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Lindesnes Lighthouse in Southern Norway.
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Explore the hidden gem of Norway

Visit Southern Norway and experience Norwegian culture with hiking, skiing, fishing, museums and events. The southernmost part of Norway is also known for the amazing coastline with boating and bathing opportunities.

Things to do in Southern Norway

Sørlandet - The Norwegian Riviera

The southernmost part of Norway has been the number one summer holiday destination for Norwegians for decades, while remaining a hidden gem for many international visitors. During the summer months, the picturesque towns and villages are teeming with visitors. The white painted wooden houses are located near the coastline and many are available for hire.

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Things to do in Southern Norway - Find your activity

Hike or bike along coastal trails. Go skiing, climbing, fishing or rafting. Enjoy festivals and other cultural events.

Hiking

One of the most accessible activities in Southern Norway is hiking. The seaside trails are beautiful and easy to do, while the mountain summits in Sirdal and Hovden provide a variety of marked hiking trails.

Cycling

The North Sea Cycle Route (National cycle route number 1) follows the coastline. National cycle route no. 3 takes you from the sea to the high mountains between Kristiansand and Hovden in Setesdal. Read more about cycling in Southern Norway.

Fishing

Angling is a way of life for many people, and the southern coastline of Norway offers deep-sea fishing and fishing in rivers and lakes. Anglers stays at the fishing resorts along the coast, or at quiet cabins in the inland area.

Skiing

The skiing season starts in December, and ends in April. Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding are all available, and the lit up trails along the coast are popular in winter.

Rafting

Rafting in the rivers of Southern Norway are perfect for safe and fun water sport for the entire family. TrollAktiv in Evje and Adventure Norway in Marnadal offer both family and regular rafting activities.

Climbing

The rock climbing area around Valle in Setesdal is known among climbers all over the world. Try out the longest Via Ferrata route in Northern Europe or visit one of the many climbing parks.

