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Getting to Southern Norway and around

Southern Norway (Sørlandet) is easy to reach, located at the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland.  Kristiansand is the communications centre in Southern Norway. It has extensive train, bus, ferry and plane links with the rest of Norway and abroad.

By air

Kristiansand Airport Kjevik is located 10 kilometers from Kristiansand city centre. You can arrive at Kjevik Airport by plane from major Norway cities. SASWiderøe and Norwegian have arrivals from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

There are direct international arrivals from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London and Gdansk. You will find four car rental firms based at Kristiansand Airport Kjevik.

To and from Kristiansand Airport Kjevik

Between Kristiansand and Kjevik the airport bus service consists of the regular bus service on line 35. The bus stop is just outside of the terminal. You will also find bussed to Lillesand, Grimstad, Arendal. Two taxi companies operates at Kristiansand airport, Kjevik. See more information about bus and taxi to and from Kristiansand Kjevik Airport.

The other two big airports in Southern Norway are Torp outside Sandefjord and Stavanger Airport Sola. Both have an extensive schedule of flights from several destinations in Europe. The biggest car rental companies also have offices at both airports.

By ferry

The coastal ferry routes to Southern Norway starts at Hirtshals in Denmark and ends in Kristiansand. The Color Line "Superspeed" ferry only takes three hours and 30 minutes. This route has two departures daily. In summer the Fjord Line ferry "Master Cat" takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are also several departures from Denmark to Langesund and Larvik.

By car

If you want to arrive to Southern Norway by car, the best option is to follow the E18 from Oslo, or E39 from Stavanger. You may also choose to follow the scenic old coastal roads if you have more time.

The table shows distances between destinations, whether you are coming from Oslo or Stavanger. You can see that it is not far between cities or towns in Southern Norway: from Flekkefjord to Risør is just a little over 200 kilometres.

By rail

Take the train following the coast, with numerous train stations to stop at along the way. For booking and timetables, please contact the the railway company.

By bus

There are daily buses departing from Stavanger and Oslo heading for Southern Norway. The bus routes follow the coastline, where coastal towns are natural places to stop. There are also express buses heading towards Setesdal. Local buses between towns is available on akt.no and make it possible to use public transportation throughout your holiday.

From Oslo to:   Distance:  From Stavanger to:  Distance: 
Risør 234 km Risør 363 km
Tvedestrand 238 km Tvedestrand 340 km
Arendal  259 km Arendal  319 km
Grimstad 276 km Grimstad 300 km
Kristiansand 325 km Kristiansand 250 km
Mandal  367 km Mandal 208 km
Lyngdal 399 km Lyngdal 179 km
Farsund 415 km Farsund 190 km
Flekkefjord 446 km Flekkefjord 128 km
Sirdal 372 km Sirdal 122 km
Bortelid 368 km Bortelid 228 km
Hovden 286 km Hovden 225 km

