Reaching out into the waters of Norway’s Western Cape on four, bridge-connected islands, the clean, open, operatic city of Kristiansund, and its stunning harbour, are impossible to ignore. Destroyed in the Second World War, nearly 80% of Kristiansund has been rebuilt since the 1940s. The city is now home to some of Norway’s most iconic modern architecture. Reminders of pre-war Kristiansund still remain, notably the city’s opera house – the oldest in Norway – which offers around 100 opera performances, an opera festival and an outdoor performance of Donna Bacalao every year.
The local history of Klippfisk (salted cod) can be uncovered at the town’s unique museum,[ReadMoreMob] while many visitors opt to travel along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway's most photographed driving roads.
From Kristiansund, a trip to the nearby Grip Island, a prominent fishing settlement in the 15th and 16th centuries, is worth undertaking despite there being no permanent residents now. Exploring the abandoned villages and absorbing the eerie atmosphere of Grip Stave Church – built in 1470, is a must.
Located on four islands at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Kristiansund has a rich maritime history, thanks to the klippfish trade that was established in the 1700s. Kristiansund is Norway's klipfish capital. Any menu in the city's restaurants and cafes reveal that this tradition is still very much alive today. The climate of the area is well suited to the production of the local speciality – salted and dried fish (often cod). The city`s speciality is the dish bacalao.
Kristiansund is often referred to as the ‘opera town’, and for a good reason. The city offers some 100 opera performances, an opera festival and the outdoor opera performance ‘Donna Bacalao’ every year.
The Atlantic Road is located between the towns of Molde and Kristiansund and is 36 km in length between Kårvågand Bud. Considered one of the most beautiful touring routes in the world,The Guardian ranked it as the world’s best road trip, and the Norwegian people have voted the road ‘the Construction of the Century’. The Atlantic Road zigzags across bridges and skerries, bringing you right out to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cruises to Kristiansund
Departs: Southampton • Fri 31 Jan 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2003
- Winter is one of the best times of the year to visit Norway and you’ll experience this breathtaking country in all its seasonal splendour, with chances to see dramatic landscapes at their frozen finest, explore enchanting destinations and go in search of spellbinding phenomena.
- Spending four days in Arctic Norway is sure to be a highlight – your extended call at Tromsø coincides with the city’s fantastic Sami National Day celebrations, while during an overnight stay in Alta you might be lucky enough to witness the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis.
- You can also visit Tromsø’s iconic Arctic Cathedral; embark on an exhilarating dog-sledding adventure from Alta; and discover the highlights of Ålesund, Trondheim and Kristiansund – gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Ocean Road.
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Departs: Newcastle • Fri 24 Jul 2020
9 nights • Balmoral • L2018
- Encompassing a selection of Norway’s greatest fjords, as well as six diverse ports of call, this enticing exploration of Fred. Olsen’s spellbinding homeland packs-in plenty of scenic and cultural highlights.
- Savour local treats and spectacular scenery in Olden; ride the magical Flåmsbana Railway from Flåm; and seek-out natural wonders, such as the Briksdal Glacier and Lovatnet Lake, from charming Olden.
- You’ll also visit the historic, culture-rich ports of Kristiansund and Ålesund; and experience scenic cruising of spellbinding waterways including Nærøyfjord, Geirangerfjord and Nordfjord – all in just nine nights.
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Departs: Liverpool • Fri 25 Sep 2020
12 nights • Black Watch • W2027
- Savour the effortlessly alluring scenery and tranquillity of breathtaking islands in Northern Norway, with explorations of the rugged and remote Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos.
- Visit Leknes, for fascinating Viking history and scenes of mountain peaks and beautiful beaches; and the unique ‘Blue Town’ of Sortland; and experience scenic cruising by picturesque Reine.
- Elsewhere, you’ll stop overnight in Tromsø, home of the iconic Arctic Cathedral and Mount Storsteinen; and sail past the Torghatten and Seven Sisters mountains aboard Black Watch.
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