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Welcome to the Setesdal valley
Norway up close®

The Setesdal valley is centrally located in Southern Norway and easily accessible from continental Europe.  
The highway RV9 passes through many villages and the landscape varies from flat countryside to wild and beautiful mountains. Around every bend, in the 210-kilometre long valley, new vistas and activities await you.
In the winter you can choose between two skiing destinations; Brokke and Hovden.

In the Setesdal valley you will find living silver handicraft and traditional music. In the countryside or in exhibitions, you can see minerals from "the beginning of time". Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are exhibited in the valley's museums.

Choose peaceful days relaxing by your cabin or take a swim in the lake or go rafting in the foaming rapids

As you explore our impressive landscape, please show consideration for your surroundings for the benefit of future generations.

Have a nice stay in the Setesdal.

Plan your summer vacation

Setesdal - midway between East and West

Villages
Valle and Rysstad are good places to stop and enjoy the surroundings and the local culture. There is plenty of space in the Valle area, with… Read more
Valle and Rysstad in Setesdal
The lake Byglandsfjord is 34 km  long and is part of the river Otra. This gives wonderful recreation opportunities in idyllic… Read more
Bygland, Byglandsfjord and Ose in Setesdal
Explore this interesting area only one hour by car from Kristiansand. The gateway to Setesdal offers a number of activities and is… Read more
Evje and Hornnes in Setesdal
Hovden is located in upper Setesdal  and is the largest ski destination in the southern part of Norway. The area offers great opportunities… Read more
Hovden and Bykle in Setesdal
Åseral is the mountain municipality west of Evje, and you can enjoy it all year round. During the winter you will find groomed cross country… Read more
Åseral
Where to eat
Dølen Hotel is situated in the center of Evje ans is the oldest hotel in the valley of Setesdal. Read more
Dølen Hotel - Restaurant
With good experiences naturally comes good food. The a la carte menu at Revsnes hotel offers a mix of continental cuisine and traditional courses from… Read more
Revsnes Hotell, Restaurant
Accommodation and traditional food in Setesdal. Disconnect from the outside world, explore the building with its treasures of cultural history, and… Read more
Ose Turistheim -kafé
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. Read more
Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
The restaurant at Bergtun Hotel offers the following food and beverages: Traditional food Various types of "today's speciality" and… Read more
Bergtun Hotell - restaurant
Nordibø is a cafeteria and grocery store centrally located in Valle. Read more
Nordibø - kafé
Bykle Hotel is situated 100 metres from the main road Rv 9 and has a pleasant restaurant and cafeteria. The restaurant normally seats 36 guests, but… Read more
Bykle Hotel - restaurant
The Hovdestøylen restaurant is open daily from 17 to 21. Choose from our à la carte and pizza menus. Takeaway pizza also… Read more
Hovdestøylen - restaurant
Visit our pleasant restaurant, where we take pride in using local produce and preserving local traditions. The requirements of our guests have always… Read more
Hovden Fjellstoge Restaurant
Furumo is located in the yellow house right in the center of Hovden. The venerable old wooden house, has historically been the cafe, post office,… Read more
Restaurant Furumo
Eikerapen Gjestegard in Åseral, Southern Norway. Read more
Eikerapen Gjestegard
Ljosland Fjellstove has a diverse menu with specialities that include the local mountain trout. It has a solid reputation for good, homemade food. Read more
Ljosland Fjellstove
Gamle Gaard ("The Old Farm") is a part of the mountain farm Fjellgarden Hovden and consists of an old storehouse for food and a two-storey main… Read more
Gamle Gaard - restaurant
Where to stay
Eikerapen Gjestegard in Åseral, Southern Norway. Read more
Eikerapen Gjestegard
Dølen Hotel is situated in the center of Evje ans is the oldest hotel in the valley of Setesdal. Read more
Dølen Hotel
Revsnes hotel is beautifully situated alongside the fjord Byglandsfjorden. It is a hotel with long traditions, surrounded by beautiful scenery and… Read more
Revsnes hotell
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. Read more
Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
Welcome to Bergtun Hotel! Read more
Bergtun Hotell
Bykle Hotel is located in charming, rural surroundings approx. 28 kilometres south of Hovden. The new building that was completed in the winter of… Read more
Bykle Hotel
This comfortable hotel is situated close to the river Otra, with hiking paths and cross-country trails just outside. The hotel has 69 spacious… Read more
Hovdestøylen Hotel
Bortelidseter is placed on the eastern side of Bortelidtjønna, only a short distance from the downtown area, shop and skiing areas. Read more
Bortelidseter
The Rafting Centre TrollAktiv at Evje offers accommodation in lavvos, a youth hostel, or cabins, in addition to miscellaneous activities in the… Read more
Accommodation at TrollAktiv rafting centre
