Norway's most underrated city? - A weekend in Kristiansand

Have you ever heard about Kristiansand? Or are you one of those people who keep mixing up Kristiansand with Kristiansund? Believe me, I’ve been there! It’s super confusing how similar these two Norwegian towns sound and they aren’t anywhere near each other, so better watch out when planning a trip!

Anyway, last week the boyfriend and I had “winter holidays” - aka, Simon had a week off work as all schools in Norway shut down for a week of winter fun in the mountains, while I took the liberty to invest my parents’ Christmas money in an extended weekend at the coast of Southern Norway.

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We made our way by train from Stavanger to Kristiansand - a 3-hour trip that almost got split up in half-train/half-bus journey due to construction work, but luckily we managed to bypass construction by just a day! Apparently, this particular stretch of rail road is constantly under construction which is why I’ve been warned about travelling by train from Stavanger, but things went pretty smooth during our trip, so I’m pretty sure it’s not as bad as they say… at least not all the time!

Side note: I had to wear my SeaBands as Norway’s rail roads aren’t particularly smooth, so keep that in mind if you suffer from motion sickness!

Side note: I had to wear my SeaBands as Norway’s rail roads aren’t particularly smooth, so keep that in mind if you suffer from motion sickness!

Kristiansand is located in the very south of Norway and forms the country’s 5th largest city. During the summer, it’s a hotspot for Norwegians to enjoy the long summer days and warm, sunny weather - apparently, Kristiansand is also known as “Norway’s Riviera”!

I have to admit, we deliberately decided to head there in the middle of winter. Neither one of us is a fan of crowds; I’ll be working all summer long as a tour guide anyway, and I also want to promote off-season travel in Norway as summers really are crazy crowded in some areas.

Long story short: We had an amazing time in Kristiansand and even though I totally get why the city is so popular during the summer, we had a blast visiting during the winter as well!

But see it for yourself:

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