Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Winter at Hovden

Hovden is a snow skiing hill about 3 hours drive out of Kristiansand in southern Norway. You could call it a mini Kristiansand because all locals go there in the winter months. From an Australian perspective, it is roughly the size of Mt Buller - which is a 3 hour drive from Melbourne.

View from the top of Hovden (taken with mobile).
During the peak season, it can get very busy but there are runs for both advanced and novices.

Panoramic view from the restaurant on the mountain (taken with mobile).
I have three small children. The 5 year old can go to the top of the largest run and ski down with me without any problems. It can be a little steep in parts, but we take it slowly. That being said, there are also some very steep runs (black runs) where the more advanced can strutt their stuff.

Waiting in the queue for the kids run.
One of the things I really enjoy about going to Hovden, is the drive there from Kristiansand. The scenery is breathtaking. Quite often I stop the car to take a picture of the waterfalls or mountains.

One of the many amazing view from the drive to Hovden in Norway.
It is a little far for a day trip to Hovden from Kristiansand, but there are many that do that. Visitors also tend to come from Stavanger, Bergen, the UK, Denmark and Germany.

Another view from the restaurant (mobile phone).
Everything in Hovden is within easy reach. There is a restaurant on the mountain, food stores in town, a petrol station, pool, ski sales and a bar which plays sports on a big screen.

My five year old on the smallest run.
All the information you need about Hovden can be found here. Updated information (in Norwegian) can be found on their Facebook page. This includes accommodation, activities, information on ski hire at Hovden. It is also a popular place to visit during the summer months with the regions largest bike race called the "The Colorline Setesdal bicycle race".

Colorline Setesdal bicycle race
Here are some videos taken at Hovden.

Adam Read - Visit Sørlandet

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