Located at Norway’s southernmost tip, Lindesnes is a laid-back coastal town that has garnered global fame for its gourmet underwater restaurant. It encompasses a rugged coastline and scenic fjords, as well as beautiful beaches and nature parks. In addition to being home to the oldest lighthouse in Norway, Lindesnes lies on the doorstep of Mandal, an atmospheric town that epitomises Southern Norway’s charm.
Things to do
For a day at the beach, head to the sheltered sands of Sjøsanden, which is considered one of Norway’s finest and lies within Furulunden Nature Park. You can stretch your legs along the network of walking trails that back the beach or check to see what exhibitions are taking place at the grand Risøbank, an early 20th-century holiday home designed by the Scottish architect Sir Lorimer.
Originally constructed in 1656, the Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway’s oldest and rises atop the southernmost tip of the nation’s mainland. It has now been transformed into a museum, featuring exhibits that detail the region’s maritime history and an art gallery. Enjoy lunch at the lighthouse’s restaurant before walking it off along the marked trails that wind along the surrounding coastline.
Lindesnes can be used as a base for visiting Mandal, a charming town of whitewashed wooden houses and narrow streets that’s renowned for its festivals and live music scene. Visit the Mandal Museum to see one of the largest collections of fishing equipment in Norway and admire artwork by Amaldus Nielsen before experiencing the living wool museum of Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik.
Lindesnes is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Kristiansund and Kristiansand Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect towns and villages across the region, although having your own vehicle will give you greater freedom to explore.