Kristiansund is a city and municipality on the mid-western coast of Norway, located in Møre og Romsdal county. It is arguably the city with the most special and interesting architecture of Norway, which originates from the aftermath of World War Two, when nearly 80% of the city was demolished by bombs. Situated on five islands slightly off the shore of main-land Norway. The natural harbour formed by the islands is considered to be very unique and particularly beautiful, protecting the city centre from winds and weather outside in the Atlantic Ocean. The city is sometimes called Kristiansund N, where N stands for North, to distinguish it from Kristiansand in southern Norway, a name introduced by the postal service.
Kristiansund Internatinal Airport, Kvernberget (IATA: KSU) is located 6 km east of the city centre. Taxi NOK 150-200; bus every half hour. There are daily departures to the larger Norwegian cities, including Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger by SAS and Wideroe. Beware when getting tickets, not to mix up the city with Kristiansand much further south.
European Route E39 connects Kristiansund with main-land Norway through the KRIFAST-bridge and tunnel system. Route 70 leads all the way into the city centre. Atlanterhavstunnelen (The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel) is an underwater tunnel which opened for public transport and cars on dec. 19th 2009. The tunnel links the city of Kristiansund to the island of Averøy, and the popular tourist attraction of Atlanterhavsveien.
Kristiansund is a scheduled port for Hurtigruten, between Molde(4 hours) and Trondheim (6,5 hours) on the coastal cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes. There is also a twice a day catamaran passenger boat-service to Trondheim, with a few stops along the coast.
Nettbuss Møre's blue, local buses have frequent departures from Kristiansund Trafikkterminal to the different parts and suburbs of the city. Currently, the price for a one-way ticket lies between kr 15 and kr 30, depending on your destination.
The four main island of which the city of Kristiansund is built on is also connected by a passenger ferry-system, the "Sundbåt", that carries passengers between all the four islands with departures every 20 minutes. This is also the world's oldest public transport line in continuous operation.
- Kristiansund Opera House. Is the oldest opera house in Norway, completed in 1914. The opera, arguably one of the most beautiful of its kind is built in Art Nouveau-style, and is one of the few buildings that survived the bombings of the city during World War Two.
- Innlandet. Is an old city part of Kristiansund with very special and unique coastal architecture. Innlandet is the part of Kristiansund who was least destroyed during the bombings of Kristiansund during World War Two.
- Sundbåtene. 7.30AM-7.55PM. In Kristiansund holds status as the world's oldest public transport system in continuous operation, since 1876. The small "Sundbåt" passenger ferries crosses between the four islands of the city. Adults: kr 23, Children: kr 12.
- Vanndamman. Was originally the site of the city's water reserves, but is today a popular recreation and park area near the city centre.
- Sundbåten. See the city from the water. Take the Sundbåten ferry around the harbour.
In the heart of the city, try the "fishan" - which is really an old version of the English "fish and chips"-treat. The name "fishan" is a very local abbreviation of the English name.
- Peppes Pizza, Kaibakken 2, ☎ +47 22225555.
- Sjøstjerna Fiskerestaurant, Skolegata 8, ☎ +47 71678778, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fish restaurant, with clipfish as a specialty.
- Bryggekanten Brasserie, Storkaia 1, ☎ +47 71676160.
- Dødeladen Kulturrestaurant, Skippergata 1 A, ☎ +47 71675030, fax: +47 71675031, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Th: 5PM-11PM, F: 5PM-midnight, Sa: noon-midnight, Su: 2PM-7PM.
- Smia Restaurant, Fosnagata 30 B, ☎ +47 71671170, fax: +47 71671158, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a large variety of bars, night clubs and such in Kristiansund. Night clubs are usually open between 11 PM and 3 AM, while the opening hours for bars varies. Some bars are open even in daytime. Most places require that you are 20 years or older, but since the legal drinking age in Norway is 18, it varies from place to place. Do note that many night clubs practice ID-validation, meaning that you will have to carry an ID to be permitted access. Valid forms of ID include Norwegian bank cards, European standardized driving licenses or ID-cards and passports.
