Ryfylke Scenic Road

  The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is a breathtaking journey through stunning landscapes, fjords, and coastal scenery in Norway. Here's a guide to help you make the most of this scenic route:

The route starts from Oanes in the south and ends in Hårå in the north, offering approximately 260 kilometres of stunning landscapes.

The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke offers an unforgettable journey through some of Norway's most awe-inspiring landscapes, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, culture, and the beauty of the fjords.

Highlights and stops along the way

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): A popular side trip near the beginning of the route, offering a famous cliff with unparalleled views over the Lysefjord. The hike to Preikestolen takes about 2-3 hours roundtrip.

Jørpeland: A charming town along the route where you can explore local culture, visit cafes, or stock up on supplies.

Ryfylke Scenic Lookouts:   The route is peppered with multiple scenic viewpoints, offering panoramic vistas of fjords, mountains, and coastline. Highlights include Høgsfjorden, Sandsfjorden, and Boknafjorden viewpoints.

Svandalsfossen and Manafossen Waterfalls:   Take a detour to witness these impressive waterfalls plunging down from towering cliffs.

Røldal Stave Church: An iconic wooden church with a rich history and intricate architecture dating back to the 13th century.

Hårå: The route's endpoint is a tranquil area offering scenic beauty and a serene atmosphere.

Practical tips

Plan for ample time to explore and enjoy the sights along the way. Consider allowing at least a full day or more to experience the route.

Weather Conditions

Be prepared for changing weather, especially if hiking or visiting viewpoints. Dress in layers and bring waterproof gear.

Accommodation and Dining

While accommodations are available along the route, booking in advance is advisable, especially during peak tourist seasons. Local cafes and restaurants offer opportunities to savour Norwegian cuisine.

Hiking Preparations

If planning to hike, ensure you have appropriate footwear, water, and snacks. Some trails may require a moderate level of fitness.

Additional Suggestions

Consider taking guided tours or using local guides to gain insights into the region's history, culture, and nature.

Check for seasonal variations in opening hours, especially for attractions, accommodations, and restaurants along the route.

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Scenic Route Ryfylke

A 270 km long roundtrip of contrasts

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Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is 267 km long and travels between Oanes at Lysefjorden and Håra. At the southern part of the stretch are two ferry crossings: Lauvik-Oanes and Hjelmeland-Nesvik. From Lovra in Suldal the tourist route splits into two sections.

One section travels across the Sandsfjord Bridge to Sauda (road 46/520) with a short detour to Ropeid. The other section continues north (road 13) with a small detour to Høse Bridge at Sand, before it continues up Suldalslågen and Brattlandsdalen where the road sections meet at Håra — creating a round trip. Sections of the road, particularly over the mountain to Røldal, are narrow with a number of bends, which makes it even more interesting for motorcyclists. This part is just fantastic on two wheels and one of my favorite roads in Norway!

If you would like more information about the ferries, you can check the timetable from Norled here .

The Scenic Route Ryfylke is said to be a road of contrasts. You will encounter steep mountain sides, deep fjords, high mountains and lush hillsides. In some sections, you might even wonder why they decided to build the road exactly there. Make sure to stop at Svandalfossen and cross the bridge to feel the forces of the river and waterfall. Sometimes the water runs so high that the police must direct cars one at a time through the mist of spray that covers the road. It is quite an exotic experience — or a wet one if you are on two wheels.

All in all, Ryfylke offers not only a varied stretch of road, but also experiences along the way. You can go salmon fishing safari, do rafting, visit Allmannajuvet zink mines or the sweet little village Sand. You can also stop and study the industry history in Sauda and realize how energy demanding industries have shaped the development of both infra- and social structure in these remote places. Industry is also the reason for the location of the road over Saudafjellet. This became the shortest and fastest road towards the East.

Worth being aware of, is the proximity to other great locations when you are in this area. In Lysefjorden, Kjæragbolten (Kjærag boulder) and Prekestolen (pulpit rock), are great hiking destinations, but you will need time to hike there. Also near Sauda, Sherpas from Nepal have built solid stone steps to facilitate the walk to Hovlandsnuten.

Winter notice:  The road from Helandsbygd to Røldal is normally closed in the winter in November and reopens in June.

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Scenic route Ryfylke in Norway

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The scenic route Ryfylke shows the great diversity of the Norwegian landscape. The route starts near the city of Stavanger and from the urban environment you go up long high mountains, steep mountain walls, deep fjords, powerful waterfalls, nice villages and special viewpoints. A trip to Stavanger can easily be combined with this special route!  

