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Boat travel from Oslo to Arendal

by kloverlee

Hi, I am planning a trip from Australia to Arendal to visit a cousin. I am comi ng via Oslo and have heard there is a boat service to Arendal. Can you tell me the web site or something about it including cost and booking arrangements so I can check it out? Alternatively is it better to come from Kristiansand by bus ?

Re: Boat travel from Oslo to Arendal


sorry never heard of a boat/ferry from oslo to arendal, but i'll have look an see what i can find
my guess will be that you have to get the bus there

Re: Boat travel from Oslo to Arendal


i forgot ofcourse you also can take the train, but i havet found a boat service

Re: Boat travel from Oslo to Arendal

by esof

Nope. No scheduled boat from Oslo to Arendal. There are boats from neighbour town Kristiansand to Denmark, if you're insisting...
But seriously, from Oslo you should take the bus to Arendal as the train is going inland, is slow and not too intersting. You will see more sights from the bus.
There are 4 bus companies going to Arendal. See a review of these on (it's in norwegian, but you might get the point. Use Babelfish to translate!)

The original bus company is
The others are newer competitors, but all are OK companies.

Travel Tips for Arendal

By boat in town

by Saagar

Arendal's town summer life extends to the sea. Indeed it is hard to say if sidewalk promenading or harbour cruising is the most popular way of seeing end being seen.

Locals often use boats to go to town, and "park" along Pollen bay or other parts of the harbour. Not exactly Venice, but nice to watch.


by bakoyma


My dad was from Arendal (a town/city in the South of Norway) so I visit my grandmother every summer. She used to live in a little place right outside the city of Arendal, called Eydehavn (named after Samuel Eyde of "Norsk Hydro").

She has now moved into Arendal, but we still go out to Buøya every summer to bathe and have fun. Arendal is (to me) a summer city, I am almost never there during the winter, but it is definately a pearl of Norway.
Forest, sea, sun and beautiful scenery, as well as history and tradition.

I recommend i hotel in the center of the city and at least one guided boat trip from the "Pollen" (it's in the middle of the city, you can't miss it). Try a tour to "Merdø" an island a couple of hours slow boat ride out. THey've got good mackerel and a little museum. If you don't fancy museums a walk around the island is lovely.


This year (2006) my cousin got married in Arendal and so we attended. My mum and me stayed with my grandmother and we had another lovely week in the summercity of my childhood ;-)

The father of the bride arranged a boat trip the day after the wedding and it was excellent. Lovely weather made the day splendid. We took a tour around the islands and got a tan (some of us got a bit burned...).

Nothing more to tell really. If you're planning a visit to Norway (in the summer) you should stop by. It's got loads of perfect fish, nice, friendly people and ice cream. Culture too, it's just refurbished the city's cultural center. As with eveything in Norway it might be a bit expensive, but since I never stay in a hotel while I'm there I can't really recommend any. The tourist information is right in the center of the city too though and they'll guide you.


by Maggies

Norway is a beautiful country and what you have to see is the coast-all the way around. It's amazing, very clean and the towns are so charming. I've had a great opportunity of visiting the South of Norway - especially Arendal but I hope I'll get back there one day to visit some other parts of this beautiful country.


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