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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 – in minutes, the tiny ferry Sundbåten will take you 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 the clipfish – split and salted cod that were traditionally dried on the cliffs along the sea.

Make sure you try one of Kristiansund's specialties – «fishan» – fish and chips. Enjoy it either at one of the local fast-food vendors or at a restaurant.

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

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.

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! Try it and buy it at restaurant Mætt & Go in the city centre.

Join the Klippfiskfest – clipfish partyheld in June to celebrate the town and its clipfish history. Dig into the local food and enjoy music concerts and markets filled with local products.

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 the over 100 year old coffee roaster. Treat yourself to a delicious cup of coffee made on one of the oldest coffee roasters that is still in use 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.

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

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

You should also get tickets to 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

When in Kristiansund, don't miss the authentic old fishing village Grip.

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

This tiny island is now an incredibly relaxed summer community where you can admire the charming, colourful houses and Grip stave church, built in 1470. The island is located a 45-minute boat ride from Kristiansund that departs daily in summer.

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

Enough fish? Take a hike! A short one to the city viewpoint Varden or the coastal hike "Havstien", just 20 minutes from the harbour. For a longer trip, 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

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 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.

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, 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 great outdoor adventure while in the area?

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

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

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Photo: Jørgen Iversen Lie / www.fjordnorway.com
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