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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Quick facts
Language Norwegian
Distance from pier to city center Pier 10 and 20: 0,5 km
Transportation to/from airport 17 km to Kjevik Airport
Currency Norwegian Krone NOK
Transport to/from city center Walking distance, taxis available
City Card Not available
Downloadable map Kristiansand Harbour map
Berthing policy: Berth to be booked as early as possible, to and
Pier 10 and 20. Lagmannsholenen, Pier 16 Odderøya View port map
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
Info on tides: 03-05 M
Info on wind: N/A
Info on currents: N/A
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Harbour dues (Currency/GT): See Link
Passenger dues (Currency/PAX): 5,- NOK/PAX
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Guest Experience Standards
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Personal welcome
Yes, staff from tourist office
Musical welcome
Free local food samples
Nearby, at the fish market, 400 meters
Cruise guest national flags
Most flags available
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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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.
Arkivet: Old Gestapo Headquarters, today a center for historical reflection and peacebuilding.
Exciting Extras
Posebyen : 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.
Odderøya : 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 Excursions
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
Phone +47 38 07 50 00
Mobile +47 46 44 34 04
Rådhusgt. 18 4611 Kristiansand Norway

Port of Kristiansand
Thomas Granfeldt
General Manager
Phone +47 (38) 00 60 11
Mobile +47 (90) 94 9122
Gravane 4 P.O. 114 N-4662 Kristiansand Norway

Cruise Sørlandet
Marianne Pedersen
Phone +47 900 27 687
Mobile: +47 900 27 687
P.O. Box 657 4666 Kristiansand
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