Selskapet for Grimstad Bys Vel. The vast archipelago, with its large number of islands open to the public, is one of Grimstad's unique features.
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 Maløyene 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.
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. Please contact the person in charge. visit: www.fyr.no