Hovden is a city in Aust Agder.
Hovden is situated in upper Setesdal, about 800m above sea level. The scenery here is beautiful with mountains, open country, water and birch woodland. Nature has provided perfect conditions for recreation, relaxation, and peace and quiet but also for challenges in and on the water, on land and in the air. Hovden is perhaps best known as a winter sports resort with a long winter and a stable winter climate. The winter normally starts with about 20 cm of snow sometime in November and lasts until the beginning of May.
Summer in Hovden is also wonderful. The area offers good fishing, swimming - not just at Hovden Badeland but also along the river and in lake Hartevatn, activities such as rafting, climbing and canyoning and last, but not least, the high mountains offering fantastic walking. In the summer, a new 9-hole golf course will be open. Hovden is a good starting point for walks from cabin to cabin. Close by are Sloaros and Tjørnbrotsbu cabins, which are both linked to the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association’s trail network.
Alpine skiing Hovden Ski Centre offers you a total of 25,5 kilometres of descent, a vertical drop of 374 metres, two 4-seat express lifts taking you to the top, 4 ski tows and a 2-seat lift. Snowboard park and litted slope, ski rental and skishop, cafeteria, afterski and bistro. This is a place for the entire family, whether you are a ski or snowboard enthusiast.
The snowboard park Bukkerittet (the Buckride) - the Hovden terrain park - has one of Norway's widest selections of rails and boxes. Adding some jumps, wavepipe, some excellent windlips and forest pistes, a skating hall and lots of young people, you get a good idea of snowboarding at Hovden!
Cross-country skiing Welcome to our world-class cross-country trails! They run through varied forest terrain up to breathtaking mountain expanses. The skiing season lasts from November to May.
Hovden Badeland (Aqualand) At Hovden Badeland you get a touch of tropical heat although you find yourself in the midst of a blizzard. Cool down with an ice cream in case it gets too hot!
Ski school Would you like to learn the basics of skiing or just give your technique a finishing touch? You may get instruction in cross-country as well as alpine skiing and snowboard.
Ski orienteering In collaboration with the Kristiansand Orienteering Club, every winter we set up 20 posts in the skiing terrain. The orienteering posts have varying degrees of difficulty, offering challenges for everyone!
Skating rink Norway's highest-lying skating rink is located in the centre of Hovden! Here you will find a 400-meter track for long-track speed skating as well as separate areas for play, bandy and hockey. You can hire skates and other equipment at Hovden Badeland.
Snowkiting Crowded slopes, packed cafeterias, endless lines to the ski lifts, streets thronged with people and convoy traffic in the ski trails. Does it sound familiar? Why not let the wind take you across the open expanse, without having to worry about where the track or the lift ends. This is snowkiting!
A snowshoe adventure Revel in the sight of pristine snow. Look at the animal tracks over there! Is it a hare? Or maybe the tracks of a fox? Imagine being able to check for yourself...