"A town so dazzling it's as though it's been scrubbed with salty water and dried in the bleaching sun."
Bee Rowlatt, The Daily Telegraph
The Wooden House Town
Risør is often called "Trehusbyen" or The Wooden House Town because of its beautiful white wooden houses that remain largely unchanged since the 1800s. This is one of Europe's best preserved wooden towns, and wandering through the charming small streets it is easy to forget you are living in the 21st century. Indeed the cares of the world seem, well, a world away.
Pearl of the Norwegian Riviera
This stretch of Norway's long coastline is often referred to as "The Norwegian Riviera" due to the warmer summer climate, excellent bathing, and the thousands upon thousands of boats that appear during the summer months! It is the sunniest part of Norway and popular with Norwegians who revel in the long summer days - it doesn't get properly dark at night in mid-summer.
The Town for All Seasons
If the summer days in Risør are long and sunny and filled with boats, barbeques and ice creams, the winter days have a different attraction. Short days, and a wonderful stillness, and when snow comes in January the town is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice on the south fjord (perfect for ice fishing and cross country skiing) and stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Be a Part of Living History
Risør became prosperous in the sailing-ship era and was one of Norway's most important ports - incredible for such a small town. Locally there were dozens of boatbuilders, building wooden ships of all sizes and many local families became very wealthy and built the houses that are so well preserved today. It is fascinating to stay in your own suite and explore the town centre and imagine that you are home from a long voyage to the other side of the world.
Live Like a Native We have 16 suites, each with a unique theme that celebrates Risør's rich seafaring heritage. All are located in historic houses in the the old town, 12 in the center and four 900m away by the sea.