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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Kristiansand, Norway

Welcome back! Today I want to show you Kristiansand, Norway; a fairly uninspiring town but with beautiful woodland and coastline surrounding it.

Above: Kristiansand as viewed from Baneheia woodland.

Kristiansand is a city in Southern Norway, the fifth largest in Norway with a population of 82,562 as of 1 April 2011. Surrounding the city are deep woods; Baneheia - an area created in 1860 for recreational use, and Odderøya, a former coastal artillery range, purchased from the military in 2003.

Above: One of the many lakes in the Baneheia woodland.

Both of these areas have ski paths for winter adventurers as well as beautiful forest trails and bridges. It must be wonderful for the residents of Kritiansand to have these woodlands so close to the town.

Above: Lighthouses on the former coastal artillery island of Odderøya.

Above: A view of Kristiansand from Odderøya.

On one of my visits to Kristiansand, I took a boat trip along the coastline which is scattered with small islands. The route was very beautiful with quaint coastal communities of traditional mariners’ houses, now converted to holiday homes, lining the shore.

Above: Traditional mariners' houses.

For the second part of our tour we took a coach to the town of Lillesand. Once bustling with maritime activity, Lillesand features 18th- and 19th-century white timber houses.

Above: The harbour at Lilesand.

I'll leave you with a picture of the impressively large church in the centre of Kristiansand, constructed in 1885. Thanks for reading!


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