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 interesting 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 natural harbour formed by the islands is considered to be very unique and particularly beautiful, protecting the city centre from winds and weather outside in the Atlantic Ocean.
Kristiansund Internatinal Airport, Kvernberget (IATA: KSU) (ICAO: ENKB) is an airport located 6 km east of the city centre, easily available 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 (SAS).
European Route E39 conects Kristiansund with main-land Norway through the KRIFAST-bridge and tunnel system. Route 70 leads all the way into the city centre. Atlanterhavstunnelen (The Atlantic Sea Tunnel) is an underwater tunnel which opened for public transport and cars on dec. 19th 2009. The tunnel links the city of Kristiansund to the island of Averøy, and the popular tourist attraction 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 literally meaning "The Hour Express") while NorWay Bus Express have schedules to Oslo, Oppdal and Trondheim numerous times a day. There is also an extensive local bus network run by Nettbuss Møre, connecting the different parts of the city with each other.
Kristiansund is a scheduled stop point for Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Steamer) on it's way from Bergen to Kirkenes. There is also a twice a day catamaran passenger boat-service to Trondheim from Kristiansund. In the summer season there is also 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 its unique coastal 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 kr 15 and kr 30, depending on your destination.
The four main island of which the city of Kristiansund is built in is also connected by a passenger ferry-system, as well as road bridges. The "Sundbåt" carry passengers between all the four islands with departures every 20 minutes.
There is a large variety 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 legal 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 standardized driving licenses or ID-cards and passports.
Aure’s coastline is almost 300 kilometres long. Unique possibilities for angling from the shore and from the many bridges and sounds. Fishing from boats for herring, mackerel, saithe, cod and pollock. Great hunting for red deer in the large forest and mountain areas. Excellent fishing for freshwater trout and sea trout. The scenery on Tustna is dominated by the coastal mountains. These over 900-metre-tall mountains, which rise straight up from the shore, form a chain in a north-south direction. Great walking, with several paths ascending to the summits, which offer fantastic views of the ocean and the fjords.