Kristiansand is the fifth largest city in Norway and has a long history dating back to prehistoric times.
On this informative tour, you will see the main attractions and discover its rich history. Start your expedition with a visit to Vest Agder Cultural Heritage Museum, the largest open air museum in the country. Walk through the collection of 30 re-erected buildings showcasing the flavors of various districts.
Wind through the village of Soegne and pass by the white clapboard Soegne Gamle Kirke church as you make your way to Hoellen. At Hoellen you can capture travel guide-worthy photos of old streets lined with charming wooden houses, then pass by idyllic cottages on your scenic coastal ride back to Kristiansand.
Upon arrival, view the beautiful Kirstiansand Domkirke. This Neo-Gothic church was built in 1885 on the same site as 3 previous churches that were destroyed by fires and artillery shelling.
Make your way down Markens shopping street and travel to the seaside to view the canons at Christiansholm Fortress and savor stunning views of the marina and ocean.
At the local fish market, you will see a variety of fish and seafood, a major ingredient in Norwegian cuisine. Conclude your tour with a visit to Kilden, the new concert house. This structure, a striking blend of cool glass walls topped with a warm oak canopy, houses the local theatre, orchestra and opera.
Please Note: The itinerary may change on the day of the tour to ensure all activities are visited, as some activities book quickly. Comfortable, sturdy footwear is recommended. Folding wheelchair is permitted if person can participate in the approximately 1 hour walking section of the tour.
Reviewer: Arlene Krupinski
The old village was the highlight of this tour. We enjoyed seeing these actual homes and out buildings from the past which were moved to the outskirts of the city... not recreated. The tour guide was delightful in describing life in Norway several centuries ago. Would recommend this excursion. The harbor stop at the start and city tour at the end were extras, but you can walk the city easily from the ship.
Reviewer: Gary Haskett
We enjoyed the leisurely and scenic walk along the harbor and through old town Kristansand with its historic old buildings. The Vest Agder Cultural Heritage Museum continues under construction. The walk along the street with re-erected buildings was interesting, but we found the old historic farm fascinating. Our tour guide helped us understand the difficult life style these hardy farmers must have had as she explained the building construction and items inside a couple of the farm houses. We did a short walk through the cottages in Hoellen, which was very picturesque but quite small. All in all it was an enjoyable learning excursion. There was significant walking involved.
Reviewer: Heather M Densmore
From the walking tour in Kristiansand to the historical farming village to the quaint fishing village, it was a great day. Our guides were knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Gwen Arnold
We knew nothing about this town before the tour. Very informative guide. We would not hesitate to use your company again.
Reviewer: Trish Mercer
It was interesting to see the small cabins but I would not sign up for this tour again.