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The region of Norway’s ancestors and a coastline gem full of adventure and culture. Situated on the coast, with access to the Skagerrak Strait, Aust-Agder is host to various natural parks, museums, historical landmarks and one of the largest Aquariums in Norway. This part of the country is considered to be the historical heritage of the Viking world, transfused in our modern way of life.
Aust-Agder is a touristic paradise, with many points of interest. The most popular of all are: Risor Kirke – a historical church also known as ’’The Church of the Holy Spirit” and The Little Zoo – a different kind of Zoo that hosts animal species not indigenous to the area. The county is composed of fifteen municipalities, the most important ones are: Risør, Gjerstad and Arendal-three cities that should surely be on your vacation map.
Risør is the most popular region mainly because of the boat and classical music festivals that take place here. The Tangen citadel is the crown jewel of this area and is fort that dates back to the Napoleonic Wars.
Gjerstad is the region’s real Viking home. One of the oldest cities in the country, it was known as ’’Vissedal”, a Viking historical city. With glacial valleys and lakes, this part of the county is worth visiting. On the road to Gjerstad, you can admire ancient rock carvings burial places that date back to Scandinavia’s roots.
Arendal is the most colorful of the three, hosting Jazz and Blues festivals this is a place that will reignite the fire in your heart, make you want to dance and have fun. It is also the home of the biggest wood constructed monument in Norway – The old Town Hall.
Considering its unique placement, this outstanding region offers something that few other places have: variety. After all, what is life without variety?
The same principle is applied into the cuisine. From traditional seafood to Thai food, from Italian to French dishes, these are all pieces that fit together like a puzzle completing your holiday and providing you the ultimate Norwegian experience. If you are considering trying the special menus offered in Aust-Agder, here is a list of venues suited to everyone: Prana Kafe, Blom Restaurant, Nino’s, HH Sushi and Thai Restaurant Viet.
Decided to visit this Norwegian marvel? Then you should know that this region is packed with luxurious hotels, penthouse apartments, cabins placed in the wilderness and even camping sites. Once again, variety is the word that best describes Aust-Agder. Decide where you want to spend your holiday? Luxury and style or remoteness and bonding with nature? Here is a list of the various accommodation units that you can choose from:
Rica Hotel Grimstad, Clarion Hotel Tyholmen, Strand Hotel Fevik, Arendal Maritime Hotel or wild Hagestad hytteutleie cabin and Gangsei Lars Øistein are available to you.
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