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Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
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Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

Key facts about Hovden

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

Geography

  • Hovden is located in the Bykle municipality in the county of Aust-Agder, southern Norway.
  • Total area: 1,552 square kilometers.
  • Population: 965 inhabitants (as of 1 Jan 2009).
  • Located at the top of Setesdal, along national route no. 9
    (GPS coordinates: 59° 33'35,5'' N / 07° 21'21,8'' E).
  • The centre of Hovden lies at 800 meters above sea level.
  • Sæbyggjenuten, the highest peak in the municipality (and in the county of Aust-Agder) is 1,507 meters high.
  • The River Otra flows though Hovden.

History

During the Viking Age and the Middle Ages, Hovden was a centre of iron production.

1911: Hovdehytta opened for accommodation.

1968: The Hovden Ski Centre was established.

Other

Today Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway.

All accommodation and activity providers are located within walking distance of central Hovden (four-kilometer radius)

Hydroelectric power is the municipality's main source of income.

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Last updated:  2013-07-19
Hovden in Norway has many lakes for trout fishing - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
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Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

Key facts about Hovden

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

Key facts about Hovden

Source: Visitnorway

About Hovden

Tourist Information for Setesdal

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

Tourist information for Hovden

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

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