10 tips for winter activities in Kristiansand

Vinter i Kristiansand .
Photo: Elisabeth Høibo
Vinter i Kristiansand .
Photo: Elisabeth Høibo

1. Experience the archipelago in winter

The archipelago is magical in winter. If you take the ferry boat MF Hannibal in Søgne, you can enjoy a refreshing trip to the picturesque harbor of Ny-Hellesund. You can disembark on the islands of Monsøya, Helgøya, and Kapelløya, and take a later boat back. At the accommodation site Verftet in Ny-Hellesund, you can hike the coastal trail to Olavsundet. The ferry boat departs from Høllen pier in Søgne and operates year-round.

2. Take a warm bath at Aquarama

Aquarama Bad, located in the middle of 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 serves as a center for public health, recreation, sports, and well-being.

Aquarama Bad

Aquarama Bad er Sørlandets største svømmeanlegg med 50x25 meters idrettsbasseng…

3. Enjoy delicious seafood

Seafood is best in winter, and in Kristiansand, you will find a wide variety of delicious fish dishes.

4. Take a winter swim at Bystranda

Kristiansand's beautiful city beach invites you to a refreshing swim year-round. Combine it with a warm bath at Aquarama afterwards and enjoy a delicious hotel breakfast at Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda.


5. Ready for some action?

X3M Gokart offers a brand new track spanning over 400 meters across two levels that will challenge both the avid racing enthusiast and families looking for an exciting and high-speed experience. The track features various technical sections that guarantee an adrenaline-filled and enjoyable racing experience. Who will set the best lap time? Will it be your spouse, a friend, or a colleague?

X3M Gokart

X3M Gokart en helt ny bane på over 400 meter over to plan som vil utfordre den største…

6. Go hiking - all year round!

In Southern Norway, large parts of winter are snow-free, which is great news for those who enjoy hiking!

7. Shopping in exciting niche stores

Kristiansand offers exciting niche stores with a selection you won't find anywhere else. Go on a treasure hunt and come home with gifts for your loved ones! The city also has several shopping centers, and Sørlandssenteret is just a short drive away, so the conditions are perfect for some great shopping.

8. The timber chute i Vennesla

Just outside Kristiansand, you'll find Vennesla, where a unique hiking trail awaits you in a decommissioned timber chute.

9. Sustainability trail at Odderøya

On Odderøya, you'll find a sustainability trail where you can engage in a pole hunt and learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals. It's a fun and educational activity for the whole family!

10. Enjoy the nature from above

At the Høyt & Lavt climbing park, you can enjoy the beautiful nature from above and try out one of the many zip lines. It's a thrilling way to experience the surroundings!

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