The historic cod-fishing and drying town of Kristiansund ranges over three islands. Its restaurants serve dishes from the deep; fishing boats, large and small, still moor alongside its quays. Mellemværftet, unkempt and chaotic, hangs on as a working boatyard.
These days, Kristiansund still looks below the sea for its wealth. Even though the waters are no longer so bountiful – the huge hauls of yesteryear are now the source of tales as tall as any angler's – cod-processing remains important. A significant amount of the world's klipfish is cured in and around the town. And, as the most significant place between Trondheim and Stavanger for servicing Norway's North Sea oilfields, Kristiansund takes its share of black gold.