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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.


Galtesund separate the island Hisøy and Tromøy. There is a passenger ferry every thirty minutes that takes six minutes to transport riders from Skilsø to Tyholmen.

Hisøy is an island separated from the mainland by the river Nidelv. The village of Kolbjørnsvik is located across the harbor from Arendal.

Tromøy island is located directly across the harbor from Arendal. Tromøy Bridge a 400 metre long suspension bridge connected it to the mainland in 1961.

 Karl Ragnar Gjertsen