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Setesdal.
Photo: Anders Martinsen / Visit Sørlandet AS
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Round trips in Southern Norway

Take a drive along the North Sea Road, go through Setesdal, explore the Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock, and enjoy southern culture in the many villages along the coast.

The North Sea Road - Drive the Viking path

Kristiansand - Haugesund

Follow the North Sea Road along the coast of Norway between Kristiansand in the south to Stavanger in the west, for the chance to experience skerries and fjords, and both villages and cities. A tour along the North Sea Road can be done in a day, a week or a month.

There are activities available along the way, like deep-sea fishing, rafting, hiking and swimming. And why not stop somewhere when there's a festival going on or indulge in a bit of shopping?

The culinary adventures are part of the experience, whether you eat in high-quality restaurants or eat fresh shrimp sitting on a rock or a pier overlooking the sea.

The Suleskar Road - mountain and fjord

Setesdal - Sirdal

The Suleskarvegen road in Southern Norway is your chance to see the mountains and the fjords all in one trip. The Suleskarvegen road runs from Telemark in the east, across the mountain of Setesdal and Sirdal, to Rogaland and Stavanger in the west. 

Suleskarvegen is known as the highest road connection in the south west of Norway. Suleskarvegen is closed for the winter from 1. November to around 20. May. 

BTW: It is as if the the Suleskarvegen road was made for motorbikes!

Telemarksvegen

Kristiansand - Morgedal, Telemark

The Telemark Route "Telemarksvegen", Major Road 41, winds its way through the beautiful scenery of six municipalities from the southernmost Norway to inland Telemark. On its way through the municipalities of Kristiansand, Birkenes, Froland, Åmli, Nissedal and Kviteseid, The Telemark Route offers 180 km of typical Norwegian landscape.

The scenery is abundant and beautiful with its smooth rocks on the salty shores, green moorland, plentiful fishing in its lakes, breathtaking waterfalls and spectacular sheer mountainsides. As a taste of Telemark on route to the fjords, or as part of a round trip, The Telemark Route is an attractive alternative. Ancient cultural heritage sites, and local art and handicrafts play a major part in the experience of traveling along this road.

Southern culture trail - the coastline of Southern Norway

Kristiansand - Risør

The holiday spot for thousands of Norwegians has for decades been "Sørlandet", Southern Norway. Drive through this friendly part and explore the villages, the local cuisine, and enjoy activities along the coastline.

From Kristiansand, going east, follow the road to Oslo, and visit many small villages along the southern coast. Visit Lillesand with white-painted clapboard houses by the water’s edge, atmospheric cafés and restaurants and quaint shops.

Grimstad is the next town along the southern coast, this is where the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen started writing. Visit the Ibsen Museum, before continuing towards Arendal.

On the way to Tvedestrand stop by Gjeving and take the ferry to Lyngør, a group of islands recognised as one of the best preserved communities in Europe. Lyngør is a car-free environment with scenic harbours, narrow walking paths and charming wooden houses. Next town is Risør, famous their cultural festivals.

Kristiansand - Flekkefjord

Going west from Kristiansand towards Stavanger you can follow the North Sea Road towards Flekkefjord and further on to Stavanger.

Visit Mandal, famous for the Sea food festival and make sure you have time to stop at Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway’s southernmost point. Nearby you will also find Under - the worlds largest underwater restaurant.

Stop in Lyngdal, known for viking history and “mysterious stones”, before going to the Lista region and the small towns of Farsund and Flekkefjord

The nature in the Lista region varies greatly from the open landscape, mountains and sheltered valleys with dense forest. Farsund has ten kilometres of long sandy beaches perfect for a walk, wind surfing, kite surfing and surfboard riding.