Sightseeing boat trips in Southern Norway

Explore Southern Norway

Destinations
Hotels, restaurants and things to do in Arendal, Southern Norway. Read more
Arendal
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Read more
Tvedestrand
Visit the Farsund and Lista region in Southern Norway and experience hiking, Lista lighthouse, American festival and other attractions. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Experience Flekkefjord: Ride a rail bike through 17 tunnels, visit Hidra or the Dutch Quarter, go hiking or shopping or just relax by the fjords. Read more
Flekkefjord
Risør is a small town along the coastline of Southern Norway, 1,5 hours east of Kristiansand. Risør is known as "the wooden house… Read more
Risør
Think of Grimstad, and you think of skerries, white-painted wooden houses, festivals, good food, and summer atmosphere. Enjoy lazy days in the sun, a… Read more
Grimstad
Kristiansand is the southernmost city in Norway. Kristiansand is also declared the children's city, because of all the funny activities… Read more
Kristiansand
Information about Mandal, where to sleep, what to do, what's on. Accomodation, beaches and live music.  Read more
Mandal
The official webpage for the southern most part of Norway, the Lindesnes region. Find out what to do, what to see, where to stay, what's… Read more
The Lindesnes region
Visit Kvinesdal in Southern Norway. Go hiking, fishing or golfing. Learn about american heritage and Norwegian ancestors. Read more
Kvinesdal
The Evje area offers activities like rafting, climbing, safaris and trekking, and also attractions like a mineral park with child-friendly activities. Read more
Activities in Evje
Lillesand is the town of the sailing ships and white painted wooden houses, situated just 20 minutes east of Kristiansand. Read more
Lillesand
Visit Lyngdal in Southern Norway and go fishing, shopping, hiking or swimming at Sorlandsbadet and find accommodation at Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
Lyngdal
The Setesdal valley is centrally located in Southern Norway and easily accessible from continental Europe. In the winter you can choose between… Read more
Setesdal
Hovden is located in upper Setesdal  and is the largest ski destination in the southern part of Norway. The area offers great opportunities… Read more
Hovden and Bykle in Setesdal
Characterised by high peaks and scenic lakes, Sirdal is a picturesque mountain region in south-western Norway that offers year-round… Read more
Sirdal
Camping
Hove leirsenter is idyllically located on the island Tromøy outside Arendal, surrounded by Skagerrak, Hovekilen and beautiful hiking areas. Read more
Hove Leirsenter
Bortelid Camping is a year round camp ground located at Tjaldal in Åseral, with 220 ser en helårs campingplass beliggende på Tjaldal i Åseral. Plassen… Read more
Bortelid Camping
TrollAktiv is located 70 km north of Kristiansand and 7km north of Evje on Rv 9. We offer accommodation in cabins, apartments, tepee tents, camping… Read more
TrollAktiv cabins & camping
Sørlandet Feriesenter "Southern Norway holiday centre" is a family camp site with lots of activities, located by the Sandnes Fjord between Risør and… Read more
Sørlandet Feriesenter Camping
Høgetveits Naturcamp is the perfect choice when you need a relaxing holiday, far away from the stress and strain of everyday life. Read more
Høgetveits Naturcamp
A cozy campsite right beside the sea Read more
Morvigsanden Camping
Camping ground with a beach and lovely recreational area, kiosk and minigolf. Cabins and room for both tents and caravans. Read more
Hove Camping
On a peninsula in the skerries of Grimstad Read more
Marivoll Resort
Campsite with an idyllic location at the bay of Fevik Read more
Bagatell Camping
Open all year! Neset Camping is a peaceful, 4-star campsite situated in beautiful surroundings on a headland overlooking Byglandsfjorden, by Highway… Read more
Neset Camping
This is Norway's southernmost campsite – only 3.5 km from Lindesnes, the southernmost point on the Norwegian mainland. Read more
Lindesnes Camping og Hytteutleie
A small and quiet camping place with space for about 18 camper units and 3 cabins with 2, 3 and 5 beds. There are also campervan facilities. The… Read more
Oddestemmen Camping
Tingsaker Family Camping is located right in the middle of Southern Norway with a 5 minutes walk to Lillesand City. Read more
Tingsaker Family camping
Just one hour's drive from Kristiansand! Idyllic family campsite by the lake of Byglandsfjorden, next to Highway 9. Trampoline, playground, kiosk,… Read more
Longerak Hyttesenter og Camping
Kvavik Camp is a sheltered and quiet family camping with kid friendly beach close by Lyngdal. It offers accommodation in cottages and apartments, as… Read more
Camp Lyngdal
Roligheden Camping, a 4-star family camp, is situated very central, just about 3 km from the city centre of Kristiansand. Read more
Roligheden Camping
Mjåland Camping is a family and fishing camp site in a beautiful setting on the banks of river Mandalselva with plenty of room for caravans,… Read more
