Kristiansand Euro-Port Norway is the only Norwegian port with
ferry connections to both Sweden and England.
In addition about 1.5 million passengers travel to and from Denmark by ferry each year.
Every year thousands of tourists visit the local coastal area, enjoying its fjords and thousands of small islands. The Kristiansand area has more days of sunshine than any other location in Scandinavia, and the beaches and smooth rocks are ideal for sunbathing. Also Norwegians consider Kristiansand to be the number one holiday area.
The river Otra, which runs practically through the city centre, is well known for its rich salmon fishing. Its water is very clean, as is the sea in and around Kristiansand. Thus the new beach, which is located in the heart of the city, is very popular.
Several sightseeing/charter boats, including the M/S Maarten,
are available for tourists wishing to visit the unique scenery, and
the charming fishing villages with their traditional white wooden houses.
Kristiansand is also a popular destination for pleasure crafts from every corner of Europe. Special yachting harbours provide berthing in areas safely separated from the commercial port.
Click here to see more pictures of the harbour in my travelogue.
Named "Dyreparken", the family entertainment park 8 kms east of Kristiansand city is more than an animal park. It is probably the single biggest attraction south of Oslo, but that should not necessarily to stop. This is essentially an entertainment park for small-children-families and children aged 2-12. For those beyond that there are the bathing facilities (huge water play area), The Jungle Land climbing area, a collection of animals here seemingly living good lives: tigers, lions, an African savanna replica, animals from Scandinavia, some monkeys, crocs etc., quite interesting.
The big draws, however, you will understand when you see the small pirates and Tante Sofie-dressed girls who are returning from Kardemomme By (Cardamom Town) and Kaptein Sabeltanns pirate ship (Captain Sabretooth). The first is a small town, built on the stories of the author Torbjørn Egner, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorbj8rn_Egner , the town actually modelled out of a Moroccan mountain town(!). The other one is a pirate harbour built on stories by Terje Formoe, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terje_Formoe . Played out in both places are musicals for children. Captain Sabretooth's stuff is for those children that are not easily scared. Adults also find it entertaining, check a segment of the play on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwqChfwnap8 - it's becoming a cult song and frequently played on full volume on beer parties!
The area is huge, so to see all you will need more than one day. It is pricey, so consider getting a cheaper multiday tickets if you will be visiting more than a day.
The best way of seeking info is actually on the web.
The big disappointment for me in Dyreparken - and I spent three days there - was the food: fast food junkets, french fries, soggy burgers, very little that I would consider fresh, healthy and appetizing. Commercial sponsors of Dyreparken seem to have been given the licence to provide the food, so with some exemptions you are stuck with it and it is not good. and made worse by tired and inexperienced youthful, probably cheap staff on summerjobs. In particular the eateries in the Africa theme area were dirty and not good. A BBQ buffet is probably worth it, but you need to preorder tables. Bring your own food if you take my hint.
The activities put on for children means forever staying in lines for your turn. Opt for something else if possible, or avoid to Dyreparken the two last weeks of July.
Yes, the water is warm enough to swim in around Kristiansand - around 21 degrees in the summer. There is a sandy beach right downtown or walk just past the fish market and out toward the island to Bendiktsbukta for a more secluded swim.
Kristiansand is well known here for its festivals. It reached notoriety last summer when a couple was making it out on stage to the rythms of Cum Shots at the Quart Festival (rock music). Definitely a good advertisement!
Look at "events" at www.sorlandet.com for 2005 happenings.
Not far from Kristiansand (about 11 kms from city center) you'll find the "Dyrepark". In fact, there is a very good combination between a zoo and a leisure park. This feature gives the place a special charm.\
The park is opened from 10 till 17 in the afternoon. You may buy one day or two days tickets.
We payed about 86 Euros for two adults and a child - one day tickets.
Traveling through this erea by car, you must take the time to stop. In Norway there are not organised signs that tell you what to look for like in some countries, but I think you will have no problems finding the sights.
Dyreparken i Kristiansand, zoo and amusementpark.
A big and wonderful zoo and amusementpark where kids and grown ups can enjoy themselves.
If you are looking for beaches in Kristiansand you don´t have to travel far. The town beach - called "Bystranda" is situated in the southeast corner of the town. This is not a natural beach, but it still has managed to obtain the statue as a Blue Flag Beach. This is the place to meet - youngsters, families etc. love this place. There are sandvolley courts, playgrounds etc. just by the beach.
Walking distance from the shopping street, and a very nice stop on the stroll along the eastern water front in Kristiansand.
The technical details of the Cathedral are that it is the fourth one on this site, consecrated in 1885, seats 1,800 people, and has a tower 70m high. What I liked was the variety due to the multiple use of the Domkirke. Outside was a volleyball tournament. Inside was a youth orchestra rehearsing for a concert amidst the religious works of art. The cathedral altar piece depicts the risen Jesus with the two disciples at Emmaus and is by the artist Eilie Peterssen.
If shopping is in your visit agenda, then strolling the pedestrian shopping street is a good alternative. We were window shopping and taking pictures and found it a fascinating way to spend a morning.
We visited Kristiansand on a cruise and found the waterfront interesting. There were three: one where our ship docked, a marina, and a mini-marina in the heart of town. I enjoy photographing boats and reflections.
If you are in Kristiansand during the summer and the weather is nice then you actually have a very nice little beach in town.
I was very suprised to see that as i was not exactly picturing Norway as a beach destination.
But in the eastern part of Kristiansand you have a nice little beach that is very popular with the locals if the sun is out and i was lucky that it was when i passed through Kristiansand.
It was a big surprise for me to find out that the beaches are not actually beaches.
I cannot imagine people swimming in those places and I am still thinking that perhaps I have missed something:)
The Museum!I don't know the exact name?Its in the near of Kristiansand,too.
Can YOU help me and tell me the Name of this lovely Museum?