Kristiansand is the capital of Southern Norway. Within the very compact city centre, you’ll find great shopping and lots of restaurants, cafés and night clubs. Visit Fiskebrygga restaurant area for a bite to eat or just an ice cream in the sun. Make sure to stop by the fishmonger and try the local specialities. Take a stroll along the beach promenade to Bystranda, the local city beach. Or go for a hike in the nearby forest areas of Odderøya and Baneheia. Here you can also go for a swim in an inland lake or in the sea. If you want more action, try sea rafting or visit one of the climbing parks, Xland and Høyt & Lavt.

A visit to Dyreparken, Kristiansand Zoo, is also a popular pastime in Kristiansand, especially for families.