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Along national route rv. 9 in Setesdal, Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
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Along national route rv. 9 in Setesdal, Norway Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

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.

By car

National route rv. 9 is the main road between Bergen and Kristiansand. Using a private car is the most convenient way to get to Setesdal, but public transport is also an option.

Driving non-stop on rv. 9, you will cross Setesdal in two hours. However, we recommend several stops on the journey through the valley to take time to explore this picturesque part of Norway. 

By coach

Coach connections from the eastern, western and southern parts of Norway are provided by Nor-Way Bussekspressen , which runs the South West Express (Sør Vest ekspressen) between Kristiansand and Stavanger and the Setesdal Express (Setesdals ekspressen) between Kristiansand and Haukeli, Bergen and Oslo.

Excursions in Southern Norway

The Setesdal Valley is an obvious meeting- and starting point for excursions in Southern Norway. Within a few hours drive you can see some of the best scenery Norway has to offer.

The Hardangerfjord
Highlights: Fjord, Låtefoss Waterfall and Folgefonna Glacier. 

Distances to the Hardangerfjord:

  • From Evje: 272 kilometres, approximately 5 hours drive
  • From Valle: 182 kilometres, approximately 3.5 hours drive
  • From Hovden: 124 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive

Rjukan in Telemark
Highlights: Historical sites, culture, national park and mountain scenery.

Distances to Rjukan:

  • From Evje: 236 kilometres, approximately 4 hours drive
  • From Valle: 143 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive
  • From Hovden: 115 kilometres, approximately 2 hours drive

Dalen in Telemark
Highlights: Telemark Canal, Eidsborg Stave Church, culture, mountain scenery.

Distances to Dalen:

  • From Evje: 152 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive
  • From Valle: 60 kilometres, approximately 1 hour drive
  • From Hovden: 84 kilometres, approximately 1.5 hours drive

The Lysefjord
Highlights: Fjord, Preikestolen and Kjerag boulder.

Distances to the Lysefjord:

  • From Evje: 156 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive.
  • From Valle: 88 kilometres, approximately 1.5 hours drive
  • From Hovden: 142 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive

The Southern Coast
Highlights: Kristiansand, zoo and other attractions, shopping, harbour.

  • From Evje: 63 kilometres, approximately 1 hour drive
  • From Valle: 155 kilometres, approximately 2.5 hours drive
  • From Hovden: 210 kilometres, approximately 3 hours drive
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Last updated:  2012-05-11
View from the summit of Nos, Setesdal in Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
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Along national route rv. 9 in Setesdal, Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

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.

Getting to Setesdal and around

Source: Visitnorway

About Setesdal

Tourist Information for Setesdal

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

Key facts about Southern Norway

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

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