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Kilden theatre and concert house Kristiansand.
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Visit Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway

Kristiansand is the largest city in Southern Norway and attracts a lot of tourists every year. Kristiansand is a family destination, focusing in activities and attractions for families, one of the largest if these being Dyreparken, a gigantic zoo and amusement park.
Family enjoying beach life sand Åros camping Søgne near Kristiansand
Åros, Søgne
Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Couple eating at restaurant Sjøhuset in Kristiansand
Sjøhuset, Kristiansand
Peder Austrud, Visit Sørlandet
Tiger in Kristiansand dyrepark Zoo
Kristiansand dyrepark
Inger Hutchinson, Visit Sørlandet
Kilden Theatre in Kristiansand
Kilden / Olav Breen

Top 10 things to do in Kristiansand

Relax and unwind at Bystranda, the city beach

Bystranda is a Blue Flag beach which basically means clean beach and clean water. Here you will also find Aquarama waterpark and the Palmesus beach festival.

Chill at Fiskebrygga (The Fish Quay)

Fiskebrygga is the fish bazaar in Kristiansand. Visit Fiskeeksperten, and enjoy fine restaurants. During summer the area is buzzing with life and every week there is a large open air concert.

Experience nature, art and culture at Odderøya 

Walking paths, fantastic view, galleries, cafés and beaches. In summer, the island Odderøya is home to several festivals and large outdoor concerts with both national and international artists. Check out what's on in Kristiansand.

Go for a hike or a swim in Baneheia

This large nature area at the north of the city centre is filled with marked walking paths, lakes with bathing and fishing possibilities, lookout points and a lively bird and animal life. In winter, the flood lit trail is prepped for skiing.

Take a stroll through Posebyen (The old town)

Posebyen is the old part of town in Kristiansand with a charming, large connected collection of wooden buildings. On your way back to the city center visit Kristiansand Cathedral.

Explore the coastline

In summer there are several sightseeing boat trips in and around Kristiansand. Visit one of the coastal outports or go island hopping.

Visit Kilden Performance Hall

Kilden, the new performing arts centre for Southern Norway, is filled with concerts, theatre, opera, dance and entertainment. In summer, there are free concerts almost every day. The building itself is worth a visit.

Visit Ravnedalen Valley Nature Park for burgers and music

Ravnedalen is a nature park with scenic surroundings. In the park there is a grand outdoor stage for summer concerts. Stop at Café Generalen for great food and concerts/entertainment during the summer season.

Visit Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park 

At "Dyreparken" you will meet Nordic animals such as wolf, lynx, moose and snow fox, but also exotic animals such as lions, siberian tigers, cheetahs and monkeys. The zoo is also home to Kaptein Sabeltann (Captein Sabretooth) and there are different themed attractions and rides throughout the park.

Visit exhibitions at art museums and galleries

Check out the art scene in Kristiansand at for instance Sørlandets KunstmuseumKristiansand Kunsthall and Galleri Bi-Z.

Learn about history and have fun at the museum

Visit the outdoor museum at Vest-Agder county museum Kristiansand, check out Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, and learn more about World War II in Southern Norway at Kristiansand Cannon Museum, home to the world's second largest cannon. Have fun with coastal culture activities at Odderøya Museumshavn.

Festivals and events in Kristiansand

Explore Kristiansand

Where to stay and restaurants in Kristiansand

Boat trips in Kristiansand and Søgne

Experience the coastline and coastal outports around Kristiansand by charter or sightseeing boats.

