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Landscape in Bygland
Landscape in Bygland.
Photo: Anders Martinsen
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Bygland, in the middle of Setesdal

The lake Byglandsfjord is 34 km  long and is part of the river Otra.
This gives wonderful recreation opportunities in idyllic surroundings. Enjoy one of the beautiful beaches along the lake.

There are numerous idyllic swimming and sunbathing spots along the lake, and if you prefer fishing, the local catch includes trout and a dwarf salmon strain known as bleke. If you want to see the lake from a different angle, the steamboat Bjoren has a sightseeing route every Sunday during the summer.
The magnificent waterfall Reiårsfossen is located in Bygland and can be seen from a nice picnic spot by the road.

The area is also home to craftsmen and artisans who sell their products direct from their workshops. Would you like to meet Olga, Orvar, Frøya and Elvira? You will find them at Elgtun.  

What to see in Bygland

Where to stay in Bygland

Hiking routes
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 - return trip 7 km
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 - return trip 3 km
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
Flyvraket - return trip 7 km
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 - return trip 3,5 km
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 - round trip 2 km
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" - return trip 8 km
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) - return trip 1 km.
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 - return trip 4 km
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