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Visit Kristiansand – the city of children and summer

Kristiansand is decleared Children’s City, because of all the funny activities for all the family. And Kristiansand is widely known as one of Norway’s greatest summer cities.

Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park (Dyreparken) is Norway’s largest tourist attraction for families. In 2016 the park celebrates its 50 years anniversary, with lots of extra fun.

 
Tiger in Kristiansand dyrepark Zoo
Kristiansand dyrepark
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Family enjoying beach life sand Åros camping Søgne near Kristiansand
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Activities in the Children's City
Activities in the Children's City
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Kristiansand Zoo is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an entertainment… more
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Aquarama Bad
Aquarama, with its stunning location on Kristiansand city beach (Bystranda), is a resource facility for the region's residents and an attraction for… more
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Setesdalsbanen Railway line
Narrow gauge museum railway (1067 mm) with steam engines and carriages more than a hundred years old still in use. The 8 km track runs through scenic… more
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Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
Sørlandet's natural history from the ice age to the present, and from the coast to the mountains. Colourful mineral exhibition. Botanical garden with… more
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Color Line Kristiansand
Color Line is Norway’s largest cruise ferry operator sailing with the newest and most modern ships to and from Norway. Choose between Color Line… more
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Go kart track in Evje
At the gocart race track in Evje there are activities for the whole family. The age limit is 15 years to drive on the big track, but there is also a… more
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Mineralparken, Evje
MINERALPARKEN - nature's treasury. In the Mineral Park at Evje you find a spectacular collection of minerals and crystals. In the mines, the world's… more
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Klatreskogen, Grand Park
Grand Park. For adults and children from age 10 and up. The Climbing Forest is situated next to the Mineral Park, in a natural pine forest on the… more
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TrollAktiv family rafting
Family rafting is a super fun experience for the entire family. The trip starts by meeting the guides and learning the skills required for the trip on… more
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Kristiansand museum
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. The museum is located at Kongsgård and consists of the Open Air Museum, Miniby… more
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Baneheia outdoor area
Baneheia extends right up to the Kvadraturen in Kristiansand, and is a much used walking, keep-fit and recreational area. The nature park was… more
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Odderøya museumshavn
In Lille Nodeviga you can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf, whittle a toy boat in bark and learn to tie boating… more
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Odderøya
Go for a walk (approx. 3 km) on the former island naval base of Odderøya, now a recreation area, in Kristiansand. Walk on idyllic sign-posted paths… more
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Vision Skatepark
Large indoor and Norway's coolest skate arena. Open every day. more
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Kristiansand Kino
Films are in the original language. more
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Metro Bowling Kristiansand
Metro Bowling is a bowling chain focusing on good quality and service to our customers. Today we have a total of 8 bowling alleys, located in: Asker,… more
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Café Dronningen - Child friendly eatery
You can feel the nice, accommodating atmosphere from the moment you enter renown Hotel Norge’s own restaurant. The staff’s enthusiasm is reflected in… more
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Café Generalen - Child friendly eatery
Cafe Generalen is situated in the beautiful park, Ravnedalen, close to the city centre. The place is famous for it´s hamburgers, but there is a… more
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Egon Restaurant - Child friendly eatery
Egon has a large menu with almost 100 different courses. Vi offer pasta, burgers, pizzas, and a large main course menu with both meat and fish. All… more
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Dolly Dimple's Fiskebrygga - Child friendly eatery
Dolly Dimple's has a good selection of pizzas that are specially composed for children's tastes. Here you get pizza toppings that kids like , the kids… more
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Håndverkeren - Child friendly eatery
Handverkeren is located in the heart of Kristiansand - there is literally an actual heart in the ground just outside, signifying the geometric centre… more
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Jordbærpikene - Child friendly eatery
Their menu contains of various warm and cold dishes, fresh salads, pasta, quiches and freshly baked focaccia, among so much more. They like to serve… more
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Le Monde - Child friendly eatery
At Le Monde, they have a great offer to all families. Free dinner for children under 12 years when parents order main course. more
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Mother India - Child friendly eatery