On the top of the Setesdal Valley, 2.7 km north of central Hovden, you find Hovden Fjellstoge. In beautiful surroundings close to the river Otra,… Read more
Hovden Fjellstoge
Stay at Mineralparken in the old "Setesdalshus" (cog-joint timber house) from the 1700s, a the campsite or go "glamping" in yurts. Read more
Mineralparken in Evje accommodation
Hovdehytta offers high standard apartments, each with a bedroom, bathroom with shower and toilet, nice sitting room and well-equipped kitchen, and a… Read more
Hovdehytta Apartments
Hornnes Camping was established in 1934 and have been affiliated with NAF (Norwegian Automobile Federation) since 1936. We have 110 spaces for rent,… Read more
Hornnes Camping
Odden Camping is a quiet and idyllic camp site with great opportunities for swimming. 500 metres from central Evje, access from the main road Rv 9. Read more
Odden Camping
Open all year! Neset Camping is a peaceful, 4-star campsite situated in beautiful surroundings on a headland overlooking Byglandsfjorden, by Highway… Read more
Neset Camping
Just one hour's drive from Kristiansand! Idyllic family campsite by the lake of Byglandsfjorden, next to Highway 9. Trampoline, playground, kiosk,… Read more
Longerak Hyttesenter og Camping
Støylen Camping is located in beautiful surrounding by the lake Byglandsfjorden in Setesdal, not far from the hamlet Ose og the waterfall… Read more
Støylen camping
Situated in Setesdal by the Otra, about 6 km north of Valle. 3-star campsite with cabins and modern sanitary facilities. Read more
Flateland Camping
Åseral Turistsenter is located in Eikerapen, approximately 400 m above sea level. Read more
Åseral Turistsenter
If you are looking for a place to 'get away from it all', then the mountain lodge in Ljosland is the ideal setting for a relaxed holiday. Read more
Ljosland Fjellstove
The cabin rental company Hovden Høyfjellsenter, 1 km north of central Hovden, is beautifully situated in short distance to alpine centre, hiking - and… Read more
Hovden Høyfjellsenter og Hyttepark
We offer comfortable, privately owned cabins of high standard. All the cabins are located close to central Hovden, the Alpine centre, the leisure pool… Read more
Hovden Hytteformidling
Magnificent views of the Nomelands mountains and beautiful natural landscape. Read more
Valle Camping
Bortelid Camping is a year round camp ground located at Tjaldal in Åseral, with 220 ser en helårs campingplass beliggende på Tjaldal i Åseral. Plassen… Read more
Bortelid Camping
Accommodation and traditional food in Setesdal. Disconnect from the outside world, explore the building with its treasures of cultural history, and… Read more
Ose Turistheim
The old timber cabin at Gamle Gaard ("The Old Farm") is available for rent all year round. It has three rooms and a total of 14 beds, as… Read more
Brukseierhytta Gamle Gaard
Hiking routes
Enjoy the crystal clear water and the sound of the roaring river. Read more
Børtemannsbekken - round trip 10 km
Gloppefoss is one of the highest waterfalls in the Setesdal Valley, with a great flow of water through the whole summer season. Read more
Daytrip to Gloppefoss waterfall in Valle
The first part of the trail follows an old timber track, which later gives way to a path. The area has a rich wildlife, and if you are lucky, you… Read more
Drøymarnuten - return trip 7 km
The summit Fennefossfjellet is a well known, local landmark, easily visible from all directions with its tall radio/TV/cellphone tower. The trail… Read more
Fennefossfjellet - return trip -5,2 km
A taste of the high mountains - also accessible for children. With central Hovden as a starting point, the 1068-metre Hartevassnuten is reached within… Read more
Hartevassnuten - round trip 4 or 7 km
The walk starts on an old timber track on the north side of the mountain. On the way to the summit at 460 m.a.s.l. you walk partly on forest path,… Read more
Kvålsnapen - return trip 3 km
To get to Støylsskarnuten, taking the chairlift from Hovden Alpinsenter to the summit Storenos is a good starting point. Read more
Støylsskarnuten - round trip 8 km
A walking path with rich impressions of nature and culture Read more
Kvernhusvegen - round trip 4,2 km
On the 8th of September 1941, four B17c bombers (Flying Fortress) took off from England on a raid against German ships in Oslo. One plane probably… Read more
Flyvraket - return trip 7 km
Himmelsyna is a familiar concept in Evje in southern Norway. Read more
Himmelsyna - return trip 11 km
The 1119-metre Hovdenuten is one of the local summits, now with sherpa steps. Enjoy the magnificen view! Read more
Hovdenuten - round trip 4 km
Along the lake Hartevatn is the mountain range Hartevassnutane, consisting of several distinct summits. Søre Hartevassnuten is the tallest one,… Read more
Søre Hartevassnuten - round trip 6 km
Uvedalsfjellet (795 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along… Read more
Uvedalsfjell - round trip 5-7 km
Fånefjell – Bygland Starting point is the southern entrance of the Fånefjell tunnel on highway 9. From the parking you may follow… Read more
Fånefjell - return trip 3,5 km
Ørnefjell ("Eagle Mountain") is centrally located, with Oddeskogen as a starting point. The trail winds through forest and has some… Read more
