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KRISTIANSUND

The clipfish city

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Kristiansund port from the air .
Photo: Per Kvalvik/Visit Nordvest
Kristiansund port from the air .
Photo: Per Kvalvik/Visit Nordvest

Have you ever been to a city centre in the middle of the sea?

The city of Kristiansund is situated on four different islands.

Kristiansund port from the air .
Photo: Per Kvalvik/Visit Nordvest
Kristiansund port from the air .
Photo: Per Kvalvik/Visit Nordvest

But don’t worry – the tiny ferry Sundbåten takes just minutes to cross between Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet …

Kristiansund Sundbåten .
Photo: Visit Nordvest
Kristiansund Sundbåten mobile .
Photo: Visit Nordvest

… and Gomalandet. Ask the skipper to let you off at the Milnbrygga wharf, where you can visit the Norwegian Clipfish Museum.

Kristiansund was partly built on fishing, and especially clipfish – split and salted cod that was traditionally dried on rocks by the sea.

Make sure you try one of Kristiansund's specialities, fishan – fish and chips. Enjoy it at a restaurant or local fast food place.

Kristiansund, fish .
Photo: Visit Nordvest
Kristiansund fish, mobile .
Photo: Visit Nordvest

Sample some super fresh seafood at Smia Fiskerestaurant. Located in a house built in 1787, it's one of the most unique eateries in town.

Klippfisk Smia restaurant Kristiansund .
Photo: Visit Nordvest/Oddgeir Visnes
Klippfisk Smia restaurant Kristiansund .
Photo: Visit Nordvest/Oddgeir Visnes

Speaking of food from the region – you must try the award-winning cheeses from Tingvollost, especially Kraftkar, which has been named the world’s best blue cheese! Sample it at the restaurant Mætt & Go in the city centre, where it's also available for purchase.

Join the Klippfiskfest festival held in June, which celebrates the town and its clipfish history. Tuck in to local food and enjoy concerts and markets filled with tasty local specialities.

Cheese from Tingvollost .
Photo: Alexander Hagstadius
“Kraftkar” cheese from Tingvollost .
Photo: Hanne Stensvold

A short stroll from the city centre, you can experience a virtually unaltered shipyard from the last days of working sails in Norway at Mellemværftet Shipyard Museum.

Stop by the coffee roastery and trading house Patrick Volkmar, where the biggest attraction is a coffee roaster that's more than over 100 years old. Treat yourself to a delicious cup of coffee made from beans roasted on one of the oldest operating roasters in Norway.

Mellemverftet, Kristiansund .
Photo: Johan Wildhagen, Paolookaville/Visit Nordvest
Mellemverftet, Kristiansund .
Photo: Johan Wildhagen, Paolookaville/Visit Nordvest

Did you know that Kristiansund is home to the country’s oldest opera? With more than 100 performances a year, you can always catch a show.

Each February, the popular Operafestukene festival is held, where opera is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 17 days.

Kristiansund opera .
Photo: Visit Nordvest
Kristiansund opera mobile .
Photo: Visit Nordvest

Don't miss the Nordic Light Festival of Photography. Held in June, famous international and Norwegian photographers exhibit their pictures all over town, give lectures, and inspire.

Nordic Light Kristiansund .
Photo: Visit Nordvest
Nordic Light Kristiansund mobile .
Photo: Visit Nordvest

No visit to Kristiansund is complete without seeing the traditional fishing village Grip.

Grip island in Kristiansund .
Photo: Johan Wildhagen
Grip island in Kristiansund .
Photo: Johan Wildhagen

This tiny island is now a laid-back summer community. Stroll among its charming, colourful houses and visit Grip stave church, built in 1470. The island is located a 45-minute boat ride from Kristiansund, with daily service in summer.

Grip, Kristiansund .
Photo: Eline Karlsdatter/Visit Nordvest
Grip Kristiansund mobile .
Photo: Eline Karlsdatter/Visit Nordvest

Sampled enough fish? Go for a hike! A short walk takes you to the city viewpoint Varden, or you can try the Havstien coastal hike, just 20 minutes from the harbour. For a longer trip, enjoy the fantastic view from the Freikollen or Bremneshatten mountains. Bremneshatten is home to several exciting caves.

Freikollen in Kristiansund .
Photo: Visit Nordvest / Johan Wildhagen / Palookaville
Freikollen in Kristiansund .
Photo: Visit Nordvest / Johan Wildhagen / Palookaville

Getting to Kristiansund and the northwestern corner of Fjord Norway is part of the adventure. You could fly or sail aboard the Hurtigruten coastal express or Havila Voyages.

Kayaking in Kristiansund .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Kayaking in Kristiansund .
Photo: Einar Engdal

But you’ll probably want to drive – along the scenic Atlantic Road, south of Kristiansund.

This spectacular stretch of road has been named the world’s best road trip, the most beautiful bike ride in Norway, and the Norwegian engineering feat of the century.

The Atlantic Road, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Heine Schjølberg
The Atlantic Road, Fjord Norway .
Photo: Heine Schjølberg

It's also one of the best places in the world to mend a broken heart, according to Lonely Planet.

Eldhusøya at the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen .
Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Statens vegvesen
Eldhusøya at the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen .
Photo: Roger Ellingsen / Statens vegvesen

Along the way, you can stop to kayak, join a RIB-boat safari, hike, spend the night, or just enjoy the view. When the sea is calm, you might spot seals and whales. Or why not see if the fish are biting on a guided fishing tour?

Cod and trout, coalfish and mackerel swim in abundance under the Myrbærholmen fishing bridges.

The Atlantic Road .
Photo: m_dickson / Foap / Visitnorway.com
The Atlantic Road .
Photo: m_dickson / Foap / Visitnorway.com

Looking for a wildlife adventure?

Make sure you visit the prairie-like Smøla island, north of Kristiansund. Here, you’ll find the densest white-tailed eagle population in the world. Book a safari and get an insight into the life of these fascinating eagles.

Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Smøla Naturopplevelser
Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Smøla Naturopplevelser

Here, yet another amazing coastal road takes you across bridges, breakwaters, and small islands to what feels like the end of the world – Veiholmen island at the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean.

The North Atlantic Road, Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Erik Hattrem
The North Atlantic Road, Smøla in Northwest .
Photo: Erik Hattrem

Get ready for coastal adventure.

Start planning your trip to Kristiansund today!

Travel to Kristiansund .
Photo: Jørgen Iversen Lie / www.fjordnorway.com
Travel to Kristiansund .
Photo: Jørgen Iversen Lie / www.fjordnorway.com

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