Kristiansand is situated by the sea at the southern tip of Norway, 322 km southwest of Oslo.

Travel by plane

Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik is the main airport for Kristiansand, and it is situated just outside the city centre. It is a relatively small airport, but offers direct connections to these following international hubs: Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Gdansk and Alicante. 

It is also possible to fly to one of the following airports, and then continue by train or bus to Kristiansand:
Torp Airport, Sandefjord (208 km away)
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (367 km away)
Stavanger Airport, Sola (232 km away)

Travel by train

The Sorland Railway runs from Oslo via Kristiansand to Stavanger, and has four daily departures.

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Travel by ferry

Why not cross the ocean to Kristiansand? There are ferries going from Hirtshals in the very north of Denmark.

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Color Line

Travel by bus

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Travel by car

You can easily go by car to Kristiansand. Just remember if you are not living on the Scandinavian peninsula, you would either have to cross the Øresund-bridge from Copenhagen to Malmø, Sweden, or bring your car with the ferry departing from Hirtshals in Denmark.

Be aware that parking in Kristiansand may be expensive.


We recommend that you order the festival meal package offered by our festival hotel, the Clarion Ernst Hotel. You will get lunch and dinner for NOK 250,- a day. You can order the meal package when you book your room - see Sleep!

Kristiansand offers a rich variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. You will find anything you crave, but of course we think you should try the Scandinavian cuisine while visiting us!

Useful links:
Trip Advisor - Top 10 restaurants in Kristiansa

Be aware that Norway is an expensive country. Especially prices on alcohol and tobacco are high. We recommend that you bring your taxfree quota when entering the country.


We recommend that you book your stay at our festival hotel, the Clarion Ernst Hotel, and take advantage of the benefits given. Remember to order the festival meal package too! Booking must be made before the 1st of July.

The Clarion Ernst Hotel offer includes:

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch + coffe
  • Dinner

Per person/day in single room: NOK 1045,-
Per person/day in double room: NOK 699,-
Per person/day in triple room: NOK 625,-
Per person/day in quadruple room: NOK 582,-

Prices without lunch and dinner:
Single room: NOK 795,-
Double room: NOK 895,- (NOK 447,50 per person, if two)

When booking your stay, please refer to #Artistic Gathering or the booking number 1039GR008983. Please address your booking to or phone +47 38 12 86 01.

The Clarion Ernst Hotel is situated in the city center, only a 5 minutes walk from the Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall.

Kristiansand is a touristic city with lots of accommodation options, and there are many different hotels, motels, B&Bs, camping sites etc. to choose among. Check out Visit Norway or airbnb.