My wife and I enjoyed our Kristiansand Highlights tour. We were lucky to be in Kristiansand on Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17th), a day of parades and celebrations. It is also a day where most citizens wear their Norwegian national costume (bunad) if they own one and were happy to pose for our photos. Our tour started with a nice drive around the town in our comfortable coach before stopping outside the open air museum which sections were closed due to the national holiday. Next, we took a short coach ride to the beautiful small fishing village of Sogne where we walked along a lane of neat houses with colorful flowers. Finally, we left the coach and walked through the old town of Posebyen and around downtown Kristiansand stopping in the main square. At that point, most of us took the opportunity to visit the Kristiansand Domkirke, a majestic cathedral. Our guide was friendly, helpful, and told us a lot about the city, society, and surrounding area. We would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to learn a little about Kristiansand.
This tour was set up through an agency, and we had a near full bus. Unfortunately our tour guide was from Chili, and although friendly and energetic and well intentioned; he had difficulty in English. He attempted to read commentary from his phone, but somethings were lost in translation. The big takeaway though is that the first half of the tour does get you out of the city to some interesting sites. Even from the bus you do get to see some of the scenery and we made a few interesting stops and got to stretch our legs. The best stop of course was the open air museum. It is similar to the one in Oslo, only on a smaller scale. Once back to town, the guide took us on a walking tour, pointing out several of the key sites. On tours like this, a tour guide can make or break your experience. In this case I give our guide an A for effort, but it still made the tour a bit of a chore. The tour IS worth taking, just hope for a better guide.
I was responsible for mxtrip this tour for over 35 people from the Serenade of the Seas to Kristiansand. First of all the guide was totally confused in just getting the group together. Than we went on the bus for an hour and were taken to an open museum where we were promised waffles, did not happen. The guide than offered to walk some people back to the ship from the center, she left them to find their way back. I got a lot of negative feedback from fellow cruisers complaining about the tour. Sorry I got involved and would not recommend them again.
We took the Guide SOR “Kristiansand City Highlights” tour in late August 2017 while in Kristiansand for the day on a cruise ship. We chose this tour because it went a little further out of the city and was a bit longer than a similar cruise ship offering. The tour was easy to find right outside the cruise ship dock. Online mxtrip went well and our e-mail questions were promptly answered. We walked about ¼ mile to the bus, and then drove out of Kristiansand to Sogne where we saw one of Norway’s oldest churches and then stopped by a popular port for pictures and to see what a small fishing village looked like. We returned by the scenic “old road” and stopped at an open-air museum covering how Norwegians houses / villages from the 1600’s – late 1800’s. It was a tough life! Then back to Kristiansand city center for about a one-hour walking tour. The brochure said the overall tour was about one-hour walking out of 4; it really ended up being 2 hours walking (including the port and museum) out of the 4 hours which caused some difficulties for several of the older members in our group. Our tour guide was very nice and enthusiastic and he kept the tour running on schedule. However, his English was poor overall and we did not understand half of his commentary which cut down on our enjoyment. I’m glad we went on the tour as we got a nice view of the city and surrounding area but the tour itself was average as were the sights compared to other places we’ve been in Norway.