Grimstad and Mandal have a special focus on providing good local cycling routes, as well as welcoming cyclists and taking their needs seriously. The North Sea Cycle Route (Norwegian National cycle route number 1) follows the coast. National cycle route no. 3 takes you from the sea to the high mountains between Kristiansand and Hovden in Setesdal.
One of the most accessible activities in Southern Norway is hiking. The seaside trails are beautiful and easy to do, while the mountain summits in Sirdal, Åmli and Hovden provide a variety of difficult levels with their marked hiking trails.
Read more about hiking in Southern Norway.
The underwater world of the Norwegian south coast thrills with its colourful flora and fauna and the wrecks of "MS Seattle" and "MS Mosel" are well known as some of the best wreck dive spots in Europe. Professional partners will ensure you have an exciting experience.
Angling is a sport and a way of life for many people, and Southern Norway offers deep-sea fishing and fishing in rivers and lakes. Anglers come from Norway and abroad to the various fishing resorts along the coast, or to the quiet cabins in the inland area.
Skiing is a winter activity in Southern Norway. The season starts in December, and ends in April. Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding are all available, and the lit up trails along the coast are popular in winter. The mountainous areas in Hovden, Sirdal and Åseral are the winter destinations of Sørlandet.
Winter in Southern Norway is downhill or cross-country skiing in the mountains of Hovden or Sirdal. Alpine skiing and snowboarding is popular too.
Thanks to its location and climate, the entire Setesdal Valley enjoys long and stable winters. From wide, open country to floodlit trails through the forest, you are guaranteed to find your own skiing paradise. If you prefer hitting the slopes, Hovden is the largest alpine centre in the region.
Setesdal is known for its steep mountainsides, rising from the valley floor and easily accessible from the main road RV 9. In the upper part of the valley, in Valle and Bykle, several mountains are suitable for randonee skiing. Berg in Valle is the starting point for a trip that will give you a 1000-metre descent, and at Hovden you may conquer several summits in just one day.
Hovden, located 850 metres above sea level at the top of the Setesdal valley, guarantees a long snow season. Also in Brokke and Evje offers excellent cross-country trails, including floodlit trails.
Choose between numerous pistes of varying difficulty, check out the terrain parks and the floodlit pistes. There are also great opportunities for free boarding, some through the forest.
Are you an adventure-seeker? Or are you looking for a fun activity for the entire family? Rafting may be just the thing for you, and the rivers in Southern Norway are perfect for safe and fun water sport. TrollAktiv in Evje and Adventure Norway in Marnadal offer both family rafting and regular rafting activities.
Climbing is a popular sport, and there are several areas where rock climbing is possible. The area around Valle in Setesdal is particularly known among climbers all over the world. You will also find a number of climbing parks in Southern Norway. The Climbing Forest at Evje and high rope course in Arendal and Kristiansand all offer activities several metres above ground, with adapted courses for children.
Summer is the season for numerous festivals in Southern Norway. The most famous are Risør Festival of Chamber Music, Mandal Seafood festival and the electronic Punkt Festival in Kristiansand. You will also find many more music and food festivals.
See full list over festivals in Southern Norway.