Hovden i Setesdal
View of the village in winter
|• Total||0.61 km2 (0.24 sq mi)|
|Elevation||800 m (2,600 ft)|
|• 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). Fjellgardane Church is located in Hovden.
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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