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This church attracts the visitors with the amazing 'neo-gothic' architectural pattern. A prominent place of worship in the city, Kristiansand Domkirke holds musical events also.
Walking along the water-front, the monument Christiansholm Festning will transplant visitors back in time. The fortress built in 1672 became the city's property when the British initiated an attack on the city. Today, the fort stands as a major venue for various community and cultural events. With views of pointed canons and a welcoming atmosphere, the fortress is much visited attraction. Call ahead for more details.
The culture and beauty of Norway is evident at this spectacular religious site, the Oddernes Kirke. Constructed in stone and wood, this parish church has an appealing charm and is a delight to discover. The renaissance styled interiors behold ancient frescoes along with the incredible altarpieces and the nave and choir which is dedicated to Saint Olav. The church reflects a touch of English beauty with artistic paintings of apostles and prophets governing its walls. Across the path of the church is an impressive ancient cemetery. All in all, the mesmerizing church in the picturesque courtyard is more than just a Christian worship house. Call ahead for more details.
Vollevannet nestled on the outskirts of Kristiansand is a scenic lake. Take a trip to its shores and experience the calming waters firsthand. There is a swimming area on the northern shore where you can treat yourself to a delightful exercise. The lake is located along the Ålefjær 452. It also has a healthy population of perch.
The entire family will definitely enjoy Kristiansand Animal Park. The park provides entertainment for everyone, for those big and small, young and old. The animal park is divided into different areas like Africa and Northern wilderness, Tiger's kingdom, etc. boasting more than 500 animals. And at the amusement park you will find pirates, a water park, a Tivoli plus the famous three robbers: Kasper, Jesper and Jonathan from Kardemommeby. The Water Park is open from 11a-7p and is only open during the summer. A combined ticket (Water Park and Zoo) is available for a reduced price. Free parking is offered except during the summer. Dogs are not allowed inside the park but a dog kennel is offered during the visit. You are welcome to bring your own food.
When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town is a classic children's book in Norway. Most children have grown up reading the story, however, Cardamom Town, an amusement park in the Kristiansand Zoo brings the story to life. The park consists of buildings resembling the ones in the book, with actors dressed up as characters playing their part to the hilt. Fans can also take a tram-ride with Syversen, the conductor. The park has its own post office too. Check the opening times and tickets prices from the website before visiting.
Popular all over for its innovative and modern architecture, the Vennesla Library is a must visit if you happen to be in the area. Open since 2011, this public library was designed by Helen & Hard features beautiful and novel wooden arks that resemble a dinosaur skeleton. The building has been was awarded with the Statens byggeskikkpris, a prestigious award in 2012. Inside, the building houses a regular library that lends books, newspapers and has internet facilities as well.
Lying in the Iveland and Birkeness municipalities, Ogee is a beautiful lake comprising 360 coral reefs and isles. The lake's west end is flanked by the historic Sorland rail line. Ogge remains a haven for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts. Several camping sites are found here since only a small part of its shore remains privately occupied. Visitors can easily hire canoes and during their canoe rides, beaver, alces and other species of birds can be spotted.
With a scenic shore line of 800 meters (2624.67 feet), Sjøsanden is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. Nestled on the outskirts of Mandal town, Sjøsanden is found inside the spellbinding Furulunden nature park which is home to a number of lofty outcrops and beaches. Apart from Sjøsanden, the nature park also attracts walkers and hikers with its maze of well-marked walking and hiking paths.
Measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet) Hogganvik Runestone is ancient stone boulder dating back to the 5th Century. The slab bears an Elder Futhark epitaph which was unearthed in the year 2009. The Proto-Norse inscription dates back to the period between 350 and 500 CE and features 62 characters. Archaeological excavations carried out on the site of the stone revealed that it was erected over an Iron Age grave.