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Southern Norway

Visit Southern Norway and enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, snow skiing, bathing in fresh water, experience local culture and traditional Norwegian food

What to do in Southern Norway

Hike or bike along coastal trails. Go skiing, climbing or rafting. Enjoy festivals and other cultural events. Deep-sea fishing is popular too.

Rica Hotels

Rica Hotels is one of the largest hotel chains in Norway and covers most of the country.

Explore Southern Norway

Southern Norway (Sørlandet is the true home of the Norwegian summer, known for a beautiful coast with skerries, islands, and cosy villages.

Music festivals in Southern Norway

Southern Norway is famous for many music festivals in the summer season. Everything from rock, metal, chamber music and beach party's.

The Stavanger Region

Explore the Lysefjord and the mountains Preikestolen and Kjerag, or relax on Jæren's beaches. Visit Stavanger and experience its rich cultural life.

Setesdal

The Setesdal Valley stretches 147 kilometres in beautiful mountain scenery between Evje in the south and Hovden, a popular ski resort, in the north.

The Arendal Region

Region Arendal offers skerries, saltwater, festivals, arts and culture, tranquillity and activities in nature such as fishing, canoeing and hiking.

Hovden

Hovden is located in the upper Setesdal region and is the largest ski destination in the southern part of Norway.

Kristiansand

Visit Kristiansand and enjoy attractions and activities like hiking, fishing, boating, our famous beaches and some of Norway’s best music festivals.

Restaurants in Kristiansand

Kristiansand can offer a wide variety of culinary temptations. The proximity to the ocean enables us to offer you fresh fish and shellfish dishes.

Sirdal

Sirdal is known for good hiking and skiing. The famous mountain plateau of Kjerag in the Lysefjord is not far away.

Seasons and climate in Southern Norway

Southern Norway has the highest number of recorded hours of sunshine per day in Norway.

Top attractions in Southern Norway

Enjoy a stroll around Lyngør and Merdø, take a boat trip through Blindleia and visit Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway’s southernmost point.

Shopping in Southern Norway

Sørlandet's many small and white wooden towns offer special and one of a kind shops.

Dining in Southern Norway

Seafood is a delicacy along the coast of Southern Norway, where fish is plentiful, while inland traditional food and local products await.

Top activities in Southern Norway

Enjoy famous bands at the Hove music festival, go fishing, cycling and hiking, or see lions at at Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park.

Tour suggestions in Southern Norway

Here are some tips for great activities and tours in Southern Norway!

Key facts about Southern Norway

Sørlandet is the southernmost region of Norway, with 30 municipalities and approximately 285,000 inhabitants.

Getting to Southern Norway and around

Kristiansand is the communications centre in Southern Norway. It has extensive train, bus, ferry and plane links with the rest of Norway and abroad.

Where to stay in Southern Norway

Stay in a lighthouse by the sea, sleep in a cabin in the mountains, or choose a hotel in town to be near all the action.

Tourist Information in Southern Norway

"Sørlandet" Southern Norway comprises of 7 different regions, and each of the regions has one or more tourist-informations.

Sørlandet - The Norwegian Riviera

The Norwegian Riviera has been the number one summer holiday destination for Norwegians for decades, while remaining a hidden gem for many visitors.

TripAdvisor forum on Southern Norway

Read tips about Norwegian destinations from other travelers on the TripAdvisor forums. Ask for advice, and share your own experiences in turn.

Biking holiday along the Norwegian Riviera

This summer you can experience Southern Norway's white coastal cities by bike.

Top 10 Kayaking Experiences in Norway

Olympic gold medalist Eirik Verås Larsen has been kayaking for nearly 30 years. This is his list of top places to experience kayaking in Norway.

Salmon fishing in Southern Norway

Fish for salmon in Southern Norway and experience the nature and excitement that will give you a memory for lifetime.

Festivals in Southern Norway

It is a large number of festivals in Southern Norway. In the summer time focused on music and local food and many smaller events throughout the year.

North Sea Road - Nordsjøvegen

Discover the viking spirit along The North Sea Road, from Kristiansand in Southern Norway to Haugesund at the west coast, by car, bicycle and foot.

