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The Heart of Southern Norway

Arendal is uniquely located on the water - literally. The city is built on 7 small islands and known as Venice of the north. Arendal’s climate and variety of experiences makes it one of the most popular places to go during the summer. Arendal is also known for hosting a vast number of festivals, events and activities through the entire year. Shipping, forestry and mining made Arendal one of the wealthiest towns in Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th century. Visit the golden days: Walk through the old part of town “Tyholmen”; beautiful old wooden houses include Arendal Old Town Hall, one of the largest wooden houses in Northern Europe.

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Distance from pier to city center

Cruise quay- city centre: Batterikaien & Hotellkaien walking diestance

Transportation to/from airport

70 kilometres - 45 minutes


Norwegian Krona (NOK)

Transport to/from city center

Walking distance

City Card

Not available

Downloadable map

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Port information

Berthing policy: First come, first served.


Max LOA: 280 meters Max depth: 10 meters Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): AD Arch Fenders Info on tides: +/- 0,40 meters Learn more
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Max LOA: 210 meters Max depth: 10 metersType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): AD Arch Fenders Info on tides: +/- 0,40 meters Learn more

Covid-19 Information

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Port Reception Facilities

Arendal Cruise Terminal, berths 751-752

Direct shore connections available: YesNumber and maximum flow rate: Two, 200 cbm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesBarges available: Yes Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

NOK1,05 per GT, maximum NOK10.735,- per call

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)


Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Personal welcome
Musical welcome and/or farewell
Shops open on Sundays

There might be some that open because of a cruise visit.

Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Independent guest reception and help
Mailbox available
Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information
Free Wi-Fi in port
Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network

Cruise Sørlandet, Guide Sør

Authorized guides

Via Cruise Sørlandet and Guide Sør

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Destination video available for Cruise Lines

Both for guests and a more specialized focused on technical solutions of piers and entrance

Free shuttle available

Not needed, piers are situated within the city centre

City centre within 1 km from pier

Town center 50 meters away from quay

Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS
Turnaround facilities
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre
Free Wi-Fi in airport

Selected attractions

A Walk in the Old Parts of Arendal

Old Town centre, including Arendal City Hall, Norway’s highest and second largest wooden building.

The Archipelago of Arendal by Sea

Explore the islands just outside the town of Arendal by boat.

Visit Grimstad – City of Poets

The home of two of Norway’s greatest poets, Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun.

Exciting extras

Explore Nature by Train and Bike

4 hour beautiful bike ride on gravel roads, through the typical Norwegian woods alongside the river Nidely.

Kayaking – the Best Way to Explore Nature

Kayak your way among hundreds of islands and skerries, under the breathtaking beauty of the nordic light of the Archipelago of Arendal.


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Varied Shore Excurions


Visit Næs Ironworks Museum
The buildings, machinery and equipment are dated back to the 17th century. It was Norway’s second largest iron works, closed down in 1959 – today it is a site of technical and cultural heritage.
A Walk Down History Lane in Arendal
Get to know Arendal “Venice of the North” and its outstanding history, including Arendal City Hall, Norway’s highest and second largest wooden building.
Explore The Archipelago of Arendal by Sea
Boating to visit islands in the archipelago. Islands “Hisøy” and “Tromøy” and a few of the islands will only come to life during a few summer months.
Visit Grimstad “City of Poets”
The home to two of Norway’s greatest poets, Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun.


Port of Arendal
Gordon Fuglestad
Assisting Harbour Master/Cruise Manager
Port of Arendal
Rune Hvass
Harbour Master