Hovden, Aust-Agder

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Hovden i Setesdal
View of the village in winter
View of the village in winter
Hovden is located in Aust-Agder
Hovden is located in Norway
Location of the village
Coordinates: 59°33′37″N 7°21′24″E / 59.5603°N 07.3567°E / 59.5603; 07.3567Coordinates: 59°33′37″N 7°21′24″E / 59.5603°N 07.3567°E / 59.5603; 07.3567
Country Norway
Region Southern Norway
County Aust-Agder
District Setesdal
Municipality Bykle
 • Total 0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 397
 • Density 651/km2 (1,690/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 4755 Hovden i Setesdal

Hovden is a village in the municipality of Bykle in Aust-Agder county, Norway. It is located in the northern Setesdalen valley, along the Norwegian National Road 9 and the river Otra, on the eastern shore of the lake, Hartevatnet. The village sits about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of the village of Bykle and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the village of Breive. The 0.61-square-kilometre (150-acre) village has a population (2016) of 397 which gives the village a population density of 651 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,690/sq mi).[1] Fjellgardane Church is located in Hovden.


Cottages and accommodation houses

The Hovden area is a big winter tourism area since it is located up in the rocky Setesdalsheiene mountains and near many lakes such as Skyvatn, Holmavatnet, and Vatndalsvatnet. [3]

Hovden has many leisure activities in the winters, especially skiing and ice fishing. There is a major ski resort in Hovden which also includes a water park and spa. In the summers, tourists come to see the nice scenery, high mountains, fishing lakes, and hiking paths. The Ørnefjell Golf Course is a 9-hole golf course in Hovden. The area has Scandinavia's southernmost occurrence of wild reindeer. In the autumn, the area is known for its abundance of bilberries, lingonberries, and cloudberries.


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