities and exciting accommodation alternatives.

Facts about Hove:

  • Hove is an area on Tromøy, just outside Arendal
  • The island has a connection to the mainland and you can travel here by scheduled ferry during the summer.
  • The Hove area is part of Raet National Park

Take a leap, go for it - and book your stay at Hove!

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