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Ready to set off on a 210-kilometre long adventure?
Tour the welcoming villages in Setesdal!
Make sure to drive slowly, though – beautiful vistas await around every bend of the road Rv9.
How many cute wooden houses with thatched roofs can you spot along the way?
As a certified Sustainable Destination, Setesdal works hard to preserve the local nature, culture, and environment.
Green holiday – check!
The people of the valley have really kept the old folk traditions alive, maybe more so than anywhere else in the country.
They are so proud of their national costume, called “Setesdalbunad”, that they use it not only for parties but also in everyday life sometimes.
The folk musicians with their Hardanger fiddles and Jew’s harps still strike up music that makes people sing, stave, and dance like they did in the old days.
They even have a spot on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for their folklore!
The first silversmith came to the area more than a hundred years ago. Today there are three smiths left in Evje, Rysstad, and Valle.
And don’t even think about leaving before you’ve seen the Byglandsfjord from the deck of the wood-fuelled steamboat Bjoren from 1866!
A few of the lore-loving locals might venture into the mountains in their “bunad” shoes, but you should bring proper hiking boots.
Find your path among almost 50 options that start right on the Rv9.
Why not take your kids on the exciting trip to the mighty Gloppefoss waterfall?
Or try rock climbing on your own or in one of tiny Valle’s three (!) via ferratas.
Otra is actually one of the largest waterways in Norway, and is excellent for trout fishing …
… and for experiencing those happy moments and deep conversations you’ll keep with you forever.
Not to mention how good the fish tastes when it finally bites! Make your own meal of the trout from the river.
Just as delicious is the reindeer meat or lamb from the “spælsau” that you get served in restaurants.
Speaking of spælsau: you probably didn’t know that this old Norwegian short tailed sheep almost died out around 1900.
But thanks to Setesdal, where it was taken proper care of, the breed is now in good health.
Did you see the snow there and want to go skiing? Cruise the area’s many groomed cross-country tracks …
… hit the slopes at Hovden Alpine Centre, the largest ski resort in the southern part of Norway, or find the perfect line ski touring in the mountains near Valle or Bykle.
No matter when you want to go – plan your trip to Setesdal today!
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