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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 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.

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
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum (cannon museum) Møvik Fortress outside Kristiansand was built by the Germans during World War II. The museum houses… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
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
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
At the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden (Naturmuseum og botanisk hage, Universitetet i Agder) you will get to experience natural history… Read more
Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Kristiansand
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
Posebyen in Kristiansand is a nice little city community and the only thing left after the big city fire in 1892. Take a walk around the idylic… Read more
Posebyen - Old town in Kristiansand
Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand is the home of Agder Regional Theatre, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Opera Sør (the… Read more
Kilden Performing Arts Centre
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 waterpark
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
In Lille Nodeviga at Odderøya Museumshavn (museum harbour) you can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf,… Read more
Odderøya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
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… Read more
Ready for action? Høyt & Lavt (high and low) climbing park in Kristiansand have challenges for all ages. In the climbing park, you can… 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
In Abra Havn hotel in Kristiansand you can stay in the "real" pirate’s cribs. There are different houses for the different… 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,… Read more
Dyreparken Hotell
Scandic Sørlandet is located near Kristiansand Zoo & Amusement Park (Dyreparken), Badelandet (a big waterpark), Sørlandets… 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… 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… 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… 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
Skottevik Feriesenter has a unique location along Skagerak with the ocean as its closest neighbour. The south part of Norway is the most sunny part of… 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… 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
Ny-Hellesund is today a holiday paradise in the Søgne archipelago. The lagoon between Helgøya and Kapelløya is surrounded by open… 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 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… 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,… 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
MS Bragdøya sails scheduled trips from Kristiansand daily from the end of June to the middle of August. The boat departs from Kai 6 (Pier 6) in… Read more
Boat trips on the MS Bragdøya - Summer excursions
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
Experience the archipelago "Blindleia" between Lillesand and Kristiansand. M/B Øya departs from Lillesand at 10:00, crosses Skallefjorden and passes… Read more
Boat sightseeing with M/B Øya Lillesand - Kristiansand - Lillesand
Skottevik Feriesenter 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… Read more
Fishing trips - Skottevik Feriesenter
Trysnes Marina is closed for the 2018 season. We strongly regret the inconvenience this brings to their guests. They hope to be able to provide… Read more
Boats for hire - Trysnes Marina & Feriesenter
While Norwegians refer to the southernmost part - Sørlandet - as the paddling pool of their country, the rest of Europe still consideres it to… Read more
Diving at Trysnes
Fishing in rivers and lakes in the Kristiansand region. The south coast offers great sports fishing opportunities throughout the year. In order to… Read more
Fishing in Kristiansand
Bragdøya is a public open space of 925 000 square meters . The island lies like a green park in an otherwise busy harbor with ship traffic,… Read more
Bragdøya Coast Culture Center
Visit the island Bragdøya with boat transport from Auglandsbukta in Vågsbygd. Timetable (all year): From: Auglandsbukta, Vågsbygd -… Read more
Shuttle boat to Bragdøya
The lighthouse came into service on 1 September 1878, and was manned until 1980, when it became automatic. In 1981 an agreement was entered into… Read more
Grønningen Fyr
Saltholmen Lighthouse - the islets were used early in the 19th century for the extraction of sea salt. In the summer period, the Saltholmen Lighthouse… Read more
Saltholmen Lighthouse
The inner archipelago affords plentiful opportunity for open-air activities, enjoying the coastal scenery and outports. Experience Blindleia by… Read more
Experience this thrilling boat trip in Kristiansand with friends or colleagues. The RIB can take 12 people. Read more
Agder Sea Rafting
Havrafting Sør's vision is to deliver a nature based world class adrenaline adventure to all who wish for a exciting long lasting memory.… Read more
Sea rafting with Havrafting Sør AS
M/S Maarten is ideal for groups with up to 100 people. The upper deck gives you the overview you need, and in the Cabin there are 70 comfortable seats… Read more
M/S Maarten - Charter boat
Summer cafe is open daily for 5-7 weeks in the summer, and you can buy coffee, waffles, ice cream and soda. Read more
You should not leave southern Norway without doing a boat trip and seeing the old outports, spotting the birds, the islands and skerries. The ferry is… Read more
M/B Høllen - Boat sightseeing
Østre Randøya (previously Randøya Fort) is a magnificent recreation area with smooth rocks ideal for sunbathing, a sheltered bay and excellent paths… Read more
The area consists of Romsviga and Lilleviga which today appear in good condition after extensive restoration work. In Romsviga there is also… Read more
There are excellent possibilities for sunbathing, swimming and fishing. Parking place. Café in the summer season. Read more
Bathing areas
Bystranda is a nice sandy beach with swim pier, sun deck and palm trees - ideal for children. In addition, there are separate bathing ramp for the… Read more
Kristiansand City beach
The area is often used for windsurfing, swimming, diving and strolls in the water's edge. The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded beaches… Read more
Hamresanden beach - Blue Flag
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
The area consists of Romsviga and Lilleviga which today appear in good condition after extensive restoration work. In Romsviga there is also… Read more
There are excellent possibilities for sunbathing, swimming and fishing. Parking place. Café in the summer season. Read more
Helleviga beach
Between the Mineral park and Klatreskogen climbing forest in Evje you will find a beautiful beach where you can relax and let the kids go bathing… Read more
Paradisbukta beach at the Mineralpark
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… Read more
Summer cafe is open daily for 5-7 weeks in the summer, and you can buy coffee, waffles, ice cream and soda. Read more
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