Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Winter in Farsund

Wondering what to do for the Christmas period in Southern Norway? Why not take the kids down to Farsund which is a 1.5 hour drive from Kristiansand.

Farsund has activities and things to see all year round. Christmas time is no exception and if you have not planned your Christmas or winter holiday break, then consider Farsund.


Start off in the city of Farsund with a trip to Varbak. It is a lookout point in the city centre with panoramic views over the city, Lyngdal fjord to the left and the coastline to the right.

There is a picnic bench and a large custom made stool where you can have some lunch and enjoy the views. With the snow covered roofs of houses and trees, it is the perfect place for winter pictures.

Here is a link with more information and directions to Varbak.

Lista Lighthouse

Afterwards, venture down to the Lista area. This is where the picturesque beaches stretch along the coastline to the Lista Lighthouse, called Lista Fyr. lt is an old lighthouse that was first used in 1836. The views from the top are stunning and there is a bird watching station nearby and old bunkers left from World War 2.

Visitors can stay overnight at the lighthouse in one of two apartments that can house up to seven people with cooking facilities and a TV. The Lista lighthouse apartments can be booked here.


All Christmas and until the first of March 2015, the Flipside skatepark is open. It is Scandinavias largest indoor skate park where the kids can skate, go on scooters, bmx bikes and roller blades.

Do not stress if you do not have your own equipment, because it can be hired at the centre. Refreshments are also available for purchase.

It is fun for all ages.

Opening hours are: 
Fridays: 17-22
Saturdays: 10-22
Sundays: 10-18

Nordberg Fort

Within the Lista area, there is Nordberg Fort. lt was a German fort built to protect the mainland and coastline from allied forces and is the perfect place to learn about the German occupation and we as local history. Children can play in the bunkers and tunnels and go exploring.

The fort is a cultural heritage site and is preserved in its original form. It is one of the few  German coastal defense areas that is well maintained.  

It is open every Sunday throughout the winter between 12:00 and 17:00. You can find more information about Nordberg Fort here

Farsund Tourist Information
Torvgt. 2
4550 Farsund
Phone: +47 38 38 21 15 +47 38 38 21 15