Mother India specializes in North Indian cuisine and has a wide range of tandoori dishes, curry dishes, nan breads and Indian desserts on the menu.… more
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Peppes Pizza Kristiansand - Child friendly eatery
At Peppes Pizza Kristiansand you will get an informal and pleasant restaurant visit, with a varied and tempting menu. They offer fun activities for… more
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Quality Hotel & Resort - Child friendly eatery
Going to the zoo in Kristiansand, or just experiencing southern Norway? Stop at Quality Hotel & Resorts restaurant and try their pirate cuisine,… more
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Restaurant Enok Nilsen - Child friendly eatery
Restaurant Enok Nilsen is a summer open restaurant for the whole family. Enjoy the summer at Fiskebrygga with good food. The food, especially local… more
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Scandic Dyreparken - Child friendly eatery
They have a large playroom staffed with activity leader every day in high season and every Sunday in lower season. more
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Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda - Child friendly eatery
Book a stay at the new and largest city hotel in Kristiansand. It is perfectly situated in the south east corner of the City Centre and feature great… more
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Sjøhuset restaurant - Child friendly eatery
A great place for childs and families to experience the best seafood you can get. The kitchen uses the freshest ingredients and make menus around… more
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Zarina’s Restaurante - Child friendly eatery
Children are very welcome to the restaurant where they can create their own pizza and get a free scoop of ice cream as well. more
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Hamresanden, Kristiansand
Accommodation
Accommodation
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
From the hotel you have an idyllic view across the Norwegian skerries, from the hotel rooms as well as the restaurant . Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda… more
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Comfort Hotel Kristiansand
Comfort Hotel Kristiansand is a different and trendy hotel in the center of Kristiansand. Located within close vicinity to most facilities in the… more
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Quality Hotel & Resort Kristiansand
Quality Hotel & Resort Kristiansand is a family hotel for you wh want a varied ans active stay with many opportunities for families. As a family Hotel… more
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Abra Havn
Abra Havn (eng. Abra Port) lies hidden behind the great wall that sourrounds the city, and cannot been seen from the highway. Behind the wall you will… more
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Hotel Norge Kristiansand
The rooms at the eco-friendly Hotel Norge have air-conditioning and Jensen beds, and the walls are decorated with 1300 original works of art. The… more
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Lillesand Hotel Norge
The hotel first opened in 1873, when Lillesand experienced its glory days as a shipping town. Since then the hotel has had many owners, and is… more
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Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
Culinary adventures and art will be a importent part of the shipyard: BØLGEN & MOI began in 1995 when Trond Moi (chef) and Toralf Bølgen took over… more
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Thon Hotel Wergeland
Thon Hotel Wergeland offers 30 spacious and comfortable rooms which are designed to make you feel at home. You will finf free wireless internet… more
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Thon Hotel Kristiansand
At Thon Hotel Kristiansand you get comfortable accommodation in a central location, with the main shopping street of Kristiansand right outside the… more
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Clarion Hotel Ernst
Welcome to Clarion Hotel Ernst, a full service hotel situated in city centre of Kristiansand. 200 modern rooms and suites, 19 flexible conference… more
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Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand
The ideal city centre location enables easy access to popular activities, from shopping at Markens Gate to perusing exhibitions at Sørlandet Art… more
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Scandic Dyreparken
In Co-operation with Kristiansand gamepark, the Rica Dyreparken hotel was established in 2000. This hotel is uniquely situated at the entrance of the… more
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Yess! Hotel
If you are you looking for a high-quality and low price hotel in Kristiansand, then you have found what you´ve been looking for. Centrally located… more
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Kardemomme by
Sleep in the middle of a fairytale. Cardamom Town is inside Kristiansand Zoo and amusementpark. There are 33 houses in Cardamom Town, 8 of them are… more
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Kristiansand Feriesenter Dvergsnestangen
The 5-star campground is open from mid of May to mid of August. 2 spacious cabins of 50 m², right down by the waterfront. These cabins can sleep 8… more
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Kristiansand Ferieleiligheter
We specialise in apartments in the City, or in walking distance to the City Centre. All our apartments are self contained, fully furnished with… more
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TrollAktiv - Hytter
Vi kan tilby overnatting i fine hytter, hus og lavvo. We can offer accommodation in cottages, house and lavoo. You should get your children to try our… more
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TrollAktiv - Vacation house
