Top 10 summer activities in Setesdal

Setesdal består av høye fjell i nord og rullende jordbruksland i sør og deler mer eller mindre regionen regionen Sørlandet i halvparten. 
Sølvgarden ligger i landsbyen Rysstad, like ved Otra-elven. Vi har snakket med Inger Rysstad fra Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter,
og hun ga oss 10 gode tips for ting å se og gjøre i Setesdal i sommer.

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Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter arrangerer en norsk natt hver uke i juli. Programmet inkluderer tradisjonell norsk mat, folkemusikk og dans .

Kultur og tradisjon er viktig for Sølvgarden

Foto: Kulturpatrulja


2.  Visit Sølvgårdens silversmith

The workshop at Sølvgarden makes traditional silver jewelry to bunader (national costumes) for the Telemark, Agder and Setesdal Bunad. Design and production processes are just like hundreds of years ago.

See what happens at Sølvgarden

Foto: Marit Kvaale

3. Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata is 5 minutes Sølvgarden. Climbing up till Straumsfjellet in  Valle is 1,5 kilometer long and rises up to 550 meter. The trip takes about 7 hours from start to the end.

Do you dare to try Via Ferrata?

Foto: Via Ferrata Helle


4. Troll Aktiv

TrollAktiv Adventure Park is located 7 km north of the town of Evje in the lower Setesdal valley. The Adventure park has a wide range of accommdation options:

Rafting, Climbingpark, Mountainclimbing , Zipliner,  BikeparkSUPTeambuildingPaintballEscaperoom   and much more.

Bring the family to TrollAktiv



5.  Setesdal Museum

Setesdal Museum are about 600 meter from Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter. Setesdal Museum is a cultur historically museum, and the museums history goes back more than 100 year.

Visit Setesdal Museum

Foto: Setesdalsmuseet



Rysstad nature park

Rysstad nature park is south of Rysstad, you can walk there from Sølvgarden.

The park is ideal for a family day with nice hiking through fascinating landscapes..


Take a trip to Rysstad naturpark


Foto: Marianne Rysstad


7.  Løefjell

Løefjell is known of over100 alpin climbing routes.

When you reach the topp, you reward yourself with the fantastic view over Setesdal-myrene.

Enjoy Løefjell!

Foto: Marianne Rysstad

8. Suleskarvegen  scenic road

Suleskarvegen is a scenic road who start 10 minutes from Sølvgarden and ca 1 hour from Lysebotn. Suleskarvegen is made for motorcycle enthusiasts ranging from fjord to mountain with steep stone surfaces, mountain pass and green mountains.

Different suggestions for daytrips in Setesdal


Foto: Kjell Magne Ålbergsjø


9. Kjerag

Kjerag er Lysefjorden høyeste fjell på 1,084 meter over havet.

It’s very popular to get the picture taken on the madness known as Kjeragbolten (see photo), as well as enjoy the amazing views from the top.

The trip to Kjerag is challenging and can take up to 10 hours. Bring enough food, clothes, and hiking shoes on this trip.

Kjerag is 1 hour driving from Sølvgarden.

Enjoy Kerag and be careful!


Foto: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS /

10. Preikestolen
The famous Preikestolen is one of Norway’s great icons, and is visited by thousands of Norwegians and foreign tourists every summer. Preikestolen is 604 meters over Lysefjorden and take about 4 hour up and down (good shoes are recommended). It takes about 1,5 hour to drive to the base of Preikestolen from Sølvgarden.

Take a trip to Preikestolen

Foto: Casper Tybjerg –

Takk for tipsene, Inger! Når du besøker Setesdal, er Sølvgarden Hotell & Feriesenter et fint sted å bo.

Foto topp bilde: Marit Kvaale

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