Climb the hills surrounding the town, and see Grimstad from different angles.
By the tourist office, cross the road at the traffic lights. Turn left, and continue along Pharos Vei. At the very end of Høyvardeveien is the first hilltop: Vardeheia, 41 m a.s.l. Stunning views, and within an easy 10 min. walk from town centre. Enter Vestregate and then follow Storgaten until you reach Frivoldveien.
The next hilltop is Fløyheia, 63.5 m a.s.l., with beautiful views to the sea, town and countryside. This trail has been created based on Knut Hamsun’s work, “On Overgrown Paths”, and you’ll find quotes from the book along the way. Some steep sections, but Hamsun was 88 years old when he did this walk. Møllerheia, 41.9 m a.s.l., is the hilltop prior to the descent down to Kirkegaten. Cross over to Kirkeheia, 27 m a.s.l., with its beautiful park and the wooden Grimstad Church - Norway’s second largest of its kind.
Binabben, 58.5 m a.s.l. and the last of the hilltops, offers an excellent “forest" walk on wellkept paths to the vantage point. Spectacular 360° view towards countryside, town, harbour, archipelago and sea. At the top is a panorama disc with distances and details on what’s what in every direction.
Duration: approx. 1 ½ hours.
Terrain: Varied, some hilly areas, exciting countryside. Sturdy shoes and a reasonable level of fitness are required.
Level of difficulty: Medium
Suitable for: Both Vardeheia and Kirkeheia are suitable for wheelchairs/prams.