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Ranked #1 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: A fun and educational experience for the whole family!In addition to our exhibition area, we also have varying activities. In... more » Owner description: A fun and educational experience for the whole family!In addition to our exhibition area, we also have varying activities. In the weekends an holydays you can join us to a spectacular trip to the space in 3D, and much more. Se our website for the daily program.You find the Science Center at the quay in the center of Arendal. As well as a scienceshop, parking and a cafe with the possibility to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful oceanwiew.Welcome! « less
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Naes Ironworks Museum (Tvedestrand)
Ranked #2 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Naes Ironworks Museum is located by the river Storelva in Holt, i Tvedestrand, Southern Norway. The museum is only a short... more » Owner description: Naes Ironworks Museum is located by the river Storelva in Holt, i Tvedestrand, Southern Norway. The museum is only a short distance from E18. This is the only one of the old ironworks museums in Norway where the majority of the production buildings and equipment is preserved. The most important part of the museum is the blast furnace, and other parts of the ironworks, and the mechanical workshop has historical exhibitions in both floors. The operations at Storelva date back to 1665, and since the works was operational until 1959, much is preserved as it were when the production was closed down. This opens up for a unique opportunity to see how an ironworks was organized, how people lived and worked at the ironworks, and how iron and steel was produced back in the day. All tours start with an introductory film (new in 2010) about the iron production in the old days, in particular at Naes Ironwork. Then visitors get a tour of the area, and inside the production facilities, where the guide tell about how the work was done, and demonstrate the rebuilt bellows. The museum also displays an exhibition of iron stoves and a historical exhibition with models and pictures from the life at the ironworks. In addition to regular tours, the ironworks has many events and activities during the season walks in the romantic park Lunden and the cultural landscape, exhibitions, family Sundays, blacksmith meets, seminars and mining tours. Jacob Aall is the most famous of the ironworks' owners. He lived at the farm Storegard from 1799 until his death in 1844, and he was renowned as a politician, member of the national assembly at Eidsvoll, author, and and active and visionary businessman. The romantic park Lunden was established while Aall and his wife Lovise Andrea lived on the farm. Nes Verk is a special national attraction, and a walk along the river Storelva, oin the park and on the golf course gives a good picture of this historical area. Guided tours every hour from 11-1600. « less
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Ranked #3 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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TrollAktiv (Evje)
Ranked #4 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks

TrollAktiv is located at the rafting centre in the lower part of the Setesdal valley just north from the small town of Evje.  The region is known as Sorlandet and it is a area... more »

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Risor Kirke (Risor)
Ranked #5 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Merdo Ferry (Arendal)
Ranked #6 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Transportation
Owner description: Ferry from the town centre to the island Merdo in June/July/August. Schedule can be obtained at Arendal Tourist Information,... more » Owner description: Ferry from the town centre to the island Merdo in June/July/August. Schedule can be obtained at Arendal Tourist Information, or at their own home page (in Norwegian). « less
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Mineralparken (Hornnes)
Ranked #7 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: The Mineralpark is an activity park for the whole family and stone is the center of all the activities.The exhibition of... more » Owner description: The Mineralpark is an activity park for the whole family and stone is the center of all the activities.The exhibition of minerals and mining equipment is in a special environment. It is intended as a visual experience for non-experts with no background or special interest in stones and minerals. « less
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Trinity Church (Arendal)
Ranked #8 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • New Church Organ 12/02/2013
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A... more » Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A desire to assert the town's status over Kristiansand was probably the motive behind its construction. In the 1830s, the town's shipping industry flourished, the population grew and the church became too small and was therefore demolished in 1832. In 1833, Crown Prince Oscar (Oscar I) laid the foundation stone for an octagonal church. Over the next 50 years, the population of Arendal doubled. According to church law, a church had to have seating which corresponded to the population of the parish, so a new church again had to be built. In 1888, the third church was completed, in spite of the financial collapse of the banks in 1886. It towers above the Arendal skyline with its 87-metre-high tower. The church was ravaged by fire in 1902, but the damage was fortunately not extensive. The large chandelier which now hangs in the church vestibule originates from the town's first church. Copperplate engravings from the 16th century can be seen near the baptismal font. The new pipe organ was built by the German company Werkstätte für Orgelbau Mühleisen, and it has about 3900 pipes between 4 millimetres and 7 metres high. It is (November 2010) the fourth largest church pipe organ in Norway, with 59 voices and built in a German-Romantic style. Opening hours Tuesday-Thursday 1230-1400. « less
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The Little Zoo (Sundebru)
Ranked #9 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Zoos
