Norwegian National Road 9

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National Road 9
Norwegian: Riksvei 9
Nynorsk: Riksveg 9
Route information
Part of E18 E39 E134
Length: 235 km[citation needed] (146 mi)
Major junctions
From: Haukeligrend, Vinje
To: Kristiansand
Highway system
National Roads in Norway

Norwegian National Road 9 (Rv 9) is often called the Setesdal Road (no: Setesdalsveien) and is the main thoroughfare through Setesdal. It runs from Kristiansand in the very south of Norway, through the valleys of Torridal and Setesdal to Haukeligrend in Telemark in the north where it meets the E134. The road runs through the Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder counties. It goes by Mosby, Homstean, Skarpengland, Hægeland, Hornesund, Hornnes, Evje, Byglandsfjord, Bygland, Ose, Hylestad, Valle, Flatland, Rygnestad, Bykle, Hovden and Bjåen to Haukeli.[1]

Road length is 235.7 km, of which 45.1 km in Vest-Agder, 175 km in Aust-Agder and 15.6 km in Telemark County.[2]



Parts of the road had an alternative way of travelling. Between Kristiansand, Grovane and Byglandsfjord, there were a railroad, the Setesdal Line.[3] On the lake Byglandsfjorden, a steamboat ran from Byglandsfjord to Bygland.[4]

In Setesdal, people and animals have in the past crossed the mountains from Fyresdal and in the east, from Vinje in the north, from Suldal, and Sirdal in the west. The so-called Bishops Road went from Fyresdal to Valle in Setesdal. It was built Postal Route from the south in 1840. From 1867 to 1879 the first road was continued from Valle to Hovden. In 1936 the road reached Bjåen, over 30 km north of Bykle Church. After World War II was the road built further north to Grungedal in Telemark County.

Two of the most critical points were Fånekleivi east of Byglandsfjorden, about 5 km south of Bygland and Byklestigen south of the village church in Bykle, which were difficult to pass using a horse. Today's corridor runs in a 611 metres long tunnel through Fånefjell, and a 411 metres long tunnel at Byklestigen.[5]

Useful words for the road condition reports [3][edit]

  • Midlertidig stengt = Temporarily closed
  • Redusert framkommelighet = Reduced mobility
  • Kolonnekjøring = Driving in line after a snow plough truck only.
  • Innsnevring = Narrowing
  • Omkjøring = Detour
  • Manuell dirigering = Manual routing
  • Nattestengt = Closed by night
  • Vegarbeid = Road work
  • Kjøreforhold = Driving conditions
  • Snø / snødekke = Snowy road
  • Is / isdekke = Icy road
  • Glatt = Slippery
  • Bart = Bare road
  • Vått = Wet road
  • Fare for dyr = Watch out for animals
  • Fare for elg = Watch out for moose

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Get direktions from Setesdalsveien 1, Kristiansand to Haukeligrend.
  2. ^ Updated traffic report in Norwegian
  3. ^ [2] Setesdal Line, homepage (norwegian)
  4. ^ See steamboat Bjoren
  5. ^ NAF Veibok `95: Page 157-161 (norwegian)