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A myriad of large and small boats travelling towards Kristiansund in the Northwest, Fjord Norway
Kristiansund in the Northwest.
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Bacalao, opera, and the spectacular Atlantic Road. Big experiences await in the small city of Kristiansund.

Four idyllic islands at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean make up Kristiansund, a small city in the northwestern part of Fjord Norway. The charming ferry Sundbåten takes you between the islands in no time.

If you want to really feel part of the ocean without actually being in it, The Atlantic Road is as close as you’ll get. Plus, it holds titles like “the world’s best road trip” and “Norwegian construction of the century”, so you don’t want to miss it.

The area around Kristiansund is great for hiking, and even more so for sea fishing. But 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 music festival.

In summer, you should get on the boat to the old fishing village on Grip island. And no matter the season, you can’t leave Kristiansund without tasting the city’s speciality: bacalao. In Norway’s clipfish capital, the dish is on the menu in most restaurants.

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

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Top attractions in Kristiansund

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Kristiansund.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Kristiansund offers.

Getting to Kristiansund

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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
National Tourist Route Atlanterhavsvegen
The island Grip is one of the most popular attractions of Kristiansund. 14 km north of Kristiansund is the island that until 1964 was the smallest… Read more
Gripruta -visit the beautiful island of Grip
The impulses of the opera in Kristiansund came from big firms enganged in the production and export of klipfish. These were in close contact with the… 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
The Sundbåten boat - The world's oldest public transport service in uninterrupted use. Part of Kristiansund's cultural heritage and the world's… Read more
Sundbåten - The harbour ferry
Atlanterhavsbadet is a modern aqua land including : · Family bath · Sports pool · Health pool · Well-being area · Atlanten Cafè · Climbing wall ·… Read more
Atlanterhavsbadet - indoor waterpark
Norway's only «living» shipbuilding museum – founded in 1856. The shipyard buildings are from 1872 and the residential houses from 1887. Museum… Read more
Mellemværftet - old shipbuilding 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 Art Gallery
The Norwegian Klipfish Museum is situated on the island of Gomalandet in a large and well preserved wharf dating back to 1749. The wharf was used for… Read more
The Norwegian Klipfish museum
Destinations in Fjord Norway
Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Get to know Kristiansund, a city on four islands famous for clipfish, opera, and The Atlantic Road. Read more
Situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sognefjorden, Lærdal features dramatic mountain tops, unique wooden houses in… Read more
Molde has some of Fjord Norway’s most famous attractions. Experience the world-famous Molde international jazz festival, enjoy spectacular views… Read more
In Nordfjord you are greeted by a beautiful stretch of coastline, towering mountains and the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen. Read more
Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
Imagine finding yourself looking over mountains, rockslides and polished cliffs – hundreds of metres above sea level. In Ryfylke, the nature is… Read more
The Røldal ski centre in the Hordadalen valley is known for receiving more snowfalls than any other area in Norway. It is also one of the best… Read more
In Stryn you can join a rope team walking on a glacier, go summer skiing, and enjoy white sandy beaches – all on the very same day. Read more
The Sunnfjord area offers a mix of active holiday activities in diverse and unspoilt nature, attractions like a viewing point of unseen… Read more
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Fjord Coast
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
The Lysefjord area
Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
The Sognefjord area
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
You could go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
If you are craving thrilling adventures, extreme surroundings and Norwegian food specialities, Voss will not let you down. Read more
Discover Åndalsnes, famed for the Romsdalseggen ridge, Trollstigen, and the Rauma Line, Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Read more
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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 from Bergen or Trondheim. You can reach the city via 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.

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    • Plane Kristiansund

      By plane

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

      Molde Airport lies all of an hour from Kristiansund, or 1,5 hours if you drive The Atlantic Road. The airport has connections from Oslo and Bergen.

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    • Local Kristiansund

      Local travel

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

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

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