Where is the route located? /

The Ryfylke route is named after the area the route passes through. The route starts at Oanes and consists of a through section and a circle. At Lake Lovravatnet, two routes can be taken to the end point Håra. The place Håra is also called Horda.

Almost the entire route is located in the county of Rogaland, only a small part and the end point Håra are located in the county of Vestland.  

General information about scenic route Ryfylke /

During a tour of Norway, the scenic route Ryfylke is a must to drive. The route is 161 miles (260 kilometers) long and connects the places Oanes, near Stavanger, and Håra with each other. About halfway the route there are two options to drive to Håra, the most beautiful is of course to drive both parts of the route. On road maps, the roads can be found under the numbers 523, 13, 46 and 520.

The region attracts many tourists every year due to the city of Stavanger and the natural attractions in the area. The famous Lysefjord is located along the route. This fjord is best known for the spectacular rock Preikestolen , also called the Pulpit Rock. This rock is one of the most visited locations in Norway and can be reached by making a total of 4 hours walk (round trip). The rock hangs 604 meters above sea level above the Lysefjord and offers a great view. A little further in the fjord is the famous Kjeragbolten. This boulder hangs between two rock walls and can only be visited via a walk. With a duration of 6 to 10 hours, this walk is a lot longer. While driving the Ryfylke route you will only pass the beginning of the Lysefjorden, but it is definitely worth taking a turn here. You can also drive to the adventurous scenic route Lyseveien , this road has 27 hairpin bends and is located at the end of the Lysefjord! Along the Ryfylke is the Høllesli lookout point, where you can take a seat and enjoy the view over the 24 mile (40 kilometer) long Lysefjord.

Between Hjelmeland and Nesvik a ferry crossing has to be made. The route also passes the Svandalsfossen. This powerful waterfall is located along the road and with a staircase of 540 steps you can get close to the waterfall. The powerful waterfall sometimes creates a lot of fog, which requires the police to intervene to allow traffic to pass safely. Vehicles may then pass one by one.  

Snowfall in winter /

In the winter months snow falls in many places in Norway, which means that certain roads are closed. Part of road 520 will also be closed, then it is not possible to drive the entire tourist route. The road between Hellandsbygd and Håra is closed from November to early June.  

National Scenic Route /

With the many highlights along the scenic route Ryfylke, it is not surprising that the route is one of the most beautiful Norwegian routes . It is officially a National Scenic Route, of which there are 18 in total. On the south side of Stavanger is the National Scenic Route Jaeren , this coastal route is definitely worth driving during a tour of Norway. From Håra you can also continue on road 13, you will then drive onto the National Scenic Route Hardangervegen .  

What makes the route special? /

The scenic route Ryfylke shows the diversity of Norwegian nature to the full. From steep mountain walls to deep fjords and the Preikestolen to beautiful lakes. Most tourists only drive to the Preikestolen , but it is really worth to drive the whole scenic route Ryfylke . Not only do you drive past the waterfall Svandalsfossen, you can also visit the former zinc mines Allmannajuvet.

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Ryfylke is a district in Rogaland county, Norway . Ryfylke includes the islands, fjords, valleys and uplands around the inner part of the great Boknafjorden.

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Ryfylke is a rural region in Rogaland county, southern Fjord Norway. Approaching from the south, you encounter the famous fjords from Ryfylke. in the south you will first meet Lysefjorden, known for Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and mount Kjerag in the inner part of the fjord. The Ryfylke National Tourist Route is one of 18 tourist routes established by the National Road Authorities in Norway, running from Oanes (road 13), Lysefjorden in the south up to Røldal in Hardanger in the north (road 520). This route offers a beautiful and lush landscape, with fjords, green isles and skerries, colourful heathlands and tranquil cultural landscapes, screes and boulder fields, towering mountains and sheer cliffs.

Already in the 19th century the wild and pristine landscape of Ryfylke attracted its first tourists, English salmon fishermen went to Suldalslågen river and exploring travellers went along the so-called Discovery Route.

Today it continues to tempt travellers to great outdoor adventures. The highlights and attractions are many. You can fish in the rovers and streams and sheltered fjords, savour fruit orchards in full flower, go on mountain walks or enjoy more extreme sports. Here are many charming villages and small friendly towns that merit a visit, and ferries crossing the fjords invite to a break in the driving.

