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Hovden is a city in Aust Agder.

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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.

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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...

In Summertime Courses and explorations in the Støyledalen Valley Weekends Friday through Sunday with full room and board in July and August. Home-made traditional meals. With the old farm in Holskrone as a point of departure, guided walks are organised in a lush and rich cultural landskape.

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!

Chairlift Take the chairlift to the top of "Nos", 1.183 m. above sea level. Beautiful views over the mountain wilds, and an excellent starting point for hikes. In good weather, it is possible to see as far as the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

Hiking In the Hovden area we have versatile touring grounds. You can choose between the remarkable Hovdenuten peak where you can enjoy the beautiful view, or the bare rocks along the Børtemanns brook. You could take the chair lift to the top of Nos, or experience the high mountains by staying in one of the tourist cabins near Hovden.

Biking Enjoy biking in Hovden. Or you can combine biking with hiking, and also fishing.

Fishing Hovden has many attractive fishing areas, where you can fish with worms, spinners bait or flies. You can fish in the lovely mountain lakes, or in the river Otra. By Hartevatn, near the city center in Hovden, boats can be rented. All locations have good trout fishing.

Boats and canoe rental Hartevatn is a lake located ap. 1 km. from the city centre and is a part of the river Otra which flows through Hovden. In the lake you can go fishing or go for a picnic to many nice places.

Golf Ørnefjell Golfbane - Eagle Mountain Golf Course - the name says it all: You`re high up in the mountains, amid wild and beautiful scenery. The course is situated on the banks of the river Otra, 10 minutes drive from Hovden or Bykle. This is a real mountain golf course, and at 720 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest situated courses in Norway. Here you can play golf against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and roaring rivers.

Moose safari Take the opportunity to experience the "King of the forest" in his true element! We will leave in a minibus at twilight. The guide will tell us about the attractions of Bykle and Hovden, and answer all your "moose questions". You will also get the chance to taste moose soup. Moose guarantee!

Go for a drive Situated centrally in Southern Norway, Hovden is a perfect starting point for day trips by car to some of the most famous attractions in Norway. Did you know that you can go for a glacier hike from Hovden?

The Ålmannvegen trail Take a walk along the oldest route through Bykle. Ålmannvegen was used a a principal route until the 19th century, and in several places, its traces are still visible. Between Bykle and Byklestøylane, the trail has been cleared and marked...

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