Kristiansund, Norway Cruise Port

When cruising through the Atlantic Ocean to the west coast of Norway, you'll find the charming city and municipality of Kristiansund. Granted township status back in 1742, it remains the largest settlement in the area with a population of fewer than 25,000 residents. Named for the Danish-Norwegian king Christian VI, it was originally called Christianssund and settled on its current spelling in 1889. While travel from the four islands that make up Kristiansund to the mainland used to be done primarily by ferry (which still exists to a degree), there are several bridges and underwater tunnels that also facilitate transportation. One of the best known is the undersea Atlantic Ocean Tunnel, which connects Kristiansund Municipality to Averøy Municipality. With a mountainous backdrop and nearby woodlands, this is a seaside trip right out of a picture book. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Kristiansund, Norway:
 
  • The Sundbåten or "strait crossing boat" provides a lovely tour of the harbor as well as providing transportation. A mix of locals and tourists use this service, which was started in 1876. You can get a day pass or tourist ticket and hop from place to place; some attractions can only be reached via this mode of transport.
     
  • Built around 1470, the historic Grip Stave Church is located north of the city in the fishing village of Grip. One of Norway's smallest churches, it only holds services in the summer, as the village itself is largely deserted. The wooden church was built on the island's highest spot as protection from waves, which still washed away houses.
     
  • The sculpture known as Klippfiskkjerringa is a representation of all the hard-working women who contributed to the economy via the klippfisk trade. It also provides a pretty view of the surrounding islands.
     
  • The Mellemvaerftet Old Shipbuilding Museum was founded in 1856; as a living museum, you learn the history of the area, watch the boats go in and out of the harbor, and see wooden boats being repaired. There is also a guided tour available if interested in you want stories about the area.
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