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Have you ever been to a city centre in the middle of the sea?
The city of Kristiansund is situated on four different islands.
But don’t worry – in minutes, the tiny ferry Sundbåten will take you between Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet …
… 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And one of the world’s best places to mend a broken heart. Says Lonely Planet.
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.
But hey, this is Fjord Norway. You can fish almost anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You really don’t want to wait.
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