A glimpse of Arendal

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! 💖☀️🏄🏼‍♀️

Lots of love to you all! 💖💖💖

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37 thoughts on “A glimpse of Arendal

  1. These photos have a lot of appeal for me. My mother’s family originate from Norway – Mickelsons. Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to go in this life.

    • Oh, I’m so sorry you don’t get to go! 😞. You’d love it I think! 😊.But at least these photos might inspire you to take a flight of fancy and go there in your imagination! That is a wonderful way to travel too! 😊😊

      • Thanks. I appreciate your generous and living spirit. Strangely I have always felt drawn to the west coast. I have traveled all the way from B.C. through Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Central America, right to Peru, where I always really wanted to go to Machu Picchu. Close but again not in this life

    • Thank you so much, dear Irene! 😊💖. Yeah, it is super cozy! Can’t wait to move there! 😃. Hope everything is going okay with you 😊. Have a lovely time! 💖☀️

  2. Hello Trini,
    My blog is now set to Private. If you still like, you can request access to my blog. I am accepting my regulars.
    Sorry for this hassle. Thank you for your support.
    – Jen

  3. “Improve”?! What better “improvement” for Mark and me and everyone here than feeling this joyousness of yours, Trini? You keep brightening up our hearts by staying “distracted” at will! Arendal is super lovely and I myself am super happy for you!!! 😄💛

  4. Chocolate…did someone say chocolate? 😀 I’m coming over and moving next door Trini, for the lovely community of course 🤫
    But I am truly happy for you, your images are beautiful and it feels like a lovely place. No wonder you’ve been quiet, distracted a little by what you found were you? lol 💜 xo 💖 xo 💗

    • Yes! Chocolate! The most magical little shop with lots of free samples 😊. I bought the white egg liqueur ones 😊. I have been so busy catching up with family, going out for wine, and long walks in the woods, so I haven’t posted that much. But I’ll improve 😄😄. Hope you are having a wonderful season, Mark! (It’s winter down under, isn’t it?).
      Enjoy!

      • Yes, we are in the middle of winter. And just to test me right out, my new site is playing up and not letting anyone like or comment on barely anything. I’ve reloaded from scratch but it keeps on doing this so I am at a loss.
        I told someone I might have to resort to carrier pigeon to chat to everyone 😀

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