Discover cosmopolitan Kristiansund with its cultural, tranquil atmosphere, blend of contemporary and traditional architecture, and natural beauty woven throughout and beyond the city set on the shores of a sparkling fjord. Visit the old town, Posebyn, and admire the small, white wooden houses that speak of a bygone era. Stroll along the boardwalk to the town center and Fiskebrygga (fish market), enjoying the maritime history and fresh local seafood. Visit the Adger Nature Museum and Botanical Gardens for an overview of Norway’s history dating back to the Ice Age. Then go to Markens gate to browse the shops, making a turn onto Skippergada for a selection of smaller boutiques, galleries and cafés. Look for hand-knit sweaters, fine Norwegian glassware and local crafts in this picture perfect setting.
As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 2 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Kristiansand, the capital of the Norway's south, has approximately 77,000 inhabitants. The town celebrated its 350-year jubilee in 1991. Founded in the 17th century by King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway, the old part of the town brims with character. Its streets are strictly at right angles, called kvadraturen in Norwegian.
Take a guided walk through Posebyen,the oldest part of the city, which remained intact after a huge fire devastated much of Kristiansand in 1892. This quarter consists mainly of modest, white-painted, wooden houses built for the working class. These lovingly kept houses are very popular and in use today for residences, small businesses and shops.
Continue to Møvik to visit the Kristiansand Cannon Museum at the Vara Battery. Following the German invasion of Norway in the spring of 1940, construction of a large number of artillery installations began along the coast, including the Vara Battery. A similar installation was constructed in Denmark's Jutland and together they were meant to guard the Skagerak Ocean between the two countries and the shipping lane to Kattegat and the Baltic.
After World War II and into the 1950s, the fort played a significant role in Norwegian coastal defense. The battery is now operated as a military history museum and houses the only completely intact 38-cm gun remaining in the world. The Kruppcannon, one of the largest ever built, weighs 337 tons and boasts a range of 35 miles. The tour also includes a visit to the bunkers beneath the cannon with interesting exhibits.
Marvel at nature's creations of precious minerals in this tour that visits the unique Setesdal Mineral Park.
Kristiansand is the most important town in the south of Norway, founded in the 17th century by King Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway. Your tour begins with a drive through the city center, which will give you the opportunity to marvel at the unique layout of the Quadrature, the name given the town center because of its right-angled streets, as well as viewing the many charming, typical white wooden houses that can be seen in this area.
Leaving the city behind, you will head north towards Evje, which lies at the entrance of the Setesdal valley. During your approximately 1-hour drive, you will be treated to views of the beautiful scenery, wood clad hills, small lakes and farmland that is typical to the area. At the end of your drive, you will find yourself in Hornnes, where the Setesdal Mineral Park is located. This bedrock in Southern Norway consists of an impressive array of over 100 different minerals. The Park is situated in a lovely setting on a peninsula at the river Otra, and has a unique tunnel scheme to display the many minerals found in the area, such as amethyst, topaz, and rock crystal. The tunnels have been opened to house a large museum with various exhibitions of the minerals. In order to maintain proper humidity and temperature levels and to not damage the minerals, the museum is kept at a constant temperature of 66F throughout the year.
Enjoy time to stroll through the park and admire the exhibitions inside the museum before rejoining your coach for the drive back to the pier in Kristiansand, where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. A windbreaker or light jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
Explore Kristiansand, the most important town in the south of Norway, as you stroll through its charming streets on this walking tour.
Meeting your guide at the pier, you will set-off to discover the multitude of charms featured in the unique Posebyen, or Old Town area of the city. This historic part of Kristiansand is very characteristic, with its strict right-angled streets that have led to it being called the Quadrature. Here, in the center of town - which is also a popular residential area, you will find the largest collection of low, wooden houses in Northern Europe. Due to its historical and architectural value, this area has even earned special listed status.
Following a thoroughly enjoyable time spent discovering the colorful atmosphere of Kristiansand, your guide will escort you back to the ship where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking, some of it over cobblestone surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Behold the beauty of southern Norway’s coastline while cruising the island-dotted sea, and then enjoy a leisurely drive through the idyllic countryside to Lillesand.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour through Kristiansand, driving by the Christianholms Fortress and the old town called “Posebyen” where small narrow streets are lined with white painted wooden houses, typical for southern Norway. Then, drive along the residential areas of Kuholmen and Lund where some of the most expensive housing of Kristiansand is to be found.
