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Hiking from cabin to cabin in Setesdalsheiene is a popular activity in Southern Norway. Experience the mountain areas in Norway closest to Europe.
Setesdalsheiene is the southernmost mountain area in Norway. With only a two hour drive from the ferry terminal in Kristiansand, you live and experience outdoor activities like a Norwegian. If you arrive from the European continent by ferry, this is the closest mountainous area in Norway.
The Setesdalheiene mountains
The landscape varies from flatlands to high mountains resulting in both short and long walking tours covering a vast area over several days. The valley changes character from gentle terrain furthest south to the high mountains around Hovden in the north. DNT Sør invites you to hike along 250 kilometers of red-marked T-slopes.
Animal life in Setesdal
Setesdal is one of the areas in Norway where you can see wild reindeer. Several cabins also offer free fishing possibilities.
Cabin to cabin trips in the mountains of Southern Norway
DNT Sør - the Norwegian Trekking Association - has 12 cabins with 300 beds in the Setesdal mountains, most of which are unstaffed with self-service.
Most popular hikes / cabins:
Ljosland – Lakkenstova
The Lakkenstova is a popular destination for hiking enthusiasts. The cabin, a 1.5 to 2 hour hike from the car park at Ljosland, is an unlocked, self-service cabin with provisions. Read more about Walk to Lakkenstova and Skoræ.
Håhelleren – Øyuvsbu
Both cabins are close to the Suleskarvegen road and belong to the Norwegian Trekking Association, DNT. This is a very popular destination for hiking enthusiasts and families. Read more about 2-day walk from Øyuvsbu to Gaukhei.
Learn more about the cabins in Southern Norway on dntsor.no and english.turistforeningen.no
If you are doing roundtrips in Southern Norway, like Kristiansand-Setesdal-Brokke, Suleskarvegen-Sirdal or to Prekestolen and Kjærag in the Stavanger Region, also consider a hiking trip in the Setesdal region for one day or more.
About DNT Sør - the Norwegian Trekking Association
DNT is Norway's biggest outdoor activities organization. For over 140 years, they have been working to promote trekking and to improve conditions for all who enjoy the country's broad range of outdoor activities.
Visit DNT Sør’s shop in Kristiansand and get maps and ideas for hikes in the Setesdalsheiene mountains. A DNT membership will give you discount on equipment and accommodation.
DNT Sør arranges joint treks in Setesdal, other mountain areas and around the cities.