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Things to do in Kristiansand (Norway) and Skagen (Denmark) cruise ports?

Hello, my family has decided we would like to do a weeklong northern European cruise after a week in France for our next vacation. I own the Rick Steves cruise ports book, but he doesn’t cover either of these ports in his book, so I was curious if anyone has been to either of them and if so, any recommended things to do? Thanks!

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Skagen is a nice place to explore sandy coast landscape and Danish lifestyle. Besides you can put one feet each in North and Baltic Sea this page summarizes your options best. Don't miss eating soft ice cream or classic Danish fast food rød pølse (hotdog with red sausage).

Kristiansand has a nice promenade for a walk to Bystranda. A lot of the white houses in the old town are nicely decorated. In the hills around the port you will find some WWII canon batteries which offer nice views over bay, port and town.

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I was in Kristiansand last August and walked the promenade and really enjoyed it. I also liked the main town center area - I stayed right across from the old church and enjoyed the fountains, watching people, and walking the pedestrian only streets (where there is also shopping). Also, a colleague took me to the Fiskebrygga - which is a renovated old fish market area. There are restaurants there and sometimes musicians playing where you can sit outside. I think that is maybe close to where the cruise ships drop off people! It is a very pleasant town to visit, in my opinion.