Owner description: The Little Zoo at Brokelandheia by E18 is a fun place for the whole family. The zoo shows more than 60 different animal... more » Owner description: The Little Zoo at Brokelandheia by E18 is a fun place for the whole family. The zoo shows more than 60 different animal species like colourful reptiles, birds and fishes, small monkeys, lemurs and surikates. You realy come close to the animals. The snakes are fed every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. « less
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Ranked #10 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Owner description: The chairlift to the summit Nos has been in operation since 1968. Today, the Hovden Ski Centre is a modern and well adapted... more » Owner description: The chairlift to the summit Nos has been in operation since 1968. Today, the Hovden Ski Centre is a modern and well adapted facility for the whole family. The children's area "Tusseland" has become an eldorado for our youngest guests; and the terrain park "Bukkerittet" is more spectacular than ever! The Hovden Ski Centre has slopes for every skill level, and some of them are floodlit during evening skiing. Our service building has ski rental facilities and a ski repair shop, cafe, cafeteria, after-ski and bistro. Hovden offers a total of 34,2 kilometres of groomed descent, a vertical drop of 420 metres, two 4-seat express lifts, five ski tows and one 2-seat lift. The capacity is 9000 persons per hour. « less
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Ranked #11 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: On the southern part of the island of Tromoy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful... more » Owner description: On the southern part of the island of Tromoy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful area called Hove. This recreation area is part of a protected moraine that lies along the southern coast. The whole area has been adapted for walks with resting places along the shore. There is a beach and kiosk at Hove camping during the summer season, and several kilometres of smooth rocks. Sundays between September and May, there is a lunch buffet at Hovestua in Hove camp from 12 to 18.  The paths are many and stretches from Hove to Alve, along Spornes beach, consisting of boulders and rocks, and sand when the sea permits. The area is used for hiking both summer and winter, and is suitable for everyone, children and adults. The trip from Hove camping to Alve and back is about 12 kms, and the network of paths allows both short and long trails. Maps for sale at Arendal tourist office, Hove camp, and Bjellandstrand Gard. Parking for instance at Hove camping and Hove camp. Bus no 3 to Tromoy ost leaves Arendal every hour during the day, Monday-Saturday. « less
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Hisoy Route (Arendal)
Ranked #12 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • Hisøy 09/02/2014
Category: Biking Trails
Owner description: The Hisoy route starts from the center of Arendal, westbound along the docks past Kittelsbukt and over to Svinodden, before... more » Owner description: The Hisoy route starts from the center of Arendal, westbound along the docks past Kittelsbukt and over to Svinodden, before you take the freeroad (Stromsbuneset) up to state road number 420 towards Fevik, all the time on sidewalks that are adapted for walking and bicycling along 420. By the roundabout at the middle of the island, there is now a RIMI-store where you take left towards Hisoy church. Here you may choose to take the trip to Tangen. If you want to go to Tangen, you follow state road 420 further towards Fevik until there is a sign (Tangen) where you go right. There are sidewalks specifically for biking and walking almost all the way in past Tangen avenue (Tangen allé), and the way past the industrial buildings and down the the free area to the right is lightly trafficated. At Tangen there are trashcans, toilets, benches and a playground for the kids. Sandstranden (a beach) is perfect for families with children and the water is a mix of sea- and freshwater. (3.5 kilometers extra) If you do not want to go to Tangen, you could continue by the church where the route goes on towards Kolbjornsvik. Here there is a possibility to stray off the route towards Stolsvika. The free area at Stolsvika has signs to show you the way, which goes past the church and is rather narrow at times. There is a big parking lot by the free area, and stolsvika is accustomed for visitors with toilets, trashcans, a volleyball net, a kiosk and two nice beaches in addition some rocky shores. Onwards Havsoyveien, past the parking lot at Stolsvika, leads to the docks at Havsoy which is a beautiful sight in both summer and winter. (2.5 kilometers extra) If you do not wish to go to Stolsvika, you could follow the signs towards Kolbjornsvik 3. On the middle of Trommesletta there is a narrow road up towards the right (Gamle Sandvigve, 600 meters) which leads you over to the eastern part of Hisoy on asphalted roads through meadows and forest. At Sandvika one can take a small trip up the way marked by 30 past traditional south-Norwegian houses and back to the turnpike. From here, take the way towards Kolbjornsvik all the way to where the ferry leaves from. If you wish to travel back to Arendal, you follow the road to the left on the top of the hill down towards the ferry. Se the sign marked 420, choose the road to the right (not towards Hisoy kirke). This will eventually lead you to state road 420 by Strommen, where you take to the right towards Arendal. (4.5 kilometers extra) « less
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Ranked #13 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: - a place where time comes... The farm is located in beautiful surroundings where you can sense, experience, and fantasize. A... more » Owner description: - a place where time comes... The farm is located in beautiful surroundings where you can sense, experience, and fantasize. A taste of summer all year long. The farm Bjellandstrand gard (farm) and the area around has a long and exciting history. « less
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Ranked #15 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums
Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when... more » Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when he left in spring 1850 it was as the author of the play "Catilina". The museum focus on the period before he achieved success and world fame. Topics such as how Ibsen made a living when his apprenticeship ended, his dire financial situation, the people who inspired him, the love stories and the son born out of wedlock all form part of the exhibition. The very pharmacy in which Ibsen worked is still intact. A museum shop is available. « less
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Floresteinen (Lillesand)
Ranked #16 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Beaches
Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway –... more » Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway – almost. They do exist in other places, but not many. Stretches of such rock formations can be found from the Swedish west coast and up to Stockholm’s archipelago, and also in Greenland, Scotland, Alaska and possibly New Zealand. The rest of the world, however, does not have anything resembling these beautiful shores we associate with Southern Norway and the Oslo Fjord. The reason is that not many areas fulfil the two conditions required for such polished, smooth rocks to be formed. High-grade metamorphic rock such as gneiss or granite is required, and this coarse-grained formation must have been scoured and rubbed smooth by a thick layer of ice. As old as time itself! The Norwegian rocky shores originated long before the ice arrived - maybe as much as a billion years. Formation started 1.8 billion years ago and ended 1200 million years later. The time-span is almost incomprehensible! When the ice retreated for the last time, the rocky shores were given a last finish and took their current shape. This is only 10 000 years ago. Since then, the land has risen as much as 200 metres in some areas. Hence, the rocky shorescurrently lining the water’s edge were far below sea level and a thousand metres or more under the ice when they were formed. As the ice moved, masses of sand, gravel and stone were pushed in front and below. These deposits were pressed down and rubbed against the bedrock with immense force. This was how Norway’s rocky shores were formed. Soft elements were scoured away, and the hard rock was left polished, smooth and rounded. In several areas, characteristic scour lines are still evident, and some cracks in the actual bedrock can also be seen. « less
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Ranked #18 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from... more » Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from the last Ice Age. The area boasts a beautiful and characteristic cultural landscape. Som-Ruakerkilen Nature Reserve comprises the most extensive and mature beech forest in Southern Norway. « less
Tromoy Church (Arendal)
Ranked #19 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church... more » Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church built around 1150. The church was reconstructed to a cruciform church between 1748-1758, and today this fabulous church is one of Arendal's oldest sights. The church is an old seamark, and due to the unsheltered location, the church is without a tower. The interior of Tromoy church is beautiful. There are wood carvings and painted interior from the 1750s, restored in 1926-1939. Several details in the church are worth mentioning, like the baptismal font made of soapstone from the 14th century, and candlesticks made of brass from 1660 Important people were buried inside the church in the Middle Ages, both in the choir and in the nave. The tombs had large gravestones in the church floor. It has been illegal to bury people inside the church since 1805, and the large gravestones were moved outside during the restoration in the 1750s. They are now visible along the churchyard wall in the west, together with boulders from Tromoy. Tromoy church has been opened to the public in July many summers, to those who wish to study the church. More information, see contact information. « less
Ranked #20 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Art exhibitions, sale of handicrafts and production of Tovdal jewellery - in Hillestad in amli. Refreshments are sold in the... more » Owner description: Art exhibitions, sale of handicrafts and production of Tovdal jewellery - in Hillestad in amli. Refreshments are sold in the café. Many of Norway’s most famous artists have had sole exhibitions at Hillestad Gallery. Here you can enjoy and buy beautiful art and handmade Hillestad jewellery, in typical Norwegian surroundings. There is a wide selection of modern handcraft for sale, and the gift shop offers for instance textiles from Eklund and gift items from Broste. Free admission. There is a play tower for children outdoors, in addition to other playground facilities. There's a path from the gallery up the mountain to Lindeknuten, one of the 13 summits of amli. « less
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Ranked #21 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: The trip to Trogfjell in the centre of amli follows the bridge amfoss bru, one of the longest stone bridges in Northern... more » Owner description: The trip to Trogfjell in the centre of amli follows the bridge amfoss bru, one of the longest stone bridges in Northern Europe. The trail is not demanding, about 1.6 kms one way, and it takes about 1,5 hours to hike - round trip. At the top, you'll be about 430 metres above sea level. Both children and adults can easily do this hike. This is a marked cultural trail with 12 checkpoints to the top of the mountain Trogfjell. When you reach the peak, there are binoculars and a guest book. Previously, people took the train to amli to go hiking at Trogfjell, and amli people used to celebrate Midsummer Eve on the mountain. There is an old legend explaining why it is called Trogfjell, and the answer can be found in a painting at the Elvarheim museum. Parking is at Elvarheim Museum. Part of the peaks of amli project. Check out www.amli.no, Produktark, to find a map of the route. « less
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Ranked #22 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • Trip 06/10/2014
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: Tourist office Risor tourist office is an all year open tourist office, located to the north on the city’s market place. We... more » Owner description: Tourist office Risor tourist office is an all year open tourist office, located to the north on the city’s market place. We can help you find a place to sleep, direct you to sights, plan trips and activities and inform about local festivals and arrangements. We have lots of tips and package deals to suit your stay all year long. « less
