Kristiansand is the biggest city on the south coast of Norway and the most southern city in the country.

A beautiful and charming city

Kristiansand is the biggest city on the south coast of Norway and the most southern city in the country. Thanks to its special location, Kristiansand boasts some of Norway’s best beaches and the area is a renowned holiday spot.

Kristiansand is a charming city and still retains many of the 17th century buildings from its founding days by King Christian IV; the Renaissance style is clearly seen in the streets around the Kvadraten area whereas ‘Posebyen’, the oldest section of town boasts tiny, charming houses in a style typical of the region.

Leave your luxury MSC cruise ship in harbor and come discover the best of this region through our special excursion packages; enjoy great deals on the top sights and strive to cater to all tastes and fitness levels!

Norway is a great place to get outside and enjoy the outdoor life, and we have two great options for you; the Kristiansand bike tour, which takes in the city’s main attractions, including the markets and churches. Alternatively, leave the city behind and set off for Ravnedalen Scenic Park, Norway’s greenest park: a wonderful opportunity to walk off any lingering stresses of everyday life!

For an unusual day off the ship join us on the trip to a mineral museum with precious gems housed inside a mountain, and the vintage railway day out to a steam engine park. Choose to stopover in Kristiansand during your Northern Europe cruise vacation and you’ll have a great introduction to the beauty of Norway.

Cruise to Kristiansand - Norway - Northen Europe - MSC Cruises


The port is within walking distance of town.

Port average temperature

Kristiansand and the Agder counties usually have a lot of summer sunshine compared to most of Norway. There may be heavy snowfall in winter with south-southeasterly winds, but the snow rarely stays long at the coast, see climate. In the summer most locals go to the Fish Market and Hamresanden Beach which is located near Kjevik airport. People from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK and other European countries also visit this beach in the summer during their travels.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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