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KrageroNorway

Edvard Munch called Kragerø the "pearl of coastal villages", and with its lively arts scene and numerous islands, reefs and islets, this cosy little town continues to live up to its reputation.

The population of Kragerø swells to four times its usual size in the summer months, when Norwegians and international visitors alike flock to experience the town's charming narrow streets and alleyways. Among these, you will find a number of galleries, small boutiques and restaurants that all contribute to the town's unique atmosphere.

Art has always been an important element in Kragerø. The town is home to artist Theodor Kittelsen, and has been a source of inspiration for countless others. To experience art in Kragerø today, you can visit Galleri Nicolines Hus, which is one of Norway's leading contemporary arts museums, showing works by artists such as Kjell Nupen and Håkon Gullvåg.

And from here it is not far to Kirkegaten, considered Kragerø's Arts District. This is where you can find many artist ateliers, not least of all Helmersen Glass, where glassblower Vigdis Helmersen has her workshop and gallery with both homewares and fine art glass on display, often created using local sand.

Many Norwegian artists have drawn inspiration from the special light over the Kragerø archipelago – most notably Edvard Munch. To learn more about this side of the town while on holiday in Kragerø, you can take the Munch Walk. The town has set up information panels and images in the locations Munch used as motifs for some of his most celebrated paintings, and you can either join a guided tour or walk the route at your own pace.

One of Kragerø's major natural attractions is the island Jomfruland, with its idyllic beaches, impressive lighthouse and not least of all the Tårntjernet, meaning "Tower Pond", which was immortalised in Theodor Kittelsen's painting "The Water Sprite". Take a ferry over to the island to swim and relax in the sunshine, or go for a soothing walk through the beautiful natural surroundings. And take care not to miss one of the theatre performances given here in the summer.

You can reach Kragerø by car by taking the E18 towards Sørland. There are also good bus connections from both Oslo and the towns of Sørland, with the closest airports in Kristiansand, Sandefjord and Skien.

Top hotels in Kragero

Kragerø Resort
Kragerø Resort
3.5 out of 5
Stabbestadveien 1, Stabbestad, Kragero
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £132 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Situated in Kragero, this golf hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Vestre Stabbestad and within 3 miles (5 km) of Gunnarsholmen and Lindvika. Sjøbadet is 2.7 mi (4.3 ...

3.9/5Good! (176 reviews)

"I think that when I book a Suite with a kitchenette, you should be allowed to used it. Here you have to pay an additional 500 NOK to do so, and have the staff unlock the cupboards. I think this should be an option when booking not on arrival."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2018

Kragerø Resort
Tollboden Hotell og Restaurant
Tollboden Hotell og Restaurant
3.5 out of 5
P.A.Heuchs gate 4B, Kragero, Telemark
The price is £132 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in the heart of Kragero, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sjøbadet, Gunnarsholmen, and Lindvika. Sjøstrand and Vestre Stabbestad are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (49 reviews)

"Old & Traditional with modern features. The downside was the cost of parking in the town as hotel didn’t have a car park. Breakfast was a little disappointing."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019

Tollboden Hotell og Restaurant
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
Øyfjellveien, Kragero, Vestfold og Telemark
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Situated in Kragero, this holiday home is within 16 miles (25 km) of Vestre Stabbestad, Myggbukta and Gunnarsholmen. Breibukt and Perleporten are also within ...

1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
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1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
Øyfjellveien, Kragero, Vestfold og Telemark

Situated in Kragero, this holiday home is within 16 miles (25 km) of Vestre Stabbestad, Myggbukta and Gunnarsholmen. Breibukt and Perleporten are also within ...

1 Bedroom Accommodation in Sannidal
House for Rent in the Center of Kragerø
House for Rent in the Center of Kragerø
13 Biørnsborgbakken, 13, Kragero, Vestfold og Telemark

Located in the heart of Kragero, this romantic holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Gunnarsholmen and Sjøbadet. Lindvika and Sjøstrand are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
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"Knirkefri opplevelse"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

House for Rent in the Center of Kragerø
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Skåtøy
1 Bedroom Accommodation in Skåtøy
Kirkesundveien 38, Kragero, Vestfold og Telemark

Situated in Kragero, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Sjøbadet, Lindvika and Gunnarsholmen. Sjøstrand and Breibukta are also within 9 miles (15 ...

1 Bedroom Accommodation in Skåtøy
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