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.