Top 10 Things to do in Kristiansund, Norway

April 10, 2018 Carley Gatson

Kristiansund [kristjɑnˈsʉnː] ( listen) (historically Christianssund and earlier Fosna) is a city and municipality on the western coast of Norway in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county. It was officially awarded township status in 1742, and it is still the major town for the region. The administrative center of the municipality is the city of Kristiansund. Other settlements in the municipality include the villages of Kvalvåg, Rensvik, and Nedre Frei.
Restaurants in Kristiansund

1. Sundbaten

Kongens Plass 1, Kristiansund 6509, Norway +47 928 51 744
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Sundbaten

The Sundbaten boat - The world’s oldest public transport service in uninterrupted use. Part of Kristiansund’s cultural heritage and the world’s oldest means of public transport still in use. The first passenger boat service started up in 1876. A new boat - Angvik - was taken into service in 2005, and now service the harbour along with Rapp built in 1958. These small passenger Ferries depart from the Piren pier at the foot of Kaibakken hill and run between the four «lands», as the four areas of Kristiansund are called. A roundtrip with the Sundbaten is a great way to experience Kristiansund. Explore different parts of the town with churches, galleries, klipfish museum and a vivid harbour life. Enjoy one of Kristiansunds strongest cultural monument at a very low price. Frequent departures on a daily basis (Sundays only from May-October). A round trip takes approx. 15-20 minutes and it makes a nice sightseeing tour of the harbour and surrounding area. On request the Sundbaten is available for charter, ie for groups. Guided tours, city walks and even more complex arrangements through the whole region is arranged on request.

Reviewed By Trond B - More og Romsdal, Norway

We took a round on the sundbåt from Kirkelandet, around on its 3 stops, and back to Kirkelandet, which took about 15 minutes. The weather was beautiful and we were sitting on the sun deck, enjoying the view. There is no food or beverage service on board this very short round trip. We took the ticket man's advised to get a klippekort (punch card,) as it was cheaper than single tickets for our group of 4 adults and 5 children. Highly recommended!

2. Grip Stave Church

Grip, Kristiansund 6500, Norway +47 71 58 54 54
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Grip Stave Church

In the middle of the island, protected by houses and on the island's highest point, you will find the little red stave church, standing as it has stood since appr year 1300. It has ever since been a meeting point in happy times and also in sad times. The altarpiece was donated by the Netherlands princess Elisabeth in gratitude for her rescue at sea by Norwegian sailors during a violent storm in 1515. The wall paintings date back to appr 1620.

Reviewed By twotravellersLondon - London

From the outside, the church at Grip looks like a brown shed but inside it is wonderful.
The church dates way back to the 1400s and the altarpiece to the 1500s... And while the church has been restored at various times, it has been done so sensitively that to our eyes everything could well have been authentic and 600 years old.
The walls and ceiling inside are wooden panels… most are covered by medieval wall paintings. There is a brass chandler, a model ship hanging from the rafters and an intriguing naive painting of the last supper.
The church has it's own ambiance and it is a delight to sit in and is beautiful to behold. It is a special place... but so too is Grip island which is well worth the trip by boat from Kristiansund.
Top Tip: the church is locked but will be opened to visitors on request. Just ask anyone in the village and they will point visitors in the right direction... Almost everyone speaks some English.

Fra utsiden, kirken på Grip ser ut som en brun skur men inni er det fantastisk.
Kirken har historie helt tilbake til 1400-tallet og altertavlen til 1500-tallet ... og mens kirken har blitt restaurert til ulike tider, har det blitt gjort så følsomt at for våre øyne alt kunne godt ha vært autentisk og 600 år gammel.
Vegger og tak innvendig er trepanel ... de fleste er dekket av middelalderske veggmalerier. Det er en messing Chandler, en modell skip hengende fra takbjelkene og en spennende naiv maleri av den siste nattverden.
Kirken har sin egen atmosfære, og det er en fryd å sitte og er vakker å se på. Det er et spesielt sted ... men så er også Grip øya som er vel verdt turen med båt fra Kristiansund.
Top Tips: kirken er låst, men vil bli åpnet for besøkende på forespørsel. Bare spør hvem som helst i landsbyen, og de vil peke besøkende i riktig retning ... Nesten alle snakker litt engelsk.

3. Klippfiskkjerringa

Piren, Kristiansund 6501, Norway +47 71 58 54 54
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Klippfiskkjerringa

Bronze statue of the Klipfish wife to commemorate the workers on the klippfish rocks, sculpted by Tore Bjorn Skjolsvik. It was a gift to the city on its 250 year anniversary, and was unveiled by HRH Queen Sonja in 1992 with three genuine klippfish workers present. The statue has become one of the town's best-known symbols and photo motifs. The statue is situated on the Pier, close to Fisketrappa/Radhusplassen.

Reviewed By tormodel - Trondheim

...but the area is nice. The statue is to honor women's role in the prosperity of Kristiansund as an international trade hub for stockfish. An important part of the history. So, if you'd like to dwell over that, feel Kristiansund's and Norway's relation to the sea. And watch the Sundbåt, this is a nice stop when walking around town. Beware of seagulls.

