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 Ocean 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.
TimEkspressen has departures for Molde and Ålesund every hour, while NorWay Bus Express has schedules to Oslo, Oppdal and Trondheim numerous times a day.
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.
Nettbuss Møre's blue, local buses 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 on is also connected by a passenger ferry-system, the "Sundbåt", that carries passengers between all the four islands with departures every 20 minutes. This is also the world's oldest public transport line in continuous operation.
- Kristiansund Opera House. Is the oldest opera house in Norway, completed in 1914. The opera, arguably one of the most beautiful of its kind is built in Art Nouveau-style, and is one of the few buildings that survived 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, . 7.30AM-7.55PM. 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. Adults: kr 23, Children: kr 12.
- Vanndamman. Was originally the site of the city's water reserves, but is today a popular recreation and park area near the city centre.
- Peppes Pizza, Kaibakken 2, ☎ +47 22225555.
- Sjøstjerna Fiskerestaurant, Skolegata 8, ☎ +47 71678778 ([email protected]), . Fish restaurant, with clipfish as a specialty.
- Bryggekanten Brasserie, Storkaia 1, ☎ +47 71676160.
- Dødeladen Kulturrestaurant, Skippergata 1 A, ☎ +47 71675030 ([email protected], fax: +47 71675031). Tu-Th: 5PM-11PM, F: 5PM-midnight, Sa: noon-midnight, Su: 2PM-7PM.
- Smia Restaurant, Fosnagata 30 B, ☎ +47 71671170 ([email protected], fax: +47 71671158).
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.
- Atlanten Motell og Camping, Dalaveien 22, ☎ +47 71671104 ([email protected], fax: +47 71672405). 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 accommodation 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, ☎ +47 71678437 ([email protected]). Is a small hotel, situated close to the city harbour.
- Comfort Hotel Fosna, Hauggata 16, ☎ +47 71571100. Is a medium-sized hotel located in the city centre of Kristiansund, with walking distance to the harbour.
- Hotel Kristiansund, Storgata 17, ☎ +47 71570300. Is a hotel situated at the sea front of Kristiansund, close to Kristiansunds largest shopping mall.
- Rica Hotel Kristiansund, Storgata 41, ☎ +47 71571200 ([email protected]). Is a modern, sea-front hotel in the city centre of Kristiansund. The hotel holds status as the largest of Kristiansund, offering great value and service.
- Quality Hotel Grand, Bernstorffstredet 1, ☎ +47 71571300 ([email protected], fax: +47 71571301). 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 built in one of the old and characteristic harbour houses in the city, giving the guests an unique atmospheric experience.
- Aure is a typical coastal municipality of Møre og Romsdal with many beautiful small islands. Most people live near the shore. Aure merged with Tustna in 2006 and the new municipality is called Aure. Population 3.600.
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.
- 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. Norway's smallest stave church, which was constructed in the end of the 15th century is also located at Grip. In the summer season there is a scheduled boat service from right next to the bus terminal of Kristiansund.