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Arkiv - October 2016

Hiking to Nonskarknuden in Kvinesdal

Nonskeknuden Kvinesdal

The Nonskarknuden hiking trail Kvinesdal

This has to be one of the best hiking trails in Kvinesdal which is also a great workout. The views from the top are stunning. The Nonskarknuden mountain is not far from the town centre which is very convenient. At the top you can see to the ocean, over the fjord and the roof of the Utsikten Hotel. That is quite funny because The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten is known for its stunning views over Kvinesdal – but Nonskarknuden is even higher.

Adam Read

Starting the trail from the end of the gravel road

A trip there with the kids

From the bottom of the road, it is a very steep hike up to the top where the train to the viewpoint actually starts. This is a very thin and dangerous road used only by locals and the farmers that live up the top. It is frowned upon if other drivers use the road. (There is also almost no way for another car to turn around if one happens to be coming the other way). So please do not drive up this road.

What you can do, is park at the bottom and hike to the top like others do.

Adam Read

On the way up the mountain

Once you get to the top, there is a farm house on the right. Before that is a gate which you open and close behind you to start on the trail. You will walk past sheep and stone walls but there is a clear path to the top. Follow this for about 20 minutes to get to the top of Nonskarknuden.

Just before you reach the top, there is a letter box with a guestbook you can sign. This is also a GEOcaching location.

Adam Read

View over the valley and town of Kvinesdal from Nonskarknuden

The Views

As stated, the views from the top are stunning. Take with you a good camera, some food and relax on the top. (You will need that after the long hike from the bottom). My boys loved it but were a little skeptical to leave the places they were sitting. It is literally a vertical drop off the cliff, so please be very careful. My son’s lens cap fell off and we all watched it roll of the edge of the cliff. No chance I was going to try and rescue that!

Adam Read

Relaxing after the hike.

Visitors can get a map from the local Kvinesdal tourist office in the main street of the town. This will give you directions and tips on what else to do in the area.

Winter

It is not advised to visit this place during the snowy winter months. Both the steep road and cliff are too dangerous during this time.

Here is a link with a map to Nonskarknuden.

Here is a link with the various types of Accommodation in Kvinesdal

Here is a link with the various Activities in Kvinesdal

Shopping in Flekkefjord southern Norway

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Flekkefjord

The coastal town of Flekkefjord is located about 2 hours from Kristiansand on the southern coast of Norway. It is a very old place with lots of history. When you walk around the town, you will experience small lane ways with very old wooden white houses, flowers everywhere and even some street art here and there. The locals are very friendly and love their shopping. They are very proud of this little place.

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Outside Penny Lane in Flekkefjord.

Shopping in Flekkefjord

People drive from all over the southern part of the country to shop in Flekkefjord because of the niche stores and friendly atmosphere. Here are some of the stores and what they have to offer. (there are of course many other stores, but here are some examples)

Lille Bille in Flekkefjord

This store has two levels that sell clothing for women, gifts, make up, shoes, handbags, interior perfumes, furniture and other items. Lille Bille facebook page.

Kongshamn Kolonial in Flekkefjord

This store is connected to the famous Kongshamn Bryggerestaurant on the local island of Hidra. They sell their own foods, beer and many other locally produced foods. This is the perfect place to buy some local foods if you want to really experience something special. Kongshamn Kolonial facebook page

Pernille Nuovo in Flekkefjord

This store has clothing for women and has been in existance for many many years. Pernille Nuovo facebook page.

No5 in Flekkefjord

This store has two locations in the same street – opposite each other. One sells mens clothing and the other womens clothing. No5 facebook page.

Penny Lane in Flekkefjord

Penny Lane is a large store that sells womens clothing. They have a cool little Penny Lane sign at the top of the staircase. Penny Lane facebook page.

The stores are open all year round and are of course very busy during the summer season. But there are always bargains to be found. Other stores include; AMFI – a large shopping mall, Inter Sport, Euroflorist, food stores, Europris and many more.  Here are some useful links:

Accommodation in Flekkefjord

What to do in Flekkefjord

Shopping in Flekkefjord

All pictures taken by Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet. All pictures can be viewed on our Visit Sørlandet FLICKR account here:

Shopping Flekkefjord

Dyrskue – the cattle show in Lyngdal

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Dyrskue Lyngdal

The Dyrskue in Lyngdal is a cattle show with many different types of animals, tivoli, food, games, horse rides – you name it. It is without a doubt that largest event in Lyngdal that attracts people from all over the country. You can buy local crafts, get a great hamburger, check out some tractors, cars and 4 wheelers or take an amusement ride.

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One of the reasons that this event is so big, is because it has been a long tradition dating back to 1857. In 2010 there was a new record broken with 26,000 people in attendance.

This year I took my boys and this is what we got up to:

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No trip to Dyrskue would be complete without a ride on the electric cars.

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Yep candy is a must – hard to say no.

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The event is a great way to learn more about animals.

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The boys loved this one. Went around and around.

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A tivoli ride for the smaller kids

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A quick picture before the fun began.

 

Lyngdal is about a 1.5 hour drive from Kristiansand and a 2.5 hour drive from Stavanger. The Dyrskue takes place on a large farm not too far from the church (see the map). Make sure you get there early because the car park can get full. There is parking for campervans as well. See you next year! Here is a little video from this trip to Dyrskue.

Here are some helpful links:

Accommodation in Lyngdal

What to do in Lyngdal

map

Google Map of Dyrskue location

 

Here is a link to all of the pictures taken at Dyrskue in Lyngdal on Visit Sørlandet’s FLICKR account:

Rosfjord Strandhotell Lyngdal