- Dødeladen, Innlandet stop of Sundbåten city-ferry. Unrivalled spot for your sunset beer in summer. Pint of beer 68.
- Atlanten Motell og Camping, Dalaveien 22, ☎ +47 71671104, fax: +47 71672405, e-mail: email@example.com. Is a small motel and camping-area, located 3 km outside the city of Kristiansund.
- Havna Gjestehus, Vågeveien 5. Is a small guesthouse that offers cheap accommodation in the city centre of Kristiansund.
- Utsyn Café og Gjestehus, Kongens Plass 4. Is a guesthouse located on the second floor of the Utsyn Cafeteria, right next to the central square of Kristiansund.
- Astoria Hotel, Hauggata 13, ☎ +47 71678437, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Is a small hotel, situated close to the city harbour.
- Comfort Hotel Fosna, Hauggata 16, ☎ +47 71571100. Is a medium-sized hotel located in the city centre of Kristiansund, with walking distance to the harbour.
- Hotel Kristiansund, Storgata 17, ☎ +47 71570300. Is a hotel situated at the sea front of Kristiansund, close to Kristiansunds largest shopping mall.
- Rica Hotel Kristiansund, Storgata 41, ☎ +47 71571200, e-mail: email@example.com. Is a modern, sea-front hotel in the city centre of Kristiansund. The hotel holds status as the largest of Kristiansund, offering great value and service.
- Quality Hotel Grand, Bernstorffstredet 1, ☎ +47 71571300, fax: +47 71571301, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Is the oldest, and one of the most exclusive hotels of Kristiansund. Located right in the centre core of the city, the hotel offers walking distance to nearly everything Kristiansund has to offer.
- Thon Hotel Innlandet, Heinsagaten 12. Is a hotel under construction on the isle of "Innlandet" in Kristiansund. The hotel is being built in one of the old and characteristic harbour houses in the city, giving the guests an unique atmospheric experience.
- The Atlantic Road A unique stretch of road which takes you right out to the ocean’s edge. In 2005, the road was voted Norway’s
«Engineering Feat of the Century», and is also known to be the world's most beautiful drive. It connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road was opened in 1989 and is toll free.
The Atlantic Road has National Tourist Route status and the entire stretch between Bud and Kristiansund is one continuous experience packed with coastal scenery, culture and history. The contrasts between a trip on a sun-soaked and tranquil summer day and a foam-sprayed journey in a storm from the northwest are amazing. Take your time and open all of your senses. The Atlantic Road experience will give you memories for life. Park your car at designated stopping places, climb a hillock and enjoy the salty air and the magnificent view. Whether the ocean is flat calm or a storm is brewing; there are great nature experiences in store.
- Aure is a typical coastal municipality of Møre og Romsdal with many beautiful small islands. Most people live near the shore. Aure merged with Tustna in 2006 and the new municipality is called Aure. Population 3.600.
Aure’s coastline is almost 300 kilometres long. Unique possibilities for angling from the shore and from the many bridges and sounds. Fishing from boats for herring, mackerel, saithe, cod and pollock. Great hunting for red deer in the large forest and mountain areas. Excellent fishing for freshwater trout and sea trout. The scenery on Tustna is dominated by the coastal mountains. These over 900-metre-tall mountains, which rise straight up from the shore, form a chain in a north-south direction. Great walking, with several paths ascending to the summits, which offer fantastic views of the ocean and the fjords.
- Grip is an archipelago located southwest of Kristiansund, and was until 1964 the smallest municipality of Norway. Today it is a deserted fishing village, but is a popular tourist attraction for the special architecture and unique location. Norway's smallest stave church, which was constructed in the end of the 15th century is also located at Grip. In the summer season there is a scheduled boat service from right next to the bus terminal of Kristiansund.