- Resort type: City resort
- Landscape: Mountains, Canyon, Broadleaf Forest, Lakes, Oceanfront, Riverside, Coniferous Forest
- What to do: Downhill Skiing, Mountain Trails, Natural Parks & Reserves, Casinos, Carting & ATVs, Horse Riding, Boat Trips, Historical & Architectural Monuments, Amusement Parks, Yachting & Sailing, Hiking, Sport Tourism, Rafting & Kayaking, Fishing & Spearfishing, Shopping, SPA, Nightlife
Aust-Agder is a county in Southern Norway. It is located on the Atlantic coast. The capital is Arendal.
The region is for those who prefer outdoor activities and excursions. The main landmark in Arendal is the Church of the Holy Trinity. Its unique feature is a church bazaar that was built simultaneously with the parish church. The largest art gallery of Southern Norway, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, is great for modern art enthusiasts. The exhibits of the Eydehavn Museum will take visitors into the everyday life of industrial workers.
There are several resort areas in the surroundings of Arendal that are fine for beach holidays. Marivold Recreation Ground in the municipality of Grimstad is popular with beach enthusiasts. Among watersports to do, yachting, kayaking, fishing, sailing, rafting and boating are available for tourists. One can book a boat tour from Skilsoeferga. Rafters can go on a rafting trip offered by TrollAktiv.
Nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers should visit Klatreskogen Grand Park. There are trekking and hiking trails, jogging tracks, cycling and horse riding paths, as well as walking routes. You can rent a bike from Bike Trip Nelaug. Stall Siring offers horseback riding tours. Climbing tours are available from Via Ferrata Helle. Sports enthusiasts can try their skills at Wannado High Ropes Course. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome to Hovden Alpinsenter.
For a fun-filled family leisure visit Mineralparken located in the municipality of Evje og Hornnes. There you will find a children’s playground, a beach and the Museum of Minerals. Spa procedures, massage and swimming are offered at Hovden Badeland & Spa in Hovden. Casinos, cinemas, tennis, golf and bowling will enrich your trip.
Shopaholics should visit Pandoras Fevik, a large shopping centre in Grimstad.
The European menu can be found at Apotekergaarden Restaurant in Grimstad. Hesnes Gartneri & Kjokken offers Norwegian dishes. American foods are served at Kitchen & Table Arendal in Arendal. Passionate clubbers and their travel companions are welcome to have fun at Castelle As in the county’s capital.