Explore the hidden gem of Norway
Visit Southern Norway and experience Norwegian culture with hiking, skiing, fishing, museums and events. The southernmost part of Norway is also known for the amazing coastline with boating and bathing opportunities.
Winter activities in Southern Norway
You will find a number of alpine resorts in Southern Norway. A lot of slopes for cross-country skiing are also available. There are four major skiing destinations in Southern Norway, and they are closer than you might think. From Kristiansand you spend from one to three hours to get to the destinations. The season normally starts in late November and lasts until Easter/late April.
Things to do in Southern Norway - Find your activity
Hike or bike along coastal trails. Go skiing, climbing, fishing or rafting. Enjoy festivals and other cultural events.
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 and Hovden provide a variety of marked hiking trails.
The North Sea Cycle Route (National cycle route number 1) follows the coastline. National cycle route no. 3 takes you from the sea to the high mountains between Kristiansand and Hovden in Setesdal. Read more about cycling in Southern Norway.
Angling is a way of life for many people, and the southern coastline of Norway offers deep-sea fishing and fishing in rivers and lakes. Anglers stays at the fishing resorts along the coast, or at quiet cabins in the inland area.
The skiing 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.
Rafting in the rivers of Southern Norway are perfect for safe and fun water sport for the entire family. TrollAktiv in Evje and Adventure Norway in Marnadal offer both family and regular rafting activities.
The rock climbing area around Valle in Setesdal is known among climbers all over the world. Try out the longest Via Ferrata route in Northern Europe or visit one of the many climbing parks.
Top activities and attractions in Southern Norway
Explore Southern Norway
Get rested and ready for a new (holi)day
Stay in a lighthouse by the sea, sleep in a cabin in the mountains, or choose a hotel in town to be near all the action.
Festivals and events
Taste the culinary treats of Southern Norway
Taste local food, fruit , sea food, berries and vegetables. Many restaurants in Southern Norway are proud of the traditions and love to tell you about it.