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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 intresting 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 city of Kristiansund is one of the most densly populated areas of Scandinavia. The natural harbour formed by the islands is considdered to be very unique and particulary beautifull, protecting the city centre from winds and weather outside in the Atlantic Ocean.
Kristiansund Internatinal Airport, Kvernberget (IATA: KSU, IACO: ENKB) is an airport located 6 km east of the city centre, easily avalable by car, taxi or shuttle bus. There are numerous daily departures to all the larger Norwegian cities, including Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Haugesund and Kristiansand. The main carrier at the airport is Scandinavian Airlines.
European Route E39 conects Kristiansund with main-land Norway through the KRIFAST-bridge and tunel system. National Road 70 leads all the way into the city centre. Atlanterhavstunellen (The Atlantic Sea Tunel) is an underwater tunel under construction, which will link the city of Kristiansund to the island of Averøy, and the popular tourist atraction of Atlanterhavsveien.
The two bus companies NorWay Bus Express and TimEkspressen have regular scheduled bus routes to and from Kristiansund. TimEkspressen have departures for Molde and Ålesund every hour, (hence the name TimEkspressen litteraly meaning "The Hour Express") while NorWay Bus Express have schedulesto Oslo, Oppdal and Trondheim numerous times a day. There is allso an extensive local bus network runned by Nettbuss Møre, conecting the different parts of the city with eachother.
Kristiansund is a scheduled stop point for Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Costal Steamer) on it's way from Bergen to Kirkenes. There is allso a twice a day catamaran passenger boat-service to Trondheim from Kristiansund. In the summer season there is allso scheduled boat service to the isle of Grip, outside of Kristiansund in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a popular summer destination for tourists with it's unique costal architecture.
Nettbuss Møre's blue, local busses 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 15 and 30 NOK, depending on your destination.
The four main island of which the city of Kristiansund is buildt in is allso conected by a passanger ferry-system, as well as road bridges. The "Sundbåt" carry passengers between all the four islands with departures every 20 minutes.
Kristiansund Opera House is the oldest opera house in Norway, completed in 1914. The opera, arguably one of the most beautifull of its kind is buildt in Art Nouveau-style, and is one of the few buildings that sruvived the bombings of the city during World War Two.
There is a large variaty 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 leagal 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 standarized driving licenses or ID-cards and passports.
Atlanten Motell og Camping (Dalaveien 22) 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 accomadotion 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) is a small hotel, situated close to the city harbour.
Comfort Hotel Fosna (Hauggata 16) is a medium-sized hotel located in the city centre of Kristiansund, with walking distance to the harbour.
Hotel Kristiansund (Storgata 17) is a hotel situated at the sea front of Kristiansund, close to Kristiansunds largest shopping mall.
Rica Hotel Kristiansund (Storgata 41) is a modern, sea-front hotel in the city centre of Kristiansund. The hotel holds status as the largest of Kristiansund, offering great vallue and service.
Quality Hotel Grand (Bernstorffstredet 1) 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 buildt in one of the old and characteristic harbour houses in the city, giving the guests an unique athmospheric experiance.