VEST AGDER COUNTY
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right now! Vest Agder County is one out of 19 countys in Norway with a
area of 7.281 km2 and a population of approximately 172.408.
Each County is divided into
different municipality. For Vest Agder County you will find the name of
the municipality to your "right" (municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
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Southern Norway extends from Flekkefjord in the west to Risør in the east, and from Lindesnes
in the south to Hardanger in the north. The Skerries is Destination
Sørlandet"s trademark. Sørlandet is the region with the highest number
of hours of sunshine in Norway, and since time immemorial the
inhabitants have been involved with the sea, the islands protecting the
mainland (the skerries) and everything smelling of seaweed. The
best-known poets from the region, Vilhelm Krag and Gabriel Scott, in
anecdotes and novels, have described the humour and temperament typical
of this part of the country. Both were born with "seaweed between their
toes" and are much loved. We have a number of boats which can take you
out among the skerries. Most of the boats have scheduled departures,
and they can all be chartered.
have decided to describe the trip through Blindleia from Kristiansand,
but it can be made in either direction.The trip starts by crossing
Byfjorden in Kristiansand. through Randesund where the typical, white
wooden houses lie cheek by jowl. After crossing Kvåsefjorden we arrive
in Blindleia, with its beauty spots one afterthe other. We pass old
trading posts such as Gamle Hellesund, Kjøbmannsvik, Ågerøya and
Brekkestø before arriving at what is perhaps the most beautiful town in
the region, Lillesand. "Blindleia" is a cultural delight with the tang
of the salt from the setting of islets and reefs. Summer guests are
strongly recommended to pay a visit to this coastal sea-way with
historical roots far back into time as a means of communication for
dwellers on the coast.
SØGNE AND NY-HELLESUND
Kristiansand we go west through Vestergabet (the "western gap").to
Høllen and Åros. West of Høllen we go further out into the Skerries to
what is perhaps the best known idyll in the region - Ny Hellesund. Here
we see and hear the legend about King Olav the Holy from the twelfth
century, who christianised Norway. His facial profile can be seen in
the rock almost 1OOO years later. In Ny-Hellesund we also visit the
interesting German coastal fort from the Second World War Ny-Hellesund
is an old outport with no wadays just under twenty residents. If you
want to experience the skerries in a very short space of time, you
should take the trip which we have called Randesund Skerries. Here you
will experience Skippergada, a canal in the skerries with idyllic
"Skipperhus", i.e. houses built by sea captains in a very distinct,
traditional style, as well as new summer houses.
and environment in abundance. Kristiansand Zoo is Norway"s most
frequently visited attraction. The zoo is 30 years old and an
institution in Norway. Every single tourist should visit the zoo, which
covers an area of 150 acres of, among other things, wild Nordic
terrain. The wild Nordic countryside in the zoo offers you the
opportunity to see the Nordic wolf, Iynx and wolverine in their natural
environment. Of especial interest is the unique, so-called capercaillie
lek (when the cocks display). which you can see almost all summer. This
is a marvellous sight, which only a few Europeans have observed in the
Key words to describe the zoo are nature, scenery and the
wild. The zoo is totally different from other European zoos, which are
characterised by bars and heavy padlocks. In Kristiansand Zoo the
animals have wide open space, where the visitors nevertheless can get
close up, for example, to the red panda, which is threatened by
The zoo is cooperating closely with the World
Wildlife Foundation to save animal species under threat of extinction.
More than 800 animals and birds live in as much freedom as is possible
in a natural environment. Several kilometres of good paths provide the
opportunity for visitors to roam around for hours. In the zoo you will
also find Summer Island (a bathing area) and a summer bobsleigh.AII
activities in the zoo are included in the entrance tic ket.
Kristiansand Zoo offers a whole day"s experience for both children and
kilometres north of Kristiansand you will find Setesdal Rafting &
Activity Centre, run by Troll Mountain. This is a centre which arranges
rafting, canoeing, mountaineering and mountain biking activities as
well as elk and beaver safaris.The rafting trips last from 2 - 6 hours,
and take place at the idyllic waterfall Syrtveitfossen. The trips,
which vary in degree of diffculty, take place every day in scenic,
demanding surroundings. For the most advanced there is the opportunity
to surf down Syrtveitfossen. If you want to climb, then everything from
simple to demanding routes is available.