At Haukalivatnet lake (near Lysefjorden) there is a distinct end moraine presumably created by a prehistoric glacier. This moraine led professor Jens Esmark (in 1824) to formulate the theory of an ice age over Scandinavia and other parts of the world. Esmark believed that climate changes due to the changes of the earths orbit caused ice ages.

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In the summer, tourist boats offer day trips from Stavanger through Lysefjorden and the surrounding waters.

Norled run ferries from Stavanger to Tau [dead link] , roughly ever 40 minutes in the summer, which take cars, bikes and foot passengers. Most ferries are met by the local 100 bus into Jørpeland [dead link] .

General information on public transport in the region is available on the Ryfylke tourist information site [dead link]

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Itineraries

Lysefjorden the first fjord when you arrive from the south, is one of the most famous fjord in Norway. The 40 km long fjord surrounded by impressive mountains and cliffs carved out during successive Ice Ages is the dominant feature of Forsand municipality.

For a magnificent view of the fjord, walk to the top of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), 600 m above sea level. The walk takes about two hours from the parking lot (paid parking) near the Preikestolen Mountain lodge, the return is 1.5-2 hours. More than 130 000 people made this walk in the summer season of 2010. Season. April - October. You can buy a through ticket for the ferry from Stavanger and then private coach to the mountain lodge from Tide Resier [dead link] , costs about kr 250, tickets available online, or from a stand at the ferry terminal, or buy on the ferry. Alternately, buy a return ferry ticket to Tau, then take the local Kolumbus bus to the lodge, about kr 100 for the ferry then kr 160 for the return bus ticket. Tickets for the Boreal bus aren't valid on the Tide Resier one, not vice versa, so check timetables before deciding which to book on!

Kjerag mountain plateau rise up to 1084 m above the innermost part and southern shore of the Lysefjord. One dramatic attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in the mountain. Kjerag also attracts base jumpers and rock climbers. The trail starts from Øygardstølen by Lysevegen Road (closed in Winter, often until June). 10 km hike, climbs 570 m, Good shoes and physical health are advised. Season June - September.

Lysevegen from Lysebotn in the bottom of lysefjorden in east up to Øygardstøl count 27 exciting hairpin bends, open in summer.

The National Tourist Road Ryfylke starts as Road 13 from Oanes by the northern mouth of the Lysefjord and goes 183 km through Ryfylke up to Håra, Røldal in Hardanger, the last part crossing Røldalsfjellet mountains as Road 520 (closed in winter)

Along Svandalsfossen waterfall by road 520 (National Tourist Road Ryfylke) you can follow the waterfall up close while climbing the striking stairs.

Allmannajuvet gorge near Sauda will get a visitor center in 2012. here you can walk on the old mine road and get a guided tour into the dark zink mines.

  • Hardanger is Ryfylke's neighbour in the north. Road 13 through Ryfylke and Hardanger is one of the great scenic roads in Norway.
  • Sunnhordland is Ryfylke's and Hardanger's neighbour on the other side of Folgefonna glacier in the outer areas of Hardangerfjord.
  • Stavanger and the Jæren flatlands with endless sandy beaches.

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Ryfylke National Tourist Route

Located in Ryfylke, Fjord Norway, the Ryfylke National Tourist Route is one of the most scenic drives in the country, surrounded by mountains, rockslides, polished cliffs and fjords.

Ryfylke National Tourist Route

The road is asphalted. It’s 260 km long between Oanes by the Lysefjord to Hordalia in Røldal, in the county of Rogaland in Fjord Norway. The drive is an amazing experience and a must visit for all driving enthusiasts. Located northeast of Stavanger and east ofHaugesund it’s a trip full of contrasts. It’s usually closed in the winter in November and reopens in June. Sections of the road, particularly over the mountain to Røldal, are narrow with a number of bends. There is currently no maximum length for buses but the use of shorter buses is advisable.

Roads: Road 520, Road 13 Length: 260km Highest elevation: 972m asl Ferries: 2 Winter notice: From Helandsbygd to Røldal is normally closed in the winter in November and reopens in June. Other: Use of shorter buses is advisable.

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The 5 best hikes along the Ryfylke scenic route in Norway

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  • January 31, 2024

The  scenic drive Ryfylke  is one of the routes we enjoyed the most during our time in Norway . Not only because of its views along the way, but mainly because that road  took us to some of the most spectacular hikes we’ve ever done ! In this blogpost, we give you an overview of the  hikes we liked the most  in the Ryfylke region and give you some  tips and advice regarding hiking in Norway  in general.

