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Ranked #1 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: From the tourist office, followSmith Petersens Gate towards Arendal. Continue past Grimstad Church and Grimstad Town Hall on... more » Owner description: From the tourist office, followSmith Petersens Gate towards Arendal. Continue past Grimstad Church and Grimstad Town Hall on the left, and follow the foot and cycle path across Biesletta. Cross the road by the Bieheia turn-off, and continue along the foot and cycle path on the right hand side until you reach Vikkilen. Follow the signs for Fevik. At the Vik junction, turn right and follow the foot and cycle path along route 420 towards Fevik. When you reach the 40 km/h zone, cross the road and continue along the foot and cycle path on the left hand side. After a few kilometres, where you have open views to the sea, you can see the idyllic Strand Hotel Fevik. At the very tip of the headland is Sandodden Fort. Cross over to the right hand side and follow the pavement to Fevik. Turn right at Feviktoppen, and then take the second right. Feviktoppen has a small shopping centre. Continue past Fevik Park on your left and Fevik Church Community Centre on your right. Follow the signs for Som/Haugenes. Somsveien towards Hasseltangen does not have a foot and cycle path. An alternative route is marked in blue. Please see recommended trip below. After the Haugenes junction, continue straight ahead until your reach Hasseltangen. To get to the outermost part of Hassel-tangen, follow the gravel road to the left at the very end of the car park. On your return, turn right towards Birketveit at the first junction. At the route 420 junction, turn left towards Fevik. When you have passed a riding school on your left, cross the road and follow the signs for Lunde. At the end of the road is a T-junction where you turn left towards Lia. Continue straight ahead until you reach the foot and cycle path, and follow this towards Vik/Grimstad. Just before the Vik junction, use the pedestrian crossing to get over to the right hand side and then follow the foot and cycle path underneath route 420. From here, follow the foot and cycle path back to Grimstad. Opt. 1: Turn right towards Storesand, and continue past Randvika. In the upper part of the car park, bear left and follow the main road until you reach Haugenes junction. Then turn right towards Hasseltangen. Comments: Mainly flat and gentle terrain, but parts of the trip do not follow foot and cycle paths. Some gravel roads. « less
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Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Museums
Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when... more » Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when he left in spring 1850 it was as the author of the play "Catilina". The museum focus on the period before he achieved success and world fame. Topics such as how Ibsen made a living when his apprenticeship ended, his dire financial situation, the people who inspired him, the love stories and the son born out of wedlock all form part of the exhibition. The very pharmacy in which Ibsen worked is still intact. A museum shop is available. « less
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Ranked #3 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway –... more » Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway – almost. They do exist in other places, but not many. Stretches of such rock formations can be found from the Swedish west coast and up to Stockholm’s archipelago, and also in Greenland, Scotland, Alaska and possibly New Zealand. The rest of the world, however, does not have anything resembling these beautiful shores we associate with Southern Norway and the Oslo Fjord. The reason is that not many areas fulfil the two conditions required for such polished, smooth rocks to be formed. High-grade metamorphic rock such as gneiss or granite is required, and this coarse-grained formation must have been scoured and rubbed smooth by a thick layer of ice. As old as time itself! The Norwegian rocky shores originated long before the ice arrived - maybe as much as a billion years. Formation started 1.8 billion years ago and ended 1200 million years later. The time-span is almost incomprehensible! When the ice retreated for the last time, the rocky shores were given a last finish and took their current shape. This is only 10 000 years ago. Since then, the land has risen as much as 200 metres in some areas. Hence, the rocky shorescurrently lining the water’s edge were far below sea level and a thousand metres or more under the ice when they were formed. As the ice moved, masses of sand, gravel and stone were pushed in front and below. These deposits were pressed down and rubbed against the bedrock with immense force. This was how Norway’s rocky shores were formed. Soft elements were scoured away, and the hard rock was left polished, smooth and rounded. In several areas, characteristic scour lines are still evident, and some cracks in the actual bedrock can also be seen. « less
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Ranked #4 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from... more » Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from the last Ice Age. The area boasts a beautiful and characteristic cultural landscape. Som-Ruakerkilen Nature Reserve comprises the most extensive and mature beech forest in Southern Norway. « less
Ranked #5 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Museums
Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady... more » Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady areas and heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Furthermore, the museum grounds comprise beds of roses and herbs, as well as an apple orchard featuring a number of Norwegian varieties. The museum contains three exhibitions. The newest has been named "Bees and flowers - the ecological interplay". The display focuses interaction between bees and flowers, and the importance of this balance in order for us to be able to harvest numerous fruits and berries. Museum shop and cafe. « less
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Ranked #7 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on... more » Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on attractions, events and places worth visiting, as well as brochures covering Southern Norway and other regions. Sale of maps, travel guides, postcards etc. Opening hours: Summer season 20.06.2011 - 20.08.2011 Mon-Fri 09.00 - 18.00/Sat-Sun 10.00 - 16.00 Rest of the year Mon - Fri 08.30 - 16.00/Sat-Sun closed « less
