Grimstad bys museer offers town walks, park visits, guided museum tours and talks for groups. Group programs are available all year round.
A minimum of 10 people is required, and bookings must be made through Grimstad Tourist Office on telephone + 47 37 25 01 68 or e-mail: turistkontoret [at] grimstad.kommune.no. Web: www.visitgrimstad.com.
Themed town walk: TOWN OF POETS
Grimstad is the town of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Many traces remain of these two world-renowned writers - and Grimstad has left its mark on their writing. This town walk explores key locations and experiences that may have had an impact on their later work.
We will stop at Reimanngården, Bietorvet, Terje Vigen's quay, “Hamsun's” postbox, the library and the garden at the Ibsen Museum. The route leads through flat terrain, and is suitable for everyone able to walk at normal pace. Grimstad's speciality "Porke", Norway's best pastry, can be included as part of the package.
Themed hill walks: HAMSUN – "THE POSTCARD"
Knut Hamsun purchased the farm Nørholm outside Grimstad in 1918, and this was where he lived with his family until his death in 1952. In 1920, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his novel Growth of the Soil. During the Second World War, it became known that Hamsun supported the occupation forces. After the war he was thus detained at the old hospital in Grimstad whilst awaiting trial. The court in Grimstad imposed on him a fine so large that in effect he was ruined for ever. His last book On Overgrown Paths was published in 1949, and is about the period from his arrest to the Supreme Court ruling.
This walk explores Hamsun's Footpaths and his descriptions in the book On Overgrown Paths. Reading of Hamsun's portrayals in the book is a key aspect of the walk. With the old hospital in Grimstad as starting point, the walk leads across Fløyheia to "Hamsun's" postbox in Storgaten. The terrain is hilly, and is not suitable for the disabled. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
The walk can be adapted to suit people with disabilities. We will then start by the old hospital in Grimstad, walk down Storgaten and stop by the library and "Hamsun's" postbox.
Hamsun and the Nobel Prize - Talk and banquet
Knut Hamsun purchased the farm Nørholm outside Grimstad in 1918, where he lived together with his family until his death in 1952.
The program: Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for his novel "Growth of the Soil" in 1920. Many have read the novel, but few have enjoyed the meal served at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm. We will take you on an exclusive journey through words, food and drink where you discover the dramatic story behind the award and are served the delicious 7-course menu enjoyed by Hamsun at the time. The event is a collaboration between Grimstad bys museer and Smag&Behag.
Terms of booking: Minimum 12 people. The event must be booked through Grimstad Tourist Office at least 7 days in advance.