Kristiansand

A lively town in the southernmost part of Norway
The zoo and the amusement park
The Kilden Performing Arts Centre

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Kristiansand

Local cuisine, their pride and joy

In Kristiansand the MSC cruise of Northern Europe touches the southernmost part of Norway, the region of Sørlandet, where thousands of islands and rocks dot the coast along the Skagerrak straits.
As you step ashore from the ship you find yourself in a lively town offering plenty of opportunities and attractions, such as the Kilden Performing Arts Centre, a striking building for its bold architecture, that hosts exhibitions and concerts all year round. The zoo and the Kristiansand amusement park (12 km from the town) are also an experience for the whole family.

There are museums like the Vest-Agder that gives the visitor insight into the local culture and history with impressive models of the town with its most representative buildings. The nature museum with its botanical gardens instead hosts the largest collection of cactus plants in Norway.

The Sørlandet museum of art hosts a permanent collection of Norwegian art while the imposing canons museum hosts the second largest cannon in the world and a rich collection of military exhibits. If instead you wish to immerse yourself in Kristiansand’s everyday life, visit the fish market, here you can find restaurants where you can enjoy the freshest fish, while there’s a bustling of boats coming and going. Try an experience into the past with a ride on the steam engine train.

You can get to the village of Vennes and then get a ticket for the Setesdal railway, which has since the 19th century connected Kristiansand and the other coastal towns to the once remote region of Setesdal. You should not miss an excursion to the delightful town of Lillesand, known as the jewel of the Sørlandet, with picturesque fishermen’s houses that have been turned into holiday homes in an environment of rare charm with the colourful port and ever-present Norwegian nature.

Must see places in Kristiansand

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Norveška

Magija sjevernog svjetla
Magija sjevernog svjetla

Odmor u Norveškoj je poput sna. Sna o fjordovima, jedinstvenim i karakterističnim prirodnim oblicima ove zemlje.


Geirangerfjord i Naeroyfjord nalaze se na popisu Svjetske baštine UNESCO-a, ali svakako treba spomenuti i najduži od svih fjordova, 204 kilometara dug Sognefjord, kao i Hardangerfjord gdje se u proljeće s hridi mogu vidjeti stabla trešanja i jabuka u cvatu. 


MSC krstarenje Sjevernom Europom također znači i doživljaj spektakularne ljepote polarne svjetlosti, a oni koji putuju ljeti mogu uživati u prelijepom ponoćnom suncu kada se nađu sjeverno od Artičkog kruga. 


Krstarenje po Norveškoj također znači i otkrivanje kulture dvaju drevnih populacija: Vikinga, ne samo pirata i ratnika, već i trgovaca, istraživača i kolonizatora koji su tijekom tri stotine godina sve do 11. stoljeća vladali Skandinavijom i sjevernim Atlantikom; a potom i naroda Sami, domorodaca ovih područja, obučenih u šarenu odjeću s ogromnim stadima sobova koji su živjeli na dalekom sjeveru više od 10.000 godina. 


I na kraju, pazite se trolova! Velik broj mjesta koja ćete posjetiti nose imena ovih legenardnih stvorenja: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (s prekrasnim trolovom stazom), Trollhatten i Trollveggen.