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Risørflekken is an old landmark for the ships in Skagerak, from the time when sailing vessels dominated the seas. The Risørspot is painted white. On a nice day the landmark can be seen twelve nautical miles of the shore. This gave the old sailors the right position to sail straight in to Risør harbour. Till this day Risørflekken is used by Risørs fishermen to locate their favourite fishing spots. Sit down on one of the benches and enjoy it.


Wooden boats reaching as far as the eye can see. Framed by the white houses of Sørlandet. A glimpse of the past and an exotic southern atmosphere throughout the town. In August, boat lovers flock to Risør to enjoy the elegant lines and traditional workmanship of Europe´s largest collection of wooden boats during the Wooden Boat Festival.

wooden boat
  The architecture in Risør bears witness to 300 years of development, and the town is known for its beautifully preserved wooden buildings. The town first flourished as a port for exporting timber to the Netherlands. A memorial to this era is the elegant Baroque style church, "The Church of the Holy Spirit", built in 1647.

This white town on the Skagerrak is the melting pot of Sørlandet (Aust Agder and Vest Agder). Outer Risør has the magnificent archipelago and romantic Sørland houses which stand shoulder to shoulder around the beautiful harbour. Everything goes on inside Risør. Street life is more continental than Norwegian.

the spot


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