Ørnefjell - return trip - 3,5 km
Løefjell (934 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke. It offers a spectacular view of Brokke and the landscape conservation area… Read more
Løefjell - round trip 5 km
The walk starts from the parking place at Årdal Church, next to highway 9.   Follow the road to Landeskogen. Opened in 1916, this was… Read more
Utsikten (the Viewpoint) Landeskogen - round trip 2 km
This trail starts at Lia school. Steep ascent to the mountain Fennefossfjellet. As the initial 1.1-km stretch has a height difference of approximately… Read more
Lia Skule - Fennefossfjellet - round trip 4,8 km
Vardefjellet (819 m.a.s.l.) is one of four summits surrounding Brokke, offering spectacular views. The hike starts at Brokkestøylen, along the… Read more
Vardefjell - round trip 5-7 km
The first part of the trail follows a fairly well-groomed road. It is rather steep, but rewards you with several places of nice view. This is followed… Read more
The Summit "Årdalsknapen" - return trip 8 km
Furustovhei is an area characterized by hills (hence the name “hei”) and forest west of Masi / Mt. Fennefossfjellet. Winding through the… Read more
Furustovhei - round trip 7 km
You traverse a magnificent mountain terrain at an elevation of 1000 to 1200 m.a.s.l. To get the full benefit from such a trip - where you may explore… Read more
Cultural relics in the mountains - 3 to 4 days hike
Kvisletoppen (780 m.a.s.l.) is the top station of Brokke Alpinsenter, surrounded by a magnificent terrain ideal for summer and winter activities.… Read more
Kvisletoppen - round trip 5 km
Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) – Bygland, 385 m.a.s.l. The trail starts from highway 9; 500 metres south of Neset Camping. Adequate… Read more
Tjovhola (the thief’s cave) - return trip 1 km.
Masi is a viewpoint behind the Dåsnesmoen residential area in Hornnes. The trail follows a path through forest terrain. There are several open… Read more
Masi / Laugefjell - round trip 4 km
Take a walk in Rysstad Turpark, nature park, just south of the centre of Rysstad. The park is signposted from Highway 9. From the car park, a path… Read more
The Rysstad nature park - return trip 4 km
Turn off from highway 9 in the roundabout in Byglandsfjord and follow municipal road 305 across the bridge to Senum. At the next crossroads turn right… Read more
Horgeknipen - return trip 4 km
The hike over the Homfjellet mountain to the village Homme takes you through magnificent scenery with breathtaking views. Read more
Homfjellet - round trip 8,5 km
The Nature Trail starts at Oddeskogen and passes through woods and fields to the Evje Mineral Trail (Evje Mineralsti). Along the trail there are… Read more
The Nature Trail Evje - round trip 4,8 km
With its polished surface, Mt. Nomelandsfjellet is a landmark in Valle and an attractive goal for climbers. The hiking trail starts on the western… Read more
Nomelandsfjellet return trip 12 km
The walking path "Neire Lauvås" (Lower Lauvås) is centrally located in Valle. It starts from the cattle grid above the… Read more
Neire Lauvåsen - round trip 2,3 km
This is a year-round trail developed and maintained in collaboration between the sports club Otra IL, the municipality and the national defence. It… Read more
Evje lysløype - round trip 8,6 km
Rygnestad/Flateland is one of 20 cultural landscapes in Norway appointed by the Norwegian Enviroment Directorate.  The buildings up hill is the… Read more
Rygnestad - round trip 2,5 km
The trail runs through a traditional mining and mineral area, in forest terrain with magnificent views of Evje and the river Otra. Recommended… Read more
Mykleåsen - return trip 3,6 km
To begin with, the trail follows a tractor road and is fairly flat, before turning into a path with a gradual ascent to the top. Several good… Read more
Vorehei return trip 5 km
Byklestigen is an old path up the hillside about 5 km south of the centre of Bykle. The path was first mentioned in sources from 1770, and until 1879,… Read more
Byklestigen - ancient path 2 km
Abusdalsknuten is the tallest summit in the area between the main road RV 9 (Setesdalveien) and FV 42  (Tonstadveien) in the southwestern part of… Read more
Abusdalsknuten - return trip 7,6 km
Bispestolane (“The Bishop’s chairs”) are old stone chairs from the 17th century. According to history, this was a coaching station… Read more
Bispestolane - return trip 2,2 km
Allmannavegen (“The public road”) is an ancient historical road from Evje to Arendal. Starting at Odde-stemmen is continues in a… Read more
Almannavegen - return trip 6,4 km
This undulating trail winds through the forest. As it has some steep sections, especially around the  Mt. Ørnefjell, walking poles may be… Read more
Dansarberga - round trip 6,5 km
A beautiful half hour trip to the top with superb views. Read more
Hike to the summit of Vardefjell
An old legend tells that when seven brothers marry seven sisters, the mountain will fall. Read more
Einang - return trip 3,4 km
This summit hike goes directly from central Valle to Mt. Valefjell (1,162 m). Read more
Valefjell return trip 9 km
Mt. Ljomsnuten, at 1,268 m, is the highest peak in the mountains east of Valle. Read more
Ljomsnuten 15 km return trip
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