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.