Town walks

Themed town walk: IBSEN

Henrik Ibsen arrived in Grimstad in the winter of 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when he left in spring 1850 it was as the author of the play Catilina. This town walk covers key Ibsen locations in Grimstad, and ends with a visit to the Ibsen Museum. Focus is on Henrik Ibsen's time in Grimstad, and what may have inspired him to write when he was living here.

We will stop at Reimanngården, Bietorvet, Terje Vigen's quay and the Ibsen Museum. The route leads through flat terrain, and is suitable for everyone able to walk at normal pace. Accessing the Ibsen Museum in a wheelchair is difficult. Grimstad's speciality "Porke", Norway's best pastry, can be included as part of the package.

Recommended time: 90 – 120 minutes
Minimum: 60 minutes

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.

Recommended time: 60-90 minutes
Minimum: 60 minutes

Byvandring Sjøfartsbyen
Byvandring Sjøfartsbyen

Themed town walk: MARITIME GRIMSTAD

Ranked by population size, Grimstad is one of the largest shipping centres in the world. The maritime industry has played a key role in the town's history, and is still of utmost importance to Grimstad's local economy. This town walk leads through the streets of Grimstad, and explores both old and new buildings as well as places of significance to the town and its maritime heritage.

We will stop at Odden, Terje Vigen's quay, Smith Petersen's quay, Biodden and Hasseldalen. 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.

Recommended time: 75-90 minutes
Minimum: 60 minutes

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.

Recommended time: 90 –120 minutes
Minimum: 90 minutes

Themed town walk: GRIMSTAD

A town walk exploring the characteristics of Grimstad. We will be visiting places of historical and contemporary interest in Grimstad town centre, and talk about Grimstad's industries, culture, architecture and infrastructure - both past and present.

Stops are at Laura's home, Biodden, Hasseldalen, Kirkeheia, the Ibsen Museum's garden and "Hamsun's" postbox. Mainly flat terrain, but with some flights of stairs or uphill climbs on gravel. Grimstad's speciality "Porke", Norway's best pastry, can be included as part of the package.

Recommended time: 75 -90 minutes
Minimum: 60 minutes