Discover the natural beauty of Kristiansand
The capital of the Vest-Agder county in the south of Norway, Kristiansand is both a city and municipality. The city was founded in 1641 by King Christian IV. Originally created to serve as a market town, it was located in a strategically significant area. The city played a large role in the building of nearby fortifications by serving as a local economic base for construction. Today the city can be reached from Europe by both air and sea. It also has buses and trains which interconnect with other Norwegians cities. Kristiansand should not be confused with Kristiandsund which is another city in the northern parts of Norway.
In the center of Kristiansand you will find a large square-shaped area filled with a grid-like street pattern. This is called the Kvadraturen and is a great place to start your tour of the city. After seeing the city center and visiting a few of the more historically interesting buildings, you might try heading east of the city to the Kristiansand Dyrepark (the Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park). The zoological gardens boast a wide selection of animals in natural habitats and the collection includes wolves, tigers and a lynx. The Dyrepark is especially good for children who can learn more about these precious animals while enjoying themselves on the theme park rides which are rather well combined with the zoo.
However if you are not travelling with children, you might find it better to visit Kristiansand during July. You will still be able to enjoy the zoo and amusement park on your own, however you will also be able to enjoy the Quart Festival. This large rock music festival is held over a number of days each year in Kristiansand and is the largest of its kind in the country. Kristiansand has a lot of summer sunshine compared to the rest of Norway but at the same time does tend to receive heavy snowfall and strong winds in the winter months. All the more reason to visit Kristiansand during July! Book your tickets today.