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Rygnestad museum in Valle
Rygnestad museum in Valle.
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
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Traditions, art, culture and nature

The Setesdal valley has century-long traditions in the silversmith's craft and folk music.
The beautiful minerals are of course, even older. The most recent attraction, however, is the elk park Elgtun in Bygland.

For a number of years, the Evje area has been known for its rich mineral deposits. Today it offers visitors a wide range of attractions related to this industry.

At the elk park Elgtun in Bygland you get a close encounter with the king of the forest. You may take part in the feeding of the four tame elks and accompany them inside the fence.

At the Setesdal Museum in Rysstad there are interesting exhibitions. Rygnestadtunet is one of Norway's most distinctive museums - an original farm compound from the 16th century.

Valle and Rysstad is known for its rich cultural heritage. This is the "Kingdom of silversmiths" in Norway, so why not visit a silversmith's workshop?

Hovden dates its origins back to the Iron Age. At the Hovden Museum of Iron Production you may find out more about this interesting period. In more recent times the development of hydroelectric power has been important for the municipality of Bykle. A visit to the impressive Vatnedalen Dam is highly recommended.  

Jewellery for the national costume in Setesdal

Jewellery produced in Setesdal for national Costume
Photo: Anne Hasla
Silver jewelry for national costume in Setesdal
Photo: Anne Hasla
Silver jewellery for national costume
Photo: Anne Hasla
Jewellery from Setesdal
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Sweater with the original Setesdal pattern
Sweater with the original Setesdal pattern.
Photo: Frode Buen
The Mineral Park in Evje
The Mineral Park in Evje.
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Close encounter with the moose at Elgtun in Bygland
Close encounter with the moose at Elgtun in Bygland.
Photo: Jarle Thorkildsen
The steamship Bjoren in Bygland
The steamship Bjoren in Bygland.
Photo: Setesdal Regionråd
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