Kristiansund, Norway

Introduction to Kristiansund, Norway

On Norway's west coast, Kristiansund is spread over three islands connected by bridges. Discover the history of Klippfish at the unique museum; marvel at the old town's remarkable architecture; or travel along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway's most photographed driving roads.

Almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, nearly 80% of Kristiansund has been rebuilt since the 1940s. Located on three islands that surround a beautiful natural harbour, the city is now home to some of Norway’s most attractive and interesting modern architecture, though some reminders of pre-war Kristiansund still remain such as the city’s opera house – the oldest in Norway.

From Kristiansund you can enjoy a trip to the nearby Grip Island, a former fishing settlement that was prominent in the 15th and 16th centuries as one of Norway’s most important societies. Despite there being no permanent residents here today, the island is worth visiting to explore the abandoned fishing villages, absorb the atmosphere and visit the Grip Stave Church – built in 1470.

A drive along the incredible Atlantic Road – an 8 kilometre stretch of road that links Kristiansund and Molde - is breathtaking experience, and one that's not-to-be-missed during your time here. The twisting, rising and falling road passes through beautiful rocky coastlines, over the sea and through vast hills and mountains. Featuring some unbelievable architecture and mind-blowing bridges, a drive along this amazing stretch of tarmac was once called the world’s best road trip by The Guardian.

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Klippfish Museum, Kristiansund

EXCLUSIVE - KLIPPFISH MUSEUM BY SUNDBOAT

  • Take a traditional Sundboat across Kristiansund harbour
  • Explore the history of Klippfish at the unique museum
  • Taste the delicious, fresh speciality
Boat Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This authentic tour takes you, by sundboat, to the Klippfish Museum to find out more about this Norwegian speciality.

Kristiansund was once Norway’s largest exporter of Klippfish, with thousands of workers employed in the industry. The harbour is at the heart of the city, and the Sundboat has been in service here since 1876 – like a bus, transporting people between the city’s three islands. The Kristiansunders are very proud of the Sundboat, or Sundbåten, and its long tradition on their harbour.

Setting off from the quayside with your museum guide, the Sundboat will take you to Gomalandet in approximately ten minutes. During your short walk to the museum, you will visit the Vardetower – a watch tower constructed in 1808 which has an interesting history dating back to Napoleon’s wars, and built to assist in the watch for raiders coming across the North Sea.

The Klippfish museum tells the story of the salt cod trade in Norway from the 1740’s to the post World War II period. Learn about the traditional production process and discover how Norway began exporting klippfish around the world. Today it is shipped to Portugal (where it is served as bacalhau), Spain (bacalão) and Italy (stoccafisso). A guided tour will be followed by a tasting of the traditional klippfish.

Your guide will accompany you back to Gomalandet where the Sundboat will take you back to Kirkelandet (the city centre) and your ship in approximately eight minutes. If you prefer to walk back to the ship, it is approximately two kilometres (approximately one-and-a-quarter miles) along the seaside – passing by the museum café and the shipyard museum (Mellemværftet).

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over some uneven surfaces and there will be some steps to get into the boat. There are a limited numbers of seats inside, but plenty of space on the open upper deck. Please note that the Sundboat is a regular service, and so will not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. Unfortunately the tour is not suitable for wheelchair users as there are relatively steep steps at the Klippfish Museum. You will taste a typical bacalao fish dish with flatbread. If you wish to stay longer at the museum, your guide will provide you with a boat ticket for you to return at leisure. In this instance, or if you choose to walk back to the ship; it is at your responsibility and expense to be back on board in time for sailing.


Introduction to Kristiansund

INTRODUCTION TO KRISTIANSUND

  • See the sights of Kristiansund – the principal town in the Nordmøre region of Norway
  • Spread over three islands with connecting bridges, it has an exciting location
  • Admire typical fishermen’s wharfs and narrow alleyways
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Your tour will visit all three of Kristiansund’s islands, and also the four areas of the town which are Kirkelandet, Innlandet, Nordlandet and Gomalandet.

Your coach tour will cross the city bridges enabling views over the docks and also allowing you the possibility of seeing the small Sundboats, which have been used as the main public transport between the islands for 140 years. Pass through the old town located on Innlandet, before arriving in the Kirkelandet area to enjoy a visit to Kirkelandet Church with its modern architecture from 1964.

