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Aug 30, 2016 - Kristiansand redux

Kristiansand lived up to its reputation as the warmest, sunniest town in Norway although it took awhile for the sun to break through the clouds today. We were just here a few days ago at the end of the last cruise, but since it seems to be a tourist mecca, there were still interesting things to see that were not included in our last visit. We took a tour to Høllen, a picturesque seaside town that it is overrun with tourists in the summer doubling the size of the local population. Many of the locals rent out their houses and move into their...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Kristiansand

If you were in a generous mood, you could call Kristiansand the Orlando of Norway. This southern coast city has a climate so mild that some winters they can’t get the ice rink frozen even though it is on a latitude comparable to Siberia or Alaska. God bless the Gulf Stream. Just outside of town a large amusement park drew a parking lot full of families enjoying a sunny Saturday. Those who came from a distance away could stay in a hotel shaped like Noah’s Ark. Nearby an animal park where most of the animals were not confined to cages was...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Kristiansand, Norway

Hello friends and family. Finally arrived to a place where friends were waiting and we could speak English to other people!! Our next 4 days were spent in a lovely place in the south of Norway with the O'Malley tribe. We came to Norway for Brendan and Solfrids wedding. It was nice to catch up with a several friends, and meet new friends, and enjoy their company. We all stayed in Hotel 123 which is situated on the beach. All we can say is Ohhh Lah Lah, the Norwegians! It was the first time that we could go swimming in the water, the weather...

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Jul 23, 2007 - Norway

What a perfect way to begin our 6-month journey. Our Norwegian family have been such wonderful hosts. Boating trips, crab feasts, hiking in the mountains, unbelieveable sea-side walks on sheer cliffs. Everything is so hauntingly beautiful - reminiscent of Nowrway's viking history. We've seen buildings dating back to the 1100's and have learned an enormous amount of histroy about a people who lived in such a harsh and unforgiving land and climate. Of course now, today, the Norwegians enjoy a very high-standard of living, as a result of their...

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Nov 25, 2006 - Kristiansand, Norway- 23/11-25/11

Population: 76,000 Maximum Temperature Range while we were there: 6 Weather: Rain (again!!!), Hail, Rain, Clear, Hail, Rain... Hmmm... What can we say about Kristiansand??? Our first impressions were not good. We were trying to work out a way to get to Copenhagen, because we had been told in Sweden that we'd be able to take a ferry across but when we arrived found out that the ferry wasn't running every day at this time of year, and came across a really rude man working at the train station who made it out like we were going to be stranded...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Kristiansand, Norway

Took the train from Stavanger to Kristiansand today....best train ride yet....usually we do a lot of reading on the trains but today all we could do was keep looking out the window as Autumn in Norway rushed by....filling the windows with all the color and beauty of the most wonderful post card....interesting was the fields where the farmers over time had picked up the rocks and used them to make fences and small huts.....lots of huge rocks...valleys with waterfalls which in most countries would be national parks..here they are just another...

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Aug 11, 2004 - Greetings from Norway!

Greetings from Kristiansand, We are currently in Kristiansand, Norway. I believe we last wrote from Goteborg, Sweden, and we have covered some ground since then. We followed the coast of Sweden to the border with Norway. Sweden was wonderful. The terrain is very alpen, and there is water everywhere, with lakes bays and fjords at every turn of the road. The route was relatively easy to follow, traffic light and the people very accomodating. Sweden is generally considerd not really suitable for bicycle touring, but we found it to be...

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