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Lake and canoes in Vegårshei Norway
Lakes and canoes in Vegårshei Norway.
Photo: Adam Read @Visit Sørlandet
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Welcome to Vegårshei

Vegårshei offers fishing and swimming in crystal clean fresh lakes, long walks in the woods, skiing in the winter and locally grown gourmet food. Explore the wreckage of a WW2 British aircraft, visit the wolf memorial or relax in the town centre and have a coffee at one of the cafes. Vegårshei has something for those wanting to get away from the city life for a weekend.

Playing on the sand at a bathing lake in Vegårshei Norway
Great beaches to swim.
Photo: Adam Read @Visit Sørlandet
Hiking in Vegårshei Norway
Fantastic hiking opportunities.
Photo: Vegårshei kommune
Cows in Vegårshei Norway
Exciting places to visit.
Photo: Adam Read @Visit Sørlandet
Winter in Vegårshei Norway
Skiing in the winter months.
Photo: Vegårshei kommune
Fishing in Vegårshei Norway
An abundance of fishing places.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet

Activities in Vegårshei

It is no surprise that fishing is also a favourite past-time in Vegårshei. With an abundance of lakes, there are fresh fish to be caught everywhere. If you are interested in War history, there is a WW2 wreckage from a British aircraft shot down in the forest which is also a nice hike. If shopping is your thing, there are a couple of stores in the town centre or Kilsloftet has some beautiful jewellery.

Please note that fishing passes and maps can be purchased at local stores.

Hiking tours in Vegårshei

Vegårshei has a varied terrain and landscape providing excellent hiking opportunites for both advanced hikers and children. Take a backpack and camera with you and enjoy the surroundings. One of them is called Hovdefjell which is Vegårshei’s highest peak 525 meters above sea level. At the top you can see all six surrounding counties including Arendal which is over 40 kilometres away. 

Hiking map (1:250.000) of Vegårshei is available at: Esso Vegårshei (gas station), Kilsloftet (handicraft products and café) and Vegårshei kommune (municipality).

Bathe in freshwater

There are lakes everywhere in Vegårshei which are perfect for swimming. Most of these have low water so that children can also safely swim in them. Two of the most popular bathing places are Langøya and Tangen. Langøya has a large beach with toilet facilities, tables and a barbeque area under a roof. Tangen is located next to a small stream with a netted football field, beach, fishing dock and a barbeque area.


Eating in Vegårshei

Accommodation in Vegårshei

There are no hotels in Vegårshei, but there are five places to stay overnight. These options range from cabins and guesthouses to camping and caravan places. 

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