TrollAktiv is located in Evje about 50 minutes drive from Kristiansand Zoo. They offer reasonable accommodation and many exciting activities for large… more
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TrollAktiv cabins & camping
TrollAktiv is located 70 km north of Kristiansand and 7km north of Evje on Rv 9. We offer accommodation in cabins, apartments, tepee tents, camping… more
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Hamre Familecamping
Hamre Family Camping is located right nex to on of Norway´s finest beaches, Hamresanden. 3 km of sand surrounds the great recreation ground just below… more
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Hamresanden Ferieleiligheter
Hamresanden Ferieleiligheter offers apartments for rent by Hamresanden in Kristiansand. 200-300 meters to Hamresanden, a three and a half kilometers… more
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Hamresanden Resort
Hamresanden Resort offers a wide range of holiday accommodation - from modest camping cabins to newly refurbished hotel apartments of the highest… more
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Roligheden Camping
There are about 150 places for tents, as well as 10 campervans for hire. At this camping there are no cabins Restaurant and kiosk close by. more
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Roligheden Apartments
Roligheden Apartments is located on the 3 floor of a small building. Basic standard and limited outdoor area. Located 1 km from a beach. About 10… more
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Tingsaker Family camping
Lillesand is a typical Norwegian white city, with white wooden houses along the sea. The camp site is perfect for recreation and hiking and only a 20… more
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Skottevik Feriesenter
Skottevik, the most popular holiday centre in the South of Norway is located along the southern coast between Kristiansand and Lillesand. The centre… more
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Sjøgløtt hotel
Sjøgløtt is a nice and cozy hotel with a good standard and a very central location in the center of Kristiansand. It is only a few minutes walk to… more
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Mineralparken - Accomodation in a log house
The old, charming log house is in the middle of the park with large family rooms and a beautiful view over the park of sculptures and river Otra. more
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Mineralparken - Accommodation
Accommodation available in refurbished apartment in cog-joint timber house called "Setesdalshus" from the 1700s. The apartment has large, spacious… more
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Skudeviga Feriesenter
13 km east of Kristiansand centre between Tømmerstø og Kongshavn is Skudeviga Holiday centre situated. At Skudeviga there is a marina, guest harbor,… more
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Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter is located at the tip of Trysnesfjorden, centrally located between Kristiansand and Mandal. A popular resort for families… more
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Ogge Gjesteheim
Restaurant, kiosk, camping groundand holiday cabins. Canoes for hire, including life jackets and maps, NOK 250,- pr. day/weekend NOK 450,-. Exciting… more
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Saltholmen Lighthouse
Saltholmen Lighthouse - the islets were used early in the 19th century for the extraction of sea salt. Lighthouse from 1882, manned until 1952 when it… more
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Grønningen Fyr
In 1981 an agreement was entered into between Bragdøya Kystlag (a coastal association) and Kystverket (Norwegian National Coastal Administration),… more
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Girl rowing a boat
The skerries
The skerries
Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
Culinary adventures and art will be a importent part of the shipyard: BØLGEN & MOI began in 1995 when Trond Moi (chef) and Toralf Bølgen took over… more
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Coastal Fort at Ny-Hellesund
Cannons with a firing range of 12 km are among the interesting exhibits. Free public access to the island all year round either by means of your own… more
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Diving at Skottevik Feriesenter
Skottevik FerieSenter with its own dive base is located only 22 km east from Kristiansand, directly at the open Skagerrak. Here you will find a big… more
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Fishing trips - Skottevik Feriesenter
Skottevik has been one of the most popular fishing places in south of Norway for years. You reach deep water just a few 100 meters from land where you… more
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Motorboat hire at Skottevik Feriesenter
At Skottevik Holiday Centre you can rent fishing boats and small boats. Motorboat hire: Diesel boats, 22- 28foot, 10- 30 hp: NOK 1 250,- per day/ NOK… more
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Boats for hire - Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
Boats for hire, kiosk and fishing equipment for sale. 22-foot diesel-engine - boats including fish finder from NOK 850 a day / NOK 3 900 week + diesel… more
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Diving at Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
While Norwegians refer to Sørlandet as the paddling pool of their country, the rest of Europe still consideres it to be an insiders tip and one of the… more
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Fishing at Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
Trysnes Marina and Vacation Resort is known for it`s salt water fishing. They have received very favorable reports in German fishing magazines. They… more
