As the inspiration for the name of the fictional ‘Arendelle’ kingdom in the hit Disney animation Frozen, this quaint, sleepy town in Southern Norway is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought-after tourist spots. And although much of the famous film’s settings are actually based on the beautiful city of Bergen, those who visit Arendal won’t be disappointed by the abundance of sights to discover.
Formerly an important shipbuilding and shipping town, Arendal’s pretty harbour was once a bustling industrial zone, but today it’s is where the town’s busy fish market, finest restaurants and welcoming pubs are found,[ReadMoreMob] as well as the striking Town Hall – the tallest wooden building in Norway. In Tyholmen – the delightful historic centre of the town – you’ll discover protected narrow alleyways, fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and fine examples of 17th century architecture, including brightly-painted wooden houses and towering Trefoldighetskirken Church.
Tyholmen is the delightful historic centre of the town – you will discover protected narrow alleyways, fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and fine examples of 17th century architecture, including brightly painted wooden houses and the towering Trefoldighetskirken Church.
It would be hard to miss the Trefoldighetskirken (Trinity Church) which towers over the town of Arendal – listen for the church bells that will ring out. Inside the church, you will discover its beautiful façade – certainly worth a visit to uncover the town’s landmark. The church is open throughout the daytime and is free to visit independently.
Located in the town of Arendal is Norway's tallest wooden building. First built as a private residence, between 1812 and 1815, today it is a national heirloom. Now the Town Hall, this imposing building is a living and thriving place for those who have their daily work here. The attractive second floor is used for weddings, concerts, balls, receptions and meetings. During the summer season the building is open to the public and guides are stationed here.
Ships in Bottles
Kløckers House Museum is home to what might possibly be the world's largest collection of ships in bottles, at 655. Creator Kjell Birkeland also holds the record for putting the most number of ship models in one bottle - 26!
Arendal Old Town
Arendal's old town has been praised for its efforts to combine preseveration with modern living. Highlights to uncover during a wander through this pretty, historic district include Trinity Church, Kløckers hus and the Town Hall - Norway's tallest wooden building.
Arendal sprawls over seven small islands, earning the nickname 'Venice of the North.' This picturesque archipelago, which also features a collection of pretty islets and skerries, is best explored by boat to experience the area's beauty and tranquility.