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Kristiansund, Norway-port

Beautifully situated on four main islands, Kristiansund is an inviting city surrounded by astonishing natural beauty. Its most famous attraction is the Atlantic Road, reputed to offer the world’s best road trip. The route winds its way across islands and over bridges with magnificent views of the ocean and coastline. Kristiansund also houses the oldest opera in Norway, and the city boasts a diverse and colorful array of architectural styles both classic and modern

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Atlantic Ocean Road & Bergtatt Marble Cave
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Atlantic Ocean Road & Haholmen
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Atlantic Ocean Road and Kvernes
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Atlantic Ocean Road, Kvernes Stave Church & Haholmen
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Discover Kristiansund On Foot
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Hike to Mount Rnhammeren
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice

Atlantic Ocean Road & Bergtatt Marble Cave

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: KRI-005

Enjoy a lovely seaside drive to the village of Eide, where you will explore an underground quarry and raft across its crystal-clear lake.

After a short drive through Kristiansund, you will join the: Krifast Road System - opened in 1992 as the first ferry-free mainland connection from Kristiansund. It is a 15-mile stretch that includes the 3-mile long undersea Freifjord Tunnel, and 7 Bridges – among them the Bergsøysund Pontoon Bridge and the Gjemnessund Suspension Bridge.

Awe-inspiring sights are common along this route, so expect to see the Norwegian countryside in all its glory as you drive toward the seaside village of Eide. There, you will visit a limestone and marble quarry that the same family has operated since 1938.

Over the decades, as the stone has been removed, the quarry’s heavy machinery has left behind nearly 25 miles of tunnels, caverns and a large underground lake. The temperature is always about 43° Fahrenheit, regardless of the weather outside.

To explore this vast network of passageways, you will board a wooden raft and travel across the lake (a helmet and inflatable vest will be provided). The water is clean and crystal clear, and you will have the chance to taste it as it drips from the cavern walls. Chandeliers and colored lights illuminate the way, giving the atmosphere a magical quality.

Later, after watching a film about the mining operation and enjoying a coffee break, you will head back to the pier in Kristiansund via the amazingly picturesque Atlantic Ocean Road. This scenic highway links charming villages, zigzags across low bridges and skips nimbly from island to island. The road is so beautiful and memorable it was chosen “Norway’s Construction of the Century” in 2005.

Please note: There is limited walking on this tour, mainly over flat surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing to include a warm wind/waterproof jacket; cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence may vary.