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Activities in the Children's City
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Aquarama, with its stunning location on Kristiansand city beach (Bystranda), is a resource facility for the region's residents and an attraction for… Read more
Aquarama Bad
The coal is glowing and the water is boiling on the old steam locomotives on the Setesdalsbanen. Let the venerable station buildings, stylish teak… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
At Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden you will get to experience natural history from the ice age to the present, and how it developed… Read more
Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
The museum is located at Kongsgård and consists of the Open Air Museum, Miniby (miniature houses) and a main building with a toy exhibition. The… Read more
Kristiansand museum
In Lille Nodeviga at Odderøya Museumshavn (museum harbour) you can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf, whittle a… Read more
Odderøya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum (cannon museum) Møvik Fortress outside Kristiansand was built by the Germans during World War II. The museum houses the only… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
Ready for action? Høyt & Lavt (high and low) climbing park in Kristiansand have challenges for all ages. In the climbing park, you can monkey around… Read more
Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand climbing park
MINERALPARKEN - nature's treasury. In the Mineral Park at Evje you find a spectacular collection of minerals and crystals. In the mines, the world's… Read more
Mineralparken, Evje
Grand Park. For adults and children from age 10 and up. The Climbing Forest is situated next to the Mineral Park, in a natural pine forest on the… Read more
Klatreskogen, Grand Park
Family rafting is a super fun experience for the entire family. The trip starts by meeting the guides and learning the skills required for the trip on… Read more
TrollAktiv family rafting
Baneheia extends right up to the Kvadraturen in Kristiansand, and is a much used walking, keep-fit and recreational area. The nature park was… Read more
Baneheia outdoor area
Go for a walk (approx. 3 km) on the former island naval base of Odderøya, now a recreation area, in Kristiansand. Walk on idyllic sign-posted paths… Read more
In Abra Havn (Abra Port) you can stay in the "real" pirate's cribs. There are different houses for the different characters in the Captain Sabeltann… Read more
Abra Havn Pirate village
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda is the newest hotel in Kristiansand and located on the city beach. Go for a summer swim or a stroll into the city… Read more
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Visit Dyreparken Hotell - a unique hotel which is fun for the kids. The hotel is located right by the entrance to Kristiansand Dyreparken Zoo, and… Read more
Dyreparken Hotell
Scandic Sørlandet is located near Kristiansand Zoo & Amusement Park (Dyreparken), Badelandet (a big waterpark), Sørlandets Travpark (horse racing) and… Read more
Scandic Sørlandet
Cardamom Town is inside Kristiansand Zoo and amusementpark. There are 33 houses in Cardamom Town, 8 of them are for rent. Every house is covering 2… Read more
Kardemomme by in Kristiansand Zoo
The rooms at the eco-friendly Hotel Norge have air-conditioning and Jensen beds, and the walls are decorated with 1300 original works of art. The… Read more
Hotel Norge Kristiansand
The 5-star campground is open from mid of May to mid of August. 2 spacious cabins of 50 m², right down by the waterfront. These cabins can sleep 8… Read more
Kristiansand Feriesenter Dvergsnestangen
Hamre Family Camping is located right nex to one of Norway´s finest beaches, Hamresanden. 3 km of sand surrounds the great recreation ground just… Read more
Hamre Familiecamping
There are about 150 places for tents, as well as 10 campervans for hire. At this camping there are no cabins Restaurant and kiosk close by. Read more
Roligheden Camping
The centre has a unique location along Skagerak with the ocean as its closest neighbour. The south part of Norway is the most sunny part of the… Read more
Skottevik Feriesenter
Åros Feriesenter in Søgne is the perfect holiday resort for families with children, thanks to its long sandy beach, pier facility, large heated… Read more
Åros Feriesenter
Lillesand is a typical Norwegian white city, with white wooden houses along the sea. The camp site is perfect for recreation and hiking and only a 20… Read more
Tingsaker Family camping
Culinary adventures and art will be a importent part of the shipyard: Bølgen & Moi began in 1995 when Trond Moi (chef) and Toralf Bølgen took over… Read more
Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
We specialise in apartments in the City, or in walking distance to the City Centre. All our apartments are self contained, fully furnished with… Read more
Kristiansand Ferieleiligheter
Accommodation available in refurbished apartment in cog-joint timber house called "Setesdalshus" from the 1700s. The apartment has large, spacious… Read more
Mineralparken - Accommodation
TrollAktiv is located in Evje about 50 minutes drive from Kristiansand Zoo. They offer reasonable accommodation and many exciting activities for large… Read more
TrollAktiv - Vacation house
TrollAktiv is located 70 km north of Kristiansand and 7km north of Evje on Rv 9. We offer accommodation in cabins, apartments, tepee tents, camping… Read more
TrollAktiv cabins & camping
If you are you looking for a high-quality and low price hotel in Kristiansand, then you have found what you´ve been looking for. Centrally located… Read more
Yess! Hotel
Hamresanden Resort offers a wide range of holiday accommodation - from modest camping cabins to newly refurbished hotel apartments of the highest… Read more
Hamresanden Resort
It is only a few minutes walk to Bystranda (the city beach), Strandpromenaden, Christiansholm Fortress, Fiskebrygga (Fish quay) and the main street,… Read more
Sjøgløtt hotel
13 km east of Kristiansand centre between Tømmerstø og Kongshavn is Skudeviga Holiday centre situated. At Skudeviga there is a marina, guest harbor,… Read more
Skudeviga Feriesenter
Lighthouse from 1882, manned until 1952 when it was automated. In the summer period, the Saltholmen Lighthouse will be open to visitors during the day… Read more
Accomondation at Saltholmen Lighthouse
In 1981 an agreement was entered into between Bragdøya Kystlag (a coastal association) and Kystverket (Norwegian National Coastal Administration),… Read more
Grønningen Fyr - Accommodation
The skerries
Cannons with a firing range of 12 km are among the interesting exhibits. Free public access to the island all year round either by means of your own… Read more
Coastal Fort at Ny-Hellesund
At Skottevik FerieSenter you will find a big variety of exciting and impressive dive adventures as well as many other facilities. The underwater world… Read more
Diving at Skottevik Feriesenter
Skottevik has been one of the most popular fishing places in south of Norway for years. You reach deep water just a few 100 meters from land where you… Read more
Fishing trips - Skottevik Feriesenter
Boats for hire, kiosk and fishing equipment for sale. 22-foot diesel-engine - boats including fish finder for rent day / week + diesel and deposit.… Read more
Boats for hire - Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
While Norwegians refer to Sørlandet as the paddling pool of their country, the rest of Europe still consideres it to be an insiders tip and one of the… Read more
Diving at Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter