Green itinerary - Art and Culture in Southern Norway
RISØR–TVEDESTRAND–ARENDAL– GRIMSTAD–LILLESAND– KRISTIANSAND–SETESDAL– MANDAL–LINDESNES–FARSUND– FLEKKEFJORD
Get an insight into Risør’s colourful history by taking a walk with the town's local watchman. Then head to Sandøya outside Tvedestrand, an island that is practically car-free where local artists make their mark. Continue driving to Arendal and visit KUBEN museum and archive, which houses a number of interesting exhibitions. From there, it’s not far to the poets’ town Grimstad, where the Ibsen Museum is worth a visit. Stay at Lillesand Hotel Norge, which is a member of the Historic Hotels and Restaurants network, before heading for Kristiansand. Visit VestAgder-Museum and the historical Gimle Gård manor. The next stop is the Bredalsholmen Shipyard and Preservation Centre where you can take a trip on the boat Gamle Oksøy. Then continue on up through Setesdal valley. Spend the night at Sølvgarden Hotell where you can visit the silversmith workshop and the Setesdal Museum to find out more about the area’s history and culture. Continue on to Mandal and Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrikk, a living factory museum. Then head to Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway's southernmost point. Drive on to Knaben where you can experience walking in a mine. Spend the night at Heddan Gard Guesthouse, which is a great base for doing the Barnevandrerstien trail. Finally, head for Farsund, also known as Kaperbyen (pirate town), where you can also get a guided tour with a watchman, and then on to the street art in Flekkefjord.