The town is closely connected to the sea, this will be obvious as you pass through residential areas, which are located close to the open sea, and see today’s business activities which are connected mainly to fishing and the oil industry. During your tour, you will get a general view of the oil base, the heart of mid-Norway’s oil industry, as well as learning about its significance to Norway.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This coach tour is particularly suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users, however all participants must be able to both board and disembark the coach unaided. There will be photo stops where walking is optional in addition to this there is approximately 40 metres of walking involved to reach the coach from the ship, and vice versa.


THE ATLANTIC ROAD & HAHOLMEN

  • Travel along the world renowned Atlantic Road
  • Visit the 18th century fishing village at Håholmen Island
  • Admire a replica of the Viking ship Saga Sigla
Price£80.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover the Atlantic Road built across islets and skerries and linked by bridges; learn about the surrounding waters which are dotted with underwater obstacles and shipwrecks before enjoying a fascinating journey onboard a replica Viking ship.

The Atlantic Road is one of the most renowned, and photographed, driving roads in Norway. In stormy weather it can provide some very dramatic scenes, as waves crash across the road and its bridges. Enjoy a journey along it today, right at the ocean’s edge, after a drive through a sub sea tunnel.

Håholmen Havstuer is an old fishing village, now restored to how it was a hundred years ago. The hotel on the island was founded by Ragnar Thorseth, a well known Norwegian adventurer and explorer - 75 years after the famous Roald Amundsen, he passed the Northwest Passage. These beautiful, weather beaten 12 acres are the last bastion against the Atlantic, having a lovely, sheltered natural harbour. A short boat ride takes you from the Atlantic Road to Håholmen Island. You should have the opportunity to sail in the Viking ship Kvitserk, a replica of Saga Siglar in which Thorseth sailed around the world in 1984 - the original was destroyed in a storm off Cartagena in 1992. Learn about his journeys, and watch a film presentation as well as enjoying refreshments.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves some leisurely walking over uneven surfaces. There are steps to negotiate in order to get in to and out of the Viking ship that takes you to Håholmen Havstuer. Therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will travel through a tunnel and the fjord landscape to reach the Atlantic Road, therefore this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. Please note that in inclement weather the Viking ship will not be used to reach the island - small boats will be used instead which give more protection from the weather.


Atlantic Road, Kristiansund

THE ATLANTIC ROAD & KVERNES STAVE CHURCH

  • The Atlantic Road has been named as the world’s best road trip!
  • Its dramatic bridges and exposed location mean weather conditions can create a spectacular sight
  • Includes a visit to the 700 year old Stave Church at Kvernes
Boat Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the impressive Atlantic Ocean Road - the true highlight on this tour.

You leave Kristiansund by coach, heading for the Atlantic Road, and take the sub-sea tunnel to Averøy Island – a fishing and farming society for generations. Drive along to the Atlantic Road – built across islets and skerries, linked by bridges – and Hustadvika, where a short photo stop will be made at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Your tour continues to Kvernes Stave Church, overlooking the Kvernes and Frei Fjords. Dating from approximately 1300 it is one of the youngest and also one of the most adorned of the stave churches. Inside you can admire the choir screen with crucifix and royal monogram, the baroque pulpit and various painted decorations. A guided talk in the candle lit church is waiting for you and you will also listen to Norwegian folksongs, making this a truly charming experience.  After your enchanting visit, return by coach to Kristiansund and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves some leisurely walking over uneven surfaces, and standing for short periods of time. There will be two or three steps to negotiate to enter the church although a ramp should be available. It is suitable for wheelchair users – as long as guests can get on and off the coach unaided. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Church, in order to preserve the artwork. This tour may operate in reverse order depending upon tour numbers. Please note that the Atlantic Road is 8.8 kilometres (just over five miles) long with eight bridges.  As you travel through a tunnel to reach the Atlantic Road, it may not be suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia. For reference the tunnel is 5.7 kilometres (three miles) long and 250 metres (820 feet) below sea level.


