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Hiking in Setesdal.
Photo: Anders Martinsen
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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).

Family friendly hikes in a day

There is a specific hiking brochure describing the different hiking routes in Setesdal. Many of the routes are suitable for families, and under normal circumstances 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 information, accommodation providers and others.

Bykle / Hovden
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… Read more
From central Hovden there are marked hiking trails to four summits. The 1068-metre Hartevassnuten is one of those. From here, there are magnificent… Read more
Reach the summit Hartevassnuten from central Hovden
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 ,… Read more
Stølskardnuten - from the top of Nos
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… Read more
To the summit-Hovdenuten
Otrosåsen  The cross-country arena, located 2 km to the southwest of Hovden centre, is an excellent destination for outings in summer.… Read more
Summit trip with pram
Søre Hartevassnuten      1155 m.a.s.l.          Along the lake Hartevatn… Read more
Søre Hartevassnuten
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… Read more
The Bykle floodlit trail
Valle / Rysstad
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… Read more
Daytrip to Gloppefoss waterfall in Valle
The new walking path "Neire Lauvås" (Lower Lauvås) is centrally located in Valle. It starts from the cattle grid above the… Read more
Neire Lauvåsen
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… Read more
Kvernhusvegen walking path in Valle
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… Read more
Løefjell 934 m.o.h
Uvedalsfjellet (795 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along… Read more
Uvedalsfjellet 795 moh
Vardefjellet (819 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along the… Read more
Vardefjellet 819 moh
Kvisletoppen (780 m.a.s.l.) is the top station of Brokke Alpinsenter, surrounded by a magnificent terrain ideal for summer and winter activities.… Read more
Kvisletoppen 780 m.o.h - Brokke
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… Read more
The Rysstad nature park
The first part of the trail follows an old timber track, which later gives way to a path. The area has a rich wildlife, and if you are lucky, you… Read more
Drøymarnuten, Bygland, 710 m.a.s.l.
The walk starts on an old timber track on the north side of the mountain. On the way to the summit at 460 m.a.s.l. you walk partly on forest path,… Read more
Kvålsnapen – Bygland
On the 8th of September 1941, four B17c bombers (Flying Fortress) took off from England on a raid against German ships in Oslo. One plane probably… Read more
The war plane wreck – Bygland, 580 m.a.s.l.
Fånefjell – Bygland Starting point is the southern entrance of the Fånefjell tunnel on highway 9. From the parking you may follow the old road… Read more
Fånefjell, Bygland, 338 m.a.s.l.
The walk starts from the parking place at Årdal Church, next to highway 9. Follow the road to Landeskogen. Opened in 1916, this was originally a… Read more
Utsikten (the Viewpoint) Landeskogen – Bygland
The hike to Årdalsknapen starts at Neset Camping, and the first section is rather steep. The path runs through wooded areas and up above… Read more
The Summit "Årdalsknapen" in Bygland
Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l. The trail starts from highway 9; 500 metres south of Neset Camping. Adequate… Read more
Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l.
Turn off from highway 9 in the roundabout in Byglandsfjord and follow municipal road 305 across the bridge to Senum. At the next crossroads turn right… Read more
Horgeknipen – Bygland
Evje / Hornnes
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… Read more
Himmelsyna, 649 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… Read more
Bertesknapen, 652 m.o.h
The Nature Trail starts at Oddeskogen and passes through woods and fields to the Evje Mineral Trail (Evje Mineralsti). Along the trail there are… Read more
The Nature Trail - Evje
Ørnefjell ("Eagle Mountain") is centrally located, with Oddeskogen as a starting point. The trail winds through forest and has some steep sections.… Read more
Ørnefjell 371 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… Read more
Fennefossfjellet, 490 m.o.h
This trail starts at Lia school. Steep ascent to the mountain Fennefossfjellet. As the initial 1.1-km stretch has a height difference of approximately… Read more
Lia Skule - Fennefossfjellet 490 m.a.s.l.
This is a year-round trail developed and maintained in collaboration between the sports club Otra IL, the municipality and the national defence. It… Read more
Evje lysløype 185 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… Read more
Masi / Laugefjell 360 m.a.s.l.
The trail runs through a traditional mining and mineral area, in forest terrain with magnificent views of Evje and the river Otra. Recommended… Read more
Mykleåsen, 512 m.a.s.l.
To begin with, the trail follows a tractor road and is fairly flat, before turning into a path with a gradual ascent to the top. Several good… Read more
Vorehei, 443 m.a.s.l
Abusdalsknuten is the tallest summit in the area between the main road RV 9 (Setesdalveien) and FV 42  (Tonstadveien) in the southwestern part of… Read more
Abusdalsknuten, 596 m.a.s.l.
Bispestolane (“The Bishop’s chairs”) are old stone chairs from the 17th century. According to history, this was a coaching station… Read more
Bispestolane, 435 m.a.s.l.
Allmannavegen (“The public road”) is an ancient historical road from Evje to Arendal. Starting at Odde-stemmen is continues in a… Read more
Almannavegen 250-400 m.a.s.l.
Furustovhei is an area characterized by hills (hence the name “hei”) and forest west of Masi / Mt. Fennefossfjellet. Winding through the… Read more
Furustovhei, 567 m.a.s.l.
This undulating trail winds through the forest. As it has some steep sections, especially around the  Mt. Ørnefjell, walking poles may be… Read more
Dansarberga, 418 m.a.s.l.
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    Signpost to the hiking trails
    Signpost to the hiking trails.
    Photo: Anders Martinsen

    Signpost to the hiking trails.
    Photo: Anders Martinsen


  • 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
    Blue markings on rocks.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

    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
    Summer in the mountains.
    Photo: Kirsten Leira

    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.

    Red T for Norwegian Trekking Association
    Red T for Norwegian Trekking Association.
    Photo: Anders Martinsen

    Red T for Norwegian Trekking Association.
    Photo: Anders Martinsen

    How to spend a night in a DNT - cabin

    Most DNT cabins are self-service (with stocks of provisions) or no-service (no provisions stocked). Read about the guidelines for staying in the cabins.

    How to cook? How to pay? How to clean? You will find the answers at:
    DNT - Den Norske Turistforening = The Norwegian Trekking Association

    Safety in the mountains

    Return to hike another day

    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    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

    Guidelines to roaming where you want

    As long as you understand and follow a few basic rules and regulations, you are free to walk almost everywhere in the Norwegian countryside. Outdoor recreation is an important part of the national identity, and access to nature is considered a right established by law.

    The so called right of access (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times. Since 1957, it has been part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. It ensures that everybody can experience nature, even on larger privately owned areas.

    The main rules are easy: Be considerate and thoughtful. Make sure you pick up your rubbish and show respect for nature and people – in other words, leave the landscape as you would want to find it.

    The right to roam applies to open country, sometimes also known as “unfenced land”, which is land that is not cultivated. In Norway, the term covers most shores, bogs, forests and mountains. Small islands of uncultivated land within cultivated land are not regarded as open country.

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