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: Judy Blackwell
It was really interesting to see the old buildings of the 1600, 1700 and 1800's and hear how things were there at that time. Wish we would have had a little more time there. The rest of the excursion was equally knowledgable and interesting. The only thing that needs to be addressed is the time of departure. The ship was early so we were there the 2 hours after arrival as quoted, but it didn't leave for awhile after we got there. A time would have been better.
Reviewer: Hector Amor
The highlight of the tour was the visit to the largest open air museum in Norway, the Vest Agder Heritage Museum. The whole tour for us was having the chance to learn and see a completely unknown area of Norway and learning how people in distant places live or lived. The tour guide was quite good and with a very good sense of humour.
Reviewer: Vanessa T. Gayden
I truly had a great time. Was an easy walk through the places we visited. Guide was very kind and knew her stuff. Had no problem from the ship to the meeting point. Really only 2 minutes. I would recommend.
Reviewer: Sarah Younce
The weather was lousy, but we were able to do quite a bit anyway. We got so soaked that after awhile, it didn't matter. The history was unique and the village was so interesting. Guide Sor great agency. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made the trip great. She knew so much about the area and highly recommend. Thumbs up! It was a lot of walking; would not recommend for people who have trouble walking.
Reviewer: Sallie Belperche
It was a rainy day but we all enjoyed it. It seemed to take longer than we expected for the tour guide to arrive, and then had to walk to the bus, but then we were on our way. Our guide gave us very interesting information about the homes and buildings we walked past. We walked through a portion of old Kristiansand to the fort. Some stayed to discover more of the town, while others went back to the ship. Overall a very enjoyable Excursion