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Fjaere Kirke (Grimstad)
Ranked #23 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #24 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums
Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady... more » Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady areas and heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Furthermore, the museum grounds comprise beds of roses and herbs, as well as an apple orchard featuring a number of Norwegian varieties. The museum contains three exhibitions. The newest has been named "Bees and flowers - the ecological interplay". The display focuses interaction between bees and flowers, and the importance of this balance in order for us to be able to harvest numerous fruits and berries. Museum shop and cafe. « less
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Ranked #25 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on... more » Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on attractions, events and places worth visiting, as well as brochures covering Southern Norway and other regions. Sale of maps, travel guides, postcards etc. Opening hours: Summer season 20.06.2011 - 20.08.2011 Mon-Fri 09.00 - 18.00/Sat-Sun 10.00 - 16.00 Rest of the year Mon - Fri 08.30 - 16.00/Sat-Sun closed « less
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Ranked #26 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums; Farms
Owner description: The location of the museum is idyllic, on the old outport and beautiful island of Merdo. The island is worth a visit to those... more » Owner description: The location of the museum is idyllic, on the old outport and beautiful island of Merdo. The island is worth a visit to those who want to experience the nature, old coastal culture, or just enjoy themselves in cosy surroundings. There are a couple of small beaches, and a nice café on the side of the island towards land. The part of the island facing Skagerrak is rocky, scattered with pebbles and boulders, and has a fantastic view both summer and winter. The museum is a small coastal farm with a main building from 1736, kept as it was in about 1800. Hourly tours in Norwegian during the summer season. The museum is a department of Aust-Agder kulturhistoriske senter, the county museum. Merdo was one of the most important outports in Sorlandet, with a customs station, pilot station, school, shop and post office. Ferry to the island from Pollen in Arendal. « less
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Ranked #27 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Rjukanfossen, or the Rjukan Falls (the name means The Smoking Falls). Not to be confused with Telemark's Rjukanfoss which... more » Owner description: The Rjukanfossen, or the Rjukan Falls (the name means The Smoking Falls). Not to be confused with Telemark's Rjukanfoss which has been diverted into pipes - this giant from Tovdal remains unspoiled. The waterfall has a free fall of 45 metres, and is a beautiful sight in the woods of Tovdal. The trail is about 3 kilometres long, and the round trip will take about 2,5 hours. Take road no 41 to Dolemo, follow the signpost to Tovdal. Continue until the end of the road, to Dale. Park on the side of the road by the roundabout. Start at the information board, and cross the bridges. Follow the red marks alongside the river up to ardalen Nature Reserve. Remember to close any gates you pass. The marks disappear at the top of the plateau, when you have a view of the waterfall. This is where you find the post box with the puncher. Rjukan waterfall with its 45 metres is the tallest waterfall in the region of Aust-Agder. Part of Top 13 trails in amli. « less
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Town Hall (Arendal)
Ranked #28 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • VERY NICE PLACE! 04/09/2014
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

The Arendal town hall is located in the street Rådhusgaten 10 in Arendal. The town hall was originally built by a local businessman Morten Michael Kallevig in 1812-1815. The... more »

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Ranked #29 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Beaches
Owner description: Marivold offers sandy beaches, a rocky shoreline and ample parking for day visitors. Wildlife area abundant in orchids.... more » Owner description: Marivold offers sandy beaches, a rocky shoreline and ample parking for day visitors. Wildlife area abundant in orchids. Tarmac path to the sea. This is also where Marivold Resort is located, offering camping facilities and cabin rental, as well as a shop and restaurant during the summer season. « less
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Klockers Hus (Arendal)
Ranked #30 of 121 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The building was built as a private residence in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker. It is built in an empire style and... more » Owner description: The building was built as a private residence in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker. It is built in an empire style and clearly influenced by the building style of Copenhagen. Here are furniture from the 1800s. The parts of the house in the back are from the 1600s. The house was privately owned until 1982, when it was taken over by Stiftelsen Klöckers Hus - a local philanthropic organisation. Today this building is a museum displaying how a well-off family lived at the time. There is a living room, dining room, office and kitchen, and a wash-house with a baking oven. Part of the museum displays the home of the sailor, a small apartment in the back of the building, where a sailor lived with his family. In Klöckers Hus you can also find the old village shop with interiors from the last century. Here it is still possible to buy sugar candy, oldfashioned candy, homemade jam, local historical magazines, and postcards with pictures from old Arendal etc. The house landau, which has transported royalty visiting Arendal in the 1900s, is in the stable. « less
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