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Country Norway
Region Sørlandet
County Aust-Agder
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Evening photo of Lyngør

Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder county, off the southeast coast of Norway. The village is about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) northeast of Tvedestrand city center and also 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the city of Risør.[1]

Previously a popular home for sea captains, the village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbour and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Most of the buildings are now summer homes, but there are about 70 permanent, year-round residents. A hugely popular destination in the summer months, it has in later years struggled to maintain a stable permanent population. The community has a sail-making factory, a few restaurants that are open during the tourist season, and a famous general store.

The sound that goes through Lyngør is also well known for the dramatic Battle of Lyngør during the Napoleonic Wars, in which the British Royal Navy effectively put an end to the last of Dano-Norwegian naval forces. The wreck of the Danish frigate Najaden was discovered in the sound in 1957.[2]


  1. ^ "Lyngør" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lyngør" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-05-19. 

Coordinates: 58°38′N 9°08′E / 58.633°N 9.133°E / 58.633; 9.133