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Kragerø

– is a small town on the southeast coast (about 200 kilometers or 125 miles by road southwest of Oslo). The town itself has a little more than 5,000 inhabitants. Including the total municipality, which comprises the town and some of the surrounding country, doubles the number. However, these are the winter figures; during a couple of summer months the area is literally invaded by the summer guests. On the coast, but mainly on the numerous island and islets, there are between three and four thousand cabins. This is not unique to Kragerø: the situation is similar in many municipalities on this coast.

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Blindtarmen, a small bay in the center of the town

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Blindtarmen seen from the Town Bridge

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Some landings are reserved for wooden boats

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Bybrua (The Town Bridge) across Blindtarmen

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Bybrua seen from the other side

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Boats in the outer part of Blindtarmen

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Outer end of Blindtarmen, view towards the sea

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One of the narrow streets, with a truck

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The Town Square

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The Salvation Army on the Town Square

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Blindtarmen just outside the Town Bridge

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Gunnarsholmen, an islet for recreation, mainly for children.

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Artificial sand beach on Gunnarsholmen

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Swimming pool for children on Gunnarsholmen

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The bridge to Øya seen from the hilltop Veten on Øya

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View from Veten on Øya towards the archipelago

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Island ferry and town with church seen from Veten

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The Kragerø Church

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gull beer gull

Kragerø had its own beer (with "a taste of gull's cries"), brewed in a neighbor town. The can had this ubiquitous (in Kragerø) quotation from the famous painter Edvard Munch (1863–1944):

'Kragerø – the pearl among coastal towns'

Kittelsen

The Scream 1893

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Madonna 1894

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Puberty 1894-95

Edvard Munch often visited Kragerø and lived and painted here from 1909 till 1910

The famous samples above were not painted in Kragerø.
And – sadly, when comming back the summer of 2010, the Kragerø beer was gone.
But the seagulls are as noisy as ever.



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Soria Moria Palace
1900

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The Forest Troll
1906

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Nøkken, the Water Troll
1904

The town also boasts of other old artists. Theodor Kittelsen (1857–1914) was born here, his family house is now a museum of his art. He is probably best known for his drawings and paintings of trolls and other mythical creatures.


coat of arms

Kragerø's coat of arms.
Yes, the town has a long history of shipping.

manhole cover

A Kragerø manhole cover with the coat of arms


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