Reading material for those who love the camping life

By: Bjarne Eikefjord
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 2, April 2016

The south coast call: Camping counties in Norway

The counties of Vestfold, Telemark, Aust and Vest Agder is the Holiday area with a capital F for many Norwegians. Most houses and cottages have long been bought by people with solid finances, so it is not easy for most people to get there. But the campsites provide the opportunity for most of us at the usual wage level to be able to get nature experiences in line with the well-situated along the Norwegian "sun coast".

In Vestfold, overlooking the open sea against Rakkebåene we find Solplassen and Rakke Camping. With its own beach and swimming just outside the entrance to Stavern east. Meanwhile, close to Stavern center. Along the coastal path within takes many cyclists themselves up summer past polished rocks and historic sites. Stavern center bustling with life when Happy Days held in almost four weeks every summer. For example, one can be with Tordenskiolds soldiers with "battle of Dynekilen" experience a special Viking market, going to theater for children and adults, and maybe even record attempt for Guinness might emerge. The campgrounds have their own sandy beaches with floating pier where it is possible to rent pedal boats and rowboats to get out on the ocean wave. Or happily beneath the waves as well, for those who want to experience the archipelago's history first hand.

ship Cemetery

Rakkebåene is the familiar and dreaded waters ranging from Stavern to Nevlunghavn. Many boats have historically found its last burial there when natural forces and storms marked his absolute strength of the people who challenged them. Rubbished archipelago is why today a paradise for both for professionals and amateur divers. With all 80 registered shipwrecks. Within stretches coastal path from Stavern to Nevlunghavn, a stretch of 33 km of alternating and rich nature, with varied plant - and wildlife. Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy nature experience that winds through lush Svartskog, over bare rocks, shallow coves and windswept crags.


Windjammer town of white houses is often dubbed Sørlandets "dimple" for sunbathers and tourists Norwegians. Few places the sun shines brighter, or the sea is shinier than in Grimstad one day of good weather. The best places in the archipelago in and around Grimstad has long privatized and screened for the benefit of wealthy Norwegians who are trying to shut the public out of their holiday havens. But do not despair. As caravanners have the option of being able to enjoy the same natural delights. For along the south coast are still a number of campsites where campers for a few hundred pounds a day to holiday right by the seaside in some of Norway's most expensive shoreline gauges.

By Fjære Church

Such as Marivoll Resort in Grimstad, where even a narrow and winding access road does not prevent caravanists from finding their way to the idyll. On the flat meadows, where the pitches are, to the boulders at the far end of the sea, the whole campsite breathes peace and quiet. But that was not always the case. "At Fjære Church I saw a grave, it was sunken and low and lay on a weather-hard spot" is the title of the poem about Terje Vigen, who is said to have lived a couple of centuries ago when a barrel of barges in a rowing boat from Denmark made the difference in life or death for his small family. Scholars still argue about whether Terje Vigen was the result of Ibsen's poetic imagination or a real person. Those who visit Fjære Church will find the monument to Terje Vigen. Perhaps it was erected as a tribute to the many who in the tribulation years for Norway fought for their lives against the forces of nature and lost against the turbulent weather, as it is called in the poem. Today, the campsites are "smile holes" for the caravan people along the southern coast.

culture Experience

A little further to the west, a small detour from the new road, is Nørholm. During his tenure built and owned by the author of "Hunger", "Soil" and "Overgrown paths." Knut Hamsun was one of the greatest writers, despite the fact that he led away under another trengseltid and walked towards his countrymen and supported the German occupiers. Here, around Nørholm, just west of Grimstad, many overgrown paths to explore for those who take the time to a break in the country road rush. For Hamsum built a network of service roads round Nørholm to cultivate the earth like Isaac Sellanrå in the Soil which he published in 1917.


is another of resort towns in Southern Norway. Well known and widely discussed with their white captain's house from the time when the Norwegian sailor was a gritty nations and the white sails are our glory and power brought. Much as it was, but harbor sjau forwards have now been replaced by a large pitches where campers and caravans can stay or park for a few hours.

