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Round trips in Southern Norway

Take a drive along the North Sea Road, go through Setesdal, explore the Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock, and enjoy southern culture in the many villages along the coast.

The North Sea Road - Drive the Viking path

Kristiansand - Haugesund

Follow the North Sea Road along the coast of Norway between Kristiansand in the south to Stavanger in the west, for the chance to experience skerries and fjords, and both villages and cities. A tour along the North Sea Road can be done in a day, a week or a month.

There are activities available along the way, like deep-sea fishing, rafting, hiking and swimming. And why not stop somewhere when there's a festival going on or indulge in a bit of shopping?

The culinary adventures are part of the experience, whether you eat in high-quality restaurants or eat fresh shrimp sitting on a rock or a pier overlooking the sea.

 

The Suleskar Road - Coast, mountain and fjord

Kristiansand - Setesdal - Sirdal

The Suleskar Road in Southern Norway is your chance to see the coast, the mountains and the fjords all in one trip. Starting in Kristiansand, you will head north to Valle, across to Suleskar, then follow the North Sea Road and back to Kristiansand.

In Evje in lower Setesdal you will find a mineral park, a high wire adventure park, an activity centre with rafting, a wide range of other outdoor sports, and a go-kart track.

The road between Brokke and Suleskar is open from the end of May to November 1. Suleskarvegen runs from Telemark in the east, across the mountain, to Rogaland in the west.

Southern culture trail - the coastline of Southern Norway

Kristiansand - Risør

The holiday spot for thousands of Norwegians has for decades been "Sørlandet", Southern Norway. Drive through this friendly part and explore the villages, the local cuisine, and enjoy activities along the coastline.

From Kristiansand, going east, follow the road to Oslo, and visit many small villages along the southern coast. Visit Lillesand with white-painted clapboard houses by the water’s edge, atmospheric cafés and restaurants and quaint shops.

Grimstad is the next town along the southern coast, this is where the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen started writing. Visit the Ibsen Museum, before continuing towards Arendal.

On the way to Tvedestrand stop by Gjeving and take the ferry to Lyngør, a group of islands recognised as one of the best preserved communities in Europe. Lyngør is a car-free environment with scenic harbours, narrow walking paths and charming wooden houses. Next town is Risør, famous their cultural festivals.

Kristiansand to Flekkefjord

Going west from Kristiansand towards Stavanger you can follow the North Sea Road towards Flekkefjord and further on to Stavanger.

Visit Mandal, famous for the Sea food festival and make sure you have time to stop at Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway’s southernmost point.

Stop in Lyngdal, known for viking history and “mysterious stones”, before going to the Lista region and the small towns of Farsund and Flekkefjord

The nature in the Lista region varies greatly from the open landscape, mountains and sheltered valleys with dense forest. Farsund has ten kilometres of long sandy beaches perfect for a walk, wind surfing, kite surfing and surfboard riding.

 

 

