The boating season is simply not over. Join M/S Maarten on a slightly different archipelago experience. We have several ideas about what it takes to ensure that your event will be memorable.

Harbour Round with a local guide

Around the harbor of Kristiansand we find many different businesses and large natural areas out on the islands.

Kristiansand is one of the busiest ports of Norway, and has approximately 3,500 ship calls a year and 1 million tons of cargo. Just west of town we find Glencore Nikkelverk, which was founded in 1910 – today they have about 500 employees. Elkem Solar is Elkem's newest investment field, innovative solar grade silicon system is their field of work, and the business was opened by Crown prince Haakon, on August 21. 2009. Kristiansand has over the last years become a major player in the oil industry. In the realms of Dvergsnes, we find both National Oilwell Varco and Aker Solutions, which both produces expensive oil rigs and is the world leader in drilling and unloading
systems. The harbor area consists of many hiking areas, including Bragdøya. Here we go ashore for a stroll and watch the mackerel exhibition on display.

 

Singalong with Ivar Bøksle

Ivar Bøksle is one of the key interpreters of folk music, originating from the southern Norway. He has for many  years worked to safeguard the traditional folk music with the heritage from the south, particularly focusing on
songs composed by Vilhelm Krag and Johan Halvorsen. He has, for many years been with us on board, and helps make a memorable ambience. On the trip there will be many of our beloved "Sørlandsviser" sung in accommodation with an accordion and singalongs.

Fishing contest

In the sea just outside of Kristiansand, we find lots of mackerel and saithe. We have rods onboard and are ready for the big fishing contest. Who gets the greatest fish? - Or the most fish? Will the winner participants be fishing from the bow or stern of the deck? Afterwards it's possible to go ashore to gut and grill your fish.

Defense Work in fjord

Along the southern coast there are many defense pieces and war memorabilia still existing from World War 2. We
drive west towards the Fredriksholm Fortress, which was built in 1662 and had 24 cannons protecting it. We go ashore at another known fort, located in Ny-Hellesund. This is one of the best preserved remains of German activities during the war. The means behind the facility was to block off Høllefjorden against any allied invasions and protect the coastal traffic through the western entrance to Kristiansand.