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Coastal life in Risør Norway
Coastal life in Risør Norway.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
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Explore the Risør archipelago

Risør has not only preserved its old wooden buildings, but it has also taken care of the Archipelago. In the 1930s the local government decided to preserve the reefs outside the city on the condition that thprecious archipelago should be available to the public. The archipelago outside Risør is perfect for kayaking, sailing, fishing, hiking and bathing. 
Sailboat passing Stangholmen lighthouse
Photo: Adam Read, Visit Sørlandet
Family sitting on the edge of giant pothole
Giant potholes at Sild.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com

Bathe at child-friendly beaches or potholes

The Risør archipelago offers a unique bathing experience. Bathe in Northern Europe's largest potholes in mountains next to the sea or at secluded beaches that you will find scattered all over the archipelago. 
Here are a few of the popular bathing places:
  • Lille Danmark (Little Denmark), offers both child friendly and a shallow sandy beach, lawn and rocks. You can take the "MF Øisang" car ferry out to experience the real archipelago life. This ferry is the oldest car ferry made of wood, that is still in operation. The ferry stops at Lille Danmark on request. 
  • Perleporten is a sheltered natural harbour with scenic, almost lagoon-like setting. Here you can jump into the sea from both beach and rocks. To get here, you must use your own boat or rent one. 
  • Breibukta is perfect for children with a particularly shallow sandy beach. You get there by your own or rented boat. 
  • On the island Stangholmen, you will find many bathing areas. In the summer you can come to Stangholmen with the ship steamer Agnes, which runs from the Risør town center.

Get your map with all the beaches at the tourist office in Risør. 

People enjoying a sunny day at the beach
Photo: Risør Turistkontor
Women relaxing at beach in Risør
Moen Resort.
Photo: Adam Read, Visit Sørlandet
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
Girls sitting next to potholes by the sea
Potholes at Sild.
Photo: Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet


Stangholmen island is home to the Stangholmen lighthouse, built in 1855. The lighthouse has both a gourmet restaurant and a tavern with views of both the ocean and the city. In the summertime there are several concerts and festivals at the large outdoor stage and the island is also a popular place to hike and to go swimming. 

Explore Risør by boat

The best way to explore the Risør archipelago is by boat. If you don't have your own it is possible to rent one, or you could hop on one of the ferries and ferry boats that operate in the area. 

​Boat rental in Risør

Guest harbours

Find a nice place to stay if you arrive with your own boat. Stay in Risør marina next to the main street, near shops, restaurants and nightlife. Or stay at a quieter place in the archipelago. 

The Risør marina is located in the inner harbour at Risør next to the main street. Here you will find service facilities with water, electricity and free a wireless network. In the summer season, fresh rolls and a local newspaper are also included in harbour dues.

The island of Risøya has the regions Risør boat clubhouse and marina. On Finnøya you can take advantage of the Risør sailclub marina. On the Stangholmen island with a lighthouse and restaurant, you can also find a marina. "Sørlandet Feriesenter" offers a marina that is open to everyone.

Fishing in Risør

Sørlandet Feriesenter is a four star campsite, located between Risør and Lyngør in Southern Norway, with good fishing conditions.

Experience the archipelago underwater

If you want to experience the archipelago in Risør with a diving suit, you can do this with the Risør Undervannsklubb (Risør scuba diving club) during the summer. Club trips are also open to non-members who are certified divers with own equipment.

Between 2 national parks

The archipelago of Risør is located between 2 of Norway's maritime national parks; Jomfruland in Kragerø and Raet National Park that runs through Arendal, Grimstad and Tvedestrand. Many of the unique nature experiences are also found in the archipelago of Risør.

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