This historic cod-fishing town still relies heavily on the bounties of the sea. The city is home to one of Norway's finest harbours, located right in the centre of the town. Steeped in history, this area has been populated for over 10,000 years and is believed to be where the first Norwegians settled. During WWII the town was heavily bombed, with resulting fires taking out nearly 900 houses. Building up out of the ashes over the past 50 years has left Kristiansund with a modern atmosphere, though some traces of the old city are can still be seen, especially in Gamle Byen, the city's Old Town.
The city itself sprawls out across 4 small islands, linked together by bridges - a ride on the Sundbåten ferry (the world's oldest public transport in continuous use) is well worth it, as is a trip up to the Varden Viewpoint which offers 360° panoramic view over the area. The abandoned village of Grip is an interesting side trip, with it's pastel-painted houses and solitary lighthouse. Kristiansund is also the gateway to the iconic Atlantic Road - one of the 18 National Scenic Routes in Norway, and considered one of the most dramatic drives in the world!