After a pause of one year, Destination Setesdal will be operating as normal this winter 2022. We look forward to getting back to organising our Heroes of Telemark expedition for our longterm friends and partners Woodlore Ltd, (Ray Mears-www.raymears.com) or our bespoke/taylor made Heroes of Telemark expeditions for private organisations, registered Charities, Corporate groups, or Military Adventure Training expeditions. We also look forward to carrying out a winter skills week with our partners from Tribal Tracks UK, a special Heroes of Telemark expedition for the Forces Wives Challenge Org, and our longterm partners and friends the UK Special Forces Military Charity The Special Boat Service Association. (SBSA). The current snow conditions are the best we have seen in many years here in the Setesdal Valley. If you are interested in visiting a stunningly beautiful part of Norway, the Setesdal Valley, or the spectacular mountains of the Hardanger Vidda/Telemark, let us know.


Only 5 places left on this trip

This is a very special edition expedition following in the ski tracks of the 5 members of Op Gunnerside that escaped to Sweden after the Sabotage Operation at Vemork Rjukan in March 1943. We have a total of 8 places available. The expedition will be led by Matt Larsson Clifford who led this same expedition with great success in 2019. More info with the program and costs will be available shortly. Contact briandes@frisurf.no


The Real Heroes of Telemark Expedition 0503-1303 2022

There are still places available for this trip to Southern Norway in March. Are you a non-skier? Not to worry, you will be given expert instruction on Nordic skiing techniques along with winter skills that will enable you to take part in a 2 night expedition on the Hardanger Vidda Plateau following in the footsteps of the Heroes of Telemark. We finish off the week with a spectacular reenactment of the attack on the former Hydrogen plant at Vemork near Rjukan. If interested in joining this amazing trip, contact Woodlore direct at www.raymears.com or, Destination Setesdal at briandes@frisurf.no


Summer/Autumn 2022

Destination Setesdal will be open to receive group bookings for our Heroes of Telemark Battlefield tours, one day reenactments of Op Gunnerside Sabotage route in Rjukan, and our well tried Open Canadian Canoeing expedition, The Viking Trail that we have run very successfully since 2004. See details below. We look forward to this summer, 2022 and beyond with optimism, giving our guests from all over the world, whether it be from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or Norway an adventure never to be forgotten.

Destination Setesdals manager Brian Desmond is available to lead Taylor made/bespoke Battlefield tours for groups/organisations during the Summer and Autumn of 2022. Please contact him for further information at  briandes@frisurf.no

Winter 2022


Saturday 0502 to Friday 1102 2022

This course has been moved to a new date in 2023; see below

Remove featured imageJoin Destination Setesdal at our winter base, the Revsnes hotel here in the Setesdal Valley Southern Norway for our week of winter skills that also includes a Battlefield reenactment in Telemark Learn x-country skiing, or revise them in the hills surrounding the Valley on cut, or Virgin trails. Also on the itinerary, we have winter campcraft skills, improvised snow-shelters, snowshoeing, talks covering winter hazards and a chance to experience Biathlon at our mountain Biathlon range. (Skiing/shooting using a .22 Caliber Biathlon weapon)  We finish off the program with a 2 night visit to Rjukan in Telemark and a spectacular reenactment of one of the most famous sabotage Operations during WW2; Op Gunnerside. (Heroes of Telemark)

    Further details with a full itinerary and course fee, plus other details can be sent on request to those interested by epost. There are limited places available.

  • This Winter skills week has been moved to a new date in 2023; Sunday 2201 to Saturday unday 2801 2023. Bookings will be possible up to and included the 10 December 2022. briandes@frisurf.no Mob (0047) 90140857



We have group booking availability for our Heroes of Telemark Battlefield tours and Expeditions during the winter of 2022 and beyond. If you are a CEO of a Charity wanting to create more funds for your Charity, a Corporate MD that feels an expedition would help develop leadership skills amongst the staff, or a Military Unit wanting to give their personel the ultimate in Force Develop skills, then contact us for more information. This expedition is much more than a winter trip to Norway in stunning pristine nature; all those taking part will be able to learn how to look after themselves in a tough winter enviroment, learn new skills, widen their knowledge about one of the most daring and successful  sabotage Operations during WW2.

The latent adventurous spirit we all have will enable those attending to successfully follow in the Norwegian sabotuers footsteps to their target at the Hydrogen plant at Vemork Rjukan in Telemark; we have never failed yet in any of our 70 expeditions we have organised since 2003. Send us an email with your request. briandes@frisurf.no



Our Open Canadian expedition Canoes ready to be packed for a two, three or four day expedition in the Setesdal Valley Southern Norway

We have plenty of availability for families/groups wanting to experience our Open Canoe paddling expedition in the Setesdal region of Southern Norway during the summer of 2021. The mini expedition takes place mainly on the Byglandsfjord and is guided. It can also be self-led with Destination Setesdal delivering the Canoes to your start location. Or, collecting you from where you finish if starting your trip from our base at Byglandsfjord. Expeditions can be very short, just 2 days and one night; this is suitable for families with young children. Normally, it takes approx 3, or perhaps 4/5 days to paddle from the entry location of Langeid, 65 kilometers further North to the exit location at the end of the Byglandsfjord. Paddling on gentle flowing water for the first 15 kms, you will eventually enter the 40 kms long inland Byglandsfjord with spectacular mountain views either side of the fjord, plenty of beaches and small Islands to camp on.

Paddling South, those with an adventurous spirit, wilderness camping is possible on the many Islands and beaches along the way. Comfortable log cabins are also available if bad weather, or for those wanting a greater degree of comfort. We provide all the equipment you need including fuel, lightweight cooking equipment, sleeping mats, safety equipment and much more. Sleepingbags can also be hired with bag-liners. Our canoes are special expedition canoes with comfortable seats, air Flotation bags  for extra safety and much more to make your trip safe and enjoyable.

Our base at Byglandsfjord is also an ideal location to start your Open Canadian Canoe adventure by just paddling on the fjord. 

Transport of your Canoe (S) is possible with our canoe trailer to the expedition start location if chosing to paddle downstream/South. Or, we can collect you at a pre-determined location if chosing to start your trip from our base in Byglandsfjord.

We can supply family sized cookers/Trangia stoves for 2 persons per Canoe, Gas fuel-Sleeping mats-Tents-2 man tents, Tarps and other safety equipment as part of a package to supply all your needs for overnight expeditions on the Fjord.



Destination Setesdal have 8  new/modern Open Canadian Canoes for hire this summer-Autumn. The Canoes are based in Byglandsfjord, but can be delivered at extra cost to a prefered location. One day or multi day hire at reasonable cost. All Canoes are fitted with airbags for extra safety. We also have a wide selection of tents, camping equipment for hire at very low cost for those that require multi day hire.

For booking contact; briandes@frisurf.no or 0047 90140857

If interested contact  briandes@frisurf.no or 004790140857 for more information about dates and conditions of booking.

Further Information/Dates/Bookings: CONTACT briandes@frisurf.no or/and 004790140857



Contact details for Destination Setesdal
briandes@frisurf.no Mob. 004790140857
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Destination Setesdal AS Postbox 246 4735 Evje Norway

Important information


Destination Setesdal will carry out several Op Grouse reenactments in 2022; at this time, there is a possibility of an expedition slot being available mid April. Any request to fill this slot must be made before 1501 2022.


In addition, we intend planning a 80 th Anniversary reenactment of Op Gunnerside in 2023; dates to be decided.

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