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Hiking in Southern Norway

Southern Norway offers numerous hiking possibilities, from the mountains of Setesdal and Sirdal to picturesque coastal paths by the sea

The possibilities are vast, and the distances from the coast to the mountain regions are short, enabling you to experience several types of landscapes in one holiday. The landscapes are also quite gentle, making Sørlandet a perfect hiking destination for families.

The Norwegian Trekking Association's (DNT) marked network of hiking trails is well developed in Sørlandet. You will find 1,000 kilometres of trails in the mountain regions of Sørlandet and a large number of cabins.

When

In the mountains the season last from June/July to September/October. Along the coast you can hike from March/April to November, depending on how hard and long the winters are.

Hiking possibilities

Sirdal is the region between Setesdal and the Stavanger Region. In summer you may access Sirdal also from Setesdal, via the mountain pass Suleskarvegen. Sirdal offers a lot of summit hikes, and is also the starting point for hiking trips to Kjerag.

A comprehensive network of marked footpaths exists in Setesdal mountains. On both sides of the valley, you can hike in a wonderful mountain landscape, for several days or just take a one-day trip. Information on hiking in the area can be obtained at  the local hiking association DNT SØR and at the tourist offices in the Setesdal Valley.

Several towns with white painted, wooden houses are dotted along the coast of Sørlandet. In close proximity to all of them you will find marked hiking trails that the locals use frequently. The islands scattered along the coast have good hiking potential, and you may combine hiking with beach life, boat trips, kayaking and fishing.

Top hikes/hiking regions in Sørlandet

Guided hikes

Troll Aktiv offers a guided mountain hike to Årdalsknapen.

Accommodation

In Southern Norway you will find a wide variety of accommodation available for hikers. In the mountains DNT  (the Norwegian Trekking Association) offers accommodation in several cabins in Åseral, Åmli, Sirdal and Setesdal, but you will also find camp sites, apartments, hotels and even lighthouses near popular hiking areas.

How to get there

As the southernmost region in Norway, Sørlandet is close to the continent, and the hiking areas are easily accessible from all areas of Southern Norway.

Time of travel

Last updated:  2014-12-17
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Hiking in Lister, Norway - Photo: J Wildhagen

Hiking in Southern Norway

Southern Norway offers numerous hiking possibilities, from the mountains of Setesdal and Sirdal to picturesque coastal paths by the sea

Hiking in Southern Norway

Source: Visitnorway

About Southern Norway

The Sørlandet Region