Kristiansand Travel Guide
Fountain in Ottersdalsparken
Waterway into the square
Nice beaches, lovely walking country and manageable city center with good events planning
Everything! The weather, the prices (goes for the whole country), the people, the nightlife (terrible!!)..... I could go on for ever!!
In a nutshell
Nice friendly people, good to walk around. Great views.
Waterfront is close to town and interesting
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.
Stroll the shopping street: Markensgate
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.
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...
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...
Bystranda in Kristiansand
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...
Restaurant Østen: The southern version of the East
On the second floor of the main pedestrian road (Name+number) is "Restaurant Østen" ("The East"). The interior is fancy, the food is quite on the regular side. When staff understood we were familar with "the east" less blandness was disernable...The big item appeared to be a...
Egon: We liked it!
We liked its atmosphere and of course the food they serve. But I most appreciate they have in the children menu not only hamburgers and chips, but as well a healthy choice: salmon with baked potatoes.
In addition to the three daily trains to / from Stavanger and the four to / from Oslo, there is an overnight service. Passangers to Oslo can board in the evening and go to sleep in one of two sleeping cars parked at the station, which are connected to the Oslo train later....
Bus from Oslo
There are 3 bus companies that runs express buses from Oslo to Kristiansand. Sørlandsskspressen: (no booking needed)Timetable in EnglishKonkurrenten: (no booking needed)Timetable in NorwegianLavprisekspressen (second link from the bottom, requires booking online)Timetable in...
At the MALL: Buy a "Troll"
A big MALL located just east of the city-center, with over 100 shops and 3.000 parking lots.
The biggest shopping mall in the this region of Norway.
Bus-connection to the city-center is excellent.
What to buy: All kind of norwegian souvenirs, clothing, shoes ................
What to pay: It is up to you.
Written Jul 18, 2007
Address: Barstølveien Kr.sand
Phone: +47 38049100
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The tragedy in Baneheia
Kristiansand is a small place where the innhabitans feels related to eachother.In 2000 a terrible incident happened in Baneheia, a small place in Kristiansand. To girls,8 and 10 years old were found raped and killed inside the wood of baneheia. The day the girls were burried...
The bible belt of Norway
Ohhhh, this is a conservative stretch of Norway.... This is materializing itself as strict liquor laws, many "bedehus" (prayer houses") and churches, a conservative twang in politics and strong presence of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party in local politics and...
Like other places in Norway, Kristiansand can get a little rowdy on Saturday nights downtown and fights can occur. It's not exactly something to be woried about but definately something to know about.
Harbour teeming with jellyfish
Be very careful around the harbour (probably the beach as well) as the water is full of jellyfish like the one pictured here. Even the seagulls floating on the water stayed well clear of them, when people were throwing in bread.
Don't forget your camera!!
Photo Equipment: As with all good holidays, it isn't complete without photographs of the great time you are having. So don't forget to pack a camera, and if it needs regular recharging (as my one does) don't forget to bring a european plug adapter (I forgot to bring one and had to buy another, d'oh!). Always bring plenty of film or have a large capacity memory card for your digital camera (I bought a 128mb card which allows me to save hundreds of nice pictures).
Written Oct 21, 2003
Take the øya
the øya is a small ferry that travels between Kristiansand and Lillesand. It's a beautiful trip. You can take the bus back.
I spotted this little lighthouse as the ship was pulling out of the harbour. Here's a few facts I found out about it. It was established in 1832 and the present lighthouse was built back in 1900. It stands 118 feet tall with it's focal plane standing 154 feet high. It is...
Start has for the last two years been down in the 1st division, but after a very dramatic qualifying match against Strømsgodset they reached the premier divison.
Kristiansand Stadium has one stand and two terraces. The main stand has a capacity of around 4,000 seats, the terrace at the opposite side has a capacity of around 7,000 spectators. The third one (on one of the ends) isn't acually a proper terrace, but can be used when higher capacity is needed.
There is plans to build a new stadium in Kristiansand, or at least rebuild the old one. In both cases the stadium will be a football ground without an athletics track around it, and with a capacity of around 12-15,000 seats.
Equipment: None, just bring yourself and your friends.
Updated Oct 21, 2003
Address: Marviksveien 94, Postboks 1533 Valhalla, 4688 Kris
Phone: +47 38106666
Sørlandspasset - way to save money:
Sørlandspasset - "The Southern Counties' Pass" - gives you access and discounts to many activities and experiences in the Sørlandet region. The pass can be bought at the tourist offices (check www.sorlandet.com for tourist office locations and 2005. discounts). The pass is...
Accessible for the handicapped
Kristiansand prides itself for being the most accessible city for the physically challenged/handicapped.You will find more information on this at www.kristiansandkommune.no and then check "tilgjengelighetsguiden" (the access guide).Worth considering, since most Norwegian...
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