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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
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 Odder?ya 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
Odder?ya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
Odder?ya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths (about 3 km), old cannon positions, small beaches… Read more
Odder?ya
Experience an exciting world from the treetops at H?yt & Lavt Kristiansand! Read more
H?yt & 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 S?rlandet in Kristiansand is a family hotel for an active vacation. Read more
Scandic S?rlandet
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
?ros Feriesenter is a popular holiday and activity centre offering high-quality accommodation and outdoor areas – situated just 15 minutes from… Read more
?ros 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 S?gne 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
Sj?gl?tt is a nice and cozy hotel with a good standard and a very central location in the center of Kristiansand. Read more
Sj?gl?tt 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
Gr?nningen 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
Gr?nningen 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 S?gne Information Centre on… Read more
Coastal Fort at Ny-Hellesund
Join the MS Bragd?ya 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 Bragd?ya - 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 ?ya 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 ?ya 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
This area around Trysnes provides great opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Read more
Diving at Trysnes
Kristiansand region can offer deep-sea-fishing, salmon and trout fishing in the rivers Otra, Tovdal and S?gne and fishing in idyllic lakes in the… Read more
Fishing in Kristiansand
The Bragd?ya is an island with a public recreation area, lying in Byfjorden right outside Kristiansand. Read more
Bragd?ya Coast Culture Center
Boat transport from V?gsbygda to and from the island Bragd?ya. Read more
Shuttle boat to Bragd?ya
Gr?nningen Lighthouse is located about 8 km south-east of Kristiansand. Read more
Gr?nningen 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, Ulv?ysund. The led offers spectacular nature and wooden houses along the… Read more
Blindleia
Ready for some action? Join Agder Sea Rafting for thrilling experiences at sea. Read more
Agder Sea Rafting
Sea rafting on the coastline of Kristiansand. Havrafting S?r's give the customers the best RIB experience in Southern Norway. Read more
Sea rafting with Havrafting S?r AS
M/S Maarten has been built with scenic attractions in mind. Read more
M/S Maarten - Charter boat
Dvergs?ya and Stokken are public recreational areas with bathing places, landing stages and toilets. Read more
Dvergs?ya
On this lovely trip with M/B H?llen we recommend a stop at Ny-Hellesund – let the skipper know you want to get off and he will pick you up again… Read more
M/B H?llen - Boat sightseeing
?stre Rand?ya (previously Rand?ya Fort) is a magnificent recreation area. Read more
Rand?ya
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
Odder?ya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths (about 3 km), old cannon positions, small beaches… Read more
Odder?ya
Dvergs?ya and Stokken are public recreational areas with bathing places, landing stages and toilets. Read more
Dvergs?ya
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