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A bike with a basket filled with flowers in the streets of Grimstad in Southern Norway
The Skral festival in Grimstad.
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Islands and islets, white-painted wooden houses, narrow streets, and lots of outdoor fun. Welcome to one of Southern Norway’s most atmospheric towns.

The small city of Grimstad is located between Arendal and Kristiansand in Southern Norway. Visitors are often charmed by the town’s white-painted wooden buildings, narrow streets, and picturesque alleyways.

Enjoy a stroll or a bike ride along the seafront, explore the archipelago that comprises an array of beautiful islands and islets, or venture into Raet national park, which covers a total of 607 square kilometres of coastal nature and sea.

Norway’s most famous playwright throughout time, Henrik Ibsen, spent parts of his life here. The Ibsen museum in Grimstad is Norway’s oldest of its kind.

In the pedestrian streets, you’ll find several small, independent shops and a wide selection of cafes and restaurants, including the rewarded Smag & behag.

Get in-depth travel information​ on Grimstad’s official website.

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Top attractions in Grimstad

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Grimstad.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Grimstad offers.

Getting to Grimstad

Get in-depth travel information​ on Grimstad’s official website.
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Top attractions in Grimstad
In Grimstad, both locals and visitors enjoy access to an array of islands and islets with small, idyllic beaches and smooth, rocky shores ideal for… Read more
Explore Grimstad's skerries
Unfortunately, the Ibsen Museum is closed indefinitely due to the corona pandemic. Read more
The Ibsen-museum in Grimstad
FRESHWATER FISHING Grimstad’s vast, beautiful and lush countryside is ideal for outdoor pursuits and fishing. Excellent opportunities for those… Read more
Fishing in Grimstad
Enjoy pleasant shopping in Grimstad! Read more
Shopping in Grimstad
In Grimstad, you can cycle as far as you like, as quickly as you like, and where you like – on forest lanes or along the coast – the… Read more
Cycling in Grimstad
The family-friendly museum in beautiful surroundings. Read more
The Maritime Museum in Aust-Agder
Beautiful Schooner located in Grimstad Harbour Read more
The Schooner Solrik
Take the boat out to some of the finest bathing spots in Grimstad. Grimstad is known for its beautiful archipelago. This consists of numerous small… Read more
Boat trip with Østerøy
Hybrid bikes, child's bikes, bicycle trailer, child's seats, panniers and an e-bike can be hired from the tourist office in Grimstad.… Read more
Bicycle hire in Grimstad
Fjære Church is an impressive stone building. Read more
Fjære kirke
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    • Grimstad train

      By train

      Nelaug station outside of Arendal is the nearest train station. From here, you can go by bus to Grimstad.

      Another option is to go by train to Kristiansand and continue by bus from there.

    • Grimstad bus

      By bus

      Daily bus departures from Oslo and Stavanger stop along the E18. From the bus stop, the town centre is a 15-minute walk away.

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    • Grimstad car

      By car

      Grimstad is situated roughly midway between Oslo and Stavanger. From Oslo and Kristiansand, follow the E18.

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    • Grimstad boat

      By boat

      From Denmark, you can take a ferry to Kristiansand and continue your journey by bus from there.

    • Grimstad plane

      By plane

      The nearest airport is Kristiansand Airport, located about 45 kilometres from Grimstad. From the airport, you can go by shuttle bus to Grimstad.

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