There is a specific hiking brochure describing the different hiking routes in Setesdal. Many of the routes are suitable for families, and under normal cicumstances children aged five and upwards may take part. Some of them are steep and some quite long, but all of them are concidered day trips.
The brochure is available in the tourist informations, accommodation providers and others.
At the start of each trail there is an information board. Along the way there are blue markings on rocks, trees etc. The DNT hiking routes, which leads you from one cabin to another, are marked with the red T.
The tourist offices, accommodation providers and other tourist enterprises in Setesdal may help you with detailed maps and information about the various walks and hikes. It is also a huge advantage to bring a compass. If you plan to take longer hikes outside the marked trails, you need a larger map of the mountain areas.
In Evje and Bygland, the two southernmost communities in the valley, walking and hiking is possible from the melting of snow in April until the first snowfall in November/December. Further up in the valley the snow covers the ground until mid-May. During the melting period the rivers and streams run high – making crossing difficult in several places.
For some of the hikes at higher elevations, such as Brokke and Hovden, we advise you to wait until early June. In the autumn the first mountain snow falls in mid-October. The hiking trails above 900 m.a.s.l. are therefore recommended during the period June–October.
Stay safe by following these simple rules of thumb:
In Norway, you can walk nearly anywhere you want. Outdoor recreation has become a major part of the national identity, and is established by law. You are free to enjoy the great outdoors – as long as you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature.
There are a few rules and regulations to keep the unique right of access enjoyable for everyone. The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Don't damage nature and other surroundings. Leave the landscape as you would want to find it.
The right to roam (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times, and since 1957 it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.