Kristiansand is Norway's fifth largest city and is the capital of Vest-Agder County. Situated on the south coast of Norway, it is a favorite summer vacation spot for Norwegians, who love the watersports. It's a modern, cosmopolitan city, often called 'The Coolest Riviera'.
This group of islands makes for an amazing setting for sailing, fishing and exploring.
Kristiansand has lots of fresh and saltwater pools, indoor and outdoor. The Town Beach and Hamresanden are also great for a swim.
Kristiansand is an angler's dream. In addition to sea fishing, there are many rivers and lakes where you can catch salmon and sea trout.
The city is surrounded by beautiful forests with excellent hiking. Try Baneheia or Odderoyal for some fantastic trails.
Kristiansand has some great galleries and museums, such as the Vest-Agder Museum, with its collection of buildings brought from around Norway.
Kristiansand can get bitingly cold in the winter, so either wrap up warm or visit during the warm summer months, when you can more easily enjoy the outdoors.
Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik is just 7 miles to the northeast of the city. It has scheduled flights from destinations across Norway as well as regular services to Copenhagen and Amsterdam. You can take the number 35 or 36 bus into the city for kr37. A taxi costs from kr280.
Kristiansand is on the Southern Railway Line and has regular services from Oslo and Stavanger. A single from Oslo costs from kr750.
The city is on the main E18 highway (connecting it to Oslo) and the E39 (connecting it to Stavanger.)
There is an excellent bus service to Oslo, with single fares from kr300. There are also services from Stavanger, Larvik, Tønsberg and Sandefjord.
The Centrum Budget Hotel has a good central location and double rooms from kr595. The Clarion Hotel Ernst on Radhusgata has luxury rooms, individually designed from around kr1,600 per night.
Fiskebrygga - used to play host to the old fish market; it is now a great area for seafood restaurants and enjoying the beautiful yachts in the marina.
The Boardwalk - is the seafront area, which has lovely fountains, parks, the Town Beach and the Christiansholm Fortress.
Posebyen - is the Old Town, with traditional white timber buildings and small atmospheric streets.
Kristiansand has a good bus service, with blue city buses running every 5 minutes or so, and fares from kr40.
The starting fare for a taxi in Kristiansand is kr63 and you will then be charged around kr25 per mile.
Kristiansand has mostly single lane roads, with tolls on all roads entering the city. Car rental costs around kr750 per day.
Kristiansand's main shopping street is Markens Gate, with a variety of chain stores and independent shops selling fashion, jewelry, household goods and electronics.
A quart of milk in Kristiansand is priced at kr15 and a dozen eggs cost kr37.
Slakter Sorensen on Radhusgata is known as the best steakhouse in town, with mains from around kr300. Sjøhuset on Østre strandgate is an excellent seafood restaurant, with mains from kr335.