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: Donna Henderson
This tour began with a walk through downtown Kristiansand, then a bus ride to a small fishing village where we walked along a lane of neat houses with colorful flowers. Riding on we visited an open air museum of an old working farm with several houses and a nearby reconstructed old-time town. We thought this was a very good value compared with the excursions offered by the ship.
Reviewer: J Bui
Nice bus tour around the town before the open air museum. The museum guide was friendly and informative of the museum and history.
My wife and I enjoyed the Kristiansand Highlights excursion. The tour bus was comfortable. Our guide was friendly and helpful. Although our guide was somewhat of a novice, he still did a good job and we learned a lot about the town and society. I would recommend the trip to anyone who wants to get a good taste of the area.
Reviewer: Sherry Unmack
The content of the tour was very good and we saw a lot during our tour. All the sights were interesting , especially the folk park. It was nice ending with a walk through the very pretty city.
I loved the bus ride around Kristiansand and really enjoyed visiting the old huts.