Kristiansand Cruises, Norway
- Admire the second-biggest land-based cannon in the world at the Kristiansand Cannon Museum. This place is packed with WWII uniforms and weaponry, including a 20-metre-long calibre gun.
- Visit a theme park, zoo and fun fair all rolled into one. The Kristiansand Dyrepark has all the makings of a great family day out – think enchanted houses, tea-cup rides and a waterpark.
- Ride a living museum on the Setesdalsbanen railway. The line opened in 1896, closed in 1962 and reopened for tourists in 1964, so you can jump aboard for a scenic, history-filled journey.
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This trip starts with a drive through the Kristiansand, where white painted wooden houses fringe the narrow streets. You’ll head north towards Evje, which lies at the entrance to the Setesdal valley, taking in the jaw-dropping scenery along the way. We’re talking peaceful woodlands, rolling hills and sparkling lakes. Your journey will bring you to Hornnes, where you’ll find Setesdal Mineral Park. It’s home to more than 100 different minerals, which puts it head and shoulders above similar places in Europe. You’ll see mountains made up of amethyst, topaz and rock crystal to name a few. Plus there’s a network of tunnels that have been blasted out to make room for a huge museum. After you’ve had time to walk around the park and study the museum’s exhibits, we’ll take you back to Kristiansand where your ship awaits.
Founded in 1641 by the King of Denmark and Norway, Kristiansand’s now the largest city in southern Norway. The Norwegians see it as a very much loved summer city and the perfect location for their vacation. And on this walking tour you’ll see why. You’ll head straight for the most interesting part of town is Posebyen. This old part of town has a distinctively traditional feel. It’s believed that the name comes from the French to relax – reposer. As this 14 block area was a favourite hangout for the French soldiers. Your guide is on hand to lead you through this protected area, which has the largest collection of wooden houses in northern Europe. As they point out the best bits and regale you with its history, it may feel and look like an open air museum but for the few lucky residents they get to call this area home.
This easy going tour unlocks the highlights of Norway’s south coast. Kicking things off is a quick tour of the city. Passing through - Posebyen - the old town of Kristansand, you’ll see shoulder-to-shoulder rows of traditional wooden houses. Looking like an open air museum, these old fashion houses couldn’t look more Norwegian if they tried. Carrying on a short drive out of town you’ll call in at the Vest-Agder Folk Museum. This open air museum is divided into four sections, showcasing the different district of Norway. And it has a tranquil garden to wader through. Our final stop is at the fisherman’s village of Høllen for a short guided tour before returning to the ship.