The area is the cultural region of the twin counties of Aust and Vest Agder. Welcome to a unique holiday experience. The key words for the region are summer, sun and happy holidays. Young or old everyone simply has happy memories from a holiday in Southern Norway, and what is more visitors always come back. The rock festival, Quartfestivalen is arranged annually in July and here come the hottest artists from both home and abroad. Kristiansand The Floral Town of Norway. More than 20,000 summer flowers create magnificent displays in every imaginable form to greet visitors and residents alike in the centre of Kristiansand in summer. The Children s Own Flower Beds in the Wergeland Park are the work of nursery school children, who cultivate the plants for the beds at their schools and in June, dressed in colourful, floral costumes 450 young children set out the flowers in the park. Here stands the bronze statue of Henrik Wergeland by Gustav Vigeland, dating from 1908.
Kristiansand is not alone in offering scenic attractions. Just off the main road from Kristiansand to Lillesand lies Hamresanden with a three kilometer long sandy beach, farther east Kristiansand Dyrepark provides the greatest attraction of all in the region of Southern Norway. Lillesand, one of the best preserved small towns of wooden buildings makes a picturesque scene of white houses huddled together, many of them on the quayside. Vennesla is the home of the Setesdalbanen - a narrow gauge, vintage railway with steam engines dating from1894. To the north lies Iveland, where stone quarrying has taken place for centuries. A number of extremely rare minerals have been mined in the Iveland quarries. In Songdalen elk safaris are organised. The neighbouring district of Søgne lies in picturesque surroundings and offers overnight accommodation on the coast.
The port of Kristiansand is served by DFDS Seaways. The Princess of Scandinavia, the fastest ship in the fleet.