The 10 Best Things to Do in Kristiansand, Norway

August 26, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Breathtaking Kristiansand was first settled in the early 5th century, with its modern iteration founded by King Christian IV in the mid 1600s. Home to many cultural, music, and arts festivals, the Norwegian city pulses with creative energy. Several museums celebrate local history and natural features, and the trails of Odderoyja are a wonderful way to breathe in fresh air while mingling with locals. Historic Oddernes church is a blend of architectural styles.
Restaurants in Kristiansand

1. Baneheia

Baneheia, Kristiansand, Norway
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Baneheia

Reviewed By Torjussen - Kristiansand, Norway

Baneheia is part of the city forrest, the park contains three ponds, the one called "tredje stampe" is nice for swimming. That pond has a few places where it is very nice to swim from. The park has several pathways that make it easy to move around in the park. In the wintertime there are prepared crosscountry skiing tracks around in the park.

2. Ravnedalen Naturpark

Ravnedalen, Kristiansand, Norway +47 38 09 07 91
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

Ravnedalen Naturpark

Reviewed By Linda M - seacoast, nh

The walk into the park is by these tall cliffs. You feel like you are walking into a secret garden. There is a restaurant with tables outside that overlook the pond. We had a great meal here, and reasonable by Norway standards. We were there June 1, and most flowers were in bloom, so it was an explosion of color. There are paths around the water, and other trails.

3. Odderoya

Boks 2041 Posebyen, Kristiansand 4610, Norway +47 38 00 80 60
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Odderoya

Reviewed By 445nilsg - Egersund, Norway

Just across a small bridge bear the harbour of Kristiansand you find peaceful and scenic walking areas with a historic toutch as well. Odderøya used to be a fortress and military area up to rescently. The view is amazing

4. Dyreparken

Dyreparkveien 1, Kristiansand 4636, Norway +47 970 59 700
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 965 reviews

Dyreparken

Kristiansand Dyrepark is the number one tourist attraction in Norway, attracting close to 1 million visitors each year. It consists of more than 150 different animal species, entertainment, shows, amusement park as well as a seperate water park called Badelandet.

Reviewed By Nordkvinnen - Norway

This is a great place for kids up to teen-age, and even further. There is a Zoo With both local and exotic animals, and a lot of Things to do for the kids. They have focused on the books of the Norwegian author Torbjørn Egner and some of his books for kids and the caracters from the books. We brougt kids at 4-6 ys old, and they were most interested in the area where they could Climb the "Julius Jungel-løype", and could have stayed there all day. The pirat ship and the Egner-adventures are also great for the kids, and this is mainly a park for kids! As an adult I find it very pricy, from the cost to enter the park to bying food at the premises. They say "everything" is free as soon as you enter, but there are a lot of extras the kids will want, from food to pictures offered from various attractions. But all in all, we will be back as long as kids want to, this is one of the pest Parks in Norway!

5. Aquarama Bad

Tangen 8, Kristiansand 4608, Norway +47 38 60 20 20
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Aquarama Bad

Aquarama, Sorlandets nye aktivitetssenter, ligger midt på Bystranda i Kristiansand. I Aquarama Bad, et av Norges beste badeanlegg, har vi idrettsbasseng med internasjonale mål og stupetårn, egen velvaereavdeling, samt et rikholdig badeland med bl.a. to vannsklier, klatrebasseng og FlowRider Surfebolge (AquaSurf) med egen instruktor. Og når du blir sulten har Aquarama Servering sine bestselgere på menyen.

Reviewed By Peter Andras C - Budapest, Hungary

Built just a few years ago, this has become one of the main attractions in this part of Norway. A swimming pool, gym and spa, and ideal combination. The staff is International and excellent. In the pool you will find a 50 meter long pool for competitions. There are a few warm water pools inside, and one outside. If you are a frequent user, you are best served with an annual Subscription.

6. Kristiansand Domkirke

Kirkegata, Kristiansand, Norway +47 38 02 11 88
Excellent
39%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Kristiansand Domkirke

Reviewed By ROCruiser - California

This church is a little different from other churches in the area. It looked kind of cold and hard on the outside being built with brick and concrete in Neo-Gothic style. Once inside the atmosphere felt warmer with wood ceiling and columns all around. Nice to sit and enjoy a quiet moment after walking around town.

7. Kristiansand Kanonmuseum

Movik | Krooddveien, Kristiansand 4624, Norway +47 38 08 50 90
Excellent
42%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Kristiansand Kanonmuseum

Reviewed By Lanti87

Very nice, interesting and informative. Been there with my parents and grandparents. We walked along the amunation train tracks and saw many hidden bunkers.
Eveything in the main bunker (Entrance) is like the germans left yesterday... We been in another big bunker aswell with torch lights which looked like yesterday they left. It was very nice to see, very untouched.
Only disappointing thing was the toilets, you use the old bunker original toilets from the soldiers which were mens.
So when you sit as woman there and men visitors come in, it's unpleasant.

8. Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Silokaia, Odderoya, Kristiansand, Norway
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Reviewed By tronduns - Kristiansand, Norway

This building raises the cultural signature in Kristiansand up with a few levels. Inside you'll find various views worth mentioning, like the "bølgen" wall, the restaurant and the different concert halls. If you're a lover of music, culture and theatre this is a must visit.

9. Otterdalsparken

Strandpromenaden, Kristiansand 4610, Norway
Excellent
41%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Otterdalsparken

Granite Fountains made by Kjell Nupen. Guest harbour with services.

Reviewed By Richard S - Scottsdale, Arizona

With not much else to do and if you are on a cruise this park and its water feature is a short 20 minute walk from your cruise ship dock. It is quiet and peaceful but there is not much more here. Sit a little bit and move on.

10. Kristiansand Museum

Vigeveien 22 b | Kongsgård, Kristiansand 4633, Norway +47 38 10 26 90
Excellent
38%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Kristiansand Museum

Open-air museum with approx. 40 Antiquated buildings. Bygaden (old town street), Vest-Agder tunet (old yard) and Setesdalstunet. Miniature model town based on old buildings in Kristiansand. Walk down the old town street, allow the children to play with old-fashioned toys or run around in peaceful surroundings. Eat your sandwiches on a bench or enjoy a cup of coffee and a waffle at Consul Morch's Pavilion.

Reviewed By seetheworld600 - va

I visited here as part of a cruise ship excursion. Although I enjoyed my visit, it wasn't what I expected. On our short guided tour, our guide was good at explaining what life was like and why the houses were made the way they were. We were also given free time to look around and go in some of the buildings that were unlocked. There weren't any costumed interpreters in the buildings(like some places have), so the only people you can ask questions of are the women who give the tours.

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