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Crosscountry skiing in Hovden
Ski trails in the mountain.
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
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Groomed trails in forrest and mountain terrain

Hovden, located 850 metres above sea level at the top of the Setesdal valley, guarantees a long snow season. Also in Brokke, Evje and Åseral offers excellent cross-country trails, including floodlit trails.

Our goal is to offer a complete trail network, but the snow and weather conditions are the decisive factors. Safety is our main concern, and if we find the conditions too risky, the trails will not be groomed until the weather improves.

Before you start your trip, we recommend that you check the snow report for the actual area. It tells you about which trails are groomed and also provides some general information about the conditions.

We would also like to point out that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. A freshly groomed trail may disappear in minutes if the wind is strong.

Be prepared for the weather and observe the mountain code.

Signposts to the tracks
Signposts to the tracks.
Photo: Anders Martinsen

Hovden trail map and snow report

Hovden boasts 190 kilometres of cross-country trails which are daily groomed during the season. From sheltered trails in the forest to the open country, you are guaranteed to find your favourite! We have trails for young children and beginners, and for those of you who want to experience the wide mountain expanses. The trails are groomed for classic as well as skate skiing.

The snow report is updated daily in the winter season.
Snow report "Skisporet" 

Read more about cross-country skiing in Hovden

Cross country in Brokke
Cross country in Brokke .
Photo: Anders Martinsen

Brokke trail map and snow report

Snow report "Skisporet"

Winter landscape in Åseral
Winter landscape in Åseral.
Photo: Odin Rochman

Bortelid trail map and snow report

The trail network at Bortelid consists of 120 km of groomed trails. All four main loops have their starting point at the ski center where there is also parking. All trails are frequently prepared for both skating and classic style.

Snow report Bortelid 

Ski tracks at Ljosland
Ski tracks at Ljosland.
Photo: Eirik Birkeland

Ljosland trail map and snow report

Ljosland is located northwest in Åseral and is the second largest cottage village in the municipality. 
From Ljosland ski center, you have easy access to beautiful hiking terrain that lies between 750 and 1050 masl.


Floodlit trails in Setesdal
Floodlit trails in Setesdal.
Photo: Anders Martinsen

Ski all day

Floodlit trails

Nearly every village in Setesdal valley has a floodlit trail. The lights are on until 23.00 hrs.  

  • In Evje there are two floodlit trails; one near Evjemoen and one at Høgås, north of Evje.

  • In Valle it is located in Brokke.

  • In Bykle there are two floodlit trails; one in central Bykle and one in Hovden.



Ski races in Setesdal 


Sesilåmi runs from Brokke in Setesdal to Sinnes in Sirdal, 52 km of true winter experience. The race was arranged for the first time in 1976, and has since then attracted many cross-country enthusiasts.

HovdenTour runs in the mountains around Hovden. Choose between two distances; 42, 22 or 10 kilometres.

Watch the film from HovdenTour 2015.

Hovdentour 2015 aftermovie

Safety in the mountains

Return to hike another day

Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
Equipped for ski touring
Equipped for ski touring.
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

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