4. Varden

Varden | Varden lookout tower, Kristiansund 6508, Norway +47 71 58 54 54
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Varden

Reviewed By Jørn S

To get to this tower you drive/walk to the little park, just outside city centre. This is something everybody can do. Tower was rebuilt in the eighties, so its not old as such, but it looks old.
The stairs are kinda steep, so not for everyone. Its always open, selfservice.
Views are spectacular over Kristiansund. Definetly worth a visit, but not the most exciting place in Kristansund even so.

5. Kirkelandet kirke

Langveien, Kristiansund 6508, Norway +47 71 57 52 80
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4 based on 19 reviews

Kirkelandet kirke

Reviewed By Rick61 - Cambridge, United Kingdom

I'm generally not a big fan of modern churches, but the Kirkelandet Kirke really impressed me. The soaring design and modern stained glass design is well worth a visit.

6. Kvalvik Fort

Kvalvika, Kristiansund 6520, Norway +47 71 52 95 00
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Kvalvik Fort

Kvalvik Fort is situated on Kvalvik, Frei. It is one of Norway's best preserved coastal fortifications from the Second World War. There was also a submarine station here during the war. The fort is still intact and many people spend a long time exploring the bunker, canons and other objects from the war. Through agreement with the cultural office, guided trips in various languages are offered. The area is maintained by the municipality in close cooperation with Kvalvik Fort's Friends. The fort has a beautiful location and is a great spot for fishing and barbecuing. The area is well adjusted for wheelchair users. Several information boards.

Reviewed By roarjens - Kristiansund, Norway

A German submarine base from WW2, restored by local enthusiasts. 15min by car from Kristiansund Centre, where outdoor shoes. Best to visit with guide ore on a open day, free of charge. You can go there anytime.

7. Mellemvaerftet Old Shipbuilding Museum

Kranav. 22, Kristiansund 6509, Norway +47 71 67 71 95
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Mellemvaerftet Old Shipbuilding Museum

Norway’s only living shipbuilding museum – founded in 1856. The shipyard buildings are from 1872 and the residential houses from 1887. Museum and conservation centre for More og Romsdal. Many veteran craft are anchored/moored in the area. A walk through the shipyard is a pleasant and interesting experience.

Reviewed By Geoffrey I - Colchester, United Kingdom

This is a working ship repair museum located in an old shipyard a short walk away from the centre of Kristiansund. There are some wonderful old wooden ships being restored, you can visit the workshops and forge to meet the shipwrights. The whole place has a great atmosphere, if you are interested in old ships this is the place to visit. Be careful when you wander about, there's a lot of items lying about. Not sure about toilet facilities.

8. Tourist Information Office for Kristiansund and Nordmore

Kongens Plass 1, Kristiansund 6509, Norway +47 70 23 88 00
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Tourist Information Office for Kristiansund and Nordmore

Regional touristinformation, open all year.The Tourist information office is located in the very center of the city, at Kongens Plass 1. We offer information for Kristiansund and the whole region of Nordmore.We have maps, brochures, bicycle rental, postcards and more. Opening hours 20th of June-20th of August: Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00 Sat 09.00-15.00 Sun 12.00-17.00 Rest of the year: Mon-Fri 0900-15.30

Reviewed By mag1 - Derby, United Kingdom

This was an unplanned stop on our cruise, so we knew little about the area. We were given details of local walks, which we enjoyed. Plus how we could use the local buses to go along the Atlantic Road. A lot cheaper than the cruise trip and you could go at your own pace.

9. Atlanterhavsbadet Indoor Water Park

Dalaveien 16, Kristiansund 6511, Norway +47 71 57 51 30
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Atlanterhavsbadet Indoor Water Park

One of Norway's most modern aquatic complexes, Atlanterhavsbadet, includes: · Family bath · Sports pool · Health pool · Well-being area · Atlanten Cafè The Family bath: · Wavepool with small beach · Play pool for small children · Jacuzzi pool · Current channel and massage table. · Grotto w/waterfall · Climbing wall · Slides (one from 77, and one from 3 meters) Dry/wet Cafè: · Good food and drinks · Kiosk In-house gym, physical therapist in the same building.

Reviewed By Pål H - Northern Norway, Norway

A good place to bring your children. Nice pools and safe environment with guards. Very safe and a nice sauna. The showers are "naked", so if you are uncomfortable with nakedness, this is not for you.

10. Gripruta

Kaibakken 1, Kristiansund 6509, Norway +47 926 08 045
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Gripruta

The round trip takes about 3,5 hours, with a guided tour at Grip. Grip has a long and stirring history so far back that the origin of the name is unknown. However we are certain that it was the abundance of fish in the sea surrounding these Islands that lured the first inhabitants to Grip. Until 1964 Grip was the smallest municipality in Norway, but is today part of Kristiansund.

Reviewed By HermanoWike - Lillehammer, Norway

Grip is an amazing place to travel to. The nature is great, and the sights to see are stunning and many. You feel alive when traveling in the fresh air by boat, it's a trip I would definitely recommend.

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