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The Blindleialøpet kayaking race in Lillesand, Southern Norway
The Blindleialøpet kayaking race in Lillesand, Southern Norway
Kayaking in Lillesand.
Photo: Elisabeth Høibo / Visit Sørlandet
Kayaking in Lillesand.
Photo: Elisabeth Høibo / Visit Sørlandet
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The idyllic Blindleia archipelago, a historic hotel, and traditional Southern Norway charm await in Lillesand.

Only 20 minutes east of Kristiansand is where you’ll find Lillesand. Here, you can stroll among white-painted wooden houses in the town centre. One of them is the Historic Hotel Lillesand Hotel Norge, where the world-famous Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a regular guest in the 1930s.

A short walk from the hotel lies Lillesand harbour, with several restaurants and a lovely view. On a city stroll, you can pop into an art gallery, niche shops, and museums. And you just have to try the food at the restaurant and fish market Hos Oss!

The Blindleia archipelago, with outports like Gamle Hellesund and Brekkestø, is perfect for a day by the sea. Go sailing, join a boat sightseeing trip, or enjoy a refreshing dip in the water.

You can also combine a visit to Lillesand with a family day at Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park, which is only a 20-minute drive away. And if you want an active holiday – bike along the coast to see more of Southern Norway.

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

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

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

Getting to Lillesand

Get in-depth travel information on Lillesand’s official website.
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Top attractions in Lillesand
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
This Empire style building from 1827 contains a unique collection of tools, domestic utensils and furniture which presents the lives of our ancestors… Read more
Lillesand Town and Maritime Museum
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
Teambuilding and events in Lillesand. Read more
Lillesand Explorer
Reconstructed settlement from the Viking Bronze Age. Fertility labyrinth, archery and story-telling. Read more
Bronseplassen Viking experiences
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 archipelago in Lillesand
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
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    • Lillesand train

      By train

      The nearest train stations are Arendal and Kristiansand. Both stations have bus connections to Lillesand.

    • Lillesand bus

      By bus

      There are regular bus connections to Lillesand from the cities Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo.

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    • Lillesand boat

      By boat

      There are several daily ferry departures from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand, Larvik, and Langesund. Continue on to Lillesand by car or public transport.

    • Lillesand car

      By car

      If you’re coming from Stavanger, drive the E39 to Kristiansand and then the E18 to Lillesand. The trip takes approximately 4 hours.

      From Oslo, the journey to Lillesand takes around 3.5 hours on the E18.

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    • Lillesand plane

      By plane

      The nearest airport is Kristiansand Airport. From there, continue your journey to Lillesand by bus, which takes about 1 hour.

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