In the Setesdal valley you will find living silver handicraft and traditional music. In the countryside or in exhibitions, you can see minerals from "the beginning of time". Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are exhibited in the valley's museums.
Choose peaceful days relaxing by your cabin or take a swim in the lake or go rafting in the foaming rapids
As you explore our impressive landscape, please show consideration for your surroundings for the benefit of future generations.
Have a nice stay in the Setesdal.
Go rafting in the river Otra, find a nice beach in Bygland or splash around with the kids in Hovden Aqualand. Explore the climbing forest in Evje, the steep mountains and the new via ferrata in Valle or try activities such as mountain biking, go-karting or bowling. Enjoy the great outdoors - go fishing in the river or hike the beautiful mountains in Setesdal.
The Setesdal valley has century-long traditions in the silversmith's craft and folk music.The beautiful minerals are of course, even older. The most recent attraction, however, is the elk park Elgtun in Bygland.
Setesdal stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres. The RV9, starting in Kristiansand, runs through the entire valley. Setesdal is also an ideal starting point for day trips in this part of Southern Norway.
The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 kilometres. The river Otra flows through every village in this picturesque valley.
The Setesdal valley has raised a number of nationally renowned artists within traditional music and dance. As a visitor you may get the opportunity to enjoy concerts and performances by local musicians and dancers.
In Evje, the southernmost municipality in the valley, cross-country enthusiasts can take advantage of 120 kilometres of groomed trails in beautiful surroundings. The season lasts from early December to mid-April.
Furthest north in Setesdal, in Hovden, the winter season lasts from November to May. The largest alpine centre in the region is still expanding and offers descents of all levels. Hovden is also a paradise for cross-country skiers, with 190 kilometres of machine-groomed trails of international standard.
Many places follow sustainable principles, but being certified as a sustainable destination is an honour few qualify for. It takes years of work demonstrating their lasting commitment to providing the best possible experiences for their guests, while keeping the negative impact of tourism to a minimum. In addition, the destination must work to continually improve its business practices and relations with the local community, whilst safeguarding their natural and cultural assets, history and traditions.