KRISTIANSAND: The Lochner hike

Spend a few hours in the serene forest and discover lovely nature and green parks of Kristiansand.
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5 hours
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Group size
2-10 people
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12 km
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Elevation loss
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Elevation gain
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Very easy
Very experienced

This is a lovely hike that starts in the morning and lasts until late afternoon. We start outside the Kristiansand tourist office (located in the Town Hall). From there we wander through quiet streets to a lovely park that lies between the city and the wild forest. We wander through the forest park, enjoy all the small lakes, the birds, the squirrels and if we are lucky, we will also come across a deer.

Once through the park, we start the hike into the Kristiansand forest (Bymarka). We pass the beautiful lake Bånetjønn and suddenly take a steep climb to the right. Here, stone stairs have been built through a narrow passage, steeply upwards, a real photo motif! At the top, we walk the narrow path, through the forest, over the rocky mountains in the direction of the lake Bergvannet. The cool summer breeze blows through the pine trees, and in this area, there are a number of different wild animals. If we are lucky, we will see some of them up in the air or between the trees. Once at Bergvannet, we take a break with food and drinks and if the air is warm, we take a cooling swim! After the break, we set course in the direction of Ravndalen (The Valley of the Raven). We go through much of the same landscape and meet several beautiful viewpoints along the way.

Suddenly there is a precipice in front of us and an absolutely fantastic view of large parts of Kristiansand and the sea Skagerrak reveals itself. We enjoy the view before climbing down a very narrow and steep (but safe) path. There are several nice viewpoints down, and we meet a lovely point where we stand 50 meters on top of a mountain that plunges straight down into Ravndalen. Hold tight!

When we are down in Ravndalen there will be opportunities for refreshments, ice cream and coffee. After the break, we continue our tour in the direction of the magnificent park that King Christian IV of Denmark gave as a gift to the city's population in 1641.

We stroll down to the city, and back to where we started outside the Town Hall in Kristiansand. Good and tired, but happy and full of lovely impressions after a long day's trip!

Travelling is all about sharing experiences, so why not go on hike together with friends or family, and book one of our tours as a larger group? We will be delighted to offer you a group discount:

  • Groups of 10+ can save 10% per person
  • Group discounts will be applied against the base price of the tour

This tour requires minimum 2 people. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/tour or a full refund.

Would you like to make this tour private?

Click here to book a private Lochner hike in Kristiansand. The price is given for the whole group:

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What's included

English-speaking tour guide

Hiking tour in the beautiful green area of Kristiansand

Good to know

Hiking schedule

Please check the Calendar (click the green "Book" button)

Meeting point
Our tour starts outside Kristiansand Tourist Information (located in Kristiansand’s Town Hall).
Trip length and distance

This tour takes about 4 hours. The walking distance is 12 kilometers.

Payment options
You can pay with VISA/credit card in advance or with PayPal.
Children information
Children below the age of 5 are not permitted on this tour. Children between the ages of 5 -12 are free. Children must be accompanied by at least 1 adult. Recommended minimum age for children is 10 + years old.
Fitness level
Some hiking experience required.