Mjåland Camping
Nidelv Camping is beautifully located on the island Hisøy, by the bank of the river Nidelva. The camping ground is only 5 kms from Arendal town. Read more
Nidelv brygge og camping
Situated in Setesdal by the Otra, about 6 km north of Valle. 3-star campsite with cabins and modern sanitary facilities. Read more
Flateland Camping
Brevik Camping is beautifully located by the seaside in Homborsund. Open all year. Read more
Breivik Camping
Isefjærleiren – Sørlandet's Naturist Centre – is the perfect place for naturists from both Norway and abroad. Read more
Isefjærleiren
Lomsesanden Family Camping is a family campsite situated right outside Farsund. Read more
Lomsesanden Familycamping
Where to park your caravan in Flekkefjord, Southern Norway. Read more
Caravan parking in Flekkefjord
Camping by the river Otra! Campsite with 14 cabins for 2 to 5 persons. Situated near the river Otra, 3 km south of Evje. Kiosk. Renovated sanitary… Read more
Fennefoss Camping
A hidden place for many tourists, but perfectly located just far enough away from town to keep some privacy - even along the popular southern coast. Read more
Sjøverstø Feriested (holiday centre)
Hornnes Camping was established in 1934 and have been affiliated with NAF (Norwegian Automobile Federation) since 1936. We have 110 spaces for rent,… Read more
Hornnes Camping
Reiårsfossen Camping (May-Sept.) Hostel, 28 rooms - 49 beds 7 camping cabins - 28 beds Tent/caravans/caravanettes Kiosk Function rooms available by… Read more
Reiårsfossen Camp
Øyna camping is a small cozy campsite located by the river Lygna below Kvåsfossen. Read more
Øyna Camping Kvåsfossen
The campsite is situated in beautiful surroundings, just 25 kilometer from Kristiansand. Read more
Bjønndalen Camp
Kallefoss cabin village is situated in Dale, 5 km north of Valle, new amenity block of high standard for the season 2010. Read more
Kallefoss Cabin Park
In beautiful surroundings, near the river, only 9 km north of Valle, are facilities for caravanettes with hook-up points for electricity and water. Read more
Sanden Såre
Vegårstun camp site is very popular amongst tourists and locals for weekly or over night stays. Read more
Vegårtun
The campsite offers accommodation in apartments and double rooms in various sizes and price ranges, in addition to that they have sites for caravans,… Read more
Lyngdal Bibelcamp
Farsund campervan camping is located on Farøy in central Farsund which is in close proximity to the sea with a great park and fishing. Read more
Farsund RV camp
Located about 3 km south of Valle, by Tveitetunet. The Kvernhusvegen footpath runs past the campsite. Read more
Tveiten Camping
Knaben Camping is located in the historical mining town of Knaben. It can accommodate 36 RVs. Read more
Knaben Camping
Risør has a dedicated area for camper vans in Tjenna which is located five minutes walking distance from the main street in Risør. Read more
Motorhome parking in Risør center
Where to park your caravan in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Caravan parking in Kristiansand
A perfect caravan parking in Lillesand centre for those who wish for that little special something. Read more
Lillesand caravan parking
Sigridnescamping is beautifully situated with cabins by the river in park-likesurroundings. Good fishing spots, free use of boats and canoes. Read more
Sigridnes Camping
Kalveløa Camping offers caravaning in the family-friendly Solheim Valley. Read more
Kalveløa Camping
Suleskard Fjellsenter is scenicly set next to the lake in Suleskar. Read more
Suleskard Fjellsenter
Ådneram Hytteutleie offer long term rentals of cabins and caravan pitches. Read more
Ådneram Hytteutleie
Åros Feriesenter is a popular holiday and activity centre offering high-quality accommodation and outdoor areas – situated just 15 minutes from… Read more
Åros Feriesenter
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. The building is decorated with items from the… Read more
Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
A family friendly - 5 stars - holiday centre just a few km east of Kristiansand, in the middle of the beautiful skerries. Read more
Kristiansand Feriesenter Dvergsnestangen
Cabins, boats and fishing. Kilefjorden, a 3-star campsite, is located along highway 9 in Setesdal, 45 km north of Kristiansand. In these beautiful… Read more
Kilefjorden Camping
Solstrand camping is idyllically situated at the mouth of the Audna river, 55 km west of Kristiansand. Read more
Solstrand Camping
Skottevik, the most popular holiday centre in the South of Norway is located along the southern coast between Kristiansand and Lillesand. Read more
Skottevik Feriesenter
Sandnes Camping is an open and sunny camping ground. Guests can enjoy peace and quiet with a view over the Mandalselva River, or go exploring in the… Read more
Sandnes Camping Mandal
Hamre camping is locatedby the 3 km long beach Hamresanden. Close to Kristiansand Zoo and Kristiansand Kjevik Airport. Read more
Hamre Familiecamping
Campingsite by the Sørfjorden, only 12 kilometers from the center of Risør. Read more
