Southern Norway (Sorlandet) Travel Guide

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Kristiansand cathedral, southern Norway

Kristiansand cathedral, southern Norway

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Southern Norway

You might call it Norway's Riviera; the region that occupies the Southern Coast of Norway is referred to as Sørlandet, and benefits from the mildest climate in the country. It is a charming collection of old fishing villages and beach towns, strewn along a sunny coastline. Whether strolling along the countless beaches, sailing on the fjords, or hiking, biking, or fishing, an abundance of natural beauty awaits you. The principal towns of the region are Kristiansand, Arendal, Farsund, and Grimstad.

Getting to Sørlandet

Sørlandet is situated on the main E18 route from Oslo and just over a two hour drive from Oslo Torp Airport at Sandefjord. This small and very efficient airport is served by regular flights from London Stansted by Ryan Air - ideal for anyone looking for a bargain break as it is not unheard of to be able to pick up flight for £15 including taxes. KLM also serves the airport, providing access to its worldwide network of flights.

Low cost car hire at the airport is available through NorCar .

The sunny coastal villages are a delight to explore. Inland forests and mountains are home to Europe's most southerly herd of reindeer and a great place for skiing.

There are many places to stay, from traditional log cabins with all amenities set in the countryside to modern yet traditional fjord-side apartments. There are also numerous guest houses - all giving a warm Norwegian welcome to everyone. The geography of Southern Norway is extremely varied and ranges from coastal islands, coves and archipelagos to high mountains.

From the Skagerak (the strait between Norway and Denmark) the area stretches 250 kilometres north to Hovden and the Hardanger plateau. Several major rivers traverse the county from North to South (most with very difficult names to remember in English). All offer great fishing possibilities for trout, arctic char, sea trout, salmon, whitefish, pike, eels and perch.

The coast has hundreds of islands with excellent opportunities for boating and fishing. Many small secluded beaches are only accessible by boat. In the region between the coastal zone and the high mountains is a broad-forested zone, where rivers and lakes give fantastic opportunities for adventure in all seasons, each with a different experience. Don't just take our word for it - read what the Independent had to say about Southern Norway.

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