Private Van and Walking Tour of Kristiansand and Surrounding Area
- Vest-Agder Museum: This open-air museum was founded in 1903 and consists of a main building and 40 old buildings arranged in the Setesdal Farmyard and the Old Street of Kristiansand.
- Village of Sogne: This charming coastal city is rich with history, and even prehistory. In 1996, the skeleton of a woman was discovered here that dates back to approximately 6,500 B.C.
- Sogne Old Church: Stop at Norway's oldest half-timber church. Built in 1640, this quaint church is decorated in Baroque- and Renaissance-style paintings.
About this Kristiansand tour
Norwegian King Christian IV founded Kristiansand in 1641. This historic town is the fifth largest city in Norway and it's well worth an in-depth visit. Experience the rich cultural history of this area by visiting the most important sights in and around the city with your knowledgeable, fun-loving guide.
Begin by taking a short coach drive outside the city to the Vest-Agder Museum. This open-air museum contains a main building that houses collections, plus 40 old buildings that date from the late 1500s to the 1890s. The buildings were moved from farms in the valley of Setesdal and from the city center of Kristiansand and they're grouped here in a way that gives you a good sense for the past. Don't miss the refugee cabin that was used by resistance fighters who were hiding out from the Gestapo during World War II.
From the Vest-Agder Museum, you'll travel by coach to the village of Sogne, a peaceful town with a long stretch of coastline to the south. Stroll along its charming streets that are dotted with white-timbered buildings typical of the area. Visit the Sogne Old Church. Completed in 1640, this is Norway's oldest half-timber church. Notice that the outside is plain in appearance, but the inside is intricately decorated with Baroque- and Renaissance-style paintings. This is also where Norway's Nobel Laureate, Bjornstjerne Bjornson, married his darling Karoline in 1858.
Take in stunning waterfront views on your return drive to the ship as you follow a scenic coastal road and pass quaint summer houses. Look for the Kilden Performing Arts Center. Completed in 2012, this state-of-the-art theater and concert hall is a terrific addition to the city, giving artists such as the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra a magnificent space to express themselves and entertain others. Now this is a great way to spend a magnificent few hours exploring some gems of Norway.
The old vicarage
Peder Elias Bjornson was born on a farm in Sogne in 1798. By 1852, he was serving as a priest in Sogne and lived in the old vicarage. Peder's son, Bjornstjerne, would go on to achieve great fame. He wrote the text for the Norwegian National Anthem and became an accomplished writer. In 1903, Bjornstjerne Bjornson received the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first Norwegian Nobel laureate.
Please exit the port terminal building or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign.
Most stores close early on Saturdays until Monday. Bring photo ID if you plan to use a credit card. The order of sites may vary.
You will be walking for roughly 1 mile over gravel/paved and uneven surfaces with steps. If you have limited mobility, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Bus Tour
English, German, Spanish, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days' advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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