Grip, Kristiansund

The Island of Grip

  • Enjoy a boat ride to the charming medieval fishing village of Grip
  • Admire the narrow streets, colourful houses and picturesque Stave Church
  • Visit the tiny island with a big history!
Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Embark on a short guided visit of the island with the opportunity to visit the little stave church.

From Kristiansund’s colourful and cosmopolitan fishing port, you depart by boat to the island of Grip located 15 kilometres (nine miles) offshore. Back in the 15th and 16th centuries, the island was an important society with at most 600 inhabitants. Up until 1964 it was the smallest community in Norway and although there is no permanent settlement here today, you can still feel the atmosphere it has absorbed over time.

Located in the middle of the island is the church, which has kept its unique stave church style inside. Built in 1470, it is still a gathering point today.  During your time on the island you can enjoy some time at leisure to stroll through Grip. Perhaps look around the small photo gallery of the Island’s history or explore the narrow streets filled with colourful houses and gardens.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves leisurely walking around Grip, where you will spend approximately one and a half hours. Uneven ground may be encountered.  Depending on where the tour boat is allowed to dock, there may be a ten minute walk in each direction, to and from the vessel. The boat has a gangway and one step down to the lounge – there are seats both inside and outside. Unfortunately this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. The boat journey will take approximately 60 minutes each way.


Kristansund, Norway

TRADITIONAL SUNDBOAT & STROLL IN THE OLD TOWN

  • Join a replica Sundboat – these veteran vehicles are a trademark of the town
  • Travel with one of the world’s oldest public transport companies
  • View old and new Kristiansund from the harbour and ashore
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 1.45 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Today you will join your replica veteran boat and explore the different islands of the town - from the old, more picturesque part of the town, to the maritime and coastal area of Vågen.

The harbour is at the heart of Kristiansund, and the Sundboat has been in service here since 1876 – like a bus, transporting people between the city’s three islands. The Kristiansunders are very proud of the Sundboat, or Sundbåten, and its long tradition on their harbour. You will get a good introduction to the city, which was painstakingly rebuilt after wartime damage and learn about the centuries old seafaring traditions.

During the sightseeing trip the boat will dock at the old town in the harbour area of Innlandet. Take a short, guided, walk around the preserved quarter. Admire the typical fishermen’s wharfs, narrow alley ways and old manor houses. Pass by the oil base which is amongst the biggest supply bases in Norway dedicated to the oil and gas industry.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves walking of approximately 20 minutes, over some uneven surfaces. It is not suitable for wheelchair users, due to the walking in the old town. There are seats inside the boat and space on the open deck – although you may not hear the commentary from outside. All participants should be warmly dressed to make the most of the boat ride, which will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Please take extra due care and attention around the decks of the boat as they may be slippery in places depending upon the weather conditions.


Kristansund, Norway

WALKING TOUR OF KRISTIANSUND

  •  Discover some of the maritime history of Kristiansund
    • Step back in time and see a blacksmith at work
    • Savour a locally roasted coffee and smithy cake
     
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy the delightful town of Kristiansund on foot, with a warming coffee stop enroute.

The walking tour commences with an approximate 20 minute stroll to the inner harbour of Kristiansund, called Vågen (the bay). Explore this area of traditional maritime knowledge and craftsmanship. At the working shipyard you will be regaled with stories of old, and around the open fire you will have the opportunity to watch the blacksmith at work and even join in to create your own work of art.

After the guided tour you stroll on to your next stop - a brief five minute walk to Patrick Volckmar coffee roaster. Learn a little about the town’s commercial history as well as being invited to try a coffee roasted here, together with their smithy cake made with nuts. After enjoying your snack in the 1950’s – 1960’s style café you will have a leisurely walk back to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Your tour will be accompanied throughout by a museum guide. The majority of the tour is spent walking or standing – approximately one mile will be covered and the terrain will be paths and paved surfaces, some of which will be uneven. You will be standing at the shipyard but will be seated at Patrick Volckmar Café. Each visit will last approximately 30 minutes. This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should be prepared and dress accordingly. Warm clothing and flat, comfortable shoes with a sturdy sole are recommended. There are toilet facilities at the shipyard and toilet facilities and a small shop at Patrick Volckmar. Participants may choose to remain in town at the end of the tour, in which case it is the individual’s responsibility to return to the ship in time for sailing.


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