near Stavanger Norway
is not normally usable snow in Stavanger itself, but there are many
downhill skiing resorts and cross-country ski areas within reach
- some only about an hour away by car.
Sirdal - the main valley in the nearby county of
Vest Agder, has thousands of visitors every winter weekend.
To the north are Sauda and Røldal
- both 3 or 4 hours away by car, but with great fast boat services
leaving from central Stavanger.
Most people going further afield drive to Hovden
in Setesdal, Voss in Hordaland, or to Geilo or Hemsedal
in Buskerud, further north, through Hardanger. Other options include
Rauland and other resorts in Telemark (beyond Hovden)
Giljastølen, Stavtjørn and Bjørnestad are small skisenters closer
to Stavanger, but with less snow-assurance.
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You can fly
to Stavanger from many countries. You can also arrive
by ferry - with a car if you want.
There are many hotels
in the Stavanger area - not so many close to the ski resorts.
Sirdal in Vest Agder
is less than 2
hours drive from Stavanger and the 2 main ski centres -
share a lift-pass system, with 10 lifts including an express chairlift, and 25
slopes. There are also the smaller skisenters of
Fidjeland and Aadneram, plus many
kilometers of cross-country ski trails.
Either drive yourself (E 39 - RV 45 through Hunnedalen) or take the ski-buss
service - Stavanger - Sandnes -
Tjørhomfjellet - Ålsheia - Fidjeland - Aadneram.
Rent a hytte (cottage) or
stay in Stavanger
Sauda is east of Haugesund,
north of Stavanger, 3 hours or so by car - but only 2+ hours by ski-boat
and bus from central Stavanger (weekends and peak times like Easter).
This centre has hyttes for rent, as well as some hotel
Roldal is a hidden gem
with great snow and a long season