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A myriad of large and small boats travelling towards Kristiansund in the Northwest, Fjord Norway
Kristiansund in the Northwest.
Photo: Jørgen Iversen Lie / www.fjordnorway.com

From festivals, operas and delicious bacalao to the old fishing village of Grip and the spectacular Atlantic Road. Incredible experiences await in the Atlantic Ocean City – Kristiansund.

Kristiansund is spread across four idyllic islands by the edge of the open sea in northwestern Norway. The charming Sundbåten ferry takes you between the islands in no time.

The city is also widely known for its cultural life. Visit Norway’s oldest opera, meet star photographers at the Nordic Light Festival of Photography, or join the small Tahiti rock and pop music festival, named after its location in a neighbourhood nicknamed Tahiti.

The area around Kristiansund is great for hiking, and even better for sea fishing.


In summer, you should make sure to visit the old fishing village on Grip island. And don't leave Kristiansund without tasting the city’s speciality: Bacalao, a traditional clipfish stew made with tomatoes. In Norway’s clipfish capital, the dish is on the menu in most restaurants.

If you want to really feel connected to the ocean without actually being in it, The Atlantic Road is as close as you’ll get. It's an iconic coastal drive that has been named  “the world’s best road trip” and “the Norwegian engineering feat of the century”. It's well worth experiencing.

Get in-depth travel information on Kristiansund’s official website.

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Top attractions in Kristiansund
A unique stretch of road which takes you right out to the ocean's edge. In 2005, the road was voted Norway's «Engineering Feat of the Century», and is… Read more
Norwegian Scenic Routes - The Atlantic road
In Kristiansund, you’ll find Norways oldest Opera! That opera has been played here on these islands at the far end of the oceans gap in Northwestern… Read more
The Opera in Kristiansund
Kvalvik Fort is situated on Kvalvik, Frei. It is one of Norway's best preserved coastal fortifications from the Second World War. There was also a… Read more
Kvalvik Fort - coastal fort from World War 2
Sundbåten - The world's oldest public transport service in continuous use. Part of Kristiansund's cultural heritage and a great way to experience… Read more
Sundbåten - The harbour ferry
Norway's only «living» shipbuilding museum – founded in 1856. Mellemværftet – literally «the middle shipyard» - is situated in the heart… Read more
Mellemværftet - Historic Shipyard museum
Idyllic park area with beautiful surroundings. It is a unique botanic coastal garden, with an exceptionally rich and varied vegetation. It makes an… Read more
Kringsjå/Vanndammene - hiking
The Nordic Light Art Gallery is centrally located in Kristiansund, just a few hundred meters walk from the pier. The gallery has various exhibitions… Read more
Nordic Light Photo house
The Norwegian Clipfish Museum is situated on the island of Gomalandet in Kristiansund in a large and well preserved wharf dating back to 1749. Read more
Norwegian Clipfish Museum
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The Fjord Coast
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The Geirangerfjord
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Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
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Winter in Hardangerfjord
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    • Bus Kristiansund

      By bus

      Express buses take you to Kristiansund from Trondheim, Molde, and Ålesund daily. You can also reach the main attractions in the area, like the Atlantic Road, by bus.

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    • Car Kristiansund

      By car

      To drive to Kristiansund, follow the E39 and RV70 motorways from Bergen or Trondheim. You can reach the city via the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsveien – The Atlantic Road.

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    • Boat Kristiansund

      By boat

      Daily express boats connect Kristiansund with Trondheim.

      The Norwegian coastal express Hurtigruten calls at Kristiansund daily on its way to both Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. Havila Voyages also calls there on some routes. 

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    • Plane Kristiansund

      By plane

      Kristiansund Airport is just 10 minutes by car from Kristiansund city centre. The airport has connections from Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Ålesund.

      Molde Airport is an hour from Kristiansund, or 1.5 hours if you choose to take the Atlantic Road. The airport has connections to Oslo and Bergen.

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    • Local Kristiansund

      Local transport

      The small Sundbåten ferry connects the city’s main islands: Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet, and Gomalandet.

      The region also has a well-developed bus network, which makes it easy to get around.

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