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Coastline of Grimstad Coastline of Grimstad Southern Norway
Coastline of Grimstad Southern Norway
Photo: Peder Austrud / Visit Sørlandet
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What to do in Southern Norway

Go skiing in Hovden, hiking or biking along one of many coastal trails or check out one of the many food or music festivals. Golfing, climbing and fishing are popular too.
Family rafting with TrollAktiv in Evje, Southern Norway
Family rafting with TrollAktiv in Evje
Risør church interior during concert
Chamber Music festival in Risør
Risør Turistkontor
Syrtveitfossen, Evje
Biking in Evje
Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
Terrain park in Hovden Alpine Centre
Øystein Kvanneid

Cycling in Southern Norway

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.

Hiking in Southern Norway

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.

Diving 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.

Fishing in Southern Norway

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.


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 in Southern Norway

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.

Festivals in Southern Norway

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.

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