Southern Norway round trip map

North Sea Road
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
Odderøya in Kristiansand was the former naval base - now recreational area. Marked picturesque paths, old cannon positions, small beaches and a long… Read more
Odderøya
A historical defence museum that features a heavy German coastal defence battery from 1940-45, with the world's second largest land-based cannon (337… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum - Cannon Museum
The old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund is a unique project in Søgne and culinary adventures and art will be a important part of the shipyard. Read more
Verftet - the old shipyard in Ny-Hellesund
Årossanden in Søgne has six modern and well equipped cabins for rent. Read more
Årossanden
The museum is home to southern Norway's largest fish exhibition. Read more
Mandal museum
At Lindesnes, in the southern part of Norway, Under will give our visitors the possibility to experience a mysterious, but amazing underwater world… Read more
Under
Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway's oldest dating back to 1656. It occupies the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2518 km from the North… Read more
Lindesnes Lighthouse
Visit Lista lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse tower, you'll find a visitor centre, tourist information and bird watching station. You can also… Read more
Lista Lighthouse
Farsund has 10 kilometres of long, beautiful and striking beaches to offer those who want to enjoy the closeness to the ocean and have fun by the… Read more
The Lista beaches
Lista's interesting history is depicted through an extensive exhibition of collected historical items and traditional buildings. Read more
Lista Museum
The horizontal potholes at Brufjell were created during the Ice Age some 20.000 years ago when the sea level was higher. The potholes lie horizontally… Read more
Hiking to the potholes at the Brufjell caves
Gallery with paintings from a local and eccentric artist from Hidra. Read more
Flekkefjord Museum
The old town in Flekkefjord is called "Hollenderbyen", which means the Holland town, is made up of old white wooden houses in small lane ways around… Read more
Hollenderbyen Flekkefjord
Explore the Flekkefjord railway line. Stunning nature scenes offer visitors a great day out. Suitable for the whole family, young children included.… Read more
Rail Biking tour at Flekkefjordbanen
Telemarksvegen
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
Grasham Farm is the heart of Birkenes Parish Museum. Read more
Grasham Rural Museum in Birkenes
Norway's only peat museum covering production from 1896 to present day, powered by a steam engine from 1907. Read more
Birkenes Bygdemuseum - Myhre Peat Dust Factory
Accommodation in the countryside, where you can experience true farm life. Read more
Farmlife at Tveide Farm in Birkenes
Frolandia includes a children's pool, therapy pool, 3 high-dive platforms with 1, 3 and 5 metres springboards, and a 66-metre water slide. Read more
Frolandia swimming pool
Art exhibitions and sale of handicrafts. Production of Tovdal jewelry. Refreshments available, and play tower for children. Read more
Hillestad Gallery
Rjukanfossen waterfall is located in Tovdal in Åmli municipality. Read more
Rjukanfossen waterfall in Åmli
Here you can see the four largest Scandinavian carnivores: bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx and smaller predators, birds and a beaver exhibition. Read more
Elvarheim Museum
This ride will take you along the historical railway track between Åmli and Treungen. Read more
Treungenbanen Åmli - Treungen
Welcome to Visit Wilderness. An Adventure in nature. Read more
Visit Wilderness in Åmli
Kristiansand - Telemark
Have a leisurely walk through "Posebyen" in Kristiansand, one of Northern Europe's largest collections of charming, old, white wooden houses. Read more
City walk in Kristiansand
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park- Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
This Empire style building from 1827 contains a unique collection of tools, domestic utensils and furniture which presents the lives of our ancestors… Read more
Lillesand Town and Maritime Museum
Unfortunately, the Ibsen Museum is closed indefinitely due to the corona pandemic. Read more
The Ibsen-museum in Grimstad
Take a short hike along southern wooden houses and narrow paths, walk on sandy beaches and the pebbled beach, and see the view towards the… Read more
