Arendal is an idyllic lazy seaside town by the south coast of Norway. It is a city commercial tourism has completely neglected, but this only proves as a benefit for its laid back citizens.
Arendal is one of those towns with a very distinct soul. It is small enough to get a feel of in a day, yet diverse enough to provide a busy cultural life and lazy but happy nightlife.
The harbor is the focal point of the town. All bars, cafes and restaurants are scattered along the bay and people often move from one side of the bay to the other according to the movement of the sun to enjoy their beers or coffees.
Arendal has beautiful summer weather as it is located in the warmest part of Norway.
It also has stunning architecture, which it is also known for. Especially the little wooden houses dotted around every cobbled street and hill.
Shopping in Arendal is pure joy! It is refreshingly free of huge commercial malls and mostly consists of little quaint shops with local owners. There are also many local run art galleries and even a tiny chocolate factory!
Shipping used to be the main source of income for the town and its inhabitants. Therefore you will find boats of all kinds and sizes everywhere in Arendal. In Arendal it is more common to own a boat than a car!
You will also find sailors on holiday docking by the guest harbor contributing to the vibrant life of the town. But however vibrant, Arendal is and will probably always be,a laid back town refusing to take part in the modern jet set life.
Arendal is in many ways a perfect town. Culturally rich, friendly, full of soul and entrepreneurship. It is neither too big nor too small. You will understand its heart and learn to love it fast.
And now for the big reveal! Arendal will soon be my new hometown! That is to say, I will continue traveling between India and Norway. But when I am in Norway I will no longer live in Stavanger, but in Arendal! And I am super excited about that!
Hope you are all having a wonderful summer! 💖☀️🏄🏼♀️
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