The coastal city of Kristiansand is the cultural capital of Southern Norway and a well-known tourist resort. It is located in Vest-Agder county. As the name suggests, it is placed on a flat, sandy area and was founded by King Christian IV, who ruled both Norway and Denmark in the mid-17th century. His fortress still stands in the harbour. Immediately behind the bustling university city there are unspoiled forests and lakes, while the coastline is one of the most picturesque archipelagos in Scandinavia.
The hotel and conference venue is located in the city centre of Kristiansand.
What to see and do
There are many opportunities for walks just outside the hotel. In the city centre, we can recommend the Cathedral and the oldest part of the city, known as “Posebyen”, which contains old white wooden houses. The Fish Quay is one of the city’s tourist attractions. Here you can try local specialities like shrimp or mussels directly from the fishmonger or at one of the many restaurants in the area, or have a drink at one of the many outdoor restaurants, or you can simply just walk around looking at the fish market, the small boats going through the canal and the picturesque old wooden houses. If you want to experience the quiet beauty of the area, we can recommend the island of Odderøya (accessible by bridge, just 5-10 minutes walk from the hotel), and the forest paths in Baneheia and Ravnedalen (10 minutes away).
Near the city centre is also the Kristiandsand City Beach where you can walk the sea front. Being April, likely only the most hard-bitten of you would choose to take a refreshing baht in the sea. For those seeking more comfort, we can recommend the Aquarama Bad Waterpark situated directly at the city beach with its out- and indoor swimming pools, saunas and a number of relaxing warm-water pools, spas and fitness centre.
The Kilden Performing Arts Centre is also well worth a visit. Kristiansand has also a large Zoo and Wildlife Park approximately 20 minutes from the city centre.
For your convenience and safety
The Currency in Norway is Norwegian Kroner (NOK). 100 NOK is equivalent to about 11 EUR or 13 USD. Most businesses and services (large and small) accept credit cards.
Official language is Norwegian. Most Norwegians are proficient in English.
The electric voltage in Norway is 230 V. Plugs are two-pin continental size.
Kristiansand is generally a safe city with very low crime rate. Nevertheless, good urban and cautious behaviour is always recommended. Please note that the congress participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Congress Organizers. The Congress Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or other person during travel to and from the congress or during the congress.
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