The Setesdal Railway is a narrow-gauge railway from 1896. The locomotive is a coal-fired steam engine. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the train which has scedualed departures daily during the tourist season. The Setesdal Railway is located about 35 kilometres south of Kilefjorden Camping.
The Bjoren is a wood-fired, steam-driven riverboat from 1867. The vessel sails the waters of Byglandsfjord which is about 25 kilometres north of Kilefjorden Camping. You can enjoy the scenic Byglandsfjord by sailing on one of the scedualed departures during the tourist season. It is also posible to charter the boat for private trips.
You should pay a visit to our local museum. Amongst other things, you’ll see a unique and varied collection of interesting minerals from the district. The museum is housed in a farmhouse from 1804 which stands near the Fennefoss waterfall. The farm was once a centre in the Setesdal Valley for a religious movement known as The Haugianers. The movement’s founder, Hans Nielsen Hauge, came to Setesdal in 1803 and built a paper mill beside the waterfall. The mill provided 20 jobs and later became the background for a Norwegian literary classic called “Skipper Worse” (“Captain Worse”) by the Stavanger author Alexander L. Kielland. The museum houses displays showing the interior of Evje’s old chemist’s shop (1910-1974) and a school room from the beginning of the last century.
The Setesdal Fish Hatcheries lies 22 kilometres north of Kilefjorden. The nursery produces 150,000 fry a year, and 100,000 of these are dwarf salmon which are introduced into the river between Byglandsfjord and Kilefjord during the summer months.
You can enjoy a trip through a miniature version of Norway by taking a day-trip from Kilefjorden Camping over the mountains to the village of Lysebotn at the end of the Lysefjord. To get to Lysebotn, you’ll descend from 900 meters to sea level through 27 hairpinbends. From Lysebotn, you can take a ferry that passes under the 597 meter high Prekestolen (Pulpit Rock) on its way to Stavanger and back to Setesdal.
Setesdal is home to a large number and variety of artists. There are potters, painters, silversmiths and rose painters. The latter art form gets its name from the traditional flower decorations painted on wooden furniture.
Hornnes Church is located 10 kilometres north of Kilefjorden Camping, and was built in 1828. The current church stands on the site of an earlier building which was first mentioned in historical documents in 1327, and which was probably a stave church. The church has an 8-sided construction which is considered unique in terms of ecclesiastical architecture.
15 and 20 km north from Evje-Kilefjorden Camping there are 2 adventure centre’s. Check the internet-page for more information: http://trollaktiv.no
The Setesdal route (Cycle-route 3) passes the campsite. This makes it ideal for an overnight stay. for more information:http://www.cyclingnorway.no
There are many trails and paths for ramblers in the area surrounding Kilefjorden Camping. Some of these trails are marked. If you want to find your own route across country, there is a varied and naturally beautiful terrain available locally for the more adventurous explorer
Within a 20-kilometre radius of Evje-Kilefjorden Camping/Kilefjorden camping, there are numerous small mineral quarries. You can spend time looking for, and often finding, beautiful and even rare minerals. You can, for example, visit The Evje Mineral Trail where 5 mineral and 2 nickel quarries have been linked by a nature trail. You can spend an interesting day with the family wandering from quarry to quarry. We can also recommend the Knipan mines in Iveland, where rare minerals are often found.http://www.beryllen.no
In and around the campsite, it is possible to pick blueberries, mountain cranberries and mushrooms when these are in season. This is an excellent area for berries so why not try a fish and mushroom dinner followed by berries for dessert. All the ingredients can be found growing at Kilefjorden Camping.
A first-class go-cart track can be found 7 kilometres north of Kilefjorden camping. You can hire carts for a test drive on the 1100-metre long circuit..http://www.gokartevje.no
Kristiansand Zoo and Theme Park is just 60 kilometres from Kilefjorden Camping. The latest addition to the zoo are tigers. For more information, please visit the side of “Kristiansands dyre- og fritidspark”http://www.dyreparken.no
can be rented at Kilefjorden Camping The peaceful nature of the Otra River will allow the use of rowing boats or canoes 5kilometres south and 15 kilometres north of Evje-Kilefjorden Camping/Kilefjorden camping. This section of the river flows gently and has no rapids to surprise the rower. Instead there are many interesting places to stop to stretch one’s legs or to fish. A number of ospreys have built their nests near the camp, and you might just see one of these fascinating birds fishing for a dinner for its chicks.
On the campsite and in the direct surrounding of Kilefjord Camping are areas which are particularly suitable for swimming and bathing.
In the kiosk on the campsite is a limited supply of the basic necessities. Many different shops with a wide variety of articles can be found in Evje, approximately 15 km north and Iveland 8 miles east of Kilefjorden camping. Even a day trip Kristiansand 47 south is a must.