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The number one hike of norway – preikestolen, summary of the hike.

  • Relatively easy
  • 8 kilometers back and forth
  • Takes about 4 hours

Preikestolen  ( Pulpit Rock ) is a protruding rock with a flat surface that has steep walls on three sides. As it is situated 604 meters above the famous  Lysefjord , it offers splendid views. Keep in mind that the hike to Pulpit Rock is the most famous hike of Norway, so don’t expect to have the rock to yourself. During high season, you have to queue to take a picture with the Lysefjord in the back. And its popularity has led to the construction of a huge parking lot where you have to park your car for 250 Norwegian Krones. However, Preikestolen is an iconic hike and we suggest to defy the crowds and enjoy this gorgeous place.

The hike starts at  Preikestolen Fjellstue  (coordinates 58°59’30.9″N 6°08’17.0″E), takes about 4 hours (back and forth) and includes a 500 meters elevation gain. The trail to the Pulpit Rock is marked with the  famous red T  and along the path there are distance markers telling you the distance to Pulpit Rock and the parking lot. So getting lost is extremely difficult. There are some steep parts but overall the hike is considered as relatively easy and along the way Nepalese Sherpas have carefully made stairs of rocks.

pulpit rock norway

Preikestolen during sunrise

As the trail is really well signposted, it is possible to start really early (in the dark) and arrive at Pulpit rock at sunrise. There are tours that offer this sunrise hike so we’re not sure if this will help you to beat the crowds, but we can imagine that witnessing sunrise from this iconic rock is an amazing experience!

Another option is to camp near Preikestolen. Wild camping in Norway is allowed, so bring you tent and sleeping bag and catch both sunset and sunrise. Camping is not allowed on the rock itself, but nearby are some splendid places to set up camp! Adventure guaranteed!

Vanlife in Norway – Where to stay when hiking Pulpit Rock

Because there is an (expensive) parking lot at the start of the Preikestolen hike, parking and overnight camping is not allowed in the area. They make this very clear with many prohibition signs. There are however different campsites in the area. If you are looking for a free place to spend the night in you camper, we suggest the parking spot on the Ryfylkevegen in Jørpeland with these coordinates: N 59°0’19.4472” E 6°4’13.368”. It is not exactly the most charming spot to spend the night (next to the road) but it is a good starting point in the morning for the drive to the parking lot at Preikestolen Fjellstue. And bonus, there are different amenities like a toilet, drinking water and a place to dump your waste water. Come early, as probably a lot of other hikers might want to spend the night here.

A historical hike along Ryfylke – Ritlandskrateret

  • 6 kilometers back and forth
  • Takes about 2,5 hours

This hike is a circular route so only at the start and the end you hike the same path. This hike takes you to a viewpoint where you look over the impact crater that was the consequence of a meteorite hitting earth 500 million years ago.

shelter ritlandskrateret norway

At the viewpoint, there is a shelter (“gapahuk”) where you can find more information about the meteorite and the crater. To start this hike, drive to Kleivaland and continue to drive until you reach the parking spot where the hike starts (“Slope Land Parking”, coordinates: 59°14’09.5″N 6°23’05.7″E). The trail is well-marked. Just follow the signs “Utsikt Ritlandskrateret”. When you’re heading back from the shelter to the parking lot, follow the signs  to Kleivaland. This trail will take you down to the crater and through one of the most magical forests we’ve ever seen!

magical forest ritlandskrateret norway

Vanlife in Norway – Where to stay when hiking the Ritlands crater

The parking spot where the hike starts is free and is surrounded by fields, so it makes the perfect place for spending the night. However, note that there are no facilities, so bring you own food, water and toilet.

A hike for those that are not faint hearted – Skomakarnibba

  • Challenging
  • 5,7 kilometers back and forth
  • Takes about 6 hours

Skomakarnibba is also a protruding rock 700 meters above sea level and standing on the rock looking down can give you a sense of dizziness. Definitely not for the faint hearted! The hike starts at the Hagalid farm where there is a parking lot (coordinates: 59°15’13.0″N 6°12’21.7″E) and different signposts. At first, there is an enjoyable forest trail, but at a certain point the trail becomes less noticeable and requires some clambering on rocks. Once you reached the top, the trail heads back via the same route back to the parking lot.

