Welcome to the Kristiansand cruise port guide. With a population of 90.000 Kristiansand is the 5th largest city in Norway. It is one of the fastest growing regions in Scandinavia thanks to its industries and geographical position. This is the reason why they call Kristiansand the capital of the south. It also has another nickname. It is often referred to as the coolest riviera because it is the favorite summer destination among the Norwegians. The region is known for its mild and sunny climate and the coastline is famous for its thousand islands. All in all this makes for beautiful scenery in the area and let’s not forget about the charming town of Kristiansand. The city centre might be small and there are limited things to do in town, but Kristiansand it without doubt a city that has a small town feel to it where the tiny coffee corners and boutique shops are abundant. You can also find the famous zoo, cannon museum and open air museum in the near are. Hiking, sightseeing, scenery or history is all what you can find in or closeby the port of Kristiansand. Find out underneath what there is to find in port, what your transportation options are and what to see and do in Kristiansand.
Cruise Port Guide Kristiansand – Norway: docked
When there is only 1 ship in town you will dock at the southern pier on the island of Odderoya. If there are 2 ships in town it could be that you are going to a slightly different dock, see map above for its locations.
From these docks it is about 1 km walk to get to the city centre. From both docks you will walk by the fish market to get to the city. The city centre is square shaped. All together it is only 1 square km. it is therefore easily explored by foot.
You also have several other options to get around town:
There is a perfect bus system in Kristiansand that can take you to all the mayor sights out of town. See the location of the local bus stop in the map above. From here you can catch the following busses:
To Kristiansand zoo: Take route 01 and M1 eastbound to Dyreparken/Quality hotel.
To Kristiansand cannon museum: Take route M1 westbound to Krooden.
To Kristiansand open-air museum: Take route 01, M1, M2, M3 eastboun to Bjorndalssletta.
Single tickets are sold on board buses. You pay the driver in cash Norwegian Kroner. 24 hour bus-cards are sold at the customer information centre at the central bus terminal. Pay with credit card or cash. Single tickets cost between 35 and 50 kroner and 24 hours tickets between 70 and 100 kroner.
Hop on hop off bus
There is a hop on hop off bus in Kristiansand that often operates when a cruise ship is in town. It departs from a spot near the ship and mainly has stops out of town.
At the pier there is also a tourist trolley train that offers tours through the city centre of Kristiansand and that doubles as a shuttle service.
Destination and distance:
Kristiansand Open-Air Museum – 6 km north east
Cannon museum – 10 km south
Kristiansand Zoo – 13 km north east
Mineralen park – 60 km north
Travel information Norway
Official currency – Norwegian krone
Accepts Euro / US dollars – sometimes in souvenir shops
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
Inhabitants – 5,1 million
Official language – Norwegian and Sami
Capital city – Oslo
Kingdom of Norway
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Good day – God dag
How are you? – Hvordan har du det?
Thank you – Takk
Cruise ship – Cruiseskip
Port – Havn
This is the heart of the town. The main shopping street, the tourist information and the cathedral are all located on it. In summertime there is always something nice to do here, whether it is festival or market it is the social centre of town.
The open air museum in Kristiansand is where you can learn about the history of the area. Visit one of the many houses from different era’s to learn how the Norwegians have lived through the ages. Take the hop on hop off bus to the park or public bus route 01, M1, M2, M3 eastboun to Bjorndalssletta. Find the details in de description above.
The mineral parken is quite a ways out, but well worth to visit. The drive to it takes you through beautiful green landscapes. At the park you will find an unusual museum built into the rock displaying the largest collection of minerals in Northern Europe. The stones and minerals come from all over the world. From the port it is a 60 km or 1 hour drive to the Mineral Park. You can reach it by taxi or shore excursion.
Right in the centre of Kristiansand you will find Northern Europe’s largest collection of low-rise, wall-to-wall wooden houses. These “kvadraturen” or grid line streets have been unchanged since the 17th century. Please find its location on the map above and add this one on the list of things to see and do.
The island where your ship is docked is called Odderøya. Looking from the outside deck it doesn’t seem like much, but when you take the opportunity to hike around it you will get a whole new perspective on the place. There has been a lot of military activity on the island of Odderøya from the 17th to 20th century and there are many interesting traces to various periods. Did you know this was a quarantine station in the beginning 1800’s or that the batteries used during the great northern war still stand here? There are information signs on the island that tell you the history behind it, the tourist information also has hiking maps for you, but you might want to consider to even go with a guide.
This neogothic church is the 4th build on the spot as 3 previously build church burned down as many thing do in Norway. The present church was built in 1885. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Norway. The tower is even 70 meter high. Inside you’ll find a beautifull interior and sometimes during summertime there is a music performance that takes place inside. Find this church in the middle of the city centre.
The city was founded in 1641. Christiansholm fortress was build to protect the town from any invasions. Today it still stands on the shore lines of the city centre of Kristiansand as if it is still guarding it like it has been doing for the last 4 centuries. You can visit the inside to get a better feel for wartime of the 17th and 18th century and life during these times.