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.
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.
Innlandet is an old city part of Kristiansund with very special and unique coastal architecture. Innlandet is the part of Kristiansund who was least destroyed during the bombings of Kristiansund during World War Two.
Sundbåtene in Kristiansund holds status as the world's oldest public transport system founded in 1776. The small "Sundbåt" passenger ferries crosses between the four islands of the city.
Grip is an archipelago located southwest of Kristiansund, and was until 1964 the smallest municipality of Norway. Today it is a deserted fishing village, but is a popular tourist attraction for the special architecture and unique location. Norways smallest stave church, which was constructed in the end of the 15th century is also located at Grip.
Vanndamman was originally the site of the city's water reserves, but is today a popular recreation and park area near the city centre.