Kristiansund has beautiful surroundings like the Atlantic Ocean and steep mountains. Hiking, diving, fishing, road trips on The Atlantic Road are only some of the activities the region has to offer its guests. The festival has highlighted the region Møre and Romsdal and the country Norway on the international map, and thereby made Kristiansund more accessible as an exciting travel destination. This area was in 2009 voted as the most beautiful travel target on earth by National Geographic.
About Kristiansund and Nordmøre
Kristiansund is a clean, beautiful and open city surrounding a natural harbour, and Kristiansund´s population has one thing in common that is perhaps unusual - they live life to the full and enjoy every moment of positive attention. The town´s cultural life is very active, with all age groups participating, and the cultural events are many and varied.
Kristiansund was nearly wiped out in 1940; almost 900 houses were demolished by fire after the town was bombed. The city the visitor encounters in 2005 has been built up over the past 50 years. The town lost its distinctive character, though traces of the old town can still be seen in the lower part of Innlandet. But the new town acquired a character all its own. Note particularly the gaily painted houses, see how Kirkelandet´s city centre has turned the gables of its houses to face the street or quay; this is how the old klippfish wharves were built.