Røed Camping
Just 1 km. from Lista Lighthouse, you will find Lista Flypark Hotel & Appartements. Read more
Lista Flypark - Hotell & Apartments
On the top of the Setesdal Valley, 2.7 km north of central Hovden, you find Hovden Fjellstoge. In beautiful surroundings close to the river Otra,… Read more
Hovden Fjellstoge
Odden Camping is a quiet and idyllic camp site with great opportunities for swimming. 500 metres from central Evje, access from the main road Rv 9. Read more
Odden Camping
Sjøsanden Feriesenter is located in Furulunden, next to the famous Sjøsanden beach in Mandal. Read more
Sjøsanden Feriesenter
By the foot of the Selura lake you will find Egenes Camping, one of Norway's first campsites dating back to 1930. Read more
Egenes Camping
Hamresanden Resort offers a wide range from brand-new hotel apartments in the range of beautiful new renovated apartments, and small cozy cabins with… Read more
Hamresanden Resort
Tonstadli is located one kilometer from the friendly village of Tonstad. Read more
Tonstadli Ferie-, Kurs og Misjonssenter
Camping, cottages and apartments in scenic surroundings in beautiful Sørfjorden. Read more
Risør Resort Moen Camping
Sageneset Feriesenter is in an idyllic loaction on a peninsula between Tjørhom and Solheim. Read more
Sageneset Feriesenter
Affordable accommodation with great surroundings and views. Read more
Lindeland Camping
Top attractions
TrollAktiv rafting and activity center in Evje, Southern Norway have over twenty different outdoor sport activities. Read more
TrollAktiv in Evje
Explore the Flekkefjord railway line. Stunning nature scenes offer visitors a great day out. Suitable for the whole family, young children included.… Read more
Rail Biking tour at Flekkefjordbanen
Now you have the opportunity not only to see, but also to meet the king of the forest. Visit the elk park Elgtun at the Landeskogen Peace Center in… Read more
Elgtun, Landeskogen - Close encounter with the moose
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and animals like wolf,… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
"Via Ferrata" is Italian for iron road. This is a climbing route where you are secured to the rock by means of a steel cable. There are also iron… Read more
Via Ferrata to Mt. Straumsfjellet, Valle. The longest of its kind north of the Alps.
The factory was built in 1894, and has been designated a national monument to the textile industry in Norway. Read more
Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik
Visit Lista lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse tower, you'll find a visitor centre, tourist information and bird watching station. You can also… Read more
Lista Lighthouse
Visit "Klatreskogen", the high wire adventure park just beside the Mineral Park "Mineralparken" in Evje. Read more
Klatreskogen - High wire adventure park in Evje
The Mineral Park is the activity park for the whole family. Read more
Mineralparken - Mineral park
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
A historical defence museum that features a heavy German coastal defence battery from 1940-45, with the world's second largest land-based cannon (337… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
Narrow gauge preserved railway line (1,067 mm gauge) situated in Vennesla near Kristiansand and using steam locomotives and carriages which are over… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway's oldest dating back to 1656. It occupies the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2518 km from the North… Read more
Lindesnes Lighthouse
Experience an exciting world from the treetops at Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand! Read more
Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand Climbing park
Sørlandsbadet is a water park in Lyngdal that has a small and shallow pool for small children, diving boards and a deep pool for older kids and adults… Read more
Sørlandsbadet - Indoor water park in Lyngdal
At Lindesnes, in the southern part of Norway, we will give our visitors the possibility to experience a mysterious, but amazing underwater world… Read more
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Næs Jernverksmuseum is one of the best preserved ironworks in Norway, unique in Europe. Playground and arranged children activities throughout July. Read more
Næs Ironworks Museum
The science centre in Arendal is great fun for the whole family. Test, design, build and experiment with science. Read more
Vitensenteret - The science centre in Arendal
The Risør Aquarium is the only saltwater aquarium between Oslo and Stavanger which has over 100 different kinds of fish and seawater creatures. A fun… Read more
Risør Aquarium
Raet National Park was established in 2016, and is the region’s first of its kind. It stretches from Hasseltangen in… Read more
Raet National Park
Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on 20 March 1828 and his childhood home is just a few kilometres north of Skien city centre. Read more
Henrik Ibsen Museum
