The highlight of our Norway trip – Kristiansand and the Nordic Riviera!

Kristiansand, Norway

While I saw prove for my prejudices regarding the temperatures in rainy Bergen and the Western fjords, I thought Scandinavia in general was doomed to the cold. But then the Nordic Riviera appeared out of nothing.

Kristiansand, Norway

Well, not exactly out of nothing. We actually had to come here as our ferry back to Denmark started from Kristiansand. Nevertheless I was surprised as it suddenly became something like warm and the sun came out for the whole day. Mind you we had the first week of July.

The south of Norway is indeed called the Nordic Riviera and of course, for a reason.

Sørlandet, Norway

Scandinavian idyll at its best

Many people in Norway spend their weekends or their holidays in the south of the country. There are many holiday apartments and it’s quite and safe here. The large number of children don’t come out of nothing. That’s at least how we perceived it.Sørlandet, Norway

Sørlandet, Norway

The houses and boat houses are made of wood and look totally cute. This is the way how I imagine Southern Norway. Perfect for roadtrips, perfect for relaxing.

Sørlandet, Norway

The friendliest people

As we hadn’t mentioned it in the other posts: Despite the mentioned ladies from the fishmarket in Bergen, the people in Norway are so incredibly friendly, it scared me a little bit.

Kristiansand, Norway

Not really. It wasn’t that bad. But not everywhere you’ll make such good experiences. A country having such amazing people is definitely worth mentioning. Though Norwegians aren’t so much into Germans (at least that’s the cliché). This doesn’t go without saying.

Sørlandet, Norway

Archipelago at the Skagerrak

There’s not much to say here. The landscape is amazing. You can’t do more than just enjoy the view. Sounds lame, huh? (Irony off)

Sørlandet, Norway

Maybe bathing if the temperatures are right or making a picnic like we did.

Mandal, Norway

Manda – Norway’s most southern city

It suddenly became really warm in Mandal and people were wearing summer cloths; he first time in our entire Norway trip.

Mandal. Norway

Mandal, Norway

There’s actually nothing so special here but it’s pretty. We didn’t expect much on the 15.000 residents city.

The promenade at the harbour is pretty. The city also had a view point but somehow we couldn’t find it and gave up very quick.

Mandal, Norway

Mandal, Norway

Mandal may be the home to one of the friendliest bakeries at the Nordic Riviera with really tasty scampi sandwiches: Edgar’s Bakeri & Konditori!

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand – Pearl of the Nordic Riviera

We really loved this city. Sunny day, great atmosphere, University city, cafés, restaurants, and everyone is happy here. Being there at a Friday afternoon might have also been the reason as people are relaxed due to the coming weekend.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand with its 90.000 Residents is Norway’s fifth largest city and capital of the Sørlandet (Southern lands).

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

The city center with its brick stone and wooden houses in the rectangular streets and alleys are pretty but not special.

Kristiansand, Norway

What really impressed us was the region around the harbour. On the one side boats, a beautiful park and calmness. On the other side it was like the Colmar of the North with restaurants and pretty colourful houses; with bridges and many people who adore this part of the city as much as we do.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand, Norway

All kinds of ages were here aiming to overindulge in one of the fish restaurants. Very likeable people.  I really didn’t want to leave this place and we will definitely come back here.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand was the surprise of this trip and who knows why, so unknown.

Skagerrak, North Sea

Unfortunately unfortunately we couldn’t see everything in Southern Norway and so we unfortunately unfortunately have to go back. If you have any tips to Southern Norway we’re looking forward to any kind of recommendations.

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