Arriving in the town of Marvika, you’ll board the sailing ship SS Christiansand a boat and cruise into the Skagerrak Sea, a waterway that separates Norway from the Jutland peninsula of Denmark. You can expect to see seabirds flying overhead, picturesque harbor towns tucked into protective coves, and plenty of fishing boats heading to and from the mainland. During your cruise, you will pass several large islands and smaller rock-rimmed islands inhabited only by wildlife. The perspective of the sea offers a panoramic view of the area’s topography and an understanding of why Kristiansand made a natural choice for a harbor.
Returning to Marvika, you will disembark from the boat and begin the second leg of your excursion by coach. As you drive northeast, the beauty of the land unfolds as you pass countless deep-blue lakes and drive through a number of tunnels and fertile valleys on the way to immaculately kept Lillesand.
This town of colorfully painted wooden houses is particularly vibrant during the summer, when vacationers come to browse its boutique shops and enjoy the carefree atmosphere. You will have the choice of taking a guided walk or having free time to explore on your own and indulge yourself in the charms of Lillesand. There are plenty of things to see and perhaps enjoy a snack in one of the many waterfront restaurants. Afterwards, you will return to Kristiansand via the old highway which takes you through lush forest and offers up a splendid view of the Norwegian landscape.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests‘ discretion during the stop in Lillesand. There will be stairs to negotiate in order to board the tour boat.This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and abilty. Warm, layered clothing; sun cap; sun screen; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Experience Kristiansand and the charming Vest-Agder Open Air Museum on this half-day tour.
Departing the pier by coach, you will begin with a scenic drive through the city center of Kristiansand. This capital of the South was founded in the 17th century by King Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway and the old town center is a good representation of the city's character. Along your route, you will marvel at the strict right-angled streets and typical architecture, which combines charming wooden houses and thoroughly modern buildings.
Your first stop is at the fascinating Vest-Agder Open Air Museum, where you can see approximately 30 homes that were relocated to the grounds of the Museum. The Museum has been strategically divided into four sections so that visitors can gain a good insight into the various districts of the county. During your guided visit, special attention will be given to a variety of old farmhouses from the Stesdal area, as well as the 11 homes located on Bygaden, the town street.
Re-boarding your coach, you will next travel to Sogne, where you will enjoy a walk through Hollen, also known as the fishermen's street. Following your stroll, you will have the opportunity to visit the Sogne Old Church, where the interior is richly adorned with renaissance decorations that date from the 17th century, as well as baroque paintings from the 18th century.
Next, travel along the coastal road as you make your way back to the pier, taking advantage of the chance to admire the idyllic local summer-houses, where many Norwegian families spend their vacations.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking, at times over uneven ground, as well as a few steps to negotiate. The sites on this tour are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Cruise a Rigid Inflatable Boat along the picturesque coastline of southern Norway to Ny Hellesund for a walking tour of a harbor where the Germans built a fort in World War II.
After a short walk from the pier, you will board an RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and suit up in goggles and special clothing that’s ideal for an open-air boat ride. Before long, you will begin cruising west, threading past numerous islands off Norway’s southernmost shoreline.
The inspiring sights include historical lighthouses perched on the rocky coast and vast stretches of the Skagerrak Sea, which separates Norway from the Jutland peninsula of Denmark. You can also expect to see seabirds flying overhead, picturesque harbor towns tucked into protective coves, and forested mountains rising from the sea. This part of Norway has been inhabited since the glaciers retreated about 10,000 years ago, and archaeologists have uncovered numerous traces of these settlements.
In time, you will disembark in Ny Hellesund, a significant harbor for sailing ships in the 17th century. It’s here that the walking portion of your tour begins, among the town’s summer residences and charming shops. There is also a partially restored fortress, evidence of the German occupation of Norway during World War II. Once known as “Little Gibraltar,” this fortified area of bunkers and buildings housed hundreds of soldiers and guarded the shoreline with cannons.
Following your guided walk through Ny Hellesund, you will re-board your RIB boat and cruise back to Kristiansand, following a different coastal route in hopes of finding some nice waves!
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking that covers just over a half mile and includes uphill walking to reach the top of the mountain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back problems or pregnant women. The tour is not recommended for those who are prone to motion sickness. Warm, layered clothing that is wind and water-proof; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, water-proof walking shoes are recommended.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.