If you are happier
under, rather than above, water we can offer everything in diving:
basic course, advanced, rescue diving, first aid, diving leader and
assistant instructor courses, as well as a number of special courses,
for example, wreck, night and deep-diving courses. AII imaginable
equipment can be hired fnom diving centres in the region. The whole of
the skerries from Lillesand to Søgne is an eldorado for all types of
diving. If you want to dive on one of Norway"s most interesting
shipwrecks, then the Second World War wreck M/S Seattle is one of the
best preserved diving targets along the whole of the Norwegian
coast.The ship lies at a depth of 20 60 m in the Kristiansand Fjord. In
Kristiansand there are several places where you can hire a bicycle.
is Norway´s fifth largest town in Norway. The town is the trade and
communications centre for the south of Norway and has extensive train.
bus, ferry and plane links with the rest of the Norway and elsewhere.
Kristiansand has the country´s seeond largest harbour, largest college
and an economy based on industry, trade and tourism. The town was
founded by King Christian IV in 1641 and the town centre is built in
the renaissance style.
A shopping trip in this town with its
chessboard pattern is both easy and fun! All kinds of shops feature
along the pavements and in the pedestrian precincts. All the fruit and
vegetable stalls are to be found in the square in the town centre. From
the square, it"s just a short distance to all four quarters of the town
which are contained within an area of one square km!
fishermen"s wharf and Gravanekanalen (the Gravane Canal) are located in
one of the town"s four quarters. Here, one can find an exciting fish
market, a lively restaurant environment, small boat traffic and
sightseeing boats. The indoor swimming pool and Bystranda (a fatastic
sandy beach - in the town!) are located in the next quarter. You can
even fish for salmon in the river Otra just a couple of stone"s throws
The town"s communications hub, with its railway, bus and
ferry terminal, is located in the third quarter of the town, while the
fourth and final quarter contains Posebyen, which consists of Northern
Europe"s largest collection of low, terraced, white, wooden houses
dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Just a few
kilometres east is Sørlandsparken, with 200 different shops, 100 of
which are gathered together under the same roof in Sørlandssenteret
(shopping centre). The area has more than 3,000 free parking spaces.
Eleven miles east of the city is the Kristiansand zoo, which also
includes Cardamom Town and other attractions popular with Norwegian
town has a beautiful, sheltered location between the fjords of
Grisefjorden and Flekkefjorden, and is characterised by the old,
picturesque wooden houses, some of which are listed. The town
flourished with the rich herring fishing of 1820 - 30s and Flekkefjord
was an important port for the export of timber to the Netherlands. The
oldest part of town is called "Hollenderbyen" (Dutch town), and it has
many listed wooden houses and a unique history. After a new
municipality zoning arrangement in 1965, Flekkefjord also
included the former surrounding counties of Nes, Hidra, Bakke and
is the largest agricultural district in the county of Vest-Agder,
having 26 km2 productive land, 88 km2 forest and 17 km2 freshwater
areas. Farsund was already recognized as a trading centre in 1795, and
in 1995 celebrated its 200-years jubilee with town status.
was formerly the largest centre of population in the district. Today it
has approximately 2.500 inhabitants, and some of the council offices
are still situated there.
Around Farsund and Lista which has
inspired many artists is extremely varied, with a rugged coastline,
fine sandy beaches, many islands, mountainous and forest regions. Lista
has a large airfield which is at present used mainly for inland routes.
Farsund was formerly an important ship-owning
town with up to 50 registered vessels.
The numerous stone fences
and clearings are the most characteristic features of the agricultural
landscape of Western Lista. The number, size and density of these
testify to the hard labour involved in clearing this land.
The town is built on both sides of the Mandalselva river mouth. Mandal
salmon was a 17th century delicacy. Salmon vanished from the river for
many years, owing to pollution and acid rain, but as a result of liming
and cultivation, it has now returned.
Mandal is a cheerful south
coast town, with a country park of over 100 hectares and 2 km of sandy
beaches. The most famous beach, Sjøsanden, is a short walk from the
town centre. For a sense of the town"s history, take a stroll through
the wellpreserved wooden houses in the pedestrian precinct. Mandal is a
lively commercial centre, with plenty of interesting shops.
is Norway´s southernmost district. Lindesnes lighthouse, situated 2,518
kilometres from North Cape, is the southernmost point on mainland
Norway. The district has a 90 kilometre coastline with sandy beaches
and idyllic harbours such as Svinør, Åvik and Lillehavn. Vigeland is
the district centre.
The river Audna which is once more good for
fishing runs through the district like a central nerve. Lindesnes has a
wide variety of services and industries, a unique culture, many leisure
activities on offer, good communications and a growing tourist industry.
every municipality you will find links to Local Directory. This will give you information ON whats happen localy in the municipality even Job vacancy.
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The choice of different activities in Norway such as Golf, Skiing, Cycling, Cruising, Fishing, Stave churches etc.
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