protruding rock skomakarnibba norway

The hike with the best views – Reinaknuten

  • Moderate to difficult
  • 11 kilometers back and forth
  • Takes about 5 hours

This is the hike we liked the most, as the views were splendid. Note that the hike is sometimes written as Reinaknuten and sometimes as Reina r knuten. From the top, you have an overview of the entire area. To start the hike, drive to the parking lot that is named “Parkering Reinarknuten” (coordinates: 59°03’46.9″N 6°03’57.8″E). From here, there are signs that guide you to the top. The hike starts relatively easy, until you reach some small lakes. From here on, the trail gets steeper until you reach another lake. The final climb to the top of Reinaknuten is definitely the steepest part, but at the top, you are rewarded with an amazing view. There is water everywhere, you can see the Tysdalsvatnet  lake, the fjords and even the ocean. As this is a less known hike, you probably are alone to experience the views.

view from top reinaknuten norway

Vanlife in Norway – Where to stay when hiking Reinaknuten

The parking spot where the hike starts has a splendid view and is deserted in the evening. A perfect place to have a chill night.

A hike for the fearless – Kjeragbolten

  • Takes about 6-8 hours

Kjeragbolten, a hike for the fearless. Standing on a tiny rock with 984 meters of empty space underneath is probably a once in a lifetime experience (let’s hope not literally) but keep in mind that this hike is strenuous and very popular.

The hike starts at the parking lot Øygardsstøl (parking fee is 300 NOK, coordinates: 59°02’48.4″N 6°39’08.2″E) and the trail is well-marked with the famous “T” sign. The first part is steep, you have to pull yourself up using chains. In total, you have to conquer 4 mountains before you reach the famous stone that is wedged between two mountains.

General advice about hiking in Norway

Sturdy footwear is a must-have.

Some trails go through swampy terrain so make sure you’re footwear protects you from getting soaked feet. Also, the Norwegian landscape includes rocks, plenty of rocks. So sturdy footwear is a necessity to prevent sore feet. Also make sure that your clothes are the proper gear for hiking. Read: function over fashion! We recommend to take  trekking poles  with you. These are helpfull both for the way up as the way down!

Take plenty of food and water with you

There aren’t restaurants or shops on the trails, so make sure you take the calories that you need with you. Our favorites are peanut butter and banana sandwiches, cheese and a trail mix or nuts.  Also, the weather can change rapidly, so make sure you have plenty of water when temperatures rise. When we hikes in Norway, we were happy to have a  CamelBak  with us.

Get advice on the weather

Make sure you get information on the weather beforehand. If the weather gets rough, postpone your hike till the weather gets better.

Choose a hike according to your level of fitness

Choose hikes that are appropriate for your level of fitness. Always look up the length and difficulty of the hike so you are sure that you start the hike on time.

Let someone know about your hike

Tell someone the exact location where you’re going, when you plan to be back and when they should call for help.

Follow the trail etiquette

The nature in Norway is stunning, and we should treat it with respect. So practice the  Leave No Trace principles  on your hike.

We hope this blog gave you some inspiration for hiking in Norway! Do not hesitate to leave a comment below!

Looking for more information on hiking and camping? Check out our independent hiking and camping guide !

Happy hiking!

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Preikestolen and Kjerag in the Lysefjord are the main attractions in Ryfylke, but the region has much more to offer. The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. Along the road you'll find modern architecture, industrial history, locally produced apple cider, and unique accommodation. Welcome to Ryfylke - the adventure in Fjord Norway begins here!

Nature is the main attraction

Ryfylke is best known for the iconic Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Mount Kjerag , which are both on the spectacular Lysefjord , but the region has lots more to offer. There are waymarked walking trails for both beginners and more experienced hikers. You can explore fjords and the archipelago from a kayak, and get a close look at large salmon as you float down a river.

Explore Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke

If you drive along Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke , which extends from the mouth of the Lysefjord in the south to Hårå in Røldal in the north, you’ll experience lots of contrasts. You can, among other things, enjoy local fare, learn about Norwegian industrial history, feel the spray from magnificent waterfalls, study interesting architecture and learn about what life used to be like in the area.

Travel slow

Ryfylke is only a short drive from Stavanger and Haugesund. You can also get to the region by bus or boat. Here you will find bus, speedboat and ferry routes.

Take plenty of time and enjoy a snack at the many unique picnic areas while you soak up the views of the fjords and mountains.

Ryfylke is concerned with sustainability. Both the Lysefjord, Sauda municipality and Suldal municipality are participating in the Sustainable Destination Program, and many of the operators in the region have eco-label certification.

