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Visit the Maritime Town of Grimstad
Norway's Aust-Agder county is where Grimstad is located. This is both a town and municipality which belong to the Sørlandet region. It is also a little maritime town bordered by the towns of Arendal (east), Birkenes, Froland (north), and Lillensand (west). In the northern part of Grimstad are two lakes, namely Sydle and Rore; while in the south just nearby Reddal, the lakes Landviksvannet and Reddalsvannet are situated.
Must-see Attractions in Grimstad
For RV campers, there are numerous destinations and attractions that are a must-see in this region. Although some places may not require you to ride a vehicle due to their close proximity to each other, you should always bring along a map and a GPS to assist you in your journey. Also, make sure to have a list of parking areas in the city if you are to visit the attractions there; not to mention the teeming shops and stores during summer and Christmas season.
First stop are the three popular museums in the area: the Maritime Museum, the ample City Museum, and the Norwegian Horticultural Museum. These are quite popular among tourists as they are often locations of concerts and exhibitions.
If you go to Grimstad in the summer months, you will have the opportunity to see the Norwegian Short Film Festival which is quite popular among local and foreign film enthusiasts. Another famous tourist spot is the Agder Teater at Fjæreheia is an open-air performance stage located in a former quarry. If you love shopping, it's the Oddensenteret along the harbour you should pay a visit. While in the municipality, make sure to visit the Homborsund Lighthouse and also the Nøgne Ø Brewery to complete your day tour of the city.
Grimstad is known for being home to poets Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. There are traces of them throughout the city. Ibsen's story is told in the building where he worked as a young assistant to an apothecary. There, he wrote his first play, Catilina. If you happen to be in the city, make sure to visit the Ibsen Museum, which is the oldest of its kind in Norway.
In 1918 Hamsun moved to Nørholm with his family. During the war, he sympathized with Hitler (Germany), and ultimately, was detained at the old Grimstad Hospital. "Hamsun's footpaths" are two of his way markings found around the hospital's walking areas and these are also described in his novel, "On Overgrown Paths".
For art and culture fans, these places should be on your list of top destinations to visit in Grimstad:
Dømmesmoen Trail is a walking trail leading to the observation tower which you can climb and enjoy the stunning view of the city, ocean, and countryside.
Jortveit Farm Museum is a farmstead workshop that's 11km from town.
Norwegian Museum of Horticulture is outside of town but still worth the visit. It's at Dømmesmoen.
Hesnes Garden Centre and Farm Shop is outside the city centre and worth the visit if you love garden plants and supplies.
Reimanngården is where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked upon arrival in Grimstad.
Art No. 1 is where you can find arts and crafts from local workshops.
For those who love summer months, this is the best time to visit Grimstad for its summer festivals and activities. Enjoy the summer show at Apotekergaarden, quayside ice cream, beach bumming, boat trips on the archipelago, and bicycle rides.
For the adventurous, you can go out on boat trips, hiking, swimming, and fishing, among other outdoor escapades.
RV Campsites to Look For
For motor home travellers, there are many campervan destinations where you can camp during the night before heading to the next location. Many of these campsites are situated near the beach or a nature park, and have standard RV camping facilities that are useful and convenient. Expect to see family friendly campsites like Morvigsanden, Bagatell, and Moysand with power and water hook-ups, bathrooms, laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as recreational areas for the whole family.