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Ranked #8 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Marivold offers sandy beaches, a rocky shoreline and ample parking for day visitors. Wildlife area abundant in orchids.... more » Owner description: Marivold offers sandy beaches, a rocky shoreline and ample parking for day visitors. Wildlife area abundant in orchids. Tarmac path to the sea. This is also where Marivold Resort is located, offering camping facilities and cabin rental, as well as a shop and restaurant during the summer season. « less
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Ranked #9 of 26 attractions in Grimstad
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Vestlandsske hovedvei - ”Kongeveien, the old main route between Dalholt in Grimstad and Kaldvell in Lillesand, is an area of... more » Owner description: Vestlandsske hovedvei - ”Kongeveien, the old main route between Dalholt in Grimstad and Kaldvell in Lillesand, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Eineid Bridge, spanning the Reddal Canal, has been restored to its former glory. Information displays along the way. « less
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Category: Museums
Owner description: Grimstad has a long and rich maritime history. This nautical heritage dates far back and comprises ship and boat building as... more » Owner description: Grimstad has a long and rich maritime history. This nautical heritage dates far back and comprises ship and boat building as well as shipping and trade. In its heyday, from 1850 to the end of the 19th century, the Grimstad region had as many as 40 shipyards. This was when the tall ships sailed the seven seas, and Grimstad was an important nautical centre. The museum focuses on this period and provides an insight into the everyday life of the ship owners, the training of maritime pilots, the building and maintenance of wooden ships and how the captain navigated the ship. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Reddalsvann Nature Reserve is an important biotope for mute swans and various duck species. With its lush belt of reeds, the... more » Owner description: Reddalsvann Nature Reserve is an important biotope for mute swans and various duck species. With its lush belt of reeds, the banks of the lake provide the ideal habitat for the reed bunting, garden warbler, reed warbler and other bird life. Reddalsvannet is linked to the sea via the Reddal Canal. A Code of Conduct applies to the area. Situated some 7 km to the north of Grimstad town centre. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Landvik Church is a cruciform church dating back to 1824.
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: This conservation area, located in Landvik, was established in 1973 with the aim to preserve its beautiful oak forest typical... more » Owner description: This conservation area, located in Landvik, was established in 1973 with the aim to preserve its beautiful oak forest typical for the region. The reserve is also home to species such as yew, elm and lime trees, and features a way-marked nature trail. Directions: Access via route 404. Located approx. 10 km north of Grimstad town centre. « less
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Category: Architectural Buildings; Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Grimstad Art Society is located in Reimanngarden. Reimanngarden dates back to the 1700s, and is where Henrik Ibsen lived and... more » Owner description: Grimstad Art Society is located in Reimanngarden. Reimanngarden dates back to the 1700s, and is where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked when he first arrived in Grimstad. « less
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Category: Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: From the tourist office: ride west along the quays, continue past Odden Shopping Centre and follow Bark Silas Vei until you... more » Owner description: From the tourist office: ride west along the quays, continue past Odden Shopping Centre and follow Bark Silas Vei until you reach a roundabout. As you follow route 420, cross Grooseveien and continue past the Ericsson building. By Statoil, cross the E18 by using the underpass. Continue past Hageland and the turn-off to Prestegardsskogen, and then on to Landvik School. Ride past the school, turn right at the junction and follow route 404 towards Herefoss. From this point onwards, the terrain is slightly hilly. Ride past Skiftenes village and Gurebo farm, and embark on the uphill climb. Halfway up the hill, follow the signs for Birkeland. This section is on gravel. Follow the signs for Risdal. After a while you will be back on tarmac. The final 2.5 km leading down towards the Reddal village and lake are steep. By Landvik Church, follow the sign for Risdal. Continue straight on until you reach Bergemoen. From here several routes lead back to town centre, and one option is to follow the signs for Rv. 420 directly to Grimstad. Comments: Spectacular ride, but some hilly and challenging terrain. Please be careful down the hill towards Reddal as this is a dirt road and may have uneven surface. Idyllic scenery with numerous picturesque lakes along the way. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Auesoya island is located on the Lillesand border, and can only be reached by boat. Some 175 acres have been given protected... more » Owner description: Auesoya island is located on the Lillesand border, and can only be reached by boat. Some 175 acres have been given protected status in order to preserve one of the region’s typical islands with its enchanting scenery and cultural landscape - home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The island features a culture trail, and a brochure is available. « less
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Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: Homborsund Lighthouse is located on a small island by the Homborsund inlet off the coast of Grimstad. During the summer... more » Owner description: Homborsund Lighthouse is located on a small island by the Homborsund inlet off the coast of Grimstad. During the summer season, lighthouse hosts are on hand to welcome visitors. « less