Embark on a voyage with the old wood-fired steamship Bjoren from 1866. Every Sunday in June, July and August there is a 2.5-hour round trip, starting… Read more
D/S Bjoren
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archive preserves and makes our region's culture and history known both through exhibitions in their completely new… Read more
KUBEN Aust-Agder museum and archives
The Merdø museum is a small coastal farm kept as it was in about 1800. Beautiful surroundings on the island makes this a popular summer holiday spot. Read more
Merdøgaard museum
Ferry between Gjeving and Lyngør, a beautiful island in Southern Norway. Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
The horizontal potholes at Brufjell were created during the Ice Age some 20.000 years ago when the sea level was higher. The potholes lie horizontally… Read more
Hiking to the potholes at the Brufjell caves
Visit the potholes at Sild, 25 minutes driving southwest of Risør. The potholes here are the largest in Northern Europe and are very popular during… Read more
Potholes at Sild
Coastline
Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway's oldest dating back to 1656. It occupies the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2518 km from the North… Read more
Lindesnes Lighthouse
Raet National Park was established in 2016, and is the region’s first of its kind. It stretches from Hasseltangen in… Read more
Raet National Park
Enjoy a tasty meal at the Stangholmen lighthouse summer restaurant or a cold drink in the bar in the old lighthouse tower. Read more
Stangholmen Lighthouse Restaurant
Sørlandet Feriesenter "Southern Norway holiday centre" is a family camp site with lots of activities, located by the Sandnes Fjord between Risør and… Read more
Sørlandet Feriesenter Camping
Farsund Resort, a holiday resort with traditional cabins and attractive guest harbour, nestles in an idyllic part of Southern Norway near Farsund. Read more
Farsund Resort
The old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund is a unique project in Søgne and culinary adventures and art will be a important part of the shipyard. Read more
Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
Visit Lista lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse tower, you'll find a visitor centre, tourist information and bird watching station. You can also… Read more
Lista Lighthouse
Lindesnes Havhotel has a unique location, at Båly Pier in Lindesnes, in the midst of beaches and smooth rock slopes leading down to the sea. Read more
Lindesnes Havhotell
Tregde Ferie is located in an idyllic setting with views of the Tregde archipelago just east of Mandal. Read more
Fishing holiday - Tregde Ferie
See our amazing archipelago from a boat. We offer charter tours, taxi boats and ferry routes in Arendal and surrounding. Read more
Charter- and ferry boats MS Nidelv, MF Merdø and MF Tromøy
Bjørnevåg Resort is beautifully located by the Spind fjord between Lyngdal and Farsund. Read more
Fishing trip - Bjørnevåg Ferie
M/B Øya is one of the few remaining ferry boats which are still in a regular route during the summer. The trip between Lillesand and Kristiansand is a… Read more
Boat sightseeing with M/B Øya Lillesand - Kristiansand - Lillesand
A beautiful sailing area, from the centre of Lillesand to Gamle Hellesund, Ulvøysund. The led offers spectacular nature and wooden houses along the… Read more
Blindleia
Take a short hike along southern wooden houses and narrow paths, walk on sandy beaches and the pebbled beach, and see the view towards the… Read more
Visit on Merdø island
Lyngør lighthouse in Tvedestrand is open for accommodation through Aust-Agder trekking association. The old residence has been made into a cabin. Read more
Lighthouse holiday at Lyngør
On this lovely trip with M/B Høllen we recommend a stop at Ny-Hellesund – let the skipper know you want to get off and he will pick you up again… Read more
M/B Høllen - Boat sightseeing
See when the ferry runs to and from the lovely island of Merdø outside of Arendal. Read more
Ferry to Merdø - M/F Merdø
Join the MS Bragdøya on an island hopping excursion to the Kristiansand archipelago. The boat stops at several of the islands and you can decide how… Read more
Boat trips on the MS Bragdøya - Summer excursions
At Lindesnes, in the southern part of Norway, we will give our visitors the possibility to experience a mysterious, but amazing underwater world… Read more
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The bathhouse in Farsund dates back all the way to the 1870's. Read more
Farsund Badehus Public bath house
Hidra is a scenic island just outside of Flekkefjord. It is accessible via a car ferry. Read more
The island Hidra
Ferry between Gjeving and Lyngør, a beautiful island in Southern Norway. Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
Skottevik, the most popular holiday centre in the South of Norway is located along the southern coast between Kristiansand and Lillesand. Read more
Skottevik Feriesenter
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