Situated on the mid-west coast of Norway, the picturesque municipality of Kristiansund is spread over four large islands and several smaller islands. The largest city in the area shares the same name of Kristiansund. Known primarily for its Norwegian klipfish export, salted and dried codfish are packaged and delivered to Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Although space is limited by the size of the islands, Kristiansund has many parks which locals enjoy regularly for outings and exercise. Culturally, the city of Kristiansund is an important location in Norway. It is home to Norway’s oldest opera, and each February, hosts Operafestukene, an annual opera festival. Norway’s largest photo festival, Nordic Light, is also held here, attracting famous photographers from around the world.
To reach the city via land, you can go on ‘the world’s best road trip’, ranked as such by British newspaper The Guardian. The Atlantic Road follows a chain of islands, using bridges and skerries to island hop.
The local port is located on the south side of one of the larger islands, Teistholmen. The harbour has amazing views, and is located right next to the city centre.
The cruise terminal has limited facilities due to the proximity of the city centre. A new shopping centre, Amfi Storkaia, is located right next to the cruise ship quay, so visitors will be able to find any necessary facilities there, or elsewhere throughout the city.
There is no terminal building, but facilities at the port include:
- Excursion buses
- Tourist information
- Guide services.
How To Get Around
For general exploration, you cannot beat spending a day wandering the streets to discover the hidden gems of Kristiansund. There are many attractions located out of the city centre though – reaching them requires taking a boat, bus or other public transport.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 2 minute journey to the city centre
- It is a 15 minute journey to the Varden lookout
- It is a 30 minute journey to the Old Town.
- It is a 5 minute journey to the Old Town
- It is a 5 minute journey to the Varden lookout
- Currency - The local currency in Kristiansund is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Kristiansund runs in the Central European Summer Time Zone (CEST), which is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings time comes into effect between March and October and places the city three hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Kristiansund has a marine west coast climate, typically experiencing warm summers and no dry season. Kristiansund is warmest in July with an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and coldest in January with an average temperature of 1 degree Celsius.
- Varden lookout - Varden is an old lookout post, built in 1892 to mark the 150th anniversary of the town. 78 metres tall and offering a 360 degree view of the area, from the lookout, you will be able to see the shipping fairway, the coastline, all of Kristiansund and the surrounding fjords and mountains.
- Kristiansund Old Town - The Kristiansund Old Town is located on the small Innlandet Island. A few of the buildings date back to the 17th century – one café (Dødeladen Café) is 300 years old and still serves customers as well as hosting cultural and musical events. For a relaxed day, immerse yourself in the culture and wander the streets of the old town.
- Excursions and Tours – While spending the day in Kristiansund can be a pleasant way to pass the time, it is also the launch spot for many exciting tours and day trips. Travel the Atlantic Road, stop in at historic village Håholmen and learn about Viking history, or go fishing or harbour sightseeing – there are many options to choose from. If you have your diving certificate, it is worth checking out the area. You can dive in wrecks, off drop-offs or in kelp forests.
- Klippfiskkjerringa - The statue of the Klipfish wife was erected in 1992 and unveiled by HRH Queen Sonja on the city’s 150th anniversary. Located next to the pier, it has become a symbol of the city, a sculpture depicting the hard work behind the main industry of the area. While it is something you can take in as you pass by, it is an important cultural icon and well worth seeing in person.