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:
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.