Published on July 10th, 2018 | by redaksjonen


Top 10 summer activities in Setesdal

Setesdal comprises high mountains in the north and rolling farmland in the south and more or less divides the region known as South Norway in half. Sølvgarden is located in the village of Rysstad, right next to the Otra river. We have talked with Inger Rysstad from Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter and she gave us 10 great tips for things to see and do in Setesdal this summer.

Norwegian Evening

Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter organises a Norwegian Evening every week in July. The programme includes traditional Norwegian food, folk music and dance.

Culture and traditions are important at Sølvgarden

Photo: Kulturpatrulja

2. Visit Sølvgarden’s silversmith

The workshop at Sølvgarden makes traditional silver jewellery to accompany bunads(national costumes) associated with Telemark, Agder and Setesdal. The design and production process are exactly as they were centuries ago.

See what’s on at Sølvgarden here

Photo: Marit Kvaale

3. Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata is located 5 minutes away from Sølvgarden. The climb up to Straumsfjellet in Valle is 1.5 kilometres long and ascends 550 metres. The tour starts from the valley bottom and involves a short uphill hike (a 100 m climb) to the start of Via Ferrata. It takes about 7 hours to do the whole route from start to finish.

Dare to try the Via Ferrata?

Photo: Via Ferrata Helle

4. Via Ferrata Løefjell

Via Ferrata Løefjell is roughly 10 minutes away from Sølvgarden.

This climb is suitable for all ages, including children.

Take the whole family to Via Ferrata Løefjell


Photo: Via Ferrata Brokke

Setesdal Museum

Setesdal Museum is roughly 600 metres from Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter. Setesdal Museum is primarily a cultural history museum and the history of the museum itself goes back more than 100 years.

Visit Setesdal Museum

Photo: Setesdalsmuseet

Rysstad Nature Park

Rysstad Nature Park is situated immediately south of Rysstad village and is walking distance from Sølvgarden.

The park is ideal for a family day out with fine walking trails through rolling countryside.


Take a trip to Rysstad Nature Park


Photo: Marianne Rysstad

7. Fell walking at Løefjell

Løefjell is also noted for fell waking with more than 100 alpine climbing routes.

When you reach the top, you are rewarded with fantastic views of the Setesdal moors.

Enjoy fell walking at Løefjell!

Photo: Marianne Rysstad

8. Suleskarvegen scenic road

The Suleskarvegen scenic road starts 10 minutes from Sølvgarden and is roughly 1 hour from Lysebotn. Suleskarvegen is made for motorcycle enthusiasts winding as it does from fjord to mountain with steep rockfaces, mountain passes and green mountain pastures.

Various suggestions for day trips in Setesdal


Photo: Kjell Magne Ålbergsjø

9. Kjerag

Kjerag is Lysefjorden’s highest mountain at 1,084 metres above sea-level.

It is very popular to have your picture taken standing on the crazily trapped boulder known as Kjeragbolten (see photo) as well as enjoying the astounding views from the top.

The hike to Kjerag is rather challenging and can take up to 10 hours depending on your level of fitness. You are recommended to use proper hiking boots and to take sufficient food and drink to last the tour.

Kjerag is about a 1-hour drive from Sølvgarden.

Enjoy Kerag and take care!


Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / www.fjordnorway.com

10. Preikestolen
The famous Preikestolen (“The Pulpit” in English) is one of Norway’s great icons and is visited by thousands of Norwegians and foreign tourists every summer. Preikestolen soars 604 metres over Lysefjorden and takes around 4 hours to climb up and come back down (sensible shoes are recommended). It takes roughly one and a half hours to drive to the base of Preikestolen from Sølvgarden.

Take a trip to Preikestolen

Photo: Casper Tybjerg – Visitnorway.com

Thanks for these great tips, Inger! When you visit Setesdal you should stay at Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter.

Photo top image: Marit Kvaale

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