Slightly west of Grimstad runs a small, narrow bridge with all 19 meter sailing height above Blindleia to Justøya. Sundet is usually fairly tightly packed with boats in the upper price ranges, and the cottages are close together. In Blindleia hold it no longer scroll up a few million to acquire one of the idyllic small houses located in the seaside. Prices begin happily on tens of millions, so this is absolutely "reserved" resorts. But campsites on Justøya and Lillesand still provides opportunity for people to enjoy the natural wonders of Southern Norway. For example Tingsaker Family camping a few hundred meters east of the center in Lillesand, very close to the waterfront and a great beach.


Outermost on Justøya is Brekkestø, a small village where little has changed over the last 200 years. Alleys are narrow and grassy, ​​"main street" is narrow and tortuous, but below opens township to the sea as only South Coast can boast. At that time the white sail reigned over the oceans was Brekkestø the most used winter harbor in Southern Norway. Ships from many European countries dropped anchor and were often present for several months while waiting for good weather and suitable winds, before they could continue their journey. Once a half century ago, there were so many sailing ships in the harbor that it is alleged that one could go tørskodd from ship to ship across the harbor. For residents in Brekkestø amounted shipping rich muliggheter to conduct business, inns, workshops and a toll station. Today the Brekkestø as the perfect summer idyll, with whitewashed sørlandshus, rose gardens, crafts shop and a grocery store as summer tourists make use of. Unfortunately too many "private parking" signs.

In the world spotlight

Søgne is a fifteen minute drive west of Kristiansand, were some hectic weeks in the world press spotlight when Anne Marie Rasmussen just over half a century years ago married a Rockefeller. The village also has much more to offer, for those who take a little detour from E-39. Søgne boasts of having the most sunny days in Norway in June, if you then think awards in VG. For campers offers Søgne at Åros Feriesenter. Unpretentious hidden from the road behind a fence, opens up a world-class campsite with 200 seats and heated, saltwater pool. For the more hardbalne offer instead of a long and beautiful sandy beach with great swimming. Just beyond, you can also fish from the rocks, which is an exciting event in June when the mackerel seeking towards the coast.

Ny Hellesund

But it is primarily outside the coastal strip Søgne provides natural landscapes that few other places. There will be only by boat, but it is possible to get hired. And then you can put the trip out to Ny Hellesund, where among others Wilhelm Krag in its time had his summer home. Through his writing and poetry, for example, in the books "Holm Erne the gray", "Vandringsmand," "From the blue wash" and "At Maarten and Silius" he South Coast on the map and created an image of "the gentle Sørland" that has kept up to our days. But long before him came our forefathers there. Indeed seven millennium ago, claiming historians who have found settlements a number of places on small islands outside Søgne. Eventually the site was a center of shipping traffic along the coast. Some sought refuge others waited on the pilot or on better wind. At times there were a lot of people gathered in the lagoon within Olav Sundet, and then it became a guest house, pilot station, customs station, school, shops and post office.

Historic monuments.

Today, most of this story, but the houses are left. Most of those summer homes and with members of the windows in winter. Places go winter rise again like ghost towns where summer is festivity and boat traffic. For example Olav Sundet, where royal monograms carved in the rock face tells of distinguished visiting the Farne times. On the island reaching out into the sea is an old disused coastal fort that our occupiers longer the south filed in the years 1940 -45. The guns were to cordon off Høllefjorden against invasion and protect the western approach to Kristiansand together with forts Odderøya. The location meant that the fort was known as "Little Gibraltar" with their guns, mortars, machine guns and machine guns. On top of the island is constructed two white-painted cairns, which are also part of the municipality weapon Søgne.

Sørland Architecture

Further in towards Søgne itself we find Høllen with its characteristic southern architecture: whitewashed small houses, narrow streets and idyllic gardens. All the way along the coast itself is also the national road with hiking trails, swimming areas and its own large outdoor park. Søgne and the surrounding area is therefore one of the many places along the coast from Vestfold to Rogaland where traveling caravanists can stop for a few days and get a number of nature experiences and preferably a little history at once.

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