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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Useful information



Distance from pier to city center

Pier 10 and 20: 0,5 km

Transportation to/from airport

17 km to Kjevik Airport


Norwegian Krone NOK

Transport to/from city center

Walking distance, taxis available

City Card

Not available

Downloadable map

Port information

Berthing policy: Berth to be booked as early as possible, to and

Pier 10 and 20. Lagmannsholenen, Pier 16 Odderøya

Max LOA: 365 M Max depth: 8,8 - 18 meters. Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): General Cargo Fenders available (brand and type): Tyres, Pontoons. Bollard strength: 100T Learn more
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Port Reception Facilities


Direct shore connections available: Number and maximum flow rate: 1 30cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesBarges available: Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

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Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)


Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Personal welcome

Yes, staff from tourist office

Musical welcome

Can be booked.

Free local food samples

Nearby, at the fish market, 400 meters

Cruise guest national flags

Most flags available

Shopping & Attractions
Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests

If booked in advance

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit


Destination has special offers for crew

Some offers, e.g. free transport to town.

Free city maps

Special made for cruise calls.

City Cards for sale

On its way, but not ready yet

Independent guest reception and help

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

Mailbox available

At the tourist information

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

Guide route on a map

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

Tourist office in the port.

Free Wi-Fi in port

Not in town for the time beeing, only in port an Tourist Office in city center.

Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Authorized guides

Yes, the network is doing this.

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Destination video available for Cruise Lines

Port and destination video

City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS

In city centre.

Hop on/hop off services in port area

Only the train, no buses.

Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city
Cruise-ready hotels
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

17 km, 20 minutes drive.

Selected attractions

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.

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.

Varied Shore Excurions


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.


Kristiansand Tourist Information
Randi Haukom
Head of Tourism
Port of Kristiansand
Mathias Bernander
Chief Marketing Officer
Cruise Sørlandet
Marianne Pedersen