Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Attractions of Southern Norway

SØRLANDET 

Sørlandet is known as Norwegian Riviera and is the number one summer holiday destination. Rent a boat to drift lazily along the Norwegian Riviera, mooring on a hidden island for a picnic, sunbathing, swimming, or visiting historic locations like Lyngør or Merdø. Fishing is great along the entire coast. 

Southern Norway

Visit the towns of Risør, Tvedestrand, Arendal, Grimstad, Lillesand and Mandal – former timber ports that grew when shipbuilding became an industry. Other southern towns like Flekkefjord, Farsund, Lyngdal and Kristiansand offer you scenic narrow streets, wooden houses, busy market squares and picturesque harbors. 

THE ARENDAL REGION 

Take a local ferry from Arendal out to the island Merdø. On the island, there are many beautiful old wooden houses, typical for the region. Narrow paths bring you from Merdøgaard Museum to the sandy beach, or to the pebbled beach on the south side of the island. 

Visit Pollen – the Arendal's bustling quayside, the very heart of Arendal. Here you will find fishermen selling crabs, the fish market, pubs and restaurants. 

Arendal Norway

Do not miss Torungene lighthouses. These two lighthouses outside Arendal were constructed in 1843. Both are accessible by a taxi boat. 

Nes Verk in Tvedestrand represents part of the region's cultural heritage, and includes Næs Ironworks Museum, the romantic park Lunden, many marked walking paths and a vibrant local community. 


THE FARSUND AND LISTA REGION 

The nature of Farsund and Lista varies greatly from the open landscape to mountains and valleys with abundant greenery. Farsund has ten km of long sandy beaches perfect for a walk, wind surfing, kite surfing and surfboard riding. The landscape also contains ancient tracks dating back to the Neolithic period. There are fishing opportunities in many areas, both inland and at sea. 

In the center of Farsund there is a large harbor with new and old boats docked alongside the old traditional houses, narrow alleys and winding streets. 

FLEKKEFJORD 

Flekkefjord is located midway between Kristiansand and Stavanger, with only 1.5 hours’ drive to each of the cities. Like most southern cities, Flekkefjord is full of white wooden houses. Especially interesting is the Hollenderbyen (Holland City) district where these houses jostle one another in the narrow cobbled streets. Hollenderbyen gets its name because of the widespread trade with Holland in the 1500 and 1600s. 

Flekkefjord

The West Agder Museum in Flekkefjordprovides tells about the region’s rich history. The main building displays textiles, tableware, furniture and other interior from 1700 to 1900. 

Not far from Flekkefjord you can find Brufjellene – potholes formed during the Ice Age, when sea level was much higher than today. The walk to the caves takes approximately twenty minutes. Mind that this tour is not suitable for people with a fear of heights. 

KRISTIANSAND 

Take a boat trip from Kristiansand to Lillesand where you can walk along narrow streets, giving you a feeling of ancient times. Sneak a peak at the former naval base at Odderøya, now a recreation area. Visit Christiansholm Fortress (built in 1672) and Kilden Performing Arts Center. 

Posebyen, Kristiansand's old town, is one of Northern Europe's largest collections of low-rise, wall-to-wall white painted wooden houses. 

Kristiansand Norway

You may be also interested in visiting numerous attractions of Kristiansand, including Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park, Sørlandet Art Museum, Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens, Galleri Bi-Z or Kristiansand Cannon Museum with a large exhibition of military material. 

KVINESDAL 

Kvinesdal is located within a two-hour drive from Kristiansand. The town center is in a valley surrounded by mountains and a river leading to a fjord. The town is small; however, it offers many hiking possibilities. The local tourist office came up with the top five hiking trails in Kvinesdal. They are Sandheia (6-14 km); Falk Fjellstøl (14 km return trip); Barnevandrer path Årli (13 km return); Varden on Hamreheia (4 km) and Turer i Rørvikheia (2 km return). 

THE LINDESNES REGION 

This is the southernmost region in Norway. The region reaches from the sea and up to the mountains, and contains the Mandalselva River, one of the best salmon rivers in Norway. By the way, the fishing season runs from 1 June to 15 September. 

Do not miss Norway’s oldest lighthouse – Lindesnes Lighthouse was built in 1655. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2,518 km from the North Cape. The lighthouse has been turned into a museum, and hosts various exhibitions relating to the history of lighthouses and maritime culture.

Lindesnes Lighthouse

Go sunbathing on one of Norway’s most famous beaches – Sjøsanden. It is located in the Furulunden Nature Park, which offers several great beaches, like Kanelstranda, Lordens, Lillebanken, Banken and Spidsbo. 

Visit the Risøbank Mansion. Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built this fine holiday home in Furulunden, near Lordens Beach. The building, designed by the Scottish architect Sir Lorimer, was completed in 1901.

LYNGDAL 

Lyngdal extends literally from the sea to the hills, the mountains and fjords. It is named after the river Lygna, famous for salmon and trout fishing. Lyngdal is a perfect place if you love swimming. It offers several sandy beaches as well as the Sørlandsbadet waterpark that is open all year round. 

Hægebostad sword

Just outside of Lyngdal lays Hægebostad where a large sword was found dated back even before the Viking times. Mysterious stones, fishing and hiking opportunities are just some of the attractions available in the area. 

LYNGØR 

Lyngør is located in Tvedestrand in southern Norway. It consists of four islands with around 100 residents. This wooden village has no roads or cars. It offers charming old, white-painted southern houses, luring narrow streets and paths. As there are no roads on Lyngør, visitors arrive by boat. There is a shuttle boat to Lyngør from Gjeving on the mainland and the trip takes only five minutes. 

SETESDAL 

The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 km. The landscape varies from rich, green valleys to wild and breathtaking mountains. The road passes through picturesque villages. Setesdal is famous for its silver handicraft and musical traditions. Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are on display in the local museums. 

Setesdal Norway

Hovden is located in the upper Setesdal region and is the largest ski destination in the southern part of Norway. Hovden dates its origins back to the Iron Age – visit the Hovden Museum of Iron Production to learn more about this period. In recent times, the development of hydroelectric power has been important for the municipality of Bykle. Enjoy the impressive Vatnedalen Dam. 

In the Mineral Park in Evje you find a spectacular stones and minerals collection: in the mines, the world's most beautiful minerals shine, and the entire adventure park is based on this exhibition. 

SIRDAL 

The Southern gateway to Fjord Norway, Sirdal is a popular ski destination 1.5 hours’ drive east of Stavanger. Sirdal boasts five skiing areas and 200 km of cross-country tracks, all equipped with modern snow-making systems. The season normally starts in late November and lasts until late April. The most popular ski resorts in Sirdal are Ålsheia, the largest one, and Tjørhomfjellet. 

Sirdal Norway

Admire Dorgefoss waterfall located between Tjørhom and Omlid and visit SVR Conservation Area – this is where the southernmost wild reindeer breed in Europe has its home. The purpose is to maintain a large area where the reindeer can graze, and to minimize the impact of humans. 

Do not miss the annual sheep fair (Sirdalsdagane), when 5,000 sheep stroll down the main road through the valley. At the market, you can buy local food and handicrafts and enjoy live music.


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