1 The Clarion Hotel Tyholmen

Occupying a brace of handsome wooden buildings looking out to sea, Arendal’s top-flight hotel is one of the finest places to stay on the whole of the south coast.

2 M/B Øya

Take a delightful three-hour cruise along the coast between Lillesand and Kristiansand on this pocket-sized ferryboat.

3 Mandal

One of the prettiest ports on the south coast, Mandal boasts the country’s finest beach, a long and wide sandy expanse with forested dunes immediately behind.

4 Gamle Stavanger

The prettiest part of the city, comprising a network of lovely old clapboard houses with picket fences and immaculate gardens.

5 Stay in a lighthouse

A string of south-coast lighthouses offer simple lodgings in wild locations. Best of all is probably storm-battered Feistein.

6 Preikestolen

A geological oddity near Stavanger, this great hunk of rock offers staggering views down to the Lysefjord on three of its sides.

7 Kjeragbolten

Not for the faint-hearted, this rock is snagged between cliffs high above the Lysefjord – walk on it if you dare.

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