By Train -- Four trains a day arrive from Oslo, requiring a change of trains at Nelaug. Trip time, including the transfer, is 4 1/2 hours. For schedules and information, call tel. 81-50-08-88 or visit www.nsb.no.
By Bus -- Nor-way Buss Ekspress (tel. 81-54-44-44; www.nor-way.no) buses travel between Oslo and Arendal, taking 4 hours and costing NOK370 ($74/£37) for one-way passage.
By Car -- From Skien, our last stopover, E18 continues south into Arendal.
For helpful advice about Arendal and the surrounding area, go to the Arendal Turistkontor, Peder Thomassons 1 (tel. 37-00-55-44; www.arendal.com), open mid-June to mid-August Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. Otherwise, hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.