Kristiansand, Norway

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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Points of Interest

  • Cannon Museum
  • Oddernes Church
  • Grovane & Vintage Railway
  • Lillesand
  • Agder Nature Museum & Botanical Garden
  • Setesdal Mineral Park
  • Høllen Village
  • Setesdal Valley

More about Kristiansand, Norway Points of Interest

  • Cannon Museum

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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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 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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City Walk, Posebyen Quarters & Cannon Museum

3 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 3 8 0
  • Cannon Museum

Explore Kristiansand's old city, known as the Quadraturen for its formal grid of right angled-streets. Tour the Cannon Museum, also known as the Vara Battery. This WWII battery boasts one of the world's last surviving 15-inch Krupp cannon. This mammoth cannon fires box-car-sized shells and has a range of 30 miles.

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Høllen Fishing Village & Kristiansand Museum

3 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 2 2 0
  • Oddernes Church
  • Høllen Village

See the sights on a scenic drive and explore Kristiansand's storied history on this moderately active half-day excursion. Explore the fishing village of Høllen on a guided walk and tour the Kristiansand Museum with its collection of historic buildings from the Setesdal Valley and Kristiansand's historic old high street.

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Setesdal Mineral Park

3 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 2 6 0
  • Setesdal Mineral Park

Discover Norway's mining history and heritage on a visit to Setesdal Mineral Park, located on the Otra River north of Kristiansand. The park is actually an exibition housed in the reconditioned shafts of what was once one of the largest operating mines in Norway.

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Setesdal Vintage Railway

3 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 2 0 5
  • Grovane & Vintage Railway

Founded in 1896, the Setesdal Vintage Railway once linked the farms and mines of the Setesdal Valley with the city of Kristiansand. Powered by an 1894 steam locomotive, this narrow-gauge train ride through stunning scenery keeps the golden age of rail alive on this moderately active half-day excursion.

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Rib Tour Of Kristiansand

1 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 5 0 0

Zip across the deep-blue waters of Kristiansand's picturesque harbor aboard a high-speed RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). During your one-hour guided tour, keep your eyes open and camera ready for the storybook cottages and impressive lighthouses that line the rugged coast, and the occasional whale or porpoise.

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Archipelago Sailing Experience

2 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 5 1 0

Set sail on a traditional 82­foot Norwegian schooner through the Kristiansand skerries and discover the scenic splendor of southern Norway's coast during this delightful sightseeing excursion.

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Lillesand: The Jewel of Sorlandet Cruise & Drive

4 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 2 0 0
  • Lillesand

Discover the islands and skerries of Norway's southern coast on a narrated cruise along archipelago with its charming fishermen's villages and colorful wooden houses. Then sightsee to Lillesand with free time to browse the picturesque restaurants, shops and galleries on this moderately active half-day excursion.

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Kristiansand Adventure: Rafting in Setesdal

5 hours | Kristiansand | K R S - 5 4 0
  • Setesdal Valley

Join guides for a whitewater rafting expedition on the Otra River that features Class III & IV conditions. No experience is necessary - your guides provide training, equipment and wetsuits!

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