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Lillesand is a small town in Aust-Agder County, on the south coast of Norway.


The site's original name was "Sanden" (the sand, the beach). In 1641 the neighboring city of Kristiansand was founded. Lillesand received its present name to distinguish the two towns.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

The bus-connections to Oslo and the towns along the western shore of the Oslo Fjord is excellent. Nor-Way Bussexpress has 9 daily connections to Oslo, 4-7 buses while Lavprisekspressen runs twice daily. You are guaranteed a seat - if the bus is full, the bus company will add an extra bus. Lavsprisekpressen provides online ticketing only. Long term buses stops in the outskirts of Lillesand.

By car[edit]

E18 runs through the town in an east-west direction. Follow the signs at the exits towards Lillesand from the motorway.

By train or plane[edit]

via Kristiansand Railwaystation or Kristiansand Airport, Kjevik. Bus connections to Lillesand.

By ferry[edit]

via Kristiansand, where there are ferries from Hirtshals by Color Line and seasonal by Fjordline. Bus connections to Lillesand.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Nettbuss Sør (blue buses) operates local bus routes within the municipality of Lillesand (see time tables here). In Lillesand center are all within walking distance. If you go west, there are some local buses for example to Høvåg, but it may take a long time between buses.

By boat[edit]

Good moorings if you have your own boat. Or take a sight seeing boat from Kristiansand.

By taxi[edit]


  • Blindleia is a salt water fjord passage that is protected from the open sea by an elongated archipelago of skerries. Lots of boat traffic in Blindleia at summer time, and many rich Norwegians have their vacation house here. Blindleia pass many picturesque sites, such as Brekkestø, Kjøbmannsvik, Gamle Hellesund and Skottevik. Sightseeing boat at the summer time[1].
  • Lillesand Town- and Maritime Museum in the town centre of Lillesand, shows the town's history as a center for shipping and trade[2].
  • The Fish Market in Lillesand with a restaurant. Fresh fish and delicacies.
  • 1 Bronseplassen. Open May to September. Reconstructed houses from the Bronze Age and Viking times and is located in Høvåg, approx. 15 km west of the town. There are also bark boats, labyrinth, offering space and cemetery.


  • Take a walk in the center of this rather sleepy but cozy small town!
  • Lillesand offers the perfect setting for activities related to the sea: fishing, sailing, swimming.


  • In the heart of town
  • Lillesand Senter. A shopping centre in the outskirts of town
  • Sørlandsparken and Sørlandssenteret, a regional, large shopping centre at the border to Kristiansand [3]


  • Beddingen Restaurant (Havnegata 3), +47 37 27 24 22. Seafood and meat, prepared from local ingredients


  • Strandgaden No1 Skjenkestue, taproom in the traditional Hotell Norge.
  • Sjøbua (Strandgata 8), +47 37 27 03 66. Pub at the wharf, serves simple dishes.



Hotel & Guesthouses[edit]


Lillesand Public Library[5] [dead link]

Go next[edit]

  • Birkeland, the forest village north of Lillesand
  • Kristiansand, a larger town, but a small city. Kristiansand, Zoo and Amusement park east of the center and downtown that gives the experience of a small city west of Lillesand.
  • Grimstad, the neighboring town in the east which is also a nice little town.
Routes through Lillesand
Newcastle (no connection)Kristiansand  W Tabliczka E18.svg E  ArendalOslo

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