Charming white wooden houses in idyllic towns that lie like pearls on a string, an archipelago with thousands of islands, inland adventures, and urban life. Can you resist Southern Norway?
Southern Norway is the somewhat hidden secret of Norway. The mild climate and summery vibes call for activities like kayaking, island hopping, lighthouse stays, and beach life as well as charming small town experiences.
But Southern Norway is also about big city vibes in Kristiansand, the world’s largest underwater restaurant Under at Lindesnes, and hundreds of festivals throughout the year.
Add comfy treetop cabins, activity parks, Norway’s most frequently visited attraction Kristiansand zoo and amusement park, and fascinating museums. It’s just a matter of time before this vibrant part of Norway is a “secret” that soon will be out.
Get in-depth travel information on Southern Norway’s official website.
Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.
From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Southern Norway.
From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Southern Norway offers.
From festivals and concerts to shows and exhibitions. See what’s on!
The Sørland Line between Oslo and Stavanger stops at several stations in Southern Norway. You can choose between several daily services. From some stations, you need to take a local bus, train, or taxi to get to the coast.
Several daily buses from Stavanger and Oslo stop in Southern Norway. Most of the bus routes follow the coastline.
Setesdal is covered by express buses with connections from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, and other Norwegian towns.
You can travel by ferry to Kristiansand from Hirtshals in Denmark or to Sandefjord from Strömstad in Sweden. Both places have bus connections to the other destinations in Southern Norway.
If you’re driving to Southern Norway, follow the E18 from Oslo or the E39 from Stavanger. If you have time, you may want to follow the scenic old coastal roads.
To Setesdal, driving is the most convenient option. Rv9 between Bergen and Kristiansand is often called the Setesdal Road and crosses the valley from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north.
The closest airports to Southern Norway are Kristiansand Airport and Torp Sandefjord Airport, which have regular flights from many domestic and international destinations.
You can also fly to Oslo Airport or Stavanger Airport and continue your journey to Southern Norway by bus or a combination of train and bus.
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