Traditional villages, living folk traditions, and activities that really get your heart rate going. In the Setesdal valley, new adventures await around each corner.
Centrally located in Southern Norway, the Setesdal valley weaves through a landscape that varies from flat countryside to wild and beautiful mountains. The road Rv9 takes you through the valley via a number of welcoming villages.
Setesdal is maybe best known for its lively folk tradition scene, but you can try your hands at plenty of action-packed activities here as well – with or without the kids. Climb a via ferrata, go rafting down the Otra river, or tackle challenging obstacles in a bike park.
Winter can be long in the valley, something skiing enthusiasts are very happy about. Superb cross-country tracks, two alpine centres, and easily accessible mountains perfect for ski touring make Setesdal a winter destination to reckon with.
If you’re more culture-oriented, you can learn about minerals, visit a folk museum, or see how silver jewellery is made. No matter what kind of holiday you prefer, the certified Sustainable Destination Setesdal will make sure it’s green!
Get in-depth travel information on Setesdal’s official website.
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From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Setesdal.
From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Setesdal offers.
Setesdal is covered by express buses with connections from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, and other Norwegian towns.
Travelling by car is the most convenient way to get to Setesdal. Rv9 between Bergen and Kristiansand is often called the Setesdal Road and crosses the valley from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north.
There are good ferry links from Denmark to Kristiansand, Larvik, and Langesund, and from Sweden to Sandefjord.
The closest airports to Setesdal are Kristiansand Airport and Torp Sandefjord Airport, which have regular flights to many domestic and international destinations.
The certification Sustainable Destination is a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism. In addition to providing visitors with enjoyable experiences, the destination must preserve the local nature, culture and environment, strengthen social values, and be economically viable. The municipality and the travel industry must cooperate closely to assure that the destination is a great place both to live in and to visit.
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