Sports and Recreation

Arendal offers a host of outdoor and indoor sporting and recreational activities for all ages and walks of life. Take your pick from white water rafting, golf, tennis, ice-skating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and much more.

SØR Amfi

With over 700 clubs and associations related to sports and other leisure activities to choose form, there is certainly no reason not to stay fit and active. In addition, sports facilities such as SØR Amfi offers both outdoor courts and indoor halls for year-round tennis, volleyball and handball and also an ice-skating rink.


Arendal is also home to one of Norway’s most unique mountain bike trails, the Tungvekteren which when loosely translated means heavyweight. But don’t let the name deter you from trying out almost 22kms of trails. With both long and short trails on offer, Tungvekteren is a must for any cycling enthusiast.


On the nearby island of Tromøy, sits a popular recreational area with walking and hiking trails and also resting places along the shore. Camping is also possible in the summer months.

TrollPark Hove 

TrollPark Hove is an outdoor park offering climbing activities with varying degrees of difficulty, ziplining, laser tagging and an escape room. In addition to being the perfect location for team-building events, it also offers a fun and exciting day out for family and friends.


Vitensentret or the Science Centre offers activities, experiments and exhibitions that encourage learning through exploration, fun and play that both adults and children can get involved in together. Some of the interactive exhibitions revolve around themes such as body and health, maritime technology, energy and the environment.

The Science Centre also offers a selection of activities specifically during the school holidays and weekends such as a trip from Earth to the other planets in the solar system experienced in 3-D.