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Mandal

Mandal is the most southerly town in Norway and therefore enjoys some of the mildest weather the country has to offer. The picturesque town has many natural delights for visitors including over 120 hectares of country park and more than 2km of sandy beaches. The most famous beach, Sjøsanden, is situated within a short walk of the town centre. The beautiful natural surroundings have stiff competition in the form of the buildings that are dotted around the town. The numerous small, white-painted wooden houses are well preserved and fit perfectly alongside the pretty harbour. Another attraction is the city's church, Mandal Kirke, which is the largest wooden church in Norway.
Take a stroll through the pedestrian precinct and discover a lively commercial centre, with plenty of interesting shops. For those who like more of a challenge, the area is great for hiking, cycling, fishing, white-water rafting and canoeing.

 

Shore excursions in Mandal

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Coastal Villages

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a scenic drive with a visit to the 2 pretty coastal villages of Flekkefjord and Farsund.

Embark on a scenic drive to the beautiful, sheltered town of Flekkefjord. The town is located between 2 fjords and is characterised by the old, picturesque wooden houses, some of which are listed. There will be around 50 minutes’ free time in Flekkefjord. During this time you can either explore independently at your own pace or you can join your guide for a guided tour. The guided tour option will involve a short 10 minute walk through ‘Dutch Town’, the oldest part of town, followed by a 40 minute guided tour of the Flekkefjord Cultural Heritage Museum. The museum is housed in Flekkefjord's oldest building and is presented as the 19th century home of a wealthy family.

The next stop will be the pretty little town of Farsund, which is characterised by quaint houses representing different architecture in Patrician and Swiss styles. There will be around 30 minutes’ free time to explore the town, browse the small white-washed shops with handicrafts created by local artists. Or visit the lovely Farsund Church, which rises proudly above the urban landscape before resuming your drive back through coastal landscape to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The optional guided tour during the free time in Flekkefjord will include a visit to the Cultural Heritage Museum, which is spread over several floors; however there is a lift available. After the tour, there will be the option to be dropped off in Mandal town – those passengers taking this option will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship independently. Due to the remote infrastructure of Mandal there are no local buses or guides so these have to be brought in from the nearest big town - 25 miles away.

Discover Mandal

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the charming old town of Mandal during a guided walk and visit the town’s main highlights including the museum and brewery.

A short drive will bring you to Harkmark for a visit to the pretty 17th century whitewashed Harkmark Church, the wooden church is in a longhouse style. The interior contains furniture which dates back to the church’s foundation, including a pulpit which is decorated with pictures depicting the 4 evangelists.

Mandal Museum displays a host of historical maritime and fishing artefacts, as well as impressive exhibits of works by local artists, such as Amaldus Nielsen and Gustav Vigeland.

From the museum, a guided walk through the old town will take you past cultural monuments such as the 18th century town hall, which was built by the local judge to emulate a British mansion. Further along, a stop will be made at the local brewery, where you’ll be able to sample the local brew and hear the history surrounding it.

After your brew tasting, there will be around 45 minutes free time to explore the town at your leisure before returning to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are 23 steps inside the museum and 19 steps inside the brewery. After the free time, there will be the option to remain in town for further independent exploration – those passengers taking this option will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship via the shuttle bus. Due to the remote infrastructure of Mandal there are no local buses or guides so these have to be brought in from the nearest big town - 25 miles away.

Lindesnes Lighthouse

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the history and beauty of Lindesnes Lighthouse and the surrounding coastal landscape.

Lindesnes Lighthouse, built in 1656 on Norway’s southernmost point, was Norway’s first lighthouse. At the time it housed 3 families, who lived permanently within its walls. The old coal fire lantern from 1822 has been preserved and the lighthouse station is now a listed site and a designated national lighthouse museum. On arrival at Lindesnes, you’ll be shown a film illustrating the local history, before joining a guided visit of the interesting maritime exhibition.

After the exhibition, you’ll have around 20 minutes’ free time to explore the site or, if you are feeling active, climb the 40 steps to the top of the lighthouse, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing panoramic views over Lindesnes and the surrounding coastal landscape.

From Lindesnes, your journey will take you along the pretty coastal landscape to the popular summer resort of Svinør, where there will be a stop for photos before travelling back to Mandal.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a 150 yard walk up a slight incline containing approximately 60 low steps to reach the lighthouse and exhibition. After the tour, there will be the option to be dropped off in Mandal town – those passengers taking this option will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship via the shuttle bus. Due to the remote infrastructure of Mandal there are no local buses or guides so these have to be brought in from the nearest big town - 25 miles away.

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