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Visit Lindesnes Lighthouse, the southernmost point in Southern Norway Visit Lindesnes Lighthouse, the southernmost point in Southern Norway Lindesnes lighthouse in red and withe
Visit Lindesnes Lighthouse, the southernmost point in Southern Norway Lindesnes lighthouse in red and withe
Lindesnes Lighthouse in Southern Norway.
Photo: Anders Martinsen (c) Visit Sørlandet AS
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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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Hike or bike along coastal trails. Go skiing, climbing, fishing or rafting. Enjoy festivals and other cultural events.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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

Hotels, restaurants and things to do in Arendal, Southern Norway. Read more
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Read more
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
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
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
Kristiansand is the southernmost city in Norway. Kristiansand is also declared the children's city, because of all the funny activities… Read more
Information about Mandal, where to sleep, what to do, what's on. Accomodation, beaches and live music.  Read more
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
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
Visit Lyngdal in Southern Norway and go fishing, shopping, hiking or swimming at Sorlandsbadet and find accommodation at Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
The Setesdal valley is centrally located in Southern Norway and easily accessible from continental Europe. In the winter you can choose between… Read more
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
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
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
Hamre camping is locatedby the 3 km long beach Hamresanden. Close to Kristiansand Zoo and Kristiansand Kjevik Airport. Read more
Hamre Familiecamping
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
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
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
This campsite is located by the Hellefjord, about 6 km from the centre of Kragerø, and is surrounded by wonderful nature with superb hiking paths. The… Read more
Lovisenberg Family 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
Camping, cottages and apartments in scenic surroundings in beautiful Sørfjorden. Read more
Risør Resort Moen Camping
For kids
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 "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
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
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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    Get rested and ready for a new (holi)day

    Stay in a lighthouse by the sea, sleep in a cabin in the mountains, or choose a hotel in town to be near all the action.

    Festivals and events

    See what's on in Southern Norway.

    Taste the culinary treats of Southern Norway

    Taste local food, fruit , sea food, berries and vegetables. Many restaurants in Southern Norway are proud of the traditions and love to tell you about it.

    Winter activities in Southern Norway

    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.

    More to see and do in Southern Norway