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
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
From one of Norway’s most charming coastal towns to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful. Go on… Read more
Telemark
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Camping
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
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
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
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
Lomsesanden Family Camping is a family campsite situated right outside Farsund. Read more
Lomsesanden Camping
Isefjærleiren - Sørlandet's Naturist Centre - is the perfect place for naturists from both Norway and abroad. Read more
Isefjærleiren
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
Stay at Mineralparken in the old "Setesdalshus" (cog-joint timber house) from the 1700s, a the campsite or go "glamping" in yurts. Read more
Mineralparken in Evje accommodation
A cozy campsite right beside the sea Read more
Morvigsanden Camping
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
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)
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
On a peninsula in the skerries of Grimstad Read more
Marivold Camping
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
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
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
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
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
Affordable accommodation with great surroundings and views. Read more
Lindeland Camping
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
WELCOME TO PAN GARDEN - ÅMLI I AUST-AGDER "A DREAM OF MAKING TIME STAND STILL" "Why not escape from the hustle and bustle and… Read more
Pan Garden
Hamre camping is locatedby the 3 km long beach Hamresanden. Close to Kristiansand Zoo and Kristiansand Kjevik Airport. Read more
Hamre Familiecamping
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
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
Solstrand camping is idyllically situated at the mouth of the Audna river, 55 km west of Kristiansand. Read more
Solstrand Camping
Suleskard Fjellsenter is scenicly set next to the lake in Suleskar. Read more
Suleskard Fjellsenter
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
Kalveløa Camping offers caravaning in the family-friendly Solheim Valley. Read more
Kalveløa Camping
Just 1 km. from Lista Lighthouse, you will find Lista Flypark Hotel & Appartements. Read more
Lista Flypark - Hotell & Apartments
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. Read more
Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
Sjøsanden Feriesenter is located in Furulunden, next to the famous Sjøsanden beach in Mandal. Read more
Sjøsanden Feriesenter
Hove leirsenter is idyllically located on the island Tromøy outside Arendal, surrounded by Skagerrak, Hovekilen and beautiful hiking areas. Read more
Hove Leirsenter
Tonstadli is located one kilometer from the friendly village of Tonstad. Read more
Tonstadli Ferie-, Kurs og Misjonssenter
Villmarkscamp is a family and fishing camp site in a beautiful setting on the banks of river Mandalselva with plenty of room for caravans, camper vans… Read more
Villmarkscamp
Sageneset Feriesenter is in an idyllic loaction on a peninsula between Tjørhom and Solheim. Read more
Sageneset Feriesenter
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. Read more
Breivik Camping
Roligheden Camping is centrally located in Kristiansand, just 3 kilometres from the centre and ferry terminal. Roligheden Camping has 150 pitches for… Read more
Roligheden Camping
The campsite is situated in beautiful surroundings, just 25 kilometer from Kristiansand. Read more
Bjønndalen Camp
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
Canvas Hove offers accommodation a little bit out of the ordinary. Try a glamping tent. Or how about a night in a coocoon? Read more
Canvas Hove accommodation
Knaben Camping is located in the historical mining town of Knaben. It can accommodate 36 RVs. Read more
Knaben Camping
Øyna camping is a small cozy campsite located by the river Lygna below Kvåsfossen. Read more
Øyna Camping Kvåsfossen
Dyreparken Safaricamp is a new accommodation alternative opening in Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park the summer of 2019. Read more
Dyreparken Safaricamp
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
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
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
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
Where to park your caravan in Flekkefjord, Southern Norway. Read more
Caravan parking in Flekkefjord
Where to park your caravan in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Caravan parking in Kristiansand
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
Camping, cottages and apartments in scenic surroundings in beautiful Sørfjorden. Read more
Risør Resort Moen Camping
Vegårstun camp site is very popular amongst tourists and locals for weekly or over night stays. Read more
Vegårtun
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 perfect caravan parking in Lillesand centre for those who wish for that little special something. Read more
Lillesand caravan parking
Ådneram Hytteutleie offer long term rentals of cabins and caravan pitches. Read more
Ådneram Hytteutleie
Campingsite by the Sørfjorden, only 12 kilometers from the center of Risør. Read more
Røed 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
The salmon staircase in Kvåsfossen - Sørnorsk Laksesenter, consist of concrete stairs built into a 220 metre long tunnel at the Kvås waterfall in… Read more
Salmon staircase Kvåsfossen Lyngdal
In 1843, a 15-year-old Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad to work as an apprentice for apothecary Reimann. During the six intense years he lived… Read more
The Ibsen-museum in Grimstad
Adventure Norway in Marnardal offers great activities in a beautiful and quiet environment. Read more
Adventure Norway
At Lindesnes, in the southern part of Norway, Under will give our visitors the possibility to experience a mysterious, but amazing underwater world… Read more
under
"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 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
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 in Grimstad. Read more
Raet National Park
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
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
The Telemark Canal - one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. Read more
Telemarkskanalen
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Read more
Preikestolen
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 in Grimstad. 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
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, Under will give our visitors the possibility to experience a mysterious, but amazing underwater world… Read more
under
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
Let Kote Null show you the beauty of our archipelago in and on the water. Read more
Kote Null
Wannado is a tour-operator that arranges tours and activities mainly for small groups. They offer primarily paddling experiences. Read more
Wannado: Kayak/canoe experiences
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