Kristiansund is a port city located on Norway's western coast, in the Nordmore district. The city has population around 25,000 and is Nordmore's major town. Nearby settlements are the villages Nedre Frei, Kvalvag, Rensvik. Port Kristiansund is very often mistaken with Kristiansand (Norway's 5th largest city, located on the country's southern coast).
Since 1876 is operated the Sundbat ("Sound Boat") shuttle service for traveling between the islands. The small-capacity ferry ship crosses the harbour to Innlandet from Kirkelandet, then continues to Nordlandet, Gomalandet, and back to Kirkelandet. The roundtrip is repeated in half-hour intervals on weekdays. The Sundbat ferry bears the distinction of being the world's oldest motorized, regularly scheduled public transportation system in continuous service.
The city is probably best known for housing Norway's oldest opera, established in 1928 by Edvard Bræin. There is an annual opera festival (in February) named "The Opera Weeks" (Operafestukene). The city laso hosts the Nordic Light festival - Northern Europe's largest photo festival.
Grip is located northwest of Kristiansund. This is a deserted fishing village and a popular tourist attraction for its unique architecture. In Grip is also Norway's smallest stave church (medieval wooden church building) constructed in the end of 15th century.
Vagen's old town structure is a center for the historical fishing settlement in Kristiansund. Also here is Mellemværftet - an old shipbuilding facility for sail ships. Norwegian Clipfish Museum is another attraction not to be missed.
Kristiansund cruise terminal
Kristiansund is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
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