Sølvgarden Hotell og Feriesenter is in the Setesdal valley, on the upper reaches of the Otra river which runs north from Kristiansand and onwards to the southern slopes of Hardangervidda. The small village of Rysstad is named after the family that developed camping here, and later the excellent hotel and restaurant complex. The site occupies a wide tract of gently sloping woodland between the road and the river towards which it shelves gently, affording a splendid view of the valley and the towering mountains opposite. There are 50 pitches, some for tents, and 31 numbered pitches with electricity, four of which are fully serviced. They are among 22 cabins and apartments for rent.
A spectacular mountain road links Setesdal with Sirdal to the west, bringing Setesdal within easy and pleasant driving range of Stavanger. At the junction of this road and Setesdal is Rysstad, with a wide range of scenery, often spectacular where the valley cuts through high, steep sided mountains. It is famous also for its colourful silver mining history and for its vibrant art, music and folklore. The silversmith Trygve Rysstad produces jewellery for the Norwegian National Costume and now runs the Rysstad (now Sølvgarden) Feriesenter, founded by his father in the ’50s. The complex sells souvenirs and the fine handmade filigree silver produced here.