So finally this summer we went for an all Norwegian vacation, which we’ve had on our bucket list for some time. Being Norwegian and living in Norway, it’s easy to underestimate vacationing here. You think perhaps it’s not exotic or exciting enough. But we were pleasantly surprised. We started our vacation in Risør – a small coastal town with a Riviera feel to it.
Most visitors live in their large yachts during their stay, some have cabins in near by areas, some camp, some choose hotel. We, in good old Norwegian fashion, chose a cabin….right at the seafront. It was amazing waking up every morning feeling the sea breeze while eating breakfast.
The town has heritage preserved wooden houses, all white and all surrounded by colorful blooming flowers in all shades and forms. Idyllic, cozy and packed with photo ops. It’s no joke, it felt like being in a fairy tale land or on a set of a Disney movie.
Risør is a coastal town meaning there are beautiful boats in all styles – large, old school, modern, small, wooden – all lined up at the harbour in town center. Picture a smaller version of the St. Tropez or Nice Riviera, but more intimate and charming.
There is not that much to do in the town itself, the town core is small and can be explored in some few hours. We recommend taking a stroll in the narrow streets between the houses.
A couple of restaurants in town center that we think are worth mentioning: Stranden restaurant – we had lunch there a couple of times. This was our favorite restaurant in Risør. Their “signature” dish is an amazing mackerel meal with a homemade touch. Kast Loss – an all around restaurant. Not all that, but it’s ok. Way overpriced though. You can also get some fresh seafood (straight outta the fishing boats) from the Fiskemottak.
A must-do in Risør is to take a boat and cruise to explore different secluded islands for a picnic or just sun bathing, swimming, relaxing and soaking in the picturesque surroundings. We took the boat out to some islands and we loved it. So beautiful, so tranquil.
Thumps up for Risør!! We will definitively visit again.