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Grimstad flyfoto.
Photo: Johnny Foss
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Holiday in Grimstad - small town life and active days

Grimstad charms many with its white houses, narrow streets and alleys. In the center you will find cozy niche shops and eateries with something for everyone. Throughout the year there are varied activities and a variety of events for young and old. Enjoy good days on the beach, on the bike, at the museum or in the boat. Maybe the trout bites too?
Explore the skerries in Grimstad.
Photo: Peder Austrud / Visit Sørlandet
Walking in Grimstad.
Photo: Grimstad Turistkontor
Shopping in Grimstad.
Photo: Peder Austrud/ Visit Sørlandet
Grimstad by bicycle.
Photo: Hanne Feyling
Holiday in Grimstad

Southern Norway’s idyllic Grimstad enjoys an ideal location between Arendal and Kristiansand – Agder's two largest towns. Kristiansand, with airport and excellent railway links to the east and west, is only 30 minutes away. Grimstad is easy to reach by public transport.

Visitors are often charmed by the white-painted wooden buildings, narrow streets, and picturesque alleyways.  The archipelago outside Grimstad comprises an array of beautiful islands and islets, and many are designated recreation areas and open to the public. During summer the islands are packed with boating enthusiasts, and the guest harbour is full of tourists having arrived by sea.

Grimstad is where Henrik Ibsen spent part of his youth and wrote his first play, and it is also where Knut Hamsun lived the final years of his life. The Ibsen Museum in Grimstad is the country's oldest of its kind, and comprises the pharmacy where Henrik Ibsen worked and lived.


Summer in Grimstad are synonymous with festivals, summer show at Apotekergaarden, ice cream on the quay, lazy days on the beach, boat trips in the archipelago, and vigorous bicycle rides along Thor & Dag Otto's Cycle Routes.  

The Norwegian Short Film Festival  and the Ibsen and Hamsun Days attract many visitors to the small town. The summer show at Apotekergaarden is a tradition greatly appreciated by locals as well as visitors. 

Explore Grimstad

Experience Henrik Ibsen in Southern Norway

As a young man, world-famous author Henrik Ibsen worked as an apprentice pharmacist in Grimstad. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience Norway’s most important author in Grimstad, Southern Norway.

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