Before entering the tunnel that connects Kristiansand with Flekkerøy, you take a left turn. Then you follow the winding road uphill … the gate is open, you drive or walk further up and you reach the top. It is the Kanonen, the Kristiansand Cannon Museum. Time stands still here …
I am not really keen to visit museums, I must admit. Nevertheless, I am very fond of open-air versions, if I may say so.
We’ve had a lot of rainy days lately, but yesterday the sun smiled at us at last and that definitely called for a day out. Summer is quite short but very intense around here and they say, Indian summer or early autumn tends to be quite dry, but not this year. So I was happy to spend a few hours outdoors. After lunch I had about an hour to lounge around, so I walked to our pier to lay down on the bench and enjoy a cup of coffee, watching boats and seagulls. But later on I had to get ready for a bus tour to the island of Flekkeroy, south of Kristiansand. The entire afternoon was a real treat: we took a nice trip to the island and seen beautiful corners of it and to make the experience even more memorable, on the way back to the mainlaand we stopped for a while to take a walk on the hilltop, where Møvik Fortress is: memories of the bygone times, when Europe was in turmoil and vast areas of the Scandinavian peninsula have been playing a heavy role in the military actions during World War II. The site is an exhibition of bunkers and a very unique cannon built between 1941 and 1944 and used by the German navy. It was the perfect spot to keep an eye on what was happening on the waters at the borderline between the Baltic and the North Sea.
Today it is a peaceful spot, only a memento of those gloomy years, a pleasant hiking trail and if you dare to take the steps leading to the top of the bunker (I did it!), you will be granted a magnificent view of the sea and the fantastic southern Norwegian archipelago, the skjærgården.
The following is a gallery of pictures I’ve taken before heading down to the museum where, in addition to being given a short presentation about how the huge cannon was operated during the war, we were also invited to a delicious paella and some homemade sweet treats.
Thank you for the lovely day.