7 experiences in Mandal

A couple stands on Uranienborg and looks out over Mandal city with binoculars. Photo

Experience true summer feeling with exciting activities and delightful experiences in and around Norway's southernmost city.

1. Let the adrenaline pump in Bjelland

In Bjelland, approximately 40 minutes from Mandal, you can truly get your heart racing. Adventure Norway offers various exciting activities. Climb Via Ferrata, raft in the Mandalselva river, rent a kayak and take kayak courses, engage in a round of paintball with friends, and try rappelling down a cliff. They even offer moose safaris!

2. Charming Mandal City Center

Mandal has a charming old town where white wooden houses line up in narrow streets. The city has many cozy niche shops, and there are several pleasant places to sit down when hunger strikes. You'll find numerous outdoor dining spots offering everything from burgers and pizza to seafood and delightful baked goods.

3. Lindesnes Lighthouse

Lindesnes Lighthouse on the "Southern Cape" is the third most visited attraction in Vest-Agder, after Kristiansand Zoo and the indoor waterpark Sørlandsbadet. In fact, around 80,000 people visit Norway's southernmost mainland point each year.

The view around the tower is spectacular! Lindesnes Lighthouse is equally impressive in bright sunshine as when the forces of nature flex their muscles. Make sure to catch the sunset from the beautiful mountain plateau.

4. Beautiful View from Uranienborg

Make sure you don't miss Uranienborg when you're in Mandal. The hike up is not long, taking around ten minutes.

From the city center, near the SMOI restaurant, you ascend a staircase and continue up a hill until you reach the small summit and the viewpoint, Uranienborg. It's a beautiful observation gazebo with a view overlooking the entire Mandal, Furulunden, and the archipelago.

During the era of sailing ships, this lookout point was where wives and children climbed to spot their husbands and fathers when the ships returned to Mannefjorden.

5. Exciting RIB tour in the Archipelago

Looking for an experience in the archipelago that's a bit out of the ordinary? Tregde Ferie offers RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) tours in the archipelago. The age limit is 12 years, and children between 12 and 16 years can only participate accompanied by a guardian. Advance registration is necessary. Remember to dress for a trip on the sea. Life jackets are available for borrowing upon arrangement.

6. Idyll at Risøbank Manor

Risøbank Manor is a former kerosene oil factory located in the heart of Furulunden, built for Lord Edward Salvesen from Edinburgh. The state purchased Risøbank in 1969 and opened the areas to the public. Throughout history, the place has inspired both artists and individuals in business and politics to make important decisions. Today, it operates as a summer café, art gallery, and event venue. They also host concerts and exhibitions. The property features a large English garden with a picturesque greenhouse and an impressive collection of shrubs and trees.

7. Family Time at Kristiansand Zoo

Kristiansand Zoo is the ultimate destination for families with children. Not only can you see cute, funny, and fascinating animals from all corners of the globe, but you can also immerse yourself in various theatre shows and themed areas inspired by well-known Norwegian children's stories.

There is also a water park in the zoo, with 12 slides and pools. The zoo is located within an hour from Mandal.

Nearby accommodation

Topcamp Sjøsanden

We are situated by the seven beaches in Mandal. Surrounding us is the marvelous Furulunden. With us, you'll find comfortable accommodations, whether you choose a cabin, apartment, or camping.

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