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Kristiansand

Country
Norway
State
Vest-Agder
City
Kristiansand
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Kjevik Airport (IATA: KRS) is located 12 km (7 mi) north-east of the city. SAS runs 8 daily flights to Oslo, 6 to Bergen and 3 to Stavanger, as well as 3 daily flights to Copenhagen and a weekly flight to Alicante. Norwegian runs 3 daily flights to Oslo.Planes from Dutch airline KLM depart twice daily for Amsterdam.There are bus connections to the town centre for every arrival, both airport buses and local buses.The airport bus costs kr 80, kr 120 return.Local buses are to the left as you exit. No 35 and 36 to city centre Kvadraturen is kr 37 (Jun 08).Taxi to Kvadraturen is kr 280/350 in weekends.

By Train

Regional trains connect Kristiansand to other cities and towns along the Southern Railway Line (Sorlandsbanen).Up to 8 trains daily depart for Stavanger, while up to 6 daily trains leave for the country's capital, Oslo.The trip to Stavanger takes about 3 hours and the trip to Oslo between 4 1/2 to 5 hours.Trains both westwards towards Stavanger and eastwards to Oslo follow an inland route, meaning that travel to the towns along the coast is quite inconvenient by train.There are lots of nice forest views and rural settlements, though.The train station is situated right next to the town centre, the ferry terminal, and the bus terminal.

By Car

Kristiansand sits along the E18 highway from Oslo. The highway changes its name to E39 when it passes Kristiansand on its way to Stavanger. Route 9 starts in Kristiansand and takes you through the natural beauty of the Setesdal Valley to Haukeligrend on the Hardangervidda (Hardanger Plateau).

By Bus

The bus-connections to Oslo and the towns along the western shore of the Oslo Fjord is excellent. Nor-Way Bussexpress has 9 daily connections to Oslo, Konkurrenten.no 4-7 buses while Lavprisekspressen runs twice daily. You are guaranteed a seat - if the bus is full, the bus company will add an extra bus. Lavsprisekpressen provides online ticketing only. These express busses are usually just as fast as the trains to Oslo. To towns such as Larvik, Tonsberg and Sandefjord you might arrive several hours later if you go by train. There's also infrequent express bus connections to Stavanger and up along the Setesdal, with connections to cities such as Bergen and Haugesund.

By Ferries

Ferry company Color Line operate car ferries to Denmark, 2 times each day (3 times on Saturday - Monday) to Hirtshals.The trip takes 3 hours and 15 minutes, with the brand new superspeed ferry services the route.Prices soar in the summer.

Key places to visit
Kristiansand Dyrepark, Agder Theatre, Quart Festival, Kristiansand Cannon Museum


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Places to Visit

Kristiansand Dyrepark

The zoological garden just east of the city, has a wide selection of animals in, for the most part, natural habitats. This includes animals such as wolves, tigers, lions and the lynx.The Dyreparken draws many tourists and is the second most visited in Norway.The zoo is open 365 days while the amusement park is open during the summer season only.

Agder Theatre

Is a Norwegian theatre based in Kristiansand.It was established in 1991, and has been the regional theatre for Agder since 1995.Its first theatre director was Bentein Baardson, who led the theatre from 1991 to 1994.Alex Scherpf has been theatre director since 2005.

Quart Festival

The Quart Festival was an annual popular music festival that took place in Kristiansand, Norway in the beginning of July.It was the most visited music festival in Norway.It was first named Qvadradurmusivalen in 1991,but changed into the more ear-catching Quart Festival the following year. For several years Quart was the largest music festival in Norway, but went bankrupt in 2008 in part due to tough competition from the Hovefestivalen in Arendal and some Oslo-based festivals.

Kristiansand Cannon Museum

The Kristiansand Canon Museum is a large battery canon built by the Germans in WWII.It points over the sea to defend the coastline and was in service during World War 2 from 1940-45.It is the world's second largest land-based cannon (337 tonnes), with a 380 mm calibre and a range which extends half way to Denmark.The ammunition consisted of 3 parts. First the shell, 170 cm long and weighing 800 kg.Then a cartridge with 97.75 kg explosives, and then a charge of 114.25 kg explosives.The museum also has plenty of other material from WW II and even sell Norwegian military clothing.

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