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Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway - Photo: Heidi Sørvig
Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway Photo: 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.

The region reaches from the sea and up to the mountains, and also contains the Mandalselva River, wich is considered for beeing on of the best salmon rivers in Norway.


Lindesnes Lighthouse
Built in 1655, Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway’s oldest lighthouse. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2,518 kilometres from the North Cape.

The lighthouse has been designated a national lighthouse museum, and hosts various exhibitions relating to the development and history of lighthouses, maritime culture and so on. The underground hall below the lighthouse houses a cinema, various exhibitions and a café. The complex also comprises an information centre, a kiosk, a restaurant and a gallery.

You can see the remains of a German fort from World War II close by and there are marked paths in the area.

Sjøsanden Beach and the beaches in Furulunden
With its 800 metre long sandy beach just outside Mandal town centre, Sjøsanden is
perhaps one of Norway’s most famous beaches. Sjøsanden is located in the Furulunden Nature Park, which includes several great beaches, for example Kanelstranda, Lordens, Lillebanken, Banken and Spidsbo. You will
always be able to find a beach that is sheltered from the weather and the wind,
regardless of which way the wind is blowing.

Furulunden has an extensive network of paths, and there are public toilets near the beaches. At Store Banken Beach there is also a wheelchair ramp.

The Risøbank Mansion
Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built his fine holiday home in Furulunden, near Lordens Beach. The building was completed in 1901, and was designed by the Scottish architect Sir Lorimer. It was taken over by the Norwegian government and the local authorities in 1971, and it now forms part of the Furulunden Nature Park.

During the summer the main building houses a café and art exhibitions, and it is possible to hire the venue for private functions throughout the year. The surrounding parkland is perfect for picnics and excursions.

Mandalselva River
Mandalselva is considered one of Norway's best salmon rivers, and the annual catch is between 8 and 11 tonnes of salmon.

The section of the river with salmon in it is approximately 48 kilometres long. The river is split into four zones. Fishing licences are sold for each individual zone. Marnar Laksesenter at Laudal acts as an information centre and meeting point for salmon fishers, and also sells cards for zones 3 and 4. The fishing season runs from 1 June to 15 September.

Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrikk
The factory was built in 1894, and has been disignated a national monument to the textile industry in Norway. Today the factory is a living museum with its own power station, dye house, spinning mill, weaving mill and finishing plant. If you go on a guided tour, you will be able to see the various machines and production processes in action. The factory also has a shop, temporary exhibitions and a café.

What to do

Go fishing for salmon and trout
You have several options when fishing for salmon and trout in the Mandal Region you will have several options. Historically, salmon was one of the most important export for this region. There were particularly rich salmon catches in the Mandalselva River in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Today, the Mandalselva is again considered one of Norway's best salmon rivers, and the annual catch is between 8 and 11 tonnes of salmon. Just half an hour's drive from Mandalselva is the Audnaelva River. Both rivers are easily accessible where they run along the roads rv. 455 and 460.

Join an elk safari
Why not go on an elk safari in Marnardal? There is a safari at 10 pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the period 24 June - 26 August. To sign up, or to ask for further information, please contact the tourist information (contact details further down on this page).

Go rafting down the Mandalselva River
This is an activity suitable for the entire family, children right down to the
age of six can come along. Experienced, qualified guides instruct
you before you set out and during the trip. All necessary equipment is provided.
Trips start from Hesså. Book in advance from the tourist information (contact details further down on this page) or directly from Adventure Norway.

The region contains several well-known beaches, the most popular being Sjøsanden.

The biggest attraction in the region is Lindesnes Lighthouse.

Address: Buen Kulturhus
Havnegata 2, 4515 Mandal
Phone: + 47 38 27 83 00
Email: info@lindesnesregionen.com

Opening hours
June - August: Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm, Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Rest of the year: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm 

The Lindesnes Region is a district in the county of Vest-Agder, located 30 minutes by car west of Kristiansand. Lindesnes is the southernmost region in Norway.

The region consists of the following municipalities:

  • Mandal
  • Lindesnes
  • Audnedal
  • Marnardal
  • Åseral

The main city in the region is Mandal, with 14,000 inhabitants.

Last updated:  2014-09-30
The marina in Mandal, Norway - Photo: O.A Nomedal
The marina in Mandal, Norway
Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrikk, Norway - Photo: Heidi Sørvig
Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrikk, Norway
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Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway - Photo: 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.

Lindesnes Region

Source: Visitnorway

About the Mandal Region

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.

Tourist Information in Southern Norway

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

The Lindesnes Region

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