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Rygnestadtunet in Valle.
Photo: Anders Martinsen
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Welcome to the Setesdal valley
Norway up close®

The Setesdal valley is centrally located in Southern Norway and easily accessible from continental Europe.  
The highway RV9 passes through many villages and the landscape varies from flat countryside to wild and beautiful mountains. Around every bend, in the 210-kilometre long valley, new vistas and activities await you.
In the winter you can choose between two skiing destinations; Brokke and Hovden.

In the Setesdal valley you will find living silver handicraft and traditional music. In the countryside or in exhibitions, you can see minerals from "the beginning of time". Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are exhibited in the valley's museums.

Choose peaceful days relaxing by your cabin or take a swim in the lake or go rafting in the foaming rapids

As you explore our impressive landscape, please show consideration for your surroundings for the benefit of future generations.

Have a nice stay in the Setesdal.

Alpine skiing in Hovden alpine center
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Alpine skiing in Hovden alpine center.
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
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Alpine skiing in Hovden alpine center.
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid

Thanks to its location and climate, the entire Setesdal valley enjoys long and stable winters

In Evje, the southernmost municipality in the valley, cross-country enthusiasts can take advantage of 120 kilometres of groomed trails in beautiful surroundings. The season lasts from early December to mid-April.

Furthest north in Setesdal, in Hovden, the winter season lasts from November to May. The largest alpine centre in the region is still expanding and offers descents of all levels. Hovden is also a paradise for cross-country skiers, with 190 kilometres of machine-groomed trails of international standard.

 

