Clarion Hotel Tyholmen, Arendal – need to book accommodation directly with the hotel, using the promotional code “IMPRESS conference” to obtain special conference rates. Accompanying persons are also welcome to join (NOK 1500 (EUR155) price additional cost), which includes access to social events. Please indicate this during registration and make necessary arrangements directly with the hotel.
Rooms have been reserved at Clarion Hotel Tyholmen.
To book accommodation please contact the hotel directly by phone or email using the promotional code "IMPRESS conference".
Clarion Hotel Tyholmen
Phone: +47 37076800
Prices (3 nights room and breakfast, 17 – 20 June, 2018)
Single room: NOK 1027 per night (NOK 3081/EUR 320)
Double room: NOK 1228 per room per night (NOK 3684 per room/EUR 380)
If you plan to arrive in Arendal from abroad, you can either fly to Kjevik Airport Kristiansand, Torp Airport Sandefjord or Gardermoen Airport Oslo. There is also the possibility to take a ferry from Denmark. At arrival in Norway you can take a bus or drive your own car along the E18. The train brings you to Arendal from either Oslo or Kristiansand.
- Kristiansand Airport Kjevik
Kristiansand Airport Kjevik lies 66 kilometres from Arendal. The Airport Express Coach (http://www.flyekspress.no/) takes you to/from the airport and Arendal in about 1 hour.
- Sandefjord Airport Torp
Take a bus or a taxi from Torp Airport Sandefjord to the place Fokserød by the E18, where there is a bus connection with the buses going between Oslo and Southern Norway. Arendal is located about 150 kilometres from Sandefjord Airport Torp.
- The coastal ferry route to Southern Norway starts at Hirtshals in Denmark and ends in Kristiansand. The Color Line (http://www.colorline.com/) "Superspeed" ferry only takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. This route has two departures daily.
- The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) (http://www.nsb.no/en/) offers several train departures between Oslo and Kristiansand every day.
- Nettbuss/Sørlandsekspressen (drives between Arendal and Oslo)
There are departures to and from Oslo/Arendal up to nine times a day. The bus stops by the road E18, and there are shuttle bus connections from this stop (Arendal Harebakken) down to Arendal town centre. Tickets can be bought on the bus or online at Nettbuss (http://www.nettbuss.no/).
There are several departures, usually every other hour, to and from Oslo/Arendal each day. The bus stops by the road E18, and from there (Arendal Harebakken) you can take a shuttle bus/taxi down to Arendal town centre. Tickets can be bought on the bus or online at Konkurrenten (http://www.konkurrenten.no/).
- NOR-WAY Bussekspress
Nor-Way Bussekspress (http://www.nor-way.no/?lang=en_GB) also operates busses with several daily departures between Oslo and Arendal.
- Arendal is reachable from the road E18. From Oslo you drive southwest towards Kristiansand. The drive is approximately 230 km from Oslo and takes about 3.5 hours.
Things to do in Arendal
The old town of Arendal
- Tyholmen is the oldest and best-preserved part of Arendal. It received status as a preserved area in 1975, and has been noted for its efforts to combine preservation with adaptability for modern use. Tyholmen consists of an 'upper' and a 'lower' part, where merchants and shipowners lived near the sea, while artisans, sailors, and dayworkers lived in the smaller houses up on the hill. Today the lower part is mostly hotels, cafés and restaurants, while the upper part is still mainly residential. Originally built as a private home for one of the wealthier families in Arendal, the old town hall was located next to where the harbour now lies. This is still the highest, and the second largest, wooden building in Norway.
Raet National Park
- Raet National Park was created in 2016 to protect the special natural area which extends from the Valøyene islands off Grimstad along the entire Arendal coastal strip to Lyngør in Tvedestrand. The park covers a total of 607 square kilometres of coastal nature and sea. Raet contains visible traces of the ice age around 12,000 years ago. When the enormous glacier that once existed in the area retreated, it left behind huge quantities of stone, sand, gravel and clay which it had picked up during its journey. This process led to the creation of a unique coastal landscape.
Outdoor recreation and beaches
- The area around Arendal has many outdoor recreation areas, and the seaway is particularly popular during the summer months. Many of the islands are protected as outdoor recreation areas and as an archipelago park. The area is ideal for kayaking, windsurfing, boat trips and walks, recreational fishing and swimming.
- Merdø is a car-free island just outside Arendal town, with old southern wooden houses and narrow paths that bring you to the sandy beaches to the boulder and rock beach on the southern side of the island. The ferry leaves near the venue in Arendal city centre to Merdø rand uns several times a day during the summer season.
More relevant info: https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/southern-norway/arendal/