What to do in the Stavanger Region

Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, go on a cruise on the Lysefjord, ascend Preikestolen or join a guided sightseeing trip around Stavanger.

Tour suggestions in the Stavanger region

Go on a sightseeing tour of Stavanger, the Lysefjord or Norway’s only "palm island". Rent a bicycle or car and explore the region on your own.

Attractions in the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger Region boasts many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Solastranda Beach and the mountains of Preikestolen and Kjerag.

Food in the Stavanger region

Experience the Gladmat Food Festival, or visit the restaurant Tango run by Kjartan Skjelde, one of Norway's best known chefs.

Shopping in the Stavanger region

The Stavanger region offers many shopping opportunities - large shopping centres, charming city shopping, niche boutiques and factory outlets.

Hiking in the Stavanger Region

Take a memorable hike to Preikestolen or Kjerag in the Lysefjord, or follow gentler terrain on a walk along the Jæren coastline south of Stavanger.

Getting to the Stavanger region and around

Direct flights from several destinations in Europe make it easy to visit the Stavanger Region whether it is for business or holiday.

Where to stay in the Stavanger region

Accommodation options are many in the Stavanger Region. Choose between hotels, bed & breakfasts, holiday cottages, camp sites and even lighthouses.

Key facts about the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger region consists of the municipalities of Randaberg, Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Gjesdal, Klepp, Time and Hå.

What to do in Setesdal

Take a boat trip on the Byglandsfjord, or splash around with the kids at Hovden Aqualand. Climbing and rafting are other fun things to do in Setesdal.

Where to eat in Setesdal

You will find a number of cosy restaurants with excellent cuisine in Setesdal, many of them featuring local produce.

Shopping in Setesdal

Traditional handicrafts are available throughout the Setesdal region, but Evje offers the widest selection of shops locally.

Attractions in Setesdal

The Setesdal Valley has centuries-long traditions in the silversmith's craft and folk music. The beautiful minerals are of course, even older.

Winter in Setesdal

Thanks to its location and climate, the entire Setesdal Valley enjoys long and stable winters. Hovden is the largest alpine centre in the region.

Where to stay in Setesdal

Camp by the Byglandsfjord or spend the night in an old-fashioned wooden tourist cabin - the choice is yours in Setesdal.

Tourist Information for Setesdal

There are four local tourist information offices in Setesdal: in Evje, Bygland, Valle and Hovden.

Key facts about Setesdal

The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres.

Getting to Setesdal and around

Setesdal stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres. National route rv. 9 runs through the entire valley.

Dining in the Arendal Region

The Arendal Region's restaurants and cafés have delicacies to offer. Everything from sandwiches to five-course dinners, and more. It is your choice.

Shopping in the Arendal Region

Shopping is possible outside towns, at shopping centres and in pleasant town centres. Both local stores and national chains are found in the area.

Attractions in the Arendal Region

Visit charming Lyngør, or see the beautiful protected landscape Hove on Tromøy. Swim in potholes and learn about the culture of the region.

Winter in the Arendal Region

Winter in Arendal Region is beautiful, and there is a calm atmosphere for you to enjoy.

Tour suggestions in the Arendal Region

The varied nature in the Arendal Region displays idyllic towns, beautiful countryside and quiet woods and hills.

Tourist information for the Arendal Region

The main tourist office for the region is located in Arendal, whilst smaller tourist information offices are available locally.

Key facts about the Arendal Region

The Arendal Region is a beautiful coastal area consisting of skerries, woods and hills. It is a popular summer holiday spot for many Norwegians.

Where to stay in the Arendal Region

You can stay at a city hotel by the sea or a cosy guest house rural surroundings. Or you can stay at a hostel, a family cabin or go camping.

Getting to the Arendal Region and around

Take the bus from Kristiansand, Kristiansand Airport Kjevik or Oslo, or drive your car along E18. Even the train brings you to the Arenda Region.

What to do in Hovden

Hike one of several summits in the Hovden area, fish for trout in one of the local lakes, or go cross-country skiing on top-class tracks come winter.

