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Arendal has gone from being a small southern village, based around seven small islands, to become the tenth largest town in Norway in terms of population. Other villages in the municipality include Tromøy, Rykene, Eydehavn, Strengereid, Kongshamn, Kilsund, and Hisøy.

Store Torungen, Lille Torungen lighthouse Store Torungen lighthouse to the left and Lille Torungen lighthouse to the right.

The Store Torungen lighthouse is located on an island outside Arendal. It was constructed in 1844 and electrified in 1914. It is 34.3 metres high and contains a 2nd order lens. It is reachable by a 55 minute boat trip from the town centre. The lighthouse is still in use.

The Lille Torungen lighthouse is situated on a small island outside Arendal. The lighthouse is 28.9 metres high. Lille Torungen and Store Torungen were constructed as twin lighthouses, and both are located in the Arendal shipping lane.