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Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: By the tourist office, cross the road at the traffic lights. Enter Storgaten (pedestrian precinct), and then turn left by... more » Owner description: By the tourist office, cross the road at the traffic lights. Enter Storgaten (pedestrian precinct), and then turn left by Nedre Tverstredet. Walk past Reimannsgarden, Grimstad Art Society. Continue up Vestregate, cross Nygaten and follow Markveien past the Technical College. Turn left into Torsgate, then cross Tonnevoldsgate where you’ll see Grom, the oldest farm in Grimstad, directly ahead. Continue on to Berge Gard, one of Grimstad’s former manor farms. Today, it is used as a nursing home, and the gardens can be enjoyed by everyone. At the end of Bergekleiva is Grimstad’s old tannery. This was where Otto Andersen, in 1869, found all he needed to open his workshop clean water and oak bark. As you enter Frivoldveien, you can see Fuhr's old production facilities. This impressive brick building/wine cellar was used to produce wine and juice until 1989. On your left is the old Grimstad Vinegar Brewery dating back to 1941-43. Continue along Frivoldveien and up the hill to old Grimstad Hospital with its two large, old wooden buildings. The green unit was where the author Knut Hamsun was detained after the war. Follow the foot and cycle path up the hill and down to Levermyr Idrettspark (sports centre w/ swimming pool). Then turn left and continue down Kirkegaten. As you approach the lower part of town, turn left towards the harbour into Henrik Ibsens Gate with the Ibsen Museum. Turn right and follow the quays until you reach the tourist office. Duration: approx. 45 min Terrain: Flat and on tarmac. Level of difficulty: Easy « less
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Category: Islands; Outdoors
Owner description: The vast archipelago, with its large number of islands open to the public, is one of Grimstad’s unique features.  Many years... more » Owner description: The vast archipelago, with its large number of islands open to the public, is one of Grimstad’s unique features.  Many years back, the local conservation association “Selskapet for Grimstad Bys Vel” acquired most of the archipelago close to town. As a result, Grimstad’s idyllic coastal area is today the most accessible in the country. The driving force behind the company was the chief municipal treasurer, Karl O. Knutson, who also was the prime mover in the founding of the Ibsen Museum and Grimstad Town Museum. Acquisition of the archipelago started in the 1920s. Parts of Marivold, Store Hampholmen and Maloyene were purchased, and the foundation had been laid for further development. Today, all this is available to visitors as well as the locals. Conservation is being carried out on an ongoing basis with the aim to provide areas that can be enjoyed by everyone. Selskapet for Grimstad Bys Vel is pleased to see a steady increase in visitor numbers, and encourages everyone to do their bit to keep the areas clean and tidy. Lighthouse holiday? Lighthouses often offer a truly unique atmosphere. No wonder they are known as the cathedrals of the coast. A lighthouse holiday along Norway’s southern coast is a memorable experience. Lighthouses between Arendal and Mandal are no longer manned, and overnight stays must be arranged in advance. « less
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Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: The agre river, running from the lakes Reddalsvannet and Landvikvannet to Strandfjorden (the sea) west of Grimstad was an... more » Owner description: The agre river, running from the lakes Reddalsvannet and Landvikvannet to Strandfjorden (the sea) west of Grimstad was an important artery also prior to canalisation. It was used for timber floating as well as transport of small ships built in Landvik and the villages further in. The Reddal Canal was completed in 1880, and runs for 3 kilometres from Strandfjorden to Landvikvannet. Between Landvikvannet and Reddalsvannet, the canal measures 500 metres in length. Reddalsvannet has been awarded nature reserve status, and is subject to speed (7 knots), camping and fishing restrictions. Speed and fishing restrictions are also in force for the rest of the canal. An increase in pleasure boat numbers, size and speed has escalated the damage to canal walls and beach areas. Today, it is more important than ever to show consideration for the canal itself, the wildlife and the local residents. « less
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Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Public recreation ground/coastal park in Homborsund with an abundance of cultural monuments, and a varied scenery ranging... more » Owner description: Public recreation ground/coastal park in Homborsund with an abundance of cultural monuments, and a varied scenery ranging from woodland to rocky shores. Hiking: The area has a number of way-marked trails equipped with information displays. A brochure is available. « less
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Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Ideal for outings, and within easy reach of town centre - by foot or by bike. With its sandy beaches, shallow waters, play... more » Owner description: Ideal for outings, and within easy reach of town centre - by foot or by bike. With its sandy beaches, shallow waters, play area, beach volleyball pitch, rocky shore, summer restaurant and ample parking. Groos is everyone’s favourite. « less
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Category: Islands; Outdoors
Owner description: Hesnesoy, also comprising Kvaloy, was once among the most important harbours along the south coast, and this beautiful gem is... more » Owner description: Hesnesoy, also comprising Kvaloy, was once among the most important harbours along the south coast, and this beautiful gem is still home to local fishermen. This is an island rich in history. By the 16th century, its maritime importance had already become evident, and sea pilots as well as tall-ship captains settled on the island. « less
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Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: This has probably been the main route between Beisland and Reddal for at least 1500 years – long before it got the name... more » Owner description: This has probably been the main route between Beisland and Reddal for at least 1500 years – long before it got the name “Kjorkeveg” some 800 years ago. Today it is an important cultural monument and a beautiful walk. « less