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Kristiansand is the capital of Southern Norway. It's a delightful place. The town and surrounding villages offer tremendous opportunities for exciting and enjoyable holiday experiences. For many decades, the region Kristiansand has been the Norwegians' favourite destination for holidays and recreation, and it can be said with confidence that it's a children's holiday paradise here.
Kristiansand is the place where you can find Norway's premier zoo and Captain Sabertooth World. For decades, children and adults have been drawn to this amazing universe of thrills and experiences. There is a superb aqua park here for kids of all ages, as well as Thorbjørn Egner's Cardamom Town.
Sun and warm rock shelves, tiny bays with tempting beaches, picnics on the beach, swimming and play. Surroundings like these are perfect for both adults and children. You can let the days just drift by while you enjoy lazy days in the sun. What could be better than watching the kids crouch down over a rock by the water's edge, excitement in their eyes and a crab line in their hands, and hearing their jubilation when yet another crab finds its way into the crabbing bucket.
Summer feeling in the town Bustling crowds and seafood on the Fiskebrygga wharf, prawns on the quayside, atmospheric restaurants in the market square, a stroll down Markens shopping street, swimming on the town's Blue Flag beach, non-stop concerts and events, ambling through the old town (Posebyen), visiting museums and galleries. There's always a great atmosphere on summer days in Kristiansand, with plenty of experiences to choose from. Let the tension flow out of your body, and enjoy the days in Norway's Number One summer town!
If you're feeling energetic, the Kristiansand region has plenty of exciting activities to offer. Just a short way from the coast, there are companies offering high-velocity, exciting adventures for both adults and children. We have aerial trails with ziplines in the treetops, river rafting and canoeing, go-karts, off-road biking trails, paintball, fishing, kayaking, a mineral park, mine tours and much more. If you prefer to enjoy the natural scenery on your own, we have a varied and beautiful natural environment with a huge range of hiking routes, hiking and cycle trails. On the coast, there are companies offering activities like diving, sea kayaking, boat hire with sea fishing, salmon fishing on the rivers, and much more. Kristiansand also has two excellent golf courses, and the new 18-hole Bjaavann Golf Club is one of the best in Norway. Sightseeing boats take you out to the islands around Kristiansand and Søgne, or you can take the Blindleia M/B Øya boat.
VEST-AGDER MUSEUM IN KRISTIANSAND: Vest-Agder Museum is the biggest cultural heritage museum in Southern Norway. The museum is in the Kongsgård district and includes the open-air museum, miniature town and main building, in which you can see numerous exhibitions, such as Skies over Southern Norway, Impulses and the banners of the Workers' Movement. The open-air museum at Kongsgård is made up of 34 heritage houses spread across three areas: the Old Street, Setedal Farmyard and Vest Agder Farmyard. Setedal Farmyard and Vest Agder Farmyard both have numerous heritage buildings, some of which date as far back as 1580. The farmyards have schools, barns, stables, open-hearth houses and several storehouses. Close to the farmyards, you can see sheep and lambs grazing, In summer, the museum runs a special children's programme 'Fun at the Museum' (1 July - 15 August), where children can join in with the games played by the children of yesteryear in the Children's House in the Old Street, go on guided tours, listen to fairytales in the open-hearth house in the farmyard, visit the carpentry and fulling workshops, and take part in other fun activities. In the Old Street, Consul Mørch's Pavilion Café is open during museum opening hours (Sundays only outside the summer season). The museum also has a miniature village with model buildings from Kristiansand, built at one tenth of their actual size. You will recognise many of the buildings and streets from the Poseby timber house district of Kristiansand town centre. The staff of Vest-Agder Museum love sharing their knowledge of history, and in the summer season, guides like Severin, the deck boy will show you round the Old Street. The Museum welcomes groups and offers a range of tours - if you are brave enough, you might even be the first person to see Håvard the ghost!
Fishing All along the coast, there is no charge for fishing, and the waters are rich in cod, coalfish, mackerel and many other species. You can go fishing independently or with local boatmen who know the area. If you buy a fishing permit, this will give you access to the many rich lakes and salmon rivers of the region, including Nidelva, Storelva, Otra, Mandalselva, Tovdalselva, Audnaelva, Lygna and Kvina. Many of the rivers are considered to be among the best in Norway. You can pay the local fee for rivers and lakes at tourist offices and petrol stations.
We have collected some of the most frequent questions from our guests.
There are 2 DanCenter houses to choose from in Kristiansand.
Kristiansand Kanon Museum, Setesdalsbanen Railway line, Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park, and Kristiansand Cathedral are some places you must go to.
Visit museums, churches and enjoy biking.
UK travellers can reach Kristiansand via plane, bus, car, train or ferry.
Fiskekaker, Fiskebrygga and Pølser are some recommended dishes.
June to September is the best time to visit.