Kristiansand is a major port city in Norway, located on the country's southern coast). By population (around 90,000, metro over 155,000), the city is ranked Norway's 5th largest - following Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim. Port Kristiansand is very often mistaken with Kristiansund (a Hurtigruten ferry port located on Norway's western coast).
The town faces the waters of Skagerrak at the entrance to Baltic Sea. This is a small 17th century town with wide streets, lively fishing harbour, market, boat / yacht marinas, restaurants and shops, traditional wooden houses.
The town was named after Christian IV of Denmark (1577-1648), who founded it in 1641. Until 1877, the town's name was written "Christianssand" and "Christiansand". Today, the city is connected with 4 main roads: E18 (from the capital Oslo), E39 (from Stavanger), National Road 9 (from Evje) and National Road 41 (from Telemark). Norwegian National Road 41 also connects the town with the international airport Kristiansand Airport (located approx 16 km / 10 ml by road). The large Varodd Bridge (part of European Road E18) stretches over the Topdalsfjorden (fjord's length is 12 km / 7,5 ml).
Tourism is important for the local economy, the summer season being the most popular. Among the city's best tourist attractions are its Zoo and Amusement Park (Norway's largest zoo, visited by over 900,000 people annually). Other popular destinations are Markens Street (downtown's main street), Bystranda (sand beach in Kvadraturen), Hamresanden (the city's longest beach, between Hanesand the airport), Hamresanden Camping (family camp site) and Somstranda (nudist beach). In the summer, once per week here is hosted a free musical concert. Outside the city is located Norway's largest mall - Sorlandssenteret.
The list of largest local businesses includes:
- Christianssands Bryggeri (estbl 1859 brewery producing beer and soft drinks - all made with spring water)
- Sorlandschips (Norwegian crisps brand, one of the country's most popular potato chip brands)
- Dampbageriet (estbl 1862 large bakery chain with 4 stores in the city)
- Hennig-Olsen Iskremfabrikk (Norwegian ice-cream company)
- Kristiansand Dyrepark (zoo selling most giraffe in Europe)
- Sorlandsparken (industrial shopping park outside the city, covering an area of approx 0,67 km2 (0,26 ml)
- Sparebanken Sor (estbl 1824 savings bank, one of the first opened in Norway)
- shipbuilding companies - Kristiansands Mekaniske Verksted, P. Hpivolds Mekaniske Verksted.
Highlights: 17th century resort town, White wooden houses, Folk Museum
Kristiansand cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kristiansand dock at a dedicated pier located within easy walking distance of the town, and near a modern yacht marina complex with shops and restaurants. There is a scenic road train (trucking vehicle) that takes cruise ship tourists from the terminal and around the city.
The built in 1660 circular fortress with 15 ft / 4,5 m thick walls is a short walk along the waterfront promenade, passing through a beautiful park. Further on, passing the sand beach, Otra River Park has a nature trail track along the river bank. Don't miss the chance to see the Kristiansand Cathedral - Norway's 3rd largest church.
Port Kristiansand cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kristiansand, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Kristiansand cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kristiansand, Norway.
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