Urban beach life
What do Barcelona, Nice and Kristiansand have in common? Opportunities for a great beach life in the heart of the city! Situated at the end of Kvadraturen, Bystranda in Kristiansand is perfect if you want to soak up some sun, take a cooling dip in the sea or simply just take a break during your city break. The beach includes a playground, volleyball court and kiosk, as well as being the venue for the popular Palmesus music festival. Sandstranda can also fly the "blue flag" quality stamp as one of the few beaches in Norway, which means that both the water quality and safety are top notch. So remember to pack your swimwear!
A small piece of southern Europe
Who needs southern Europe when you have southern Norway? The three kilometre long Hamresanden, located about a mile from the city centre, has featured several times on the list of Norway’s best beaches– and with good reason. With it's sandy beach, shallow water, good bathing temperatures and windsurfing and diving opportunities, Hamresanden is an Eldorado for both old and young beach lovers.
Discover the archipelago
Whether you want to discover it island hopping with a sightseeing boat, sunbathe on smooth granite rocks or find your very own bay, Kristiansand’s archipelago is brimming with idyllic gems. Scheduled boats run all year round, but during the summer MS Bragdøya also runs under the name Badebåten, with daily tours of the archipelago, with nice swimming spots, hiking trails and cafes as stops along the way.
Bragdøya is a real summer paradise, while Brekkestø, an idyllic port in Blindleia, is another favourite. Here you can also buy Norway’s largest ice cream at Brekkestø Landhandel, which is supposedly so large that you hardly have time to eat it before it melts. You can also find lovely bathing spots on Odderøya, which is within walking distance of the city centre.
If you want to get even closer to the beautiful archipelago, the kayak is your friend! Kristiansand’s archipelago is an Eldorado for kayaking, where you can glide through beautiful surroundings and really get the sense of southern coastal idyll. Or how about visiting a lighthouse on your trip? Both Grønningen Lighthouse and Oksøy Lighthouse are great destinations for a day of kayaking.
A hidden gem
Although it’s not a long walk from the city centre, it’s almost like a completely new and peaceful world awaits in the Ravnedalen park on Grim. Perhaps this is Kristiansand’s finest natural area, where people come to relax, have picnics or just take in the lovely scent of flowers. Here you’ll also find the cosy Café General, which serves what is said to be Kristiansand's, and perhaps the entire southern Norway’s best burger.
Fresh water paradise
If you prefer fresh water to salt water, Baneheia is your swimming paradise! There are several lovely bathing spots for a refreshing dip, as well as fishing opportunities for those who want to try their luck. Baneheia is often called the urban area in Kristiansand, and there are also nice hiking trails and viewpoints, as well as light trails and ski trails in the winter. P.S. It’s only about 15-20 minutes walk to Baneheia from all our hotels.