The tiny and traditional passenger boat in Kristiansund
Old, white wooden houses and an outdoor cafe on a sunny summerday in Kristiansund

Islands and the sea also characterise the surrounding area. Here you will find small fishing villages clinging to the edges of the ocean as well as the Atlantic Ocean Road that was awarded the title of "Norwegian Construction of the Century" in 2005.

In Kristiansund in the 19th century, those who ran the klipfish industry spoke French at social occasions. They brought the big world to the city, and in the city there are places nicknamed "Tahiti" and "Morocco". They also brought opera with them, and Kristiansund has Norway's oldest opera.  

Kristiansund has colourful post-war architecture. Nearly 900 houses burned down after the bombing of the city in 1940. When reconstructing the city, they took inspiration from the town's fishing and klipfish history and turned the gables of many of the houses to face the street or quay like the old klipfish wharves did.

The Atlantic Ocean Road with curvy roads and bridges.

Our voyages to Kristiansund

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin
The classic

NorthboundVoyage North

Bergen → Kirkenes

North cape
7 days

NorthboundThe Magical Fjords of Norway

Bergen → Trondheim

magiske fjord-norge
3 days

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Reine in Lofoten. Photo credit: Marius Beck Dahle/Havila Kystruten
6 days

SouthboundSea, Fjords and the Mountains

Trondheim → Bergen

2 days

Excursions in Kristiansund

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Top 3 things to see

Atlantic Ocean road connected by bridges on small islands.

The Atlantic Ocean Road

The Atlantic Ocean Road, eight bridges and eight kilometres over islets and skerries in the Atlantic Ocean.
Island of Grip with houses


Grip, the small fishing village with its own stave church.
Red seahouses with grass roofs on Håholmen near Kristiansund

Hustadvika and Håholmen

Windswept Hustadvika with the idyllic coastal pearl, Håholmen.