Nicknamed "Sommerbyen" ("Summer City"), Norway's fifth-largest city has 78,000 inhabitants. Norwegians come here for its sun-soaked beaches and beautiful harbor. Kristiansand has also become known internationally for the outdoor Quart Festival, which hosts local and international rock bands every July. According to legend, in 1641 King Christian IV marked the four corners of Kristiansand with his walking stick, and within that framework the grid of wide streets was laid down. The center of town, called the Kvadraturen, still retains the grid, even after numerous fires. View more
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Experience the splendid, Old World beauty and charm of Lillesand during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Kristiansand City Tour
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour sightseeing drive to Lillesand. En route, drive past the old Christiansholm Fortress, built in 1672, and through Kristiansand City. Upon entering, observe the rectangular pattern of streets between the harbour on two sides, and the Otra River on the third. Pass by many delightful old houses, typical of southern Norway, then cross the Otra River and pass by the 950-year-old Oddernes Church.
Lillesand is perhaps the most beautiful little town in the region. Many of the typical white-painted houses here date from the 18th and 19th century, when Lillesand was bustling with maritime activity. At one point, the ship owners in Lillesand owned 87 ships and several shipyards. The town is blessed with a good sheltered harbour, and was an important port for the shipping of timber.
Upon arrival in Lillesand, proceed for a refreshment stop at the old and fashionable Hotel Norge, situated at the pier. Afterward, some free time is made available for independent exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier via the coastal road.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (500 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Lillesand is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Explore Kristiansand in a unique new way during this fun-filled, picturesque excursion through the city via Segway.
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting Segway. After receiving your safety and riding instructions, don your safety gear and take a practice ride on the pier before beginning your guided Segway excursion through Kristiansand.
Otterdal Park, Christiansholm Fortress and Posebyen
Ride along the seaside promenade and through Otterdal Park, then pass by Kristiansand Harbour and the Christiansholm Fortress. From here, head towards the city beach with its aquarium and along the Otra River, then continue to the historic city centre in Posebyen with its old wooden houses.
Cathedral, Main Square and Fish Market
Next, ride past the Cathedral and Main Square, then proceed along the pedestrian street and down to the Fish Market. Your Segway tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and a minimal amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (200 metres), at times over cobblestone surfaces and inclines. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.
Discover the scenic beauty, charm and landmarks of historic Kristiansand during this half-day sightseeing excursion.
Christiansholm Fortress and Kristiansand
Depart the pier for the short orientation drive past the Christiansholm Fortress, built in 1672, and through Kristiansand City. Upon entering, observe the rectangular pattern of streets between the harbour on two sides, and the Otra River on the third. Pass by many delightful old houses, typical of southern Norway, then cross the Otra River and pass by the 950-year-old Oddernes Church.
Vest-Agder Open-Air Museum and Søgne Village
Your first stop is at the Vest-Agder Open-Air Museum, one of many open-air museums in Norway. During your visit, see a reconstructed city street where old buildings have been dismantled and rebuilt at the museum, as well as old farmhouses from the Setesdal Valley. Leaving the museum, proceed to the village of Søgne. Here, farms are situated in close proximity to breath-taking views of the sea and surrounding small islands. An exterior photo stop is made at the rose-painted old church of Søgne; famous Norwegian poet and
playwrighter Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was married here in the 19th century.
Høllen Village and Vågsbygd
Leaving Søgne, re-board your coach and follow the winding coastal road back towards Kristiansand, passing small fishing villages and holiday homes en route. Your final stop is in the village of Høllen. Following a guided stroll through the village, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier via suburban Vågsbygd.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.74 miles (1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the scenic beauty of Southern Norway during this picturesque sightseeing excursion along the coast.
Kristiansand Coastal Cruise
Board a real schooner for a relaxing day cruising along the archipelago of Kristiansand. Cruise along Norway's favorite holiday coast, past beautiful holiday properties, often old restored coastal dwellings and small holdings, charming and traditionally painted white, close to the sea.
Enjoy refreshments served on deck of the schooner while you slowly cruise the archipelago. Sail out of the Byfjord and past Dvergsøya, where the Norwegian Crown Prince, Håkon, has his summer residence. Continue past Herøya, a farming settlement established in the 1670's towards Blindleia, an area characterized by calm waters located in a warm and friendly landscape.
Inside the Blindleia we will sail past Stokken, home burial mounds from the Bronze and Iron Age. The voyage continues on to Tømmerstø, with its well preserved, architecturally distinctive, buildings. Conclude your sailing journey and return back to the port.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and there are steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary.