Culture and leisure

International events

Arendal has a big international community and there are several big happenings throughout the year.

International Days
International Days in Arendal has been held in the week around United Nations Day (24 October) every year since 2005. Read more about International days - sammen i verden. (in Norwegian)

Clubs and organisations

In Arendal, there are over 700 clubs and assosiations. Clubs and organisations in Arendal.

Ubuntu network

Ubuntu in Bantu language means «I am because you are”.  A network for expatriates where the aim is community building, interactive societal response and social networking.

Ubuntu has around 100 members with 6 to 8 events a year where we endeavor mutual information, socializing and networking.  Most of our members work in different international and local firms like Gard, Grid, MacGregor and Arendal kommune.  We are open to members from all walks of life.

Would you like to join us?  Please send mail to

SØR amfi

SØR amfi (page in Norwegian) is a great sports facility with two normal halls, special halls for tennis and gymnastics. Outside there is a skate park, volleyball courts and outdoor tennis courts.


Stinta swimming pool is a public bath and Arendal's only 25 meter pool.

Ice skating

Arendal has a wonderful skating facility situated in Arendal sports park at Myra.


Arendal library is located right in the city center.

For children and youth

The Culture school offers activities in music, visual arts and drama for children. A highly educated and professional staff welcomes students to study the arts at any chosen level.

Kulturkammeret (page in Norwegian)for children and youth is located in the city center.

Arendal Tourist Office

At Arendal Tourist Office's website you will find great tips to experiences, whether you are a tourist or a resident.

Arendal By AS

Arendal By AS is working for positive development in the city.