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We have put together a number of interesting articles to give you a taste of what Ryfylke has to offer. Sit back and be inspired, your next fjord adventure starts now!

Tips for a memorable motorhome holiday in Ryfylke

The motorhome tour along the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is a journey of contrasts. You can tick the iconic Preikestolen off your bucket list, swim with the salmon in Suldalslågen, visit local farm shops and enjoy the views from rest areas with exciting architecture. Take your time, and feel free to take a detour. This is often when the most memorable travelling experiences are created! Here are some tips for the food-loving, active and architecture-loving motorhome traveller:

Top 10 hikes in Ryfylke

Want to tick iconic mountain hikes off your bucket list, explore hidden gems or take the family on a hike? Here you're sure to find a hike that suits you!

Accommodation close to nature in Ryfylke

Travel slowly, stay in great accommodation and sample what Ryfylke has to offer. Whether you prefer campsites or hotels, whether you want to stay high up in the sky or down by the fjord, Ryfylke has accommodation to suit all tastes, occasions and price classes.

Plan your visit to Ryfylke

Are you planning a trip Ryfylke, and wondering what there is to do? We have put together a number of tools with suggestions for day trips and other things to do. Have fun planning your stay and making your holiday unforgettable!

Activities in Ryfylke

The region offers a range of different activities whether you’re interested in fjords, mountains, local food, architecture or history.

Kayak Lysefjord with Nordic Paddling - 3 hours

Ever wanted to kayak in the Norwegian fjords? This three-hour tour with Nordic Paddling is perfect for anyone looking to experience what kayaking in a Norwegian fjord is like. Kayaking the Lysefjord is possibly one of the best experiences to be had in the area. You will pass beautiful granite gorges and waterfalls.

Salmon Safari in Suldalslågen in Sand

On a salmon safari with Mo Laksegard in Sand, Ryfylke, you'll float down the Suldalslågen river in a dry suit while seeing wild salmon and sea trout up close underwater.

Cider tasting and farm shop at Apal Sideri

Apal Sideri produces fresh and fruity apple juice and apple cider. Join a guided tour among apple trees, taste the world's best cider and visit the farm shop in Hjelmeland in Ryfylke.

Ryfylke - where the fjord adventure begins

Don’t miss out on the many attractions in Ryfylke.

Preikestolen

Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) towers 604 metres above the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, and has ranked top in international lists of unique nature-based experiences. Would you like to visit one of the biggest tourist attractions in Norway?

The Lysefjord in Ryfylke

The Lysefjord in Ryfylke is one of the longest fjords in Norway. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag, and the Flørli stairs are the major attractions, and fjord cruises from Stavanger are a popular activity.

Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke

The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke through Ryfylke is one of the longest of Norway's 18 Scenic Routes. The route through Ryfylke, from Oanes by Lysefjorden to Hårå in Røldal, is 260 kilometres long and travels Rv. 13, Fv. 523 and Fv. 520.

Close to nature accommodation and unique dining experiences

Here is an overview of restaurants and accommodation in Ryfylke.

Accommodation at idyllic Fossane Gard in Hjelmeland

At Fossane farm you can rent a charming, authentic house, surrounded by the stunning Ryfylke nature at Vormedalen, the whole year around.

The restaurant Villa Rosehagen at Jørpeland

Villa Rosehagen is beautifully situated in a large garden in the centre of Jørpeland, Ryfylke. Here you can enjoy local food with nice views of the fjord.

The Bolder by the Lysefjord

With its distinctive design and location by the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, The Bolder is a unique place to stay. Four of the cabins are designed by Snøhetta.

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The Ryfylke Scenic Route is one of 18 National Scenic Routes in Norway, and one of the longest and most diverse. The road leads alongside and above steep-sloped fjords, across lake-filled mountain plateaus, and past dramatic gorges and waterfalls. We drove a small portion of the route in 2018 when we visited Pulpit Rock from Stavanger, and covered much of the rest of it from Odda.

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The trip brought us to several places we’d recently visited by boat, including Sauda , Sand, and Hylsfjord . Despite overcast and rainy conditions, we had an excellent day. We particularly enjoyed our stops at Allmannajuvet, an old zinc mine converted into a museum, and a walk alongside the spectacular Brattlandsdalen valley gorge. And we had fun passing through many tunnels en route, including the Horda Tunnel, a spiral tunnel that turns in almost a complete circle on a continuous 7% grade.

Below are highlights from September 3rd, 2020. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps .

   

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