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Hiking in Setesdal Hiking in Setesdal Hiking in Setesdal
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Short or long hiking trails in Setesdal

Throughout the valley there are excellent opportunities for walking and hiking. From Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, amazing viewpoints await you. In addition to the short round trips, there are several hiking routes connecting the various cabins of the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT).

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.

Hartevassnuten at Hovden
Bykle / Hovden
Bykle / Hovden
Børtemannsbekken
This is a round trip following both sides of the river for approximately 3 kilometres. It takes you above the treeline and provides a nice view of the… more
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Reach the summit Hartevassnuten from central Hovden
From central Hovden there are marked hiking trails to four summits. The 1068-metre Hartevassnuten is one of those. From here, there are magnificent… more
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Stølskardnuten - from the top of Nos
From the top of Nos ( the ski-lift) , there are two routes. One path goes past "Støylsskardet" and crosses "Støylskardnuten". It reaches path nr.11 ,… more
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To the summit-Hovdenuten
Hovdenuten- 1119 m.a.s.l 6 km Hovdenuten offers splendid views, due to the mountain's prominence. Follow the road from Hovden centre to the bottom of… more
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Summit trip with pram
Otrosåsen and Røyrvikåsen The cross-country arena , located 2 km to the southwest of Hovden centre, is an excellent destination for outings in summer.… more
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Søre Hartevassnuten
Søre Hartevassnuten 1155 m.a.s.l. Along the lake Hartevatn is the mountain range Hartevassnutane, consisting of several distinct summits. Søre… more
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The Bykle floodlit trail
The floodlit trail in Bykle is a nice round trip for walks in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. Starting point is behind the Bykle… more
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Cultural relics in the mountains between Hovden and Haukeliseter
The mountain area between Hovden and Haukeli is a treasure chest of cultural relics. The route has its starting point at the Hovden Alpine Centre… more
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Three day cabin-to-cabin hike
This hike takes you through the northernmost parts of the Setesdal Austhei (the Eastern Hills). Starting out from Berdalen, at 800 m.a.s.l., a good… more
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Neire Lauvås trail in Valle
Valle / Rysstad
Valle / Rysstad
Daytrip to Gloppefoss waterfall in Valle
Make sure not to miss this gorgeous scenery. Gloppefoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the Setesdal Valley, with a great flow of water through… more
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Neire Lauvåsen
The new walking path "Neire Lauvås" (Lower Lauvås) is centrally located in Valle. It starts from the cattle grid above the residential area Leite,… more
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Kvernhusvegen walking path in Valle
Start from Valle school where you will find a car park and an information board. Follow the road southward to Harstad and continue on the path. At the… more
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Løefjell 934 m.o.h
Løefjell (934 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke. It offers a spectacular view of Brokke and the landscape conservation area Setesdal… more
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Uvedalsfjellet 795 moh
Uvedalsfjellet (795 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along the… more
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Vardefjellet 819 moh
Vardefjellet (819 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along the… more
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Kvisletoppen 780 m.o.h - Brokke
Kvisletoppen (780 m.a.s.l.) is the top station of Brokke Alpinsenter, surrounded by a magnificent terrain ideal for summer and winter activities.… more
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The Rysstad nature park
Take a walk in Rysstad Turpark, nature park, just south of the centre of Rysstad. The park is signposted from Highway 9. From the car park, a path… more
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Fånefjell in Bygland
Bygland
Bygland
Fennefossfjellet in Evje
Evje / Hornnes
Evje / Hornnes
Himmelsyna, 649 m.o.h.
Himmelsyna is a familiar concept in this part of Norway. Excellent views from the summit in good weather. To the south you can see as far as the… more
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Bertesknapen, 652 m.o.h
The highest summit in the original municipality of Evje, recognizable by the white dome of the approach radar for Kjevik Airport, Kristiansand. The… more
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Evje Mineral Trail
The mineral trail covers 5 mines, of which three are of particular interest to collectors. A 2.5 km nature trail forms a connecting link between the… more
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Ørnefjell 371 m.o.h
Ørnefjell ("Eagle Mountain") is centrally located, with Oddeskogen as a starting point. The trail winds through forest and has some steep sections.… more
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Fennefossfjellet, 490 m.o.h
The summit Fennefossfjellet is a well known, local landmark, easily visible from all directions with its tall radio/TV/cellphone tower. The trail… more
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Evje lysløype 185 m.o.h
This is a year-round trail developed and maintained in collaboration between the sports club Otra IL, the municipality and the national defence. It… more
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Masi 360 m.o.h
Masi is a viewpoint behind the Dåsnesmoen residential area in Hornnes. The trail follows a path through forest terrain. There are several open spaces… more
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    Signpost to the hiking trails
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    Signpost to the hiking trails.
    Photo: Anders Martinsen

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    Signpost to the hiking trails.
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    Difficulty/classification

  • Green symbol: Beginners. No specific requirements. Mainly short walks with moderate ascent, but without any steep or difficult sections.
  • Blue symbol: Beginners. For people in average shape. Most of the ascents are moderate, but may include some steep sections.
  • Red symbol: For experienced hikers with good stamina. Several challenges that may include steep ascents and river/stream crossings.
  • Black symbol: For highly experienced mountain hikers with good stamina. Longer and more technically challenging hikes. Knowledge about map and compass required.
  • Blue markings on rocks
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    Blue markings on rocks.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

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    Blue markings on rocks.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

    Signposts and information

    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.

    Summer in the mountains
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    Summer in the mountains.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

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    Summer in the mountains.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

    Season for hiking in Setesdal

    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.

    View from the top
    Hovden
    Anders Martinsen
    Time for resting
    Setesdal
    Anders Martinsen
    Stone cairn
    Hovden
    Anders Martinsen
    Hiking to a peak
    Hovden
    Anders Martinsen

    Safety in the mountains

    Return to hike another day

    Stay safe by following these simple rules of thumb:

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

    The right of access

    Roam if you want to

    To enjoy what nature has to offer while treating it with respect, and leaving it as you found it for others to enjoy, is exactly what the right of access is all about.

    Even in Norway's national parks you can go just about wherever you like. In fact, as long as the land is uncultivated and you abide by a set of easy rules, you can hike, camp, ride or ski more or less where you want. You may also fish for saltwater species, without a license, as long as it is for your own use.

    Take special care, though, not to cause any damage. There are special rules for protected areas, certain species of plants and animals, and with regard to where and for how long you may camp, and where and when you may light a fire, to mention the most essential.

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