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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.

Festivals and events in Kristiansand

Top things to see and do in Kristiansand

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.

Explore Kristiansand

Where to stay 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
A historical defence museum that features a heavy German coastal defence battery from 1940-45, with the world's second largest land-based cannon (337… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
Narrow gauge preserved railway line (1,067 mm gauge) situated in Vennesla near Kristiansand and using steam locomotives and carriages which are over… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and animals like wolf,… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Naturmuseum og botanisk hage, Universitetet i Agder is a natural history museum and botanical garden placed right outside of Kristiansand city center. Read more
Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Kristiansand
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
Have a leisurely walk through "Posebyen", one of Northern Europe's largest collections of charming, old, white wooden houses. Read more
Posebyen - Old town in Kristiansand
Kilden Performing Arts Center have a unique architectural presence and will stand as a landmark building of arts in Kristiansand. Read more
Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Situated directly at the town beach in Kristiansand you find Aquarama - Kristiansand's waterpark, spa and fitness centre. Read more
Aquarama Bad waterpark
Walking, jogging or a cross-country skiing trip. There's always something to do at Baneheia all year round. Read more
Baneheia outdoor area
At Odderøya Museumshavn your kids can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf and learn to tie boating knots. Read more
Odderøya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
Odderøya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths, old cannon positions, small beaches and a long… Read more
Odderøya
Experience an exciting world from the treetops at Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand! Read more
Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand Climbing 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
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… Read more
Klatreskogen, Grand Park
Accommodation
Abra Havn is a pirate town based hotel where you can spend the night. In 2017 Abra Havn was voted the 6th best family hotel in the world by… Read more
Abra Havn Pirate village
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda is located on the city beach only a short walk from the city centre in Kristiansand. Read more
Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
Dyreparken Hotell is a different hotel. The restaurant, bar and reception area gives an experience unlike anything else in the region. Read more
Dyreparken Hotell
Scandic Sørlandet in Kristiansand is a family hotel for an active vacation. Read more
Scandic Sørlandet
Sleep in the middle of a fairytale. There are 33 houses in Cardamom Town, 8 of them are for rent. Read more
Kardemomme by in Kristiansand Zoo
Hotel Norge is located in the heart of Kristiansand, near the pedestrian street with shopping and restaurants and the harbour with a beach promenade. Read more
Hotel Norge Kristiansand
A family friendly - 5 stars - holiday centre just a few km east of Kristiansand, in the middle of the beautiful skerries. Read more
Kristiansand Feriesenter Dvergsnestangen
Hamre camping is locatedby the 3 km long beach Hamresanden. Close to Kristiansand Zoo and Kristiansand Kjevik Airport. Read more
Hamre Familiecamping
Roligheden Camping, a 4-star family camp, is situated very central, just about 3 km from the city centre of Kristiansand. Read more
Roligheden Camping
Skottevik, the most popular holiday centre in the South of Norway is located along the southern coast between Kristiansand and Lillesand. Read more
Skottevik Feriesenter
Åros Feriesenter is a popular holiday and activity centre offering high-quality accommodation and outdoor areas – situated just 15 minutes from… Read more
Åros Feriesenter
Tingsaker Family Camping is located right in the middle of Southern Norway with a 5 minutes walk to Lillesand City. Read more
Tingsaker Family camping
The old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund is a unique project in Søgne and culinary adventures and art will be a important part of the shipyard. Read more
Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
Kristiansand Ferieleiligheter goal is to offer our guests the cheapest accommodation in Apartments in Kristiansand, Norway. Read more
Kristiansand Ferieleiligheter