Visit on Merdø island
Lille Hotel is Arendal's latest hotel addition and offers trendy, unique and affordable rooms in the heart of Arendal city-center. At Lille Hotel you… Read more
Lille Hotell Arendal
Ferry between Gjeving and Lyngør, a beautiful island in Southern Norway. Read more
Ferry to Lyngør
The book shops of Tvedestrand offer a treasure of second-hand books for the collector or the enthusiast in a unique atmosphere by the harbour. Read more
The book town Tvedestrand
Overlooking the Risør harbour is a large white rock that offers panoramic views over the harbour and coastline called "Risørflekken". It is Risørs… Read more
Risørflekken sea beacon
Det Lille Hotel offers 17 comfortable "maritime suites". The suites are unique and are tastefully furnished to reflect the town's rich seafaring… Read more
Det Lille Hotel Maritime Suites Risør
Telemarksvegen (RV 41) from Kristiansand along road 41 to Morgedal is quite an experience. Read more
Telemarksvegen
Suleskarvegen: Telemark - Setesdal - Sirdal - Stavanger
Summit tours with skis or snowshoes, accompanied by a local guide. Read more
Guided summit tours with Hovden Aktiv
At the Hovden Alpine Centre, two downhill bike trails have been constructed; one for beginners and one for more experienced mountain bikers. During… Read more
Downhill biking at Hovden
A high-standard apartment complex in connection with the Hovden Resort, well suited for the family. Hiking paths, bike and cross-country trails just… Read more
Hovden Resort - Apartments
Experience Setesdal! A comprehensive network of marked footpaths exists in the Setesdal mountains. On both sides of the valley, you can hike in a… Read more
Hiking in the Setesdalsheiane
The 1919-metre Hovdenuten is one of the summits near Hovden. Enjoy magnificent views of Hovden and the surrounding mountains to the east and west. Read more
Hovdenuten - round trip 4 km
The Setesdal Museum at Rysstad , a journey through the culture, history and traditions of Setesdal. Read more
Setesdalsmuseet at Rysstad
Welcome to Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter! Here you will find modern accommodation and wonderful food. Read more
Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter
"Via Ferrata" is Italian for iron road. This is a climbing route where you are secured to the rock by means of a steel cable. There are also iron… Read more
Via Ferrata to Mt. Straumsfjellet, Valle
Welcome to laughter and joy, pleasant temperatures and a good time in our indoor and outdoor pool where the water holds 30 °C. Read more
Hovden Waterpark & Spa
Sirdal offers varied and beautiful hiking trails, perfect for shorter day trips as well as overnight stays in the mountain. Read more
Hiking in Sirdal
Day trips Valle is located in the centre of southern Norway, and the area is excellent as a point of departure for trips to nearby attractions.Along… Read more
Daytrip to Lysefjord
Try dog-sledding in Sirdal at Sirdal Huskyfarm! Read more
Sirdal Huskyfarm
Coastline of Southern Norway
Risør is a small town along the coastline of Southern Norway, 1,5 hours east of Kristiansand. Risør is known as "the wooden house… Read more
Risør
In Tvedestrand you can stroll between white wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets with a bookshop on every corner. Sandøya island has… Read more
Tvedestrand
Hotels, restaurants and things to do in Arendal, Southern Norway. Read more
Arendal
Think of Grimstad, and you think of skerries, white-painted wooden houses, festivals, good food, and summer atmosphere. Enjoy lazy days in the sun, a… Read more
Grimstad
The idyllic Blindleia archipelago, a Historic Hotel, and traditional Southern Norway charm await in Lillesand. Read more
Lillesand
Kristiansand is the southernmost city in Norway. Kristiansand is also declared the children's city, because of all the funny activities… Read more
Kristiansand
Information about Mandal, where to sleep, what to do, what's on. Accomodation, beaches and live music.  Read more
Mandal
From hiking in the mountains and having fun at the beach to fishing and Viking history – get ready for an outdoor adventure in Lyngdal. Read more
Lyngdal
An old pirate town, thousands of birds, miles of beaches, and a little piece of America – discover Farsund and Lista. Read more
Farsund and Lista
Street art, the Dutch Quarter, rail biking, and idyllic nature await in Flekkefjord, the westernmost city in Southern Norway. Read more
Flekkefjord
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