Southern Norway round trip map

North Sea Road
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum (cannon museum) Møvik Fortress outside Kristiansand was built by the Germans during World War II. The museum houses the only… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
You should not leave southern Norway without doing a boat trip and seeing the old outports, spotting the birds, the islands and skerries. All ordinary… Read more
M/B Høllen - Boat sightseeing
The museum is home to southern Norway’s largest exhibition on fish, which shows how techniques and equipment have developed over time in the area. The… Read more
Mandal museum
Children right down to the age of six can come along. We tailor our trips to the wishes of our participants, both in terms of difficulty and what… Read more
Rafting in the Mandal river - Adventure Norway
The lighthouse has been designated a national lighthouse museum, and hosts various exhibitions relating to the development and history of lighthouses,… Read more
Lindesnes Lighthouse
The Lista Lighthouse is a 34 meter tall stone tower which was lit for the first time on the 10th of November 1836. During the Second World War, a… Read more
Lista Lighthouse
At Lista Museum you will find Nordberg Fort, built by the Germans during World War 2. This fort is one of the few coastal forts built by the Germans… Read more
Lista Museum
The Brufjell mountains are located at Åna-Sira, just outside Flekkefjord in Southern Norway. These potholes were created during the Ice Age over… Read more
Hiking to the potholes at Brufjell
The Flekkefjord museum consists of an old merchant's house in Hollenderbyen and two small apartments that have been rebuilt after a fire in 1981. It… Read more
Flekkefjord Museum
This tour combines a fantastic nature experience together with a fascinating architectural insight into the making of this seventeen kilometre long… Read more
Rail Biking tour in Flekkefjord
At the Lista beaches you can go for long walks, swim, play and watch the birdlife. The Lista Beaches are the best in the country for windsurfing and… Read more
The Lista beaches
Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rogaland, and the only village in Norway where both the wooden buildings from the… Read more
Sogndalstrand
First day Jøssingfjord-Hellersheia-Rossland From 9:00 am to the evening Today is about exploring in the fjord, visiting the Second War locations and… Read more
Magma Geopark - Memories of the past Tour
Klepp boasts the longest sandy beaches in Norway, 11 km in all, and long stretches of sand dunes with their own special flora and fauna. The entire… Read more
The Jæren beaches - protected landscape area
Jærmuseet Vitengarden (the Science Farm) is an architecturally interesting building, with an activity farm for children. At Vitengarden visitors shall… Read more
Vitengarden (science farm) (Jærmuseet)
Season: all year. By Hafrsfjord, the monument Sverd i fjell (Swords in rock). This was where Harald Fairhair gathered Norway into one kingdom in 872.… Read more
Swords in Rock
Did you know that one of the world's leading mathematicians was born not far from Sandnes? Visit us at «Vitenfabrikken» and explore Abel's sketchbook.… Read more
Vitenfabrikken (Jærmuseet)
Utstein Monastary is mentioned in historical records going back to the 9th century, when it was cited as King Harald Fairhair´s garrison after the… Read more
The Utstein Monastery
For 3000 years chieftains and kings controlled the strait Karmsundet – Nordvegen – the shipping lane that gave Norway its name. At… Read more
Nordvegen History Centre - Experience Norway’s Birthplace
Snorre's sagas of the kings mention the site where Harald Fairhair is buried. In the nineteenth century it was believed the place described by Snorre… Read more
Haraldshaugen - Norway's national monument
Coastline
Risør is a small town along the coastline of Southern Norway, 1,5 hours east of Kristiansand. Risør is known as "the wooden house… Read more
Risør
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Read more
Tvedestrand
Welcome to sea and city in Arendal and surroundings.  Read more
Arendal
Think of Grimstad, and you think of skerries, white-painted wooden houses, festivals, good food, and summer atmosphere. Enjoy lazy days in the sun, a… Read more
Grimstad
Lillesand is the town of the sailing ships and white painted wooden houses, situated just 20 minutes east of Kristiansand. Read more
Lillesand
Kristiansand is the southernmost city in Norway. Kristiansand is also declared the children's city, because of all the funny activities… Read more
Kristiansand
Information about Mandal, where to sleep, what to do, what's on. Accomodation, beaches and live music.  Read more
Mandal
At Lindesnes you will find the southernmost point of Norway, on land, Lindesnes Lighthouse, traces of great vikings and a nice salmon river. Read more
Lindesnes
Visit Lyngdal in Southern Norway and go fishing, shopping, hiking or swimming at Sorlandsbadet and find accommodation at Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
Lyngdal
Visit the Farsund and Lista region in Southern Norway and experience hiking, Lista lighthouse, American festival and other attractions. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Experience Flekkefjord: Ride a rail bike through 17 tunnels, visit Hidra or the Holland Town, go hiking or shopping or just relax by the fjords. Read more
Flekkefjord
Setesdal - Stavanger
The museum is located at Kongsgård and consists of the Open Air Museum, Miniby (miniature houses) and a main building with a toy exhibition. The… Read more
Kristiansand museum
Inside the mountain you can see a spectacular collection of minerals, in which the world's most beautiful stones glitter. Outside there are a number… Read more
Mineralparken - Mineral park
TrollAktiv offer an exciting range of outdoor sports in the lower Setesdal valley. Located north of Evje, one hour from Kristiansand they have… Read more
TrollAktiv 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
The coal is glowing and the water is boiling on the old steam locomotives on the Setesdalsbanen. Let the venerable station buildings, stylish teak… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
The Setesdal Museum at Rysstad - a journey through the culture, history and traditions of Setesdal. The museum features a small souvenir shop and… Read more
Setesdalsmuseet at Rysstad
Hovden Aqualand is closed closed until 22 June. Welcome to laughter and joy, pleasant temperatures and a good time in our indoor and outdoor pool… Read more
Hovden Badeland & Spa (Aqualand & Spa)
Suleskarvegen is known as the highest road connection in the south west of Norway. The road stretches from Suleskar in Sirdal to Brokke in Setesdal… Read more
Suleskarvegen
In Sirdal you will find stunning terrain for hiking, perfect for short hikes aswell as longer trips in to the remote mountains. A comprehensive… Read more
Hiking in Sirdal
Day trips Valle is located in the centre of southern Norway, and the area is excellent as a point of departure for trips to nearby attractions.Along… Read more
Daytrip to Lysefjord
The North Sea Road - The journey along the sea. On two wheels or four. It does not matter. Imagine the opposite of monotony. Then you will know what… Read more
North Sea Road - Drive the Viking path
Kristiansand - Telemark
We recommend a city walk via the sophisticated Fish Market and lively restaurants, further via the Eastern Harbour with the Otterdal Fountain Park… Read more
City walk in Kristiansand
Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken - is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Lillesand Town and Shipping Museum is located in Carl Knudsen-gaarden. The main building is in Empire style from 1827, and is once again in its… Read more
Lillesand Town and Maritime Museum
In 1843, a 15-year-old Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad to work as an apprentice for apothecary Reimann. During the six intense years he lived in the… Read more
The Ibsen-museum in Grimstad
Fun for the whole family at the Science Center! Open all year, at the pier in Arendal. The exhibition is filled with exciting experiments and… Read more
The science centre in Arendal
Ferry to Lyngør between 14.08.2015 - 24.08.2016: From Lyngør Mon–Fri: 0730(ii), 0945(ii), 1145(ii), 1420(ii), 1545(ii), 1640(ii), 2140(iii) When… Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
Tvedestrand, the small, traditional sailsman’s town by the Norwegian south coast, is one of two book town in Norway. The book shops of Tvedestrand… Read more
The book town Tvedestrand
Risørflekken is Risørs most famous landmark as it was used by sailors to navigate their way to the harbour. It can be seen 12 nautical miles from… Read more
Risørflekken sea beacon
(Norsjø-Bandak Canal) The Telemark Canal was completed in 1892 and has 18 locks, lifting the travlers from 0 to 72 meters above sea level on the 105… Read more
Telemarkskanalen
The Rjukan Waterfall (Rjukanfossen) provided the basis for building the world's largest power station of the time at Vemork in 1911. The power station… Read more
Vemork
A cable railway has been built inside Mount Gausta.Gaustabanen consists of a battery-powered carriage on rails which transports passengers approx. 860… Read more
Gaustabanen
Gaustatoppen, which many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway, towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883… Read more
Gaustatoppen
Norway's largest stave church built in the 1200s and still in use. Rose paintings from 1600's, "bishop's chair" and incence vessels f