Stay at Mineralparken in the old "Setesdalshus" (cog-joint timber house) from the 1700s. Read more
Mineralparken - Accommodation
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
Yess! Hotel is a budget hotel centrally located in the center of Kristiansand with comfortable beds and a tasty and healthy breakfast. Read more
Yess! Hotel
Hamresanden Resort offers a wide range from brand-new hotel apartments in the range of beautiful new renovated apartments, and small cozy cabins with… Read more
Hamresanden Resort
Sjøgløtt is a nice and cozy hotel with a good standard and a very central location in the center of Kristiansand. Read more
Sjøgløtt hotel
Skudeviga Feriesenter is located by the sea, central to the wonderful and special archipelago in Southern Norway Read more
Skudeviga Feriesenter
Saltholmen Lighthouse - the islets were used early in the 19th century for the extraction of sea salt. Read more
Accomondation at Saltholmen Lighthouse
Grønningen Lighthouse is located about 8 km south-east of Kristiansand. The lighthouse came into service on 1 September 1878, and was manned until… Read more
Grønningen Fyr - Accommodation
The skerries
Partially renovated German coastal fort from the Second World War; follow the signposts or go on a guided tour arranged by Søgne Information centre on… Read more
Coastal Fort at Ny-Hellesund
Join the MS Bragdøya on an island hopping excursion to the Kristiansand archipelago. The boat stops at several of the islands and you can decide how… Read more
Boat trips on the MS Bragdøya - Summer excursions
Skottevik Feriesenter with its own dive base is located only 22 km east from Kristiansand, directly at the open Skagerrak. Read more
Diving at Skottevik Feriesenter
M/B Øya is one of the few remaining ferry boats which are still in a regular route during the summer. The trip between Lillesand and Kristiansand is a… Read more
Boat sightseeing with M/B Øya Lillesand - Kristiansand - Lillesand
At Skottevik holiday center you can rent a boats and get tips from the fishing guide. Read more
Fishing trips - Skottevik Feriesenter
Kristiansand region can offer deep-sea-fishing, salmon and trout fishing in the rivers Otra, Tovdal and Søgne and fishing in idyllic lakes in the… Read more
Fishing in Kristiansand
The Bragdøya is an island with a public recreation area, lying in Byfjorden right outside Kristiansand. Read more
Bragdøya Coast Culture Center
Boat transport from Vågsbygda to and from the island Bragdøya. Read more
Shuttle boat to Bragdøya
Grønningen Lighthouse is located about 8 km south-east of Kristiansand. Read more
Grønningen Fyr
Lighthouse from 1882, manned until 1952 when it was automated. Read more
Saltholmen Lighthouse
A beautiful sailing area, from the centre of Lillesand to Gamle Hellesund, Ulvøysund. The led offers spectacular nature and wooden houses along the… Read more
Blindleia
Sea rafting on the coastline of Kristiansand. Havrafting Sør's give the customers the best RIB experience in Southern Norway. Read more
Sea rafting with Havrafting Sør
M/S Maarten has been built with scenic attractions in mind. Read more
M/S Maarten - Charter boat
Dvergsøya and Stokken are public recreational areas with bathing places, landing stages and toilets. Read more
Dvergsøya
Østre Randøya (previously Randøya Fort) is a magnificent recreation area. Read more
Randøya
Romsviga is an old coastal farm with several buildings. The place has a long history stretching back to the mid 1600's and was inhabited until the… Read more
Romsviga
Helleviga (at the North Sea Road) is a large recreational area at the seaside open to the public. Read more
Helleviga
Bathing areas
Along the "Strandpromenaden" and near by the city center of Kristiansand is Bystranda. Read more
Kristiansand City beach
Hamresanden is a 3 km long sandy beach with a buzzy life in the summer season and a lot of sand. Read more
Hamresanden beach - Blue Flag
Walking, jogging or a cross-country skiing trip. There's always something to do at Baneheia all year round. Read more
Baneheia outdoor area
Romsviga is an old coastal farm with several buildings. The place has a long history stretching back to the mid 1600's and was inhabited until the… Read more
Romsviga
Helleviga (at the North Sea Road) is a large recreational area at the seaside open to the public. Read more
Helleviga beach
Paradisbukta is a beach next to the Mineralpark and Klatreskogen climbing forest in Evje. Read more
Paradisbukta beach at the Mineralpark
Odderøya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths, old cannon positions, small beaches and a long… Read more
Odderøya
Dvergsøya and Stokken are public recreational areas with bathing places, landing stages and toilets. Read more
Dvergsøya
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