Picturesque, idyllic, charming; it is possible to use all the guide books clichés when describing Risør –  and get away with it. This coastal town is a heritage preserved wooden town that offers cultural festivals, a large archipelago and a long history of wooden boat building.

Risør has a long and proud tradition of building wooden boats and is one of Norway’s seafaring towns for sailing ships. Boating is a big part of life in Risør and its very own Trebåtfestivalen – The Wooden Boat Festival – celebrates the long and proud history of ship building in the region.

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