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Fishing in Kristiansand
Fishing in rivers and lakes in the Kristiansand region. The south coast offers great sports fishing opportunities throughout the year. In order to… more
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Kayak rental - Kristiansand Feriesenter
Kristiansand Feriesenter collaborates with KayakExperiences.com. We offer kayak rentals, guided tours, courses and experiences. KayakExperiences.com,… more
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Bragdøya Coast Culture Center
Bragdøya is a public open space of 925 000 square meters . The island lies like a green park in an otherwise busy harbor with ship traffic, industrial… more
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Shuttle boat to Bragdøya
Visit the island Bragdøya with boat transport from Auglandsbukta in Vågsbygd. Timetable (all year): From: Auglandsbukta, Vågsbygd - Bragdøya in… more
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Summerboat to Bragdøya
Between the end of June to early August the boat will sail to Bragdøya, Indre Randøya, Stokken and Dvergsøya, four beautiful islands just outside… more
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Grønningen Fyr
Grønningen Lighthouse is located about 8 km south-east of Kristiansand. The lighthouse came into service on 1 September 1878, and was manned until… more
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Saltholmen Lighthouse
Saltholmen Lighthouse - the islets were used early in the 19th century for the extraction of sea salt. Lighthouse from 1882, manned until 1952 when it… more
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Blindleia
The inner archipelago affords plentiful opportunity for open-air activities, enjoying the coastal scenery and outports. Blindleia has its own activity… more
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Agder Sea Rafting
Experience this thrilling boat trip in Kristiansand with friends or colleagues. The RIB can take 12 people. more
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Sea rafting with Havrafting Sør AS
Havrafting Sør's vision is to deliver a nature based world class adrenaline adventure to all who wish for a exciting long lasting memory. Throughout… more
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M/S Maarten - charter
M/S Maarten has been built with scenic attractions in mind. The lounge has large windows that make it possible to view all the sights in comfort. M/S… more
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Dvergsøya
Summer cafe is open daily for 5-6 weeks in the summer, and you can buy coffee, waffles, ice cream and soda. more
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Høllen Båtruter - Charter boat
Charter: M/B Høllen (50 pass.) for boat trips in Søgne. more
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M/B Høllen - Boat sightseeing
You should not leave southern Norway without doing a boat trip and seeing the old outports, spotting the birds, the islands and skerries. Ferry from… more
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Randøya
Østre Randøya (previously Randøya Fort) is a magnificent recreation area with smooth rocks ideal for sunbathing, a sheltered bay and excellent paths… more
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Romsviga
The area consists of Romsviga and Lilleviga which today appear in good condition after extensive restoration work. In Romsviga there is also a… more
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Helleviga
There are excellent possibilities for sunbathing, swimming and fishing. Parking place. Café in the summer season. more
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Lillesand Gjestehavn og Informasjon
Welcome to picturesque Lillesand! If you come by boat, car, bike or bus, you are welcome to Lillesand marina and Information Bureau of the Red Cross… more
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Family enjoying beach life sand Åros camping Søgne near Kristiansand
Bathing areas
Bathing areas
Kristiansand City beach
Bystranda is a nice sandy beach with swim pier, sun deck and palm trees - ideal for children. In addition, there are separate bathing ramp for the… more
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Hamresanden beach - Blue Flag
Hamresanden is a 3 km long sandy beach with a buzzy life in the summerseason and a lot of sand. The area is often used for windsurfing, swimming,… more
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Baneheia outdoor area
Baneheia extends right up to the Kvadraturen in Kristiansand, and is a much used walking, keep-fit and recreational area. The nature park was… more
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Romsviga
The area consists of Romsviga and Lilleviga which today appear in good condition after extensive restoration work. In Romsviga there is also a… more
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Helleviga
There are excellent possibilities for sunbathing, swimming and fishing. Parking place. Café in the summer season. more
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Paradisbukta beach at the Mineralpark
Between the Mineral park and Klatreskogen climbing forest in Evje you will a beautiful beach where you can relax and let the kids go bathing after you… more
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Odderøya
Go for a walk (approx. 3 km) on the former island naval base of Odderøya, now a recreation area, in Kristiansand. Walk on idyllic sign-posted paths… more
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Summerboat to Bragdøya
Between the end of June to early August the boat will sail to Bragdøya, Indre Randøya, Stokken and Dvergsøya, four beautiful islands just outside… more
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Dvergsøya
Summer cafe is open daily for 5-6 weeks in the summer, and you can buy coffee, waffles, ice cream and soda. more
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