4 th Port: Kristiansand, Norway A small town at the southern tip of Norway, Kristiansand has real Viking roots as well as some venerable Gothic churches. It is primarily a fishing village with a still lively fish market open every day of the year.
One of the churches gives testimony to the Viking history with the runestones in the Oddernes Church built in 1040 and dedicated to Saint Olaf. Kristiansand Cathedral is the Gothic church. It is the 4 th church built on this site; earlier versions having been destroyed by fires.
The first was erected in 1641; the second was consecrated in 1696 when the See of the area was moved from Stavanger to Kristiansand; the third was consecrated in 1734 and the present one was built in 1885.
Our included tour took us first to Ravnedalen Park, a beautiful city park in the middle of town. There are mountains surrounding the valley in which the parkland is located. Many trees shade the pleasant gravel walkways and there are three pretty lakes within the circle of mountains and trees. Two permanent residents of this lovely spot are Camilla and Oscar: two swans who are beloved and well cared for. In fact, we never could see them because they were still being sheltered indoor because the weather was too chilly for them.
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