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Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Founded in 1641, Kristiansand is the capital of Southern Norway and a modern trade, cultural and communications centre. Norway's fifth largest city, Kristiansand is situated on the south coast of Norway, facing the European continent and surrounded by water on three sides. Its surrounding villages are Birkeland, Iveland, Lillesand, Songdalen, Søgne and Vennesla. The Kristiansand area is known for its busy summer harbours, white wooden houses, a rocky coast with skerries and the Quart Music Festival.

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Kristiansand, Norway

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Fun Things To Do

  • Take a boat trip from Kristiansand through the inland waterway Blindleia to Lillesand – where you can stroll through narrow streets that offer a taste of the coastal culture.
  • Visit the former naval base on the island of Odderoya and explore its military history.
  • The Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park is the ideal spot for families and features animals, fun rides, live shows and water activities.
  • Enjoy a vintage steam train-ride with the Setesdalsbanen Railway.
  • See one of the world's largest cannons at the Kristiansand Cannon Museum.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Explore the area around the fishmarket and quayside or visit an outdoor café in the pedestrian area. Norwegian delicacies such as smoked salmon, newly caught mackerel, fish cakes or filet of moose are offered at the counters of the indoor fish market. If you're looking for a unique experience, do like the locals: buy a bag of fresh prawns or a basket of locally grown strawberries and enjoy them sitting at the quayside.

Shopping For Bargains

Shop for local products at the Posebyen Market, or browse the shops that line the pavements and streets at Kvadraturen, a lively bustling part of the city centre. If you're looking for the current trends, head to Kristiansand's main street, Markens, for one of the city's largest shopping centres – Slotts Quartalet. For a casual shopping experience, check out Skippergada, a side street with smaller boutiques, charming coffee-shops and cafes serving home-made breads and pastries.

Local Currency

The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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