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Lillesand harbour - Photo: Visit Sørlandet
Lillesand harbour Photo: Visit Sørlandet


Lillesand is situated just 20 minutes east of Kristiansand, and is the charming, younger sibling of the two cities.

The town of the sailing ships, Lillesand is an inviting, immaculate, whitewashed idyll of wooden houses, whose walls act as sun traps. The centre of Lillesand, with its streets and alleys full of shops, restaurants, bars, museums and art galleries, is swarming with life in summer.

On the town's seafront you will discover one of Norway's best visitors' harbours. The sightseeing boat (in the summerseason) takes you for a trip around Blindleia - an inland waterway and one of Norway's finest idylls.

Guest information

At Lillesand marina you will find the Information Bureau in the Red Cross building (office open during the summer season).

Boat trip Lillesand - Kristiansand

M/B Øya is one of the few remaining ferry boats which are still in a regular route during the summer. 

Experience Lillesand and Blindleia. M/B Øya departs lillesand at 10:00, crosses Skallefjorden and passes the Ostesundet. Here we see the signature of King Olav V on the rocks Brekkestø is the first old outport we reach. The return departs Pier 6 (by Havnekvartalet) in Kristiansand at 14.00 and arrives back in Lillesand at 17.00.

City walk in Lillesand

The center of Lillesand bustles with people in its narrow lined streets with charming shops, restaurants, cafés, museums and art galleries. Take a walk in the streets of Lillesand.

Last updated:  2015-09-30
Boating in Blindleia  - Photo: Anders Martinsen © Visit Kristiansand AS
Boating in Blindleia
Charming houses  - Photo: Elisabeth Høibo @Visit Sørlandet
Charming houses
Boat trip in Blindleia  - Photo: Anders Martinsen © Visit Kristiansand AS
Boat trip in Blindleia
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Lillesand harbour - Photo: Visit Sørlandet


Lillesand is situated just 20 minutes east of Kristiansand, and is the charming, younger sibling of the two cities.


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