AUST AGDER COUNTY
to Aust Agder County and the weather right now! Aust Agder County is one out of 19 countys in Norway with a area
of 9.212 km2 and a population of approximately 110.048.
Each County is divided into
different municipality. For Aust Agder County you will find the name of
the municipality to your "right" (municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
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Southern Norway extends
from Flekkefjord in the west to Risør in the east, and from Lindesnes
in the south to Hardanger in the north. The Skerries is Destination
Sørlandet´s trademark. Sørlandet is the region with the highest number
of hours of sunshine in Norway, and since time immemorial the
inhabitants have been involved with the sea, the islands protecting the
mainland (the skerries) and everything smelling of seaweed.
best-known poets from the region, Vilhelm Krag and Gabriel Scott, in
anecdotes and novels, have described the humour and temperament typical
of this part of the country. Both were born with "seaweed between their
toes" and are much loved. We have a number of boats which can take you
out among the skerries. Most of the boats have scheduled departures,
and they can all be chartered.
decided to describe the trip through Blindleia from Kristiansand, but
it can be made in either direction. The trip starts by crossing
Byfjorden in Kristiansand. through Randesund where the typical, white
wooden houses lie cheek by jowl. After crossing Kvåsefjorden we arrive
in Blindleia, with its beauty spots one afterthe other. We pass old
trading posts such as Gamle Hellesund, Kjøbmanns-vik Ågerøya and
Brekkestø before arriving at what is perhaps the most beautiful town in
the region - Lillesand. "Blindleia" is a cultural delight with the tang
of the salt from the setting of islets and reefs. Summer guests are
strongly recommended to pay a visit to this coastal sea-way with
historical roots far back into time as a means of communication for
dwellers on the coast.
SØGNE AND NY-HELLESUND
Kristiansand we go west through Vestergabet (the "western gap").to
Høllen and Åros. West of Høllen we go further out into the Skerries to
what is perhaps the best known idyll in the region - Ny Hellesund. Here
we see and hear the legend about King Olav the Holy from the twelfth
century, who christianised Norway. His facial profile can be seen in
the rock almost 1OOO years later. In Ny-Hellesund we also visit the
interesting German coastal fort from the Second World War Ny-Hellesund
is an old outport with no wadays just under twenty residents. If you
want to experience the skerries in a very short space of time, you
should take the trip which we have called Randesund Skerries. Here you
will experience Skippergada, a canal in the skerries with idyllic
"Skipperhus", i.e. houses built by sea captains in a very distinct,
traditional style, as well as new summer houses.
and environment in abundance. Kristiansand Zoo is Norway´s most
frequently visited attraction. The zoo is 30 years old and an
institution in Norway. Every single tourist should visit the zoo, which
covers an area of 150 acres of, among other things, wild Nordic
terrain. The wild Nordic countryside in the zoo offers you the
opportunity to see the Nordic wolf, Iynx and wolverine in their natural
environment. Of especial interest is the unique, so-called capercaillie
lek (when the cocks display). which you can see almost all summer. This
is a marvellous sight, which only a few Europeans have observed in the
Key words to describe the zoo are nature, scenery and the
wild. The zoo is totally different from other European zoos, which are
characterised by bars and heavy padlocks. In Kristiansand Zoo the
animals have wide open space, where the visitors nevertheless can get
close up, for example, to the red panda, which is threatened by
extinction. The zoo is cooperating closely with the World Wildlife
Foundation to save animal species under threat of extinction.
than 800 animals and birds live in as much freedom as is possible in a
natural environment. Several kilometres of good paths provide the
opportunity for visitors to roam around for hours. In the zoo you will
also find Summer Island (a bathing area) and a summer bobsleigh. AII
activities in the zoo are included in the entrance tic ket.
Kristiansand Zoo offers a whole day"s experience for both children and
Fifty kilometres north of Kristiansand you will find Setesdal Rafting & Activity Centre, run by Troll
Mountain. This is a centre which arranges rafting, canoeing,
mountaineering and mountain biking activities as well as elk and beaver
safaris. The rafting trips last from 2 - 6 hours, and take place at the
idyllic waterfall Syrtveitfossen. The trips, which vary in degree of
diffculty, take place every day in scenic, demanding surroundings. For
the most advanced there is the opportunity to surf down Syrtveitfossen.
