Travellers will find a great variety of attractions in Kristiansand and the surrounding area. Here you will find some information about some of the many attractions worth visiting in Southern Norway:
Kristiansand Zoo - Kardemommeby, wildlife park and water park
Kristiansand Zoo is Norway's largest family attraction and has countless activities and experiences to offer. The zoo is home to 120 different species from all over the world. There are lions, tigers, monkeys, kangaroos, camels, wolves, moose and many more animals to see. In addition to all the animals the park includes a spa area with outdoor wave pool, a leisure park and an amusement park with various types of entertainment.
Amidst the lovely wildlife park you will also find Kardemommeby, one of the major attractions in Kristiansand, known from Thorbjørn Egner’s children's book. Kardemommeby offers a magical universe as soon as you walk through the gate into the small town. Many favorites from the book are here - the Kardemomme-muffinbaker, Tobias' tower, the tram and the small white painted houses. The zoo is home to 120 different species from all corners of the world and an outdoor wave pool, leisure park, car track, bobsled track and much more.
Setedalsbanen is a narrow gauge (1,067 mm) heritage railway that runs for eight kilometers along a scenic route between Grovane and Røyknes stations in Vennesla in Vest-Agder County. The line was opened in 1896 between Kristiansand and Byglandsfjord. Only two years after it closed in 1962 it became Norway's first railway museum. Since then visitors have enjoyed a living museum, with over 100-year-old steam locomotives, heritage station buildings and the smell of coal. Setedalsbanen is one of Southern Norway’s most visited attractions.
Lindesnes is the southernmost point on mainland Norway and Lindesnes Lighthouse is a very popular tourist attraction. From here, you are guaranteed a spectacular scenic experience, no matter what time of year you may be visiting. The site is currently a museum for coastal operations and in the mountain under the tower there is a large cavern that houses, among other things, a café and exhibitions related to lighthouse history and culture. Various films are also shown with the same theme.
The Mineral Park is located in beautiful surroundings beside the Otra River, 55 kilometers from Kristiansand. Here you will find over 1000 minerals from around the world. This park houses Europe's finest and most spectacular collection of rocks and minerals and is a great experience for all ages. There is a large stone shop in the hall outside where you can buy jewelry and gifts of stone. There is also a large and rich floral park area containing beautiful stone sculptures.
Bomuldsfabrikken Arts Hall
Bomuldsfabrikken Arts Hall in Arendal is Southern Norway's largest venue for contemporary art. It covers 2500 square meters over three floors. The art collection includes works by 50 of Norway’s leading artists.
This is a great water center in a fantastic location in Lyngdal. Here you will find a wave pool, a power channel and waterfalls, outdoor and indoor whirlpool, competition pool with diving tower and a separate children's pool. There are also different saunas, a gym and a spa center.