The Coolest Riviera
Settled around 400 AD and formally founded by King Christian IV in 1641, Kristiansand is now a major port, and offers plenty of beaches, salmon fishing and sailing.
Sample local brew and feast on the freshest seafood at the very picturesque and inviting “Fiskebrygga” fish market. Kristiansand Dyreparken Zoo is known as the “Living Park” and is home to Scandinavian animals and a replicated natural African savanna.
Visit the ironically peaceful Kristiansand Cannon Museum at Møvik Fort. Built by the German Navy between 1941 and 1944, it is one of the biggest cannons ever and the only remaining 380mm Krupp gun in the world.
Tour the rotunda of the Christiansholm Fortress or venture beyond the city to the Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a flat mountain plateau that towers an impressive 604 meters over the fjord, Lysefjord.