If you want to climb, then everything from simple to demanding routes
If you are happier under, rather than above, water
we can offer everything in diving: basic course, advanced, rescue
diving, first aid, diving leader and assistant instructor courses, as
well as a number of special courses, for example, wreck, night and
deep-diving courses. AII imaginable equipment can be hired fnom diving
centres in the region. The whole of the skerries from Lillesand to
Søgne is an eldorado for all types of diving. If you want to dive on
one of Norway"s most interesting shipwrecks, then the Second World War
wreck M/S Seattle is one of the best preserved diving targets along the whole of the Norwegian coast.The ship lies at a depth of 20-60 metres
in the Kristiansand Fjord. In Kristiansand there are several places
where you can hire a bicycle.
southern Norway, on the coast of Skagerrak, Aust-Agder county borders
onto the counties of Telemark to the east, Vest-Agder to the south-west
and Rogaland to the north-west. The Hardanger plateau, one of Norway´s
major national parks, is located roughly 250 km. north of the coastal
area. Several rivers run through Aust-Agder, starting in the mountains
to the north, and winding their way through deep valleys to the coastal
areas in the south.
Nearly 80 % of Aust - Agder´s inhabitants
live in the coastal area, in small cities such as Risør, Tvedestrand,
Arendal, Grimstad and Lillesand. Arendal, with nearly 40.000
inhabitants, is the county capital. The remaining population is spread
out in rural inland areas, with some smaller villages such as Evje,
Valle in the valley of Setesdal and Åmli in the eastern region.
has a varied landscape, consisting of a coastal area, river valleys,
forested areas and mountains. This unique composition provides ample
opportunity for a wide variety of sports and recreation throughout the
year. Aust-Agder is a favoured area for tourism and holidays , both for
visitors from abroad as well as Norwegians from all over the country.
The summer season is especially attractive, with a myriad of yachts and
sailboats plying the many harbours and inlets that dot the coastline.
During the winter season, our mountain resorts offer excellent winter
sports facilities, both for hardy outdoor sportsmen and more
comfortable family living in cosy apartments or cottages, located close
to modern alpine skiing facilities.
cultural background of Aust-Agder is deeply rooted in shipping
tradition in the coastal area and farming tradition in the inland
areas. Along the coastal area this tradition is based mainly on export
of lumber and wooden goods. Many of the present- day towns and villages
along the coastline were founded as a direct result of the shipping
trade. A typical place is the island of Lyngør in Tvedestrand
municipality, famous today for being awarded the title of "Best kept
village in Europe" in 1991. In addition, all of the coastal towns and
villages display wonderful examples of traditional architecture, dating
back to the 18`h and 19`h centuries.
Aust-Agder County Museum in
Arendal, and the local museum on the island of Merdø (originally a
maritime captain´s home, built in 1736) describe how world- wide
shipping activities affected this area, and what this still means in
the form of cultural impact. In the literary field, local authors like
Gabriel Scott and Wilhelm Krag are well known for their novels and
poems depicting local customs and the natural environment to be found
in coastal areas.
Agriculture and forestry, which are the
economic backbone and primary activity for those settling in the inland
areas, have helped shape a characteristic landscape with numerous
fields, meadows and farms. The valley of Setesdal deserves special
mention due to its well maintained traditions of house-building and
folklore. The local museum in the valley is situated in Rysstad, in the
municipality of Valle and has displays showing the unique architecture
of the valley. Special presentations of folklore, poetry, music and
dance are often arranged.
Mining and metal industries were also
important aspects of daily life for many of the inhabitants ofAust -
Agder, both in coastal areas and inland. The area around Arendal was
widely known for its mines and iron ore products. This segment of
industry can be studied when visiting Næs museum, situated close to
Tvedestrand. A nickel plant, once situated in Evje in the lower part of
Setesdal, was cornerstone industry in the area rich with mineral
Visitors to Aust-Agder can visit museums or attend the
many summer festivals that are arranged annually. Most well-known are
the Wooden Boat Festival and the Chamber Music Festival in Risør, the
Inter-Nordic Skagerrak Festival in Arendal and the Ibseniana,
presenting famous works of Henrik Ibsen, in Grimstad.
every municipality you will find links to Local Directory. This will give you information ON whats happen localy in the municipality even Job vacancy.
GoNorway will present companies which have challenging job, development and career prospects in their organizations. In every municipality you will find links to companies offer Job opportunity.
The choice of different activities in Norway such as Golf, Skiing, Cycling, Cruising, Fishing, Stave churches etc.
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