Kristiansand, Norway

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Norway's fifth largest city was founded by Christian IV in the year 1641 as a market town and administrative center on Norway's then-strategic southern coast. The city is separated from Denmark by the Skagerrak, the long strait that connects the Baltic and North Seas. Today the capital of the Aust-Agder region is one of Norway's most popular vacation destinations: the city and the surrounding countryside boast the sunniest summer weather in Norway.

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  • Cannon Museum Cannon Museum

    Cannon Museum is an historical defense museum with the world's largest land-based cannon.

  • Oddernes Church Oddernes Church

    Built between 1100 and 1150, Oddernes Church is the oldest Romanesque-style church in Norway. It contains a Baroque altarpiece and pulpit from 1704 as well as a Runic stone in the porch.

  • Grovane & Vintage Railway Grovane & Vintage Railway

    The Setesdal Vintage Railway, a narrow gauge railroad built in 1896 and powered by original steam engines offers views of the stunning countryside traveling to or from the Grovane train depot.

  • Lillesand Lillesand

    Known for charming architecture, Lillesand also boasts a stunning offshore archipelago, the bustling Blindleia Passage, the historic Saltholmen Lighthouse, and a dazzling display of summer flowers.

  • Agder Nature Museum & Botanical Garden Agder Nature Museum & Botanical Garden

    Founded in 1828, this is one of the oldest natural history museums in Norway. It features a wide array of exhibits and a diverse array of botanical species including a large collection of cacti.

  • Setesdal Mineral Park Setesdal Mineral Park

    Setesdal Mineral Park exhibits one of Norway's finest collections of minerals and crystals, preserving the history of a mining region rich in resources as well as tradition.

  • Høllen Village Høllen Village

    Explore the traditional "Fishermen's Street" on a guided walk past colorful wooden houses and the small harbor. Enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping for traditional Norwegian arts and crafts.

  • Setesdal Valley Setesdal Valley

    Setesdal is the name of the valley that cuts through the county of Aust-Agder where river Otra runst through it. The bedrock in Southern Norway consists of gneiss and hard granite. The area in question has more than 100 different minerals, which is unique in Europe, i.e. the biggest nickel-mine in Europe was situated here right up to 1946, when it was closed down.


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