The small maritime town of Grimstad is one of Norway’s gems, with its pedestrian shopping street, harbour, market square and museums. It sits along the Skagerrak coast, among beautiful islands, while lakes Syndle and Rore sit to the north.
European route E18 passes right through Grimstad, connecting it to the rest of Norway. This makes it easy for visitors to explore the rest of the region and beyond from this picturesque seaside town that is dotted with lovely white painted houses. Public transport is scarce here, making motorhome hire the best way to get around, with vehicle selection great and campervan grounds plentiful for those with rentals.
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Recommended campervan drives in Grimstad
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this scenic drive north along the coast takes motorhome hires through small villages and hills, with natural beauty all around. There is much to see along this popular route and a plethora of camp grounds to rest at overnight. Among the route’s camp sites are Risør Resort-Moen Camping, Ula caravan site and Rampton motorhome site.
some of Norway’s most magnificent natural attractions can be found in this region that sits on the southwest tip of the country. The best way to get here is along the coast with an RV hire, making a stop at Lindesnes Camping og Hytteutleie along the way to relax at the beach. Once in Ryfylk, the fjords, cliffs and boulder fields can be discovered from Kjerag-Lysebotn Caravan Resort.
Norway’s largest national park sits in the middle of the southern portion of the country and covers an area of more than 1,300 square miles. It is famous for its herds of reindeer and has an extensive network of hiking paths. The park can be explored from Skysstasjonen Cabins/Camping and Birkelund campervanning park, among other RV sites.
Norwegians drive on the right-hand side. Road safety standards in and around Grimstad are high and there are plenty of petrol stations along major routes. Drinking and driving laws here are strict, with those caught above the 0.2 per cent limit facing possible imprisonment.
The stunning scenery on most local routes means the driving times of motorists on holiday often surpass estimates since frequent stops to take in the lovely natural surroundings are made. Some roads in West Norway are narrow and steep, including those in Hardangervidda, so extra care should be taken when driving in these locations with campervans. Wildlife can appear on the roads unexpectedly so drive with care.