Things to do i Ny-Hellesund

A stay at Verftet offers many different experiences for everyone.


There are numerous of opportunities for swimming on the yard and in the surrounding area. At Verftet there is a small sandy beach, where it is possible to swim and relax and for the kids to play.


The Olav Strait is a great outdoor area with two beaches, barbecue sites and grass slopes. The recreational area is located on the other side of the island and it is possible to walk from the yard to the Olav Strait on a nice path.



On the rocks outside Verftet, there are good fishing opportunities. If you want to try fishing from a boat, there are many good fishing areas between the islands or at sea. 




We have several boats for rent for use in Ny-Hellesund. Please contact Magnus Tangvall for reservations: phone +47 406 27 439 / email:

You can hop on the ferry that runs between Ny Hellesund, Børøya and Høllen. While waiting for the boat to return, you can either enjoy the Høllesanden (a large beach), take a walk through the old Hølle Street or relax with an ice cream on the guest pier.

The Kristiansand Zoo

It is possible to combine a stay at Verftet with a visit to The Kristiansand Zoo and Amusementpark. Its the biggest Zoo and Amusementpark i Norway, and it is Norway's most frequently visited attraction, From Høllen it is only a half hour drive to the zoo.



At land

On the largest island in Ny-Hellesund, Monsøya, there are numerous of hiking opportunities. You can walk around the island from The Vilhelm Krag Pier, where you will discover old picturesque buildings, fields, valleys and forests.

The two large cairns on the top of Helgøya are the highest point and provides a spectacular view over the archipelago. Under these cairns you will ind a coastal fort, established by Germans during  World War II. There are several open tunnels, and a walk through the fort is an exciting trip for the kids and an interesting experience for the adults. Remember to bring flashlights!



Midsummer and Olsok

The celebration of Midsummer 23. June and Olsok 29. July is a wonderful experience. In these evenings, the straits are packed with boats, and there is a huge bonfires in the middle of the strait.



The Bazaar at the schoolhouse

Every summer, in mid July, there will be bazaar in the School House in Ny-Hellesund with a lottery and where you can buy  coffee and cakes and experience a variety of musical performances.  The first time it was a bazaar in Ny-Hellesund was in 1860, and it is still going. It is the oldest bazaar in  B in Norway, and will be held for the 159th time in the summer of 2019.

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