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A happy family rafting in Setesdal, Southern Norway
Family rafting in Setesdal.
Photo: TrollAktiv
Alpine skiing in Hovden in Setesdal, Southern Norway
Alpine skiing in Hovden, Setesdal.
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
Two people in national costume Setesdalssbunad dancing in Setesdal, Southern Norway
Folklore in Setesdal.
Photo: Kulturpatrulja
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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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Top winter activities in Setesdal

Check out some of the best things to do in Setesdal in winter

Top summer attractions

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Setesdal.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Setesdal offers.

Getting to Setesdal

Get in-depth travel information on Setesdal’s official website.
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Top attractions in Setesdal
MINERALPARKEN - nature's treasury. Read more
Mineralparken, Evje
The Hovden Alpine Centre is a modern and well-adapted facility for the whole family. The children's area "Tusseland" has become an eldorado for our… Read more
Hovden Alpine Centre
The Climbing Forest is situated next to the Mineral Park, in a natural pine forest on the banks of the river Otra. Read more
Klatreskogen Grand Park
The TrollAktiv Bike Park offers exiting activities for every age group. The exciting Bike Park is located right beside the activity centre… Read more
TrollAktiv Bike Park in Evje
Now you have the opportunity not only to see, but also to meet the king of the forest. Visit the elk park Elgtun at the Landeskogen Peace Center in… Read more
Elgtun, Landeskogen - Close encounter with the moose
Embark on a voyage with the old wood-fired steamship Bjoren from 1866. Every Sunday in June, July and August there is a 2.5-hour round trip, starting… Read more
D/S Bjoren
Experience nature in a new and exciting way. Learn how to manage your own dog sled team. Read more
Dog sledding near Hovden
Gloppefoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the Setesdal Valley, with a great flow of water through the whole summer season. Read more
Daytrip to Gloppefoss waterfall in Valle
The Setesdal Museum at Rysstad , a journey through the culture, history and traditions of Setesdal. Read more
Setesdalsmuseet at Rysstad
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    • Setesdal road

      By road

      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.

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    • Setesdal boat

      By boat

      There are good ferry links from Denmark to Kristiansand, Larvik, and Langesund, and from Sweden to Sandefjord.

    • Setesdal plane

      By plane

      The closest airports to Setesdal are Kristiansand Airport and Torp Sandefjord Airport, which have regular flights to many domestic and international destinations.

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    Towards sustainability

    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.

    Find out more about sustainable destinations in Norway

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