Norway’s fifth largest city is Kristiansand, a busy waterside community in the south of the country. It stands at the end of the E18 coastal road, 2 miles south west of Oslo. It’s also the terminus of the south coast railway and for ferries from Denmark. Visitors who hire a car in Kristiansand can easily drive to Norway’s most southerly point, a popular rocky spot marked by a lighthouse and café near Mandal. Roads north lead into forests and mountains (with ski trails and nature reserves), while the coast roads lead to inlets, islands and beaches. Kristiansand’s airport lies five miles to the east on the far side of the fjord.

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