Arendal SLIDER

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Arendal Cruise Port

The heart of Southern Norway

Founded on the industries of shipping, forestry and mining, Arendal developed into one of the wealthiest towns in Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. Evidence of the town’s golden days can still be experienced by walking through the old part of town called “Tyholmen”. Amongst the many beautiful old wooden houses, you can find Arendal Old Town Hall, one of the largest wooden houses in Northern Europe. Arendal has an excellent location literally “on” the water – being built on 7 small islands and known as Venice of the North. Its climate and resources have made it one of the most popular places to go for recreational boaters and holidaymakers during the summer. Arendal is also known for hosting a vast number of festivals, events and activities throughout the year.

Attractions & Excursions

Explore Nature by train and bike

Explore Nature by train and bike

Duration: 6 ½ hrs. Get your bike at the pier and follow your guide to the train station. After a 35 minute rather idyllic train ride you’ll reach the final destination, Nelaug. This is the start of an approx. 4 hour beautiful bike ride on gravel roads through the typical Norwegian woods alongside the river Nidelv. A light lunch will be served on the way. Capacity: minimum 5, maximum 20.
Visit the Næs Ironworks Museum

Visit the Næs Ironworks Museum

Duration: 3 ½ hrs Hop on the bus and travel from Arendal along the scenic coastal road to the historical Ironworks Museum in Tvedestrand County. Afterwards you can enjoy a guided tour, authentic film recordings, coffee and a typical Norwegian pastry at the ironworks museum where the buildings, machinery and equipment date back to the 17th century.
A walk down history lane

A walk down history lane

Duration: 1 ½ -2 hrs Get to know Arendal and its outstanding history by joining our guide on a walk through the old parts of the city. Learn why Arendal was called “Venice of the North, see the well restored old wooden townhouses, some dating back to the 16th century, over 400 years old. That’s Norwegian Wood for you!
Exploring the archipelago of Arendal by sea

Exploring the archipelago of Arendal by sea

Duration: 2 hrs Take this opportunity to explore the islands just outside the town of Arendal. Some of them are populated by locals all year round, such as Hisøy and Tromøy. A few of the islands only come to life during a few summer months, all filled up with summerhouses.
Visit Grimstad “City of Poets”

Visit Grimstad “City of Poets”

The town of Grimstad, just 25 minutes drive from Arendal, has been home to two of Norway’s greatest poets, Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Ibsen lived here as a young apprentice chemist before his breakthrough as a playwright, and Hamsun lived the last 34 years of his life on the farm Nørholm outside Grimstad.
History, culture and beautiful surrounding

History, culture and beautiful surrounding

Aust-Agder center of history and culture” reopens after total makeover April 2014, and presents some of the most interesting exhibitions from the local heritage. Findings from the wreck of the slave ship “Fredensborg” who sank in a storm outside Arendal in 1768, is one of the most visited exhibitions.

Port Facilities

ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships Yes
Pilot Channel 12 and 16
Tidal movement Insignificant, less than 0 m
Ship tenders allowed Yes
Ships stay minimum/maximum No restrictions
Maximum number of ships per day in port 2 at a time
Maximum number of passengers per day in port 1000
Environmental limitations/restrictions None, shore power also available

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Length 260 m and 150 m
Draft More than 20 m at each pier
Air draft No restrictions, no bridges
Beam No restrictions


Available Yes
Pontoons Yes
Tugboat Yes

Port Services

Bunkers Truck
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water
Waste water method Yes, at Eydehavn terminal 4 nm from cruise pier
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes


Port of Arendal

Phone +47 97 52 70 00
Contact person Gordon Fuglestad
Mailing Address Kristen Staksnæsvei 63, No-4810 Eydehavn
Visiting Address Kristen Staksnæsvei 63, No-4810 Eydehavn
Port control
Emergency channel (VHF) Channel 12 and 16
Medical Emergency Phone 113
Pilot channel (VHF) Channel 12 and 16
Distance to nearest pilot station

Buses Not needed
Taxi Yes
Shopping 50m
Tax refund Yes, at Police station 200 m from pier
Distances - airport 70 km - Kristiansand airport, Kjevik
Distance to city centre 100 m

Local guide service available


Mailing Address Sam Eydes plass 1, N-4800 Arendal
Visiting Address POB. 780 Stoa, NO-4809 Arendal
Phone +47 370 05 544
Web site
Contact person
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