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KRISTIANSUND

The Atlantic city

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Kristiansund from the air .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life
Kristiansund from the air .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life

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 from the air .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life
Kristiansund from the air .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life

But don’t worry – in minutes, the tiny ferry Sundbåten will take you between Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet …

The Sundbåten ferry in Kristiansund .
Photo: Lene K. Jonasson / Making Waves
The Sundbåten ferry in Kristiansund .
Photo: Lene K. Jonasson / Making Waves

… 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 the clipfish – split and salted cod that were traditionally dried on the cliffs along the sea.

Clipfish in Kristiansund .
Photo: Tina Stafrén
Clipfish in Kristiansund .
Photo: Tina Stafrén

Clipfish and bacalao are still staple foods in the region.

Get a taste of some of the freshest seafood at Smia Fiskerestaurant. Located in a house from 1787, it is one of the most unique eateries in town.

Smia Fiskerestaurant in Kristiansund .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Smia Fiskerestaurant in Kristiansund .
Photo: Christine Baglo

Speaking of food from the region – you need to try the award-winning cheeses from Tingvollost, especially “Kraftkar”, which has been named the world’s best cheese!

Join the annual food festival Snadderfestivalen in June to really dig into the local food, drink the local craft beers, and taste the local aquavit, which is made on potatoes and seaweed.

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

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.

Every year in February, they arrange the popular festival Operafestukene, where you get served opera for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 17 days.

The Opera in Kristiansund .
Photo: Bjørn Hansen
The Opera in Kristiansund .
Photo: Bjørn Hansen

You should also join the Nordic Light Festival of Photography, where famous international and Norwegian photographers exhibit their pictures all over town, give lectures, and drink with the locals all through the night.

Nordic Light Festival of Photography in Kristiansund .
Photo: Nordic Light Festival of Photography
Nordic Light Festival of Photography in Kristiansund .
Photo: Nordic Light Festival of Photography

Getting to this northwestern corner of Fjord Norway can be quite an adventure. You could fly, of course, or dock with the Norwegian coastal express Hurtigruten.

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

But you’ll probably want to drive – along the scenic Atlantic Road.

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

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

And one of the world’s best places to mend a broken heart. Says 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, 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?

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

But hey, this is Fjord Norway. You can fish almost anywhere.

Fishing in Kristiansund .
Photo: Oddgeir Visnes
Fishing in Kristiansund .
Photo: Oddgeir Visnes

If you want to see an authentic old fishing village, visit the tiny Grip island – now an incredibly relaxed summer community, which has its own stave church built in 1470.

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

Enough fish? Take a hike! A short one to the city viewpoint Varden, or a longer trip to enjoy the fantastic view from the Freikollen or Bremneshatten mountains. In the latter, you’ll find several exciting caves.

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

And don’t leave town without a visit to the prairie-like Smøla island, where you’ll find the densest white-tailed eagle population in the world.

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

Here, yet another “Atlantic 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

You really don’t want to wait.

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