Arendal Airport Gullknapp

AFK is the principal owner of Arendal airport Gullknapp AS (ALG), a newly built airport in Froland, 15 minutes north of Arendal city center.

The airport has a 1,199 meter runway, a manned airport tower and is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

In September 2018, OSM Aviation Academy opened a pilot school at Gullknapp. When in full operation, the academy will enroll 100 students. Gullknapp could also become a regional test and competence center for drones. The airport is well-suited to become a drone center since the manned tower service ensures quick access to a controlled airspace. Gullknapp is could also be a preferred training ground for the integration of manned and unmanned aviation.

ALG owns 2000 acres of land in addition to the airport itself. 200 acres are regulated for general industry. Based on the airport, the pilot school and a drone center, the vision is to develop Gullknapp into a future-oriented industrial park that can become a technological spearhead, which in collaboration with industry and academia can expand within, for example, data center, artificial intelligence and biobank. ALG has access to significant power supplies.


Arendals Fossekompani (AFK) is an industrial investment company that invests in energy and technology related companies with an international market potential. AFK is also a producer of hydro power, a property developer and a financial investor.