10 cool summer activities in Kristiansand

Fiskebrygga i Kristiansand .
Photo: Victoria Nevland
Fiskebrygga i Kristiansand .
Photo: Victoria Nevland

1. Experience the Archipelago

You cannot visit the Southern coast of Norway without experiencing the stunning archipelago, and in Kristiansand, you have several options to explore the sea. The bathing boat M/S Bragdøya takes you on an island-hopping adventure in the archipelago, M/B Høllen will bring you to the beautiful Ny-Hellesund, and with M/S Øya, you can experience the scenic route through the Blindleia to Lillesand.

2. Dyreparken

Dyreparken in Kristiansand is Norway's largest family attraction with a complete range of experiences for the whole family, including accommodation. Dyreparken in Kristiansand is open every day of the year and is a place for play, laughter, and learning.

3. Bystranda in Kristiansand and Aquarama

Aquarama Bad, located right on Bystranda in Kristiansand, is one of Norway's largest indoor water parks and spas. Aquarama is a complete facility with a water park, sports pool, diving facilities, spa, fitness center, sports hall, climbing wall, and dining options. It is a center for public health, experiences, sports, and well-being.

Aquarama Bad

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4. Enjoy delicious seafood at Fiskebrygga

At Fiskebrygga, there is a vibrant atmosphere during the summer! You can see fish and shellfish swimming in tanks or treat yourself to an ice cream while watching the boats pass through the Gravane canal. On the pier, you can sit and feed ducks and swans or enjoy fresh shrimp from Reinhartsen's fish market. Additionally, there are several delightful restaurants with a diverse menu, whether you prefer outdoor or indoor seating. Throughout the summer, concerts are regularly held here.

5. Enjoy the views from Odderøya

Odderøya is a gem located right by the city center, and from here you have a fantastic view of the city and the inlet. You will also pass by Odderøya Museumshavn, which has a café and offers SUP board rentals. On Odderøya, you will find small cozy art galleries and venues where concerts are regularly held.


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6. Enjoy the best burgers in town in Ravnedalen

Ravnedalen is a hidden gem right on the outskirts of the city center, and in this scenic park, you will find Cafe Generalen, which is known for having the best burgers in the area.

7. Go on a seaweedsafari

Seaweed will never be the same after going on a seaweed safari! Some people have never paid much attention to seaweed, and many have even found it gross. But now is the time to learn more about this amazing resource that is found all around us. It's time to give it value!

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8. Have a stroll in Posebyen, the oldest part of Kristiansand

Enjoy the idyllic atmosphere in Posebyen. Take a delightful stroll in the wooden house district of Kristiansand. Posebyen is the oldest neighborhood in Kristiansand, in fact, it's the only neighborhood that remained after the city fire in 1892. Here, you can take a leisurely walk and admire one of the largest collections of low and old wooden buildings in Northern Europe.

9. Take a trip out of the ordinary at Tømmerrenna i Vennesla

Take an exciting hike along the river, through tunnels, and over bridges - in a approximately 4-kilometer-long timber chute. The timber chute in Vennesla is currently the only and longest of its kind in all of Norway. This original timber chute has become a historical site and has been restored and preserved over the years. The old wooden structure was used to float timber from the forest to the river in ancient times.

10. Attend a festival

Kristiansand is a festival city and hosts well-known festivals such as Palmesus, Sommerbris, and Ravnedalen Live. In addition, there is a diverse range of other concerts and smaller festivals.

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Fiskebrygga i Kristiansand .
Photo: Victoria Nevland
Fiskebrygga i Kristiansand .
Photo: Victoria Nevland