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A woman in the outdoor pool at Aquarama waterpark in Kristiansand
Aquarama waterpark in Kristiansand.
Photo: Anders Martisensen / Aquarama
Three girls in dresses at Bystranda beach in Kristiansand, Southern Norway
Bystranda beach in Kristiansand.
Photo: Lisbeth Finsådal / Visit Sørlandet
Palmesus music festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway
Palmesus music festival in Kristiansand.
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Imagine an urban city with palm trees on the beach and surrounded by thousands of islands. Welcome to Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway!

A great way to start exploring Kristiansand in Southern Norway is a visit to the old fish quay Fiskebrygga, which in recent years has turned into a lively restaurant area. Close by is the architectural landmark Kilden Performing Arts Center and the recreational area of Odderøya.

In the city centre, called Kvadraturen, you will find more than 400 shops and plenty of cosy cafes and restaurants. Also, remember to check out the festival program – there are hundreds of events going on here each year.

A boat trip to an old outport, like Ny-Hellesund or Bragdøya, is another must.

Back on land, the Blue Flag beach Bystranda is a hot tip, whether you want to go for a swim in the summer or a stroll in the winter.

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

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Top attractions in Kristiansand

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 Kristiansand.

Food and drink

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

Events in Kristiansand

From festivals and concerts to shows and exhibitions. See what’s on!

Getting to Kristiansand

Get in-depth travel information on Kristiansand’s official website.
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Top attractions in Kristiansand
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park- Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Situated directly at the town beach in Kristiansand you find Aquarama - Kristiansand's waterpark, spa and fitness centre. Read more
Aquarama Bad waterpark
Kilden Performing Arts Center have a unique architectural presence and stand as a landmark building of arts in Kristiansand. Read more
Kilden teater og konserthus Performing Arts Centre
SKMU have a permanent exhibition comprising Norwegian art from 1800 until today, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary crafts and visual… Read more
SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum - Art museum
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
If you appreciate homemade burgers, fantastic nature and magical concerts in the summer, Ravnedalen is the place to be. Read more
Ravnedalen Valley Nature Park
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
Kristiansand Cathedral is located at the city square. It is a late Gothic cathedral from 1884, consecrated in 1885. Read more
Kristiansand Cathedral
Experience an exciting world from the treetops at Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand! Read more
Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand Climbing park
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
Destinations in Southern Norway
From underwater safari and modern camping to art and a science centre – discover the coastal town famed for its buzzing city centre and idyllic… Read more
Arendal
An old pirate town, thousands of birds, miles of beaches, and a little piece of America – discover Farsund and Lista. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Street art, the Dutch Quarter, rail biking, and idyllic nature await in Flekkefjord, the westernmost city in Southern Norway. Read more
Flekkefjord
Get lost in narrow cobblestone streets, find your private island, and let your mind wander as you walk along the seafront. In Grimstad, the atmosphere… Read more
Grimstad
Explore urban beach life in Norway’s southernmost city! Kristiansand also has a vibrant cultural scene and exciting activity parks and museums. Read more
Kristiansand
From fjords and mountains to old mines, via ferrata and festivals – Kvinesdal offers lush nature, cultural history, and a little piece of… Read more
Kvinesdal
The idyllic Blindleia archipelago, a Historic Hotel, and traditional Southern Norway charm await in Lillesand. Read more
Lillesand
From close encounters with the weather and long forest walks, to the underwater restaurant “Under” and charming white-painted wooden… Read more
Lindesnes and Mandal
From hiking in the mountains and having fun at the beach to fishing and Viking history – get ready for an outdoor adventure in Lyngdal. Read more
Lyngdal
The seaside town of Risør is famed for its white-painted wooden houses, fun events like the wooden boat festival Trebåtfestivalen and the… Read more
Risør
Visit the cradle of Norwegian folk traditions! Stop in charming villages, enjoy fun activities, and travel with a steamboat on the Byglandsfjord. Read more
Setesdal
Characterised by high peaks and scenic lakes, Sirdal is a picturesque mountain region in south-western Norway that offers year-round… Read more
Sirdal
Cobblestone streets, an idyllic archipelago, and Norway’s version of the Flatiron building await in Tvedestrand, the book town by the… Read more
Tvedestrand
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    • Kristiansand train

      By train

      The Sørland Line between Oslo and Stavanger stops in Kristiansand. You can choose between several daily services, and the journey takes about 5 hours from Oslo and 3–3.5 hours from Stavanger.

    • Kristiansand bus

      By bus

      Daily express buses connect Kristiansand with Stavanger and Oslo.

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    • Kristiansand boat

      By boat

      You can travel to Kristiansand from Hirtshals in Denmark by ferry.

    • Kristiansand car

      By car

      From Oslo, drive the E18 to Kristiansand. The trip takes about 4 hours.

      If you’re driving from Stavanger, the E39 takes you to Kristiansand in about 3.5 hours. If you have time, you can start your trip with the Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren from Bore near Stavanger to Ogne, a total distance of 41 kilometres.

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    • Kristiansand local

      Local travel

      A well-developed bus network makes it easy to get from A to B in the Kristiansand.

    • Kristiansand plane - INT

      By plane

      Kristiansand Airport is located 10 kilometres from the city centre and has connections to most major Norwegian cities as well as several international flights.

      From the airport, you can take a bus to the city centre.

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