The M/S Fjordclipper normally sails the Oslo Fjord, but each year it relocates to Kragerø in July to take tourists on sightseeing tours in the Kragerø archipelago. In 2005 the Kragerø period lasted from 1 July to 4 august, and there were two alternatives: one 3,5 hours and one 2,5 hours trip, both including Jomfruland.
Booking phone: 9115 9119
Onboard phone: 9183 5941
Kragerø Tourist Office: 35 98 23 88
Our national composer Rikard Nordraak and the national poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson made the song "Ja vi elsker dette landet" (Yes, we love this country), which was later made the national hymn of Norway. They were cousins, their grandparents lived in Kragerø. This memorial plate is placed in i small park where the Nordraak house was, and where Rikard Nordraaks father and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsons mother were born.
The people of Kragerø have been fighting to preserve this tiny park park. 17 may, the constitutional day of Norway, the "Russ" (highschool graduates) demonstrated to protect the park, link below.
The building looks ugly, but the sign is cute; It says "Biograf". A rather oldfashion word, the word "Kino" is more commonly used. They normally show two movies each day except saturdays, and the program is quite up to date.
The cinema is used for concerts and other performances as well.
A small and rather sleepy town most of the year, but crowded and buzzing in the summer.
Narrow streets with wooden houses in red, white and yellow. The harbour is packed with small boats and sailboats. Kragerø has lots of different cafes, restaurants, bars and a few clubs, in addition to shops. There are several art museums and a saltwater-pool. Find a place by the harbour and do some serious people-watching!
Risør is yet a small idyllic town on the South coast of Norway. The city is characterized by its small white wooden houses and red roses clinging to the walls. The port is always buzzing with boats struggling to get a space in the very crowded harbour. You can get there by car, but it's faster to get there by boat. There's a ferry that takes about 30 minutes from Øysang. The ferry is the oldest of its kind (it's in wood) in Norway, has plenty of room for passengers, but can only fit two cars. Risør has different art exhibits, a stone museum, a small aquarium, several cafes, shops and restaurants.
Getting there by ferry/own boat/taxiboat you can spend a whole day exploring the beautiful island of Jomfruland. It's a long (About 6-7 KM) but narrow island. The nature is in unique and it looks more like the forests of Denmark than Norway with beech and oak trees, silky white sandy beaches and grassy fields. There are bikes for rental (great for exploring the island). There is one main road (dirt road) that leads from one end of the island to the other. There are several attractions on the small island, such as a lighthouse you can visit, bird watch, beaches. There are a few cafes and a foodstore as well.
There is a small boat/ferry that leaves three times a day from Kragerø town and takes you out to Jomfruland. The trip takes about 30 minutes and the price is about 40 NOK each way. It's a quite new boat where you can sit on the decks on top of the boat and enjoy the view, or buy icecream, candy or waffles in the small cafe inside. It's an excellent way to see the fjord of Kragerø. The same ferry leaves from Jomfruland three times a day. It is possible to get there by taxiboat but it's very expensive, so stick to the ferry.
The lower part of the abandoned railroad track is physically removed. But at Støa camping you can rent trolleys to cycle a stretch of 13 km up to Merkebekk. Rumours has it that there will be a trolley rental service at Neslandsvatn too. The link is to a norwegian site with a couple of nice pictures.
Lutheran (state) church, the main church in Kragerø.
The church built of brick in neogothic style, in 1870. Some of the furnishing is from the old, wooden church from 1652, pictures on this site: http://www.kragerokirkene.no/kragero/mer/NyKirke.htm
In Norway, this is a big tree. And rare, it is a Balkan Poplar. It grows next to the Jens Lauersøn Memorial, or rather, the memorial is right next to the tree, since the tree was probably there first. It must have been imported, poplar is not a natural part of the norwegian flora.
I cannot find any information about this fire station. But during my search, I found a newspaper article about a man whose hobby is to register all norwegian fire engines. The article is in norwegian, but there are some nice pictures of old fire engines :-)
Jens Lauersøn was a businessman in Kragerø who donated several estates to the city. A legacy in his name takes care of the preservation of the buildings.
The monument is situated at Kirkehaugen (Church Hill), a beautiful spot in Kragerø. In 1961 there were plans to remove the hill and build a bus terminal! In the background you can see the reason for the name, there are three churches / congregational buildings there. The right corner of the congregational hous of Pinsevennene (The Assemblies of God) is visible in the left side of the picture, the Methodist Church is the white building and the Lutheran (State) Church is behind the tree.
Jomfruland is worth a visit for several reasons: birdwatching, swimming, sailing, walking, camping, concerts, poetry ...
See my Jomfruland page for more info.
This bank is situated right at the city square. There is an outdoor ATM. Opening hours:
- Monday to friday 09:00 - 15:00
- Thursdays 09:00 - 16:30
The local jail is known to be very cozy, during a resent fire, none of the inmates even thought of fleeing :-) The white, front building is the police station.