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Arendal is a town and municipality in the county of Aust-Agder, Norway.  Arendal belongs to the region of Sørlandet.  When Kristiansand was founded by King Christian IV in 1641, he granted its citizens a monopoly on all trade in Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder.  This grant, intended to subsidize Kristiansand and its fortifications, placed existing towns in a difficult position.  Both towns affected, and the peasants in the up country, protested the hardships this caused.  As a result, Arendal received royal permission in 1622 to continue as a loading-place for timber until a means could be found to transfer its trade to Kristiansand.

Sail into Galtesund fjord in southern Norway to the heart of the beautifully located city of Arendal.  Here the coastline and islands are dotted with picturesque wooden houses.  Wander through the charming old town Tyholmen, join a moose or reindeer safari, or visit idyllic Merdø Island to take in the scenery and see the coastal farm museum.

The lovely Norwegian town of Arendal is a popular local holiday spot thanks to its rugged coastal scenery.  Founded in the 16th century, Arendal developed into one of the wealthiest towns in Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, and many fine old houses from this period can still be seen in the old district of Tyholmen.  Among these is the Old Town Hall, one of the largest wooden buildings in Europe.  The town is built across seven small islands and has been called the Venice of the North; it also hosts numerous festivals and conferences throughout the year.  Today Arendal has a flourishing electronics industry and is a centre for boat building, in addition to having one of the world's largest silicon carbide refining plants.

There are plenty of shops to suit all tastes in the town centre, including the AMFI Arena Shopping Centre on Høyveien.  Typically, shops are open from 1000-2000 from Monday to Saturday.  A limited number of shops are open on Sundays.  There are several banks near the harbour, including the Nordea Bank at 1, Tollbodgaten.  ATMs are available.

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www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ Things to Do in Arendal
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