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Storgaten 1a, Grimstad 4876, Norway
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Lovely Harbour

Small, cosy harbor with a quite and nice atmosphere. Great on a summers day, to enjoy a walk and... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Rafe W
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Perth, Australia
Nice beach, nice harbor

We were let out here on our tour bus. Enjoyed our short walk about the harbor and small town... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
george60898
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway – almost. They do exist in other places, but not many. Stretches of such rock formations can be found from the Swedish west coast and up to Stockholm’s archipelago, and also in Greenland, Scotland, Alaska and possibly New Zealand. The rest of the world, however, does not have anything resembling these beautiful shores we associate with Southern Norway and the Oslo Fjord. The reason is that not many areas fulfil the two conditions required for such polished, smooth rocks to be formed. High-grade metamorphic rock such as gneiss or granite is required, and this coarse-grained formation must have been scoured and rubbed smooth by a thick layer of ice. As old as time itself! The Norwegian rocky shores originated long before the ice arrived - maybe as much as a billion years. Formation started 1.8 billion years ago and ended 1200 million years later. The time-span is almost incomprehensible! When the ice retreated for the last time, the rocky shores were given a last finish and took their current shape. This is only 10 000 years ago. Since then, the land has risen as much as 200 metres in some areas. Hence, the rocky shorescurrently lining the water’s edge were far below sea level and a thousand metres or more under the ice when they were formed. As the ice moved, masses of sand, gravel and stone were pushed in front and below. These deposits were pressed down and rubbed against the bedrock with immense force. This was how Norway’s rocky shores were formed. Soft elements were scoured away, and the hard rock was left polished, smooth and rounded. In several areas, characteristic scour lines are still evident, and some cracks in the actual bedrock can also be seen.
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6 Jan 2018
“Lovely Harbour”
19 Jun 2017
“Nice beach, nice harbor ”
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Small, cosy harbor with a quite and nice atmosphere. Great on a summers day, to enjoy a walk and take in the sun. Has a great family environment and had some nice markets stalls when I was here on the weekend

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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We were let out here on our tour bus. Enjoyed our short walk about the harbor and small town. Several eating spots looked good. We enjoyed a coffee and absolute best creme brûlée ever ! Cool boats in harbor to admire .

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Perfect for short or longer trips in sheltered or open sea areas. Area is where there are most sunny summer days in Norway. Many of the places are reserved for public access, and boating people like to meet in theese ares.

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

We came with a sailboat and stayed some days at Malløya! It is the very best of the Grimstad Islands. And as seen by the Numbers it was pretty popularitet. The municipalitie has a Garage service and also toilets avaliable on selected popularitet Islands. This...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2015

Its one of the most popular destinations in Grimstad. Its a natural beauty with possibility to stop enjoy while having many private places. Highly recommended

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