The possibilities are vast, and the distances from the coast to the mountainregions are short, enabling you to experience several types of landscapes in one holiday. The landscapes are also quite gentle, making the southern part of Norway a perfect hiking destination for families.
The Norwegian Trekking Association's (DNT Sør) marked network of hiking trails is well developed. You will find 1,000 kilometres of trails and a large number of cabins in the mountain regions.
Sirdal is the region between Setesdal and the Stavanger Region. In summer you may access Sirdal also from Setesdal, via the mountain pass Suleskarvegen. Sirdal offers a lot of summit hikes, and is also the starting point for hiking trips to Kjerag.
A comprehensive network of marked footpaths exists in Setesdal mountains. On both sides of the valley, you can hike in a wonderful mountain landscape, for several days or as a one-day trip. Information on hiking in the area can be obtained at the local hiking association DNT Sør and at the tourist offices in the Setesdal Valley.
Several towns with white painted, wooden houses are dotted along the coastline of Southern Norway. In close proximity to all of them you will find marked hiking trails that the locals use frequently. The islands scattered along the coast have good hiking potential, and you may combine hiking with beach life, boat trips, kayaking and fishing.
As the southernmost region in Norway, the hiking areas are easily accessible from all over Southern Norway.
In the mountains the season last from June/July to September/October. Along the coast you can hike from March/April to November, depending on how long the winters are.
In Southern Norway you will find a wide variety of accommodation available for hikers. In the mountains DNT (the Norwegian Trekking Association) offers accommodation in several cabins in Åseral, Åmli, Sirdal and Setesdal, but you will also find camp sites, apartments, hotels and even lighthouses near popular hiking areas.
With good footwear and some food in your backpack, you can head for a tranquil area where all you hear is your own heartbeat. These are Norway’s peaceful green lungs.
The varied nature in the Arendal Region displays idyllic towns, beautiful countryside and quiet woods and hills.
Enjoy a stroll along the seafront, admire the beautiful flowers in the Dømmesmoen park, or take a walk in the forest where you are rewarded with spectacular views.
Small-scale hiking advocate Torbjørn Ekelund suggests five day trips for friends and families who want to go easy and take their time.
In Southern Norway, both Telemark and Setesdal have a varied landscape with hiking options for the whole family.
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).
Lyngdal has many hiking opportunities for both beginners and the experienced. Hiking over mountains with view of fjords and the sea.
Family trip motivator and author Anders Baumberger is urging all families: come and explore Norway’s endless possibilities for various outdoor activities. Start with his eight top tips especially suited for children.
Go hiking in the mountainous areas of Kvinesdal and see great views of fjords, lakes, rivers.
Hiking in Farsund and Lista in Southern Norway. Here is the official guide to hiking in Farsund and Lista.
Whether it is wet, dry, flat or steep, take a trip out into the crisp mountain air, or enjoy the archipelago from the seat of your bike.
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Experience the first 3 sections of the "child wanderer" path with Heddan Gard as base.
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