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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.

You will find a number of alpine resorts in Southern Norway. A lot of slopes for cross-country skiing are also available.

There are four major skiing destinations in Southern Norway, and they are closer than you might think. From Kristiansand you spend from one to three hours to get to the destinations.

The season normally starts in late November and lasts until Easter/late April.

Hovden

Hovden reigns supreme at the top of Setesdal and is undeniably our region's largest winter destination. In winter there is also an annual snow-sculpture festival her, where sculpturers and artists from all over the world participates. Winter in Hovden, located 850 metres above sea level in the Setesdal Valley in Southern Norway, guarantees a long snow season.

Sirdal

Sirdal is a reliable ski destination snow wise. Most ski fields are located at 500-1,000 metres. Sirdal boasts five skiing areas and 200 kilometres of cross-country tracks.

Ski trails are prepared all over Southern Norway, in Hovden, Sirdal, and smaller destinations. Here are some tips for the best ski trails in Southern Norway.

Winter and snow is not only skiing, but you may also participate and try out alternative winter activities like dog-sledging, ice-skating, ice-fishing, kiting and snow-rafting.

Winter without snow

Swimming is also a popular children activity in winter, but it is usually performed indoors. Hovden Badeland or Sørlandsbadet in Lyngdal has activities for the whole family if or when you are tired of playing in the snow.

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Last updated:  2014-10-31
Cross country skiing in Setesdalen, Norway. - Photo: Anders Martinsen
Cross country skiing in Setesdalen, Norway.
Learn your kids to ski with professional instructors at the skiing resorts. - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Learn your kids to ski with professional instructors at the skiing resorts.

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Winter in Southern Norway is great for cross-country skiing - Photo: visitsorlandet.com

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.

Winter activities in Southern Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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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 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.

Skiing

More fun, more snow, more choice. The Norwegian ski season typically lasts for six months and usually offers good snow conditions throughout.

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.

About Southern Norway

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.

Key facts about Southern Norway

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

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