Shades of blue in Setesdal

Enjoy the view in Setesdal
Enjoy the view in Setesdal
Øystein Kvanneid
Mountains in Brokke in Setesdal
Sunshine in the Setesdal mountains
Anders Martinsen
Winter camp in the mountains
Winter camping in the Setesdal mountains
Anders Martinsen
Winter night in Setesdal
Magic winter night in Setesdal
Anders Martinsen
How to get here
Villages in Setesdal
Villages in Setesdal
Evje
Evje
Views from camping in Evje
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Bygland
Bygland
Landscape in Bygland
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Valle
Valle
Views from Valle
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Bykle / Hovden
Bykle / Hovden
Hiking around Hovden
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Open camp site in Setesdal
Camping sites in Setesdal
Camping sites in Setesdal
Fennefoss Camping
Camping by the river Otra! Campsite with 14 cabins for 2 to 5 persons. Situated near the river Otra, 3 km south of Evje. Kiosk. Renovated sanitary… more
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Kilefjorden Camping
Cabins, boats and fishing. Kilefjorden, a 3-star campsite, is located along highway 9 in Setesdal, 45 km north of Kristiansand. In… more
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Oddestemmen Camping
A small and quiet camping place with space for about 18 camper units and 3 cabins with 2, 3 and 5 beds. There are also campervan facilities. The… more
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TrollAktiv accommodation
Lavvos (tepee tents) - these accommodate up to 12 persons sleeping in a ring around a central fireplace. The sleeping platform is raised above floor… more
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Longerak Hyttesenter og Camping
Just one hour's drive from Kristiansand! Idyllic family campsite by the lake of Byglandsfjorden, next to Highway 9. Trampoline, playground, kiosk,… more
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Longerakhyttene
Lakeside cabins! In beautiful surroundings by the lake of Byglandsfjorden you will find the Longerak cabins. Each cabin has a separate shoreline and… more
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Neset Camping
Open all year! Neset Camping is a peaceful, 4-star campsite situated in beautiful surroundings on a headland overlooking Byglandsfjorden, by Highway… more
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Reiårsfossen Camp
Reiårsfossen Camping (May-Sept.) Hostel, 28 rooms - 49 beds 7 camping cabins - 28 beds Tent/caravans/caravanettes Kiosk Function rooms available… more
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Flateland Camping
Situated in Setesdal by the Otra, about 6 km north of Valle. 3-star campsite with cabins and modern sanitary facilities. Good point of departure for… more
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Kallefoss Cabin Park
5 km north of Valle, just 20 metres from the river Otra. Excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming and sunbathing. Newly refurbished 4-person… more
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Sanden Såre
In beautiful surroundings, near the river, only 9 km north of Valle, are facilities for caravanettes with hook-up points for electricity and water.… more
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Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. The building is decorated with items from… more
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Tveiten Camping
Located in Setesdal, about 3 km south of Valle, by Tveitetunet. We have 10 comfortable cabins and a large car park with power supply. Tveiten is an… more
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Valle Motell og Camping
Valle Motell & Camp is located in the centre of Valle, surrounded by high mountains and the Otra. Large cafeteria + hot dishes served. Modern cabins… more
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Hovden Fjellstoge
On the top of the Setesdal Valley, 2.7 km north of central Hovden, you find Hovden Fjellstoge. In beautiful surroundings close to the river Otra,… more
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Signpost to the hiking trails
Hiking routes in Setesdal
Hiking routes in Setesdal
Børtemannsbekken
This is a round trip following both sides of the river for approximately 3 kilometres. It takes you above the treeline and provides a nice view of the… more
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Søre Hartevassnuten
Søre Hartevassnuten      1155 m.a.s.l.          Along the lake Hartevatn is the mountain range Hartevassnutane, consisting of several distinct… more
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Summit trip with pram
Otrosåsen and Røyrvikåsen The cross-country arena , located 2 km to the southwest of Hovden centre, is an excellent destination for outings in summer.… more
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Cultural relics in the mountains between Hovden and Haukeliseter
The mountain area between Hovden and Haukeli is a treasure chest of cultural relics. The route has its starting point at the Hovden Alpine Centre… more
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Daytrip to Gloppefoss waterfall in Valle
Make sure not to miss this gorgeous scenery. Gloppefoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the Setesdal Valley, with a great flow of water through… more
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Kvernhusvegen walking path in Valle
Start from Valle school where you will find a car park and an information board. Follow the road southward to Harstad and continue on the path. At the… more
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Løefjell 934 m.o.h
Løefjell (934 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke. It offers a spectacular view of Brokke and the landscape conservation area Setesdal… more
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Kvisletoppen 780 m.o.h - Brokke
Kvisletoppen (780 m.a.s.l.) is the top station of Brokke Alpinsenter, surrounded by a magnificent terrain ideal for summer and winter activities.… more
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Draumarnuten – Bygland
Draumarnuten – Bygland The first part of the trail follows an old timber track, which later gives way to a path. The area has a rich wildlife, and… more
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The war plane wreck – Bygland, 580 m.a.s.l.
The war plane wreck – Bygland, 580 m.a.s.l. On the 8th of September 1941, four B17c bombers (Flying Fortress) took off from England on a raid against… more
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The Summit "Årdalsknapen" in Bygland
The hike to Årdalsknapen starts at Neset Camping, and the first section is rather steep. The path runs through wooded areas and up above the tree line… more
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Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l.
Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l. The trail starts from highway 9; 500 metres south of Neset Camping. Adequate parking. The entire… more
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Ørnefjell 371 m.o.h
Ørnefjell ("Eagle Mountain") is centrally located, with Oddeskogen as a starting point. The trail winds through forest and has some steep sections.… more
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Bertesknapen, 652 m.o.h
The highest summit in the original municipality of Evje, recognizable by the white dome of the approach radar for Kjevik Airport, Kristiansand. The… more
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Masi 360 m.o.h
Masi is a viewpoint behind the Dåsnesmoen residential area in Hornnes. The trail follows a path through forest terrain. There are several open spaces… more
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Trout served by Hovden Fjellstoge
Where to eat in Setesdal
Where to eat in Setesdal
Revsnes Hotell, Restaurant
With good experiences naturally comes good food. The a la carte menu at Revsnes hotel offers a mix of continental cuisine and traditional courses from… more
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Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. The building is decorated with items from… more
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Bykle Hotel - restaurant
Bykle Hotel is situated 100 metres from the main road Rv 9 and has a pleasant restaurant and cafeteria. The restaurant normally seats 36 guests, but… more
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Hovdestøylen Hotel & Lodge
The Hovdestøylen restaurant is open daily from 18.00. Choose from our à la carte and pizza menus. Takeaway pizza also available. "Steak evening" every… more
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Food & Drinks
"Food & Drinks" is located in the yellow house right in the center of Hovden. The venerable old wooden house, known as Furumo, has historically been… more
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Fjellkroa
Cafeteria/restaurant in the centre of Hovden with a variety of small dishes, baguettes, soups, salads and today’s dinner. With its location it is also… more
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