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The Port of Newcastle is actually located around 16 kilometres east of the city centre, on the north bank of the River Tyne. DFDS Seaways operates daily ferry crossings to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, lasting approximately 15 hours. The passenger terminals have been recently refurbished, offering all the usual facilities including sheltered walkways, a number of check-in desks and automated luggage handling.
Located in the northeast of England, Newcastle is well known for its historical ties with coal mining and as an important centre for the wool trade. Dating back to the 16th century, Newcastle's port and shipyards were once one of the largest centres of shipbuilding and repair in the world.
The city has a number of iconic brands associated with it including Newcastle United Football Club, Newcastle Brown Ale and the city's Tyne Bridge. Newcastle's light railway network, known as the Metro, operates on both sides of the river, connecting it with numerous places including Gateshead and the beaches of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.
The Norwegian town and port of Kristiansand is located on the Skagerrak and until the Kiel Canal opened between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, it was an important route militarily and geopolitically. This resulted in the town serving as a military stronghold for centuries which began as Harald Fairhair's royal residence, then as a Danish/Norwegian fortress and later as a garrison town. Kristiansand is the gateway for many Norwegians to and from the continent with frequent ferry services departing to Denmark. It is also the terminus of a railway line that operates along the southern edge of southern Norway.
The city takes its name from King Christian IV who founded the town in 1641. The 'sand' part of the name refers to the sandy headland upon which the city was built. Kristiansand is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer, and popular sites include Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park which is located to the east of the town. Animals that can be seen in the zoo includes wolves, tigers, lions and lynx.
From the town's port, ferry services depart to Gothenburg (starting and ending in Newcastle, UK) and to Hirtshals in Denmark.