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Eat: on an island; the cutest restaurant in Tvedestrand

Tvedestrand is a tiny yet enchanting gem for various reasons, and a restaurant being one of them. The centuries old coastal town nestles snugly in one of the thousands of inlets along Norway's southern coast. It's delightful to take a leisurely stroll around the village itself, but my recommendation lies beyond the mainland. In July, you can hop aboard the "badebåt" (swim boat) and set sail for Furøya. Furøya is a petite island nestled in the heart of the Tvedestrand fjord. Firstly, the island itself is incredibly picturesque, adorned with exquisite old cottages, grazing goats and sheep, and numerous swimming spots. Moreover, it hosts an insanely cozy restaurant where regular concerts during the summer are held, adding to its magical allure and creating an unforgettable experience.

An island on the coast of Norway

I visited a few years ago and was utterly captivated by the whole atmosphere there. It was a sun-drenched summer day, and me and a gang of friends enjoyed a delightful meal at the Furøya restaurant. The goats casually wandering around the restaurant often sparked moments of hilarity. If you fancy an extended stay, you can even spend the night there. Check out the options on the DNT website. Furøya is a well-kept secret, known only to the locals, adding to its charm and exclusivity.

**Getting there: it is most likely you'll arrive either at Kristiansand Airport (KRS) or from Oslo (OSL). Public transport really takes forever, so it is most wise to reserve a car in advance. Since Norway has one of the best fast-charging networks in the world, I would advise you to rent an electric car. Better for the environment, cheaper to charge and it gets you everywhere. Check here for availability.


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