Attractions in Hovden

Visit the Hovden Museum of Iron Production, the Vatnedalen dams or Bykle Old Church, one of the smallest and most beautiful churches in Norway.

Winter in Hovden

Hovden, located 2788 feet above sea level in the Setesdal Valley in Southern Norway, guarantees a long snow season.

Tour suggestions in Hovden

Take a hike to the top of Nos, Hovden's highest peak, or follow the Lundane and Galten trails on cross-country skis.

Key facts about Hovden

Located in the county of Aust-Agder, Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway.

Getting to Hovden and around

With its central location in Southern Norway, Hovden is easily accessible from a number of towns in both southern and western Norway.

Tourist information for Hovden

The Hovden Tourist Information Office is located in Hovdetun, right in the centre of Hovden.

Where to stay in Hovden

Stay at Bjåen Fjellstove, Norway's first eco-lodge, or at Hovden Høyfjellshotell for magnificent mountain views. You can rent your own cabin too.

Bjåen Fjellstove Mountain Lodge

Bjåen offers a good bed, a warm hearth, and home-baked bread. Many hiking trails await in the mountains nearby. Guests can borrow boats to go fishing.

The Hove Festival

The Hove Music Festival in Southern Norway is probably the only festival in the world with its own boat camp.

Activities in Kristiansand

Visit one of the museums, the old town and fish bazaar in Kristiansand. Experience cultural events and festivals or go swimming at the city beach.

Eating in Kristiansand

In the Kristiansand region you will find a large selection of restaurants and cafes serving both international and local food.

What to do in Kristiansand

Take a stroll through Kristiansand's charming old town, go on a boat trip to picturesque Lillesand, or visit the former naval base at Odderøya.

Winter in Kristiansand

In the Kristiansand Region, winter is basically synonymous with "green". But you head inland, a few kilometres away from the coast, you will find snow

Key facts about Kristiansand

Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway, is the fifth largest city in Norway.

Where to stay in Kristiansand

Stay at a city hotel in Kristiansand or rent a cabin by the sea. Or listen to the children and stay overnight at Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park.

Shopping in Kristiansand

Kristiansand shopping caters for all with Norway's largest shopping mall 'Sørlandsenteret' and many stores in the city center. Shop until you drop.

Top attractions in Kristiansand

Catch a show at Kilden, Kristiansand's new performing arts centre, go meet wild animals at the zoo, or take a nostalgic trip on an old steam train.

Tourist information in Kristiansand

The tourist office in Kristiansand is open all year. Here you will find information on accommodation, attractions and activities in the wider region.

Tour suggestions in Kristiansand

Stroll around Kristiansand's old town, join a boat trip from Kristiansand through Blindleia to Lillesand or try a biking route.

Lindesnes Region

Visit the southernmost region in Norway. Here you can visit the oldest lighthouse in Norway, and fish for salmon in the Mandalselva River.

Norwegian beaches receive exclusive eco award

Twelve Norwegian beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label in 2014.

Getting to Kristiansand and around

Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway, is centrally located in the region.

What to do in Sirdal

Sirdal offers a range of activities during the summer and winterseason alike. Rent a canoe or kayak, go fishing for trout or visit a power station.

Attractions in Sirdal

The annual sheep fair is a popular event in Sirdal. But there are many other attractions, natural or man-made, worth visiting in the area.

Winter in Sirdal

Sirdal is a popular ski resort 1.5 hours drive east of Stavanger. Here you will find five ski fields and 220 kilometers of cross-country tracks.

Tour suggestions in Sirdal

Sirdal is the perfect base for your holiday. Within one day, you can explore the Lysefjord, the mountains of Kjerag or the Suleskarvegen Road.

Where to stay in Sirdal

Sirdal offers a wide range of accommodation options. Choose between high standard hotels, cabins, campsites and a unique network of mountain cabins.

Tourist information in Sirdal

There are two tourist information offices in Sirdal. Here you will find all the information you need to plan your holiday in the area.

Key facts about Sirdal

The community centre of Sirdal is Tonstad, Norway's capital of hydro electrical power development.
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Vest Agder Museums in Southern Norway

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Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand

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Lindesnes Fyr – Norway’s oldest lighthouse

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