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Quietly Wonderful Kristiansand awaits

Gateway to Norway and the Baltic

Almost on the southernmost tip of Norway is the pleasant town of Kristiansand. The town was founded in 1641 by the Danish-Norwegian King Christian IV as a strategic port. Today it is the fifth largest town in Norway and the number one holiday destination for the domestic market. Kristiansand is a pleasant town, known for its magnificent floral displays during the summer. In the heart of town modern architecture stands shoulder to shoulder with historic buildings. Within easy reach of the town centre are forests and lakes, islands and beaches. The region boasts a wide variety of places to visit a little further afield. The smaller towns of Lillesand, Grimstad and Mandal are famous for their traditional white wooden houses. The lighthouse at Lindesnes marks the important South Cape of Norway. The valley of Setesdal was once remote, and has kept their strong traditions of silverwork, wood carving and folk music firmly alive to this day. Kristiansand is big enough to give you plenty to do, yet small enough to be thoroughly enjoyed in a day. As strategic as it was for King Christian IV, Kristiansand remains the gateway to Norway and to the Baltic. Banner Photo Credits: Arne Lunde

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What you need to know



Distance from pier to city center

500 meters

Transportation to/from airport

16 km to Kjevik Airport


Norwegian Krone NOK

Transport to/from city center

Walking distance, taxis available

City Card

At tourist information

Downloadable map

Important Port Matters

Berthing policy: One ship per day.


Berth 10 - Cruise berth

Max LOA: 365 m Max depth: 11 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Cruise Fenders available (brand and type): Con-fender / Fender panel Bollard strength: 100 - 250 tonn Learn more
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Covid-19 Information

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in any of the 31 Cruise Baltic destinations. If the situation changes, this section will be updated with the necessary information regarding each port and destination.

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

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Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)


Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Personal welcome

Yes, staff from tourist office

Musical welcome and/or farewell

Can be booked.

Free local food samples

Nearby, at the fish market, 400 meters

Independent guest reception and help

Hospitality desk onboard is possible, plus tourist information booth at the pier.

Local life and events with locals

Home visit With coffee and waffles, must be booked in advance.

Mailbox available

At the tourist information

Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

Guide route on a map to all attractions in cityr center.

Tourist information

Tourist office at Pier 10 With maps, bus tables and other brochures.

Free Wi-Fi in port

At Pier 10 and Tourist Office in city center.

Free city maps
Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
City centre within 1 km from pier

12 minutes walk from the pier.

Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS

City center.

Hop on/hop off services in port area

City train at Pier 10

Turnaround facilities
Airport less than one hour drive from port

Less than 20 minutes to the airport which has direct flights to European destinations like Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Gdansk and a lot of Norwegian destinations, of course.

Airport less than one hour drive from city centre

Same as above

Free Wi-Fi in airport
Airline check-in at port

Destination Highlights

Kristiansand Museum

Southern Norway’s largest open air historical museum, 34 local, antique houses.

Kristiansand Zoo

Biggest attraction in the region. Zoo and a highly popular amusement park. Particularly interesting for the foreign visitor are moose, wolfs, lynx, wolverine and more.

The Cannon Museum

See the world’s second largest cannon ever mounted on land.

Gimle Estate & Gardens

Visit this old manor house and its beautiful rose gardens dating back to 1850.


Old Gestapo Headquarters, today a center for historical reflection and peacebuilding.

Boat tripin Archipelago Paradise

A combination of boat tour in the beautiful archipelago and a coach Journey along the coast and city sightseeing.

Odderøya Museumshavn, Maritime museum

A short walk from the pier, boat museum and maritime activities for children.

Setesdal Mineral Park

The largest stone shop in Norway. More than 1200 specimens are housed inside the mountain Cave Exhibition.

The vintage railway

Authentic old Railway station and a beautiful Journey in the inland with the 130 year old steam train.

Meet the moose.

Moose park in Setesdal where you can get very close to these majestetic animals.

River rafting in Setesdal Valley

It is time for the wet and wild adventure down the river Otra, With instructor that will take good care of all safety issues.

Kilden Performing Arts centre

Located by the waterfron and offer free concerts in the foyer every day in the summer season at 1pm (Sundays closed).

Exciting extras


Old town of Kristiansand with traditional wooden houses.

Fishmarket “Fiskebrygga”

Visit to see and taste the delicious fresh seafood from local fishermen.

Ravnedalen Park

Beautiful park with lake and paths for exploring.


Island attached to mainland. Beautiful walking tour and scenery.

Kilden – The Center of Performing Art

The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Theatre and Opera, right on the Silokaia cruise pier.

What’s on right now in Kristiansand?

There are no upcoming events at the moment

Excursions – on and off the beaten path

Cruise Sørlandet network. Catalogue can be downloaded from the website.


The Setesdalsbanen Vintage Railway
A narrow-gauge railway powered by steam engine. The track section covers 8 km through tunnels, under avalanche shelters and across dams.
The Mineral Park
More than 1000 exceptional minerals exhibited in underground tunnels.
The skerries
Boat journey on the magic waterways outside Kristiansand to the historical coastal and picturesque town Lillesand.
Kristiansand Museum
Open Air museum, old town street with authentic houses and well preserved farmyard buildings.
Søgne Old Church
Norway’s oldest half-timber and rose painted church, built 1640. Can be combined with Vest-Agder Museum and city highlights, islands, North Sea Coastal route.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch

Kristiansand Tourist Information
Randi Haukom
Head of Tourism
Port of Kristiansand
Karl Danielsen
Harbour Master Phone + 47 38 00 60 00
Gravane 4 P.O. 114
4662 Kristiansand, Norway
Cruise Sørlandet
Marianne Pedersen