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Practical information

Please find information of travel and accommodation as well as general information on Norway and Arendal below.

Flight tickets

Flight tickets can be arranged through our travel agency HR: Tanja Håkedal, Travel Consultant

HRG Nordic Grimstad
Telephone: + 47 37257304/+ 37257325
Fax: + 47 37257301
Email: Tanja.haakedal@hrqworldwide.com
Web: www.hrgworldwide.com

It is recommended to land in either Kjevik Airport Kristiansand, Torp Airport Sandefjord or Gardermoen Airport Oslo. Below you will find travel information from these airports to Arendal:

Shuttle bus, arriving at Kjevik Airport Kristiansand

Kristiansand is the airport closest to Arendal. Flights arrive/depart Kristiansand daily from Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger. Kjevik airport is located 50 km or a 40-45 min. by car from Arendal. A bus service (Flybussen) between Kjevik airport and Arendal leaves every hour from 08:20.

You will find the shuttle bus at the entrance to the arrival hall of Kjevik airport. The cost of a one-way fare is NOK 220 (approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes travel time).Transfer at ‘Quality Hotel’ bus stop (5-mins after airport) except on the late evening bus, which drives directly to Arendal.

The shuttle bus service does not always accept credit cards. Please ensure that you have Norwegian currency when you arrive at Kristiansand. You can change currency in Amsterdam or in Kristiansand at the airport (ATM/money changing machine). The airport shuttle bus bound for Arendal is located right outside the terminal. (Be sure to board the bus that is bound for Arendal and not Kristiansand). http://www.flybussen.no/arendal/

Taxi service is also available at the airport (approximate cost to Arendal is NOK 1200).

Arriving in Gardermoen Airport Oslo

The shuttle train ride from the Oslo (Gardermoen) airport to the Oslo Central station takes approximately 40 minutes. The trains run every 10 minutes. www.flytoget.no click English, e-ticket journey option. NOK 170 from airport to Oslo Central station (same station for trains and buses to Arendal).

Between Oslo Central station and Arendal there are direct bus and train routes several times a day (250 km, 4-hour journey).

Travelling by train to Arendal from Oslo
From Oslo central station to Arendal: NOK 249 one way (mini price booked at least one day in advance)Train tickets with seat reservations can be purchased with credit card information via www.nsb.no or http://www.nsb.no/internet/en/index.jhtml (English). You will receive a ticket confirmation/receipt which you show when you take your seat on the train. Your receipt is your ticket. There is one train transfer between Oslo and Arendal, 40 minutes prior to arrival in Arendal, at NELAUG station. Here you must transfer to the Arendal shuttle train, just across the platform.

It is a short (less than 10-minutes) walk from the train station to the offices of GRID-Arendal. Upon arrival at Arendal train station, take a right, walk through the tunnel to the Arendal market place. Continue straight on towards the sea, the redbrick church to your right, and the hotel just ahead by the sea. If you should want to order a taxi, please do this via the local train conductor or call the number below as no taxis will be found at the Arendal station. Taxi cost to the hotel approx. NOK 80.

Arendal Taxi: (+ 47) 37 00 47 00

Travelling by bus from Oslo Bus Terminal to Arendal 
Tickets are purchased on the bus. No need to order tickets in advance. For schedules, check www.nettbuss.no (English option) or www.konkurrenten.no (Norwegian). The Arendal bus station is less than a 5-minute walk to the offices of GRID-Arendal.

Between Oslo and Arendal there are direct bus and train routes several times a day (250 km, 4-hour journey).

Arriving in Torp Airport, Sandefjord

Torp is the second closest airport to Arendal, after kjevik. There is a frequent bus service to Arendal.

Bus from Torp Airport to Arendal

The bus service to Arendal bus station leaves from Fokserød station 3.5 km from the airport. You can take a 5 minute Taxi from Torp Sandefjord Airport to Fokserød.

Tickets are purchased on the bus. No need to order tickets in advance. For schedules, check www.nettbuss.no (English option) or www.konkurrenten.no (Norwegian). The Arendal bus station is located in Arendal city centre and less than a 5-minute walk to the offices of GRID-Arendal.

Hotel accommodation in Arendal

Thon Hotel Arendal 

Friergangen 1 
4836  ARENDAL 
Tel   (+47) 37 05 21 50        
Fax  (+47) 37 05 21 51
http://www.thonhotels.com/arendal

Thon Hotel: Price single room w/breakfast NOK 950,- pr night. Double room NOK 1050.-.

Clarion Collection Hotel Tyholmen
Teaterpl. 2, 4836 Arendal
4801 Arendal 
Tel.: (+47) 37076800        
Fax: (+47) 37076801

Email: cc.­tyholmen@choice.­no
http://www.choicehotels.no/hotels/NO038

Clarion Collection Hotel Tyholmen: price single room NOK 1120,- w/breakfast. Double room NOK 1320,-.

Arendal Herregård Spa & Resort
Hovevn 65
4818 Færvik
 Tel  (+47) 37 06 08 30
Fax (+47) 37 06 08 31
http://www.arendalherregaard.no/?lang_id=2

About 15 minutes drive from Arendal centre and GRID-Arendal office. Click for Bus schedule Bus stop: Sandum.

Arendal Herregård: price single room NOK 1315. Double room NOK 1375.

Tvedestrand Fjordhotell
Fritz Smiths gate 7
4900 Tvedestrand
Tel:  (+47) 3716 03 00
Fax: (+47) 3716 03 01

Email: post@tvedestrandhotell.no
http://www.tvedestrandfjordhotell.no/

About 30 minutes bus from Arendal city centre and the GRID-Arendal office. Click for Bus schedule Bus stop: Tvedestrand Rutebilstasjon.

Tvedestrand Fjordhotell: price single room NOK 1295. Double room NOK 1465.

Strand Hotell Fevik

Nedre Hausland 80
4870 Fevik
Tel:  (+47) 37 25 00 00

Email: booking@strandhotelfevik.no
http://strandhotelfevik.no/

About 20 minutes bus from Arendal city centre and the GRID-Arendal office. Click for Bus schedule Bus stop: Feviktoppen. The Flybussen airport shuttle from Fevik Airport stops at Feviktoppen just in front of the hotel.

Strand Hotell Fevik: price single room NOK 1295. Double room NOK 1465.

General information on Arendal and Norway

Currency

The official currency in Norway is Norwegian kroner (NOK).
Exchange rate (June 2014) 1€ 8, 33 NOK and 1 USD 6,14 NOK.
Credit cards (MasterCard / VISA / Diners) are very widely accepted.
Important: it is advisable to bring some cash (in Norwegian kroner).

Weather in Arendal in August

The temperature in August is normally mild to warm temperature, but one should be prepared for all kinds of weather. Weather forecast www.yr.no (English option)

Tourist Information Arendal

As a southern Norwegian region, Arendal is blessed with warm and wonderful summers, colorful autumns, cold and snowy winters, and promising springs. There are many things to do all year long, although there are more activities and events to choose from in the summer months.

Detailed general information on Arendal is available on Arendal Tourist Bureau website: http://www.arendal.com/ontime.asp?doc_id=24&lang=en

If you have any further enquiries please contact GRID-Arendal:

Magnus Andresen
GRID-Arendal
Project Assistant
Tel: (+47) 91 14 42 23
Email: magnus.andresen@grida.no

Luana Karvel
GRID-Arendal
Coordinator GRID-Arendal 25th anniversary
Tel.: (+47) 917 35 690
Email: Luana.Karvel@grida.no


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