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.
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.
A geological oddity near Stavanger, this great hunk of rock offers staggering views down to the Lysefjord on three of its sides.
Not for the faint-hearted, this rock is snagged between cliffs high above the Lysefjord – walk on it if you dare.