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

Main regions of Southern Norway

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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.

Kilden (c) Jon Petter Thorsen

Kristiansand

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

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Photo: Troll Aktiv
Photo: Setesdal regionråd
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Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

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.

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Telemark

The county of Telemark is known for its canal, old farms, the mountain region around Gaustatoppen and the friendly coastline outside Kragerø.

Winter activities in Southern Norway

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Winter activities in Southern Norway

Winter in Southern Norway is downhill or cross-country skiing in the mountains of Hovden or Sirdal. Alpine skiing and snowboarding is popular too.

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Top winter destinations and activities in Telemark

The county of Telemark in Southern Norway is known as the cradle of skiing, and is the largest ski region in the country.

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Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
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Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
Photo: Hovden Alpine Center
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Photo: Anders Martinsen

Winter in Hovden

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

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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.

Activities in Southern Norway

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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.

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Top summer activities in Telemark

Enjoy a cruise on the Telemark Canal, visit Norway's largest waterpark in Bø, or go cycling, hiking or paddling in Telemark's varied landscape.

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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.

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Tour suggestions in Southern Norway

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

Featured activities in Southern Norway

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Lindesnes Fyr – Norway’s oldest lighthouse

Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway’s southernmost point. Spend a few hours or stay several days. The weather, water and nature are all breathtaking.

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Tour suggestions in Southern Norway

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

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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.

Jørn Steen

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark canal is a 105-kilometre long watercourse taking you from Skien to Dalen.

Learn more about the regions of Southern Norway

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Kristiansand

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

Heidi Sørvig

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.

Ann-Kristin Robstad Jørgensen/Region Arendal turistkontor

The Arendal Region

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

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Kragerø

The cozy town of Kragerø is surrounded by islands and skerries, making it a favorite for experiencing coastal life and culture of Southern Norway.

Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Troll Aktiv
Photo: Setesdal regionråd
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

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.

Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid

Hovden

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

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Sirdal

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

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Rauland

Rauland – the mountain village by the foot of Hardangervidda National Park.

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Rjukan

Rjukan is located by the Hardangervidda National Park and is known for Gaustatoppen Mountain and the heavy water sabotages by the heroes of Telemark.

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Vrådal

Vrådal lies in the midst of the county of Telemark, and can tempt you with spectacular mountains, lush forests and quiet lakes.

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Grenland

Grenland offers a blend of urban life and culture and beautiful natural scenery in the county of Telemark, southern Norway.

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TripAdvisor forum on Southern Norway

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