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Setesdal

The Setesdal valley is a traditional district of Aust-Agder County in the southern part of Norway. The Otra river runs through the valley and into the sea near the area called Kristiansand. Setesdal runs from Hardangervidda plateau to the Telemark area of the north. The historic part of the valley begins at Evje and goes all the way to a farm named Bjaen. 

When ascending from Setesdal from Evje one will reach lake Byglandsfjord. There are some more pronounced cultural transitions found along this valley. There is a radical change in dress, racial characteristics, and dance, dialect, and architecture. The people living in the upper part of the valley were found to be more closely related to the neighbors in the east of Telemark than the people that were located further down the valley. 

On the west side of the mountains there is a medieval trail that bishops and priests would use to go between the counties in the valley. The name of the trail is Bishop’s Road. Each year there is a Bishop’s road march held.

Along the valley you will find the location of the Hylestad stave church that was built during the 13th century. It was destroyed during the 17th century.

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