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Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

The historic center of Kristiansand, founded in 1641, is known for its neat grid design, set of original wooden houses and an annual music festival. A boat ride is a great way to see the surrounding area, including quaint fishing villages.

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Kristiansand, Norway

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Other Fun Things to Do

  • Take a boat trip from Kristiansand through the inland waterway Blindleia to Lillesand – where you can stroll through narrow streets that offer a taste of the coastal culture.
  • Visit the former naval base on the island of Odderoya and explore its military history.
  • The Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park is the ideal spot for families and features animals, fun rides, live shows and water activities.
  • Enjoy a vintage steam train-ride with the Setesdalsbanen Railway.
  • See one of the world’s largest cannons at the Kristiansand Cannon Museum.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Explore the area around the fishmarket and quayside or visit an outdoor café in the pedestrian area. Norwegian delicacies such as smoked salmon, newly caught mackerel, fish cakes or filet of moose are offered at the counters of the indoor fish market. If you?re looking for a unique experience, do like the locals: buy a bag of fresh shrimp or a basket of locally grown strawberries and enjoy them sitting at the quayside.

Shopping for Bargains

Shop for local products at the Posebyen Market, or browse the shops that line the pavements and streets at Kvadraturen, a lively bustling part of the city center. If you?re looking for the current trends, head to Kristiansand?s main street, Markens, for one of the city?s largest shopping center ? Slotts Quartalet. For a casual shopping experience, check out Skippergada, a side street with smaller boutiques, charming coffee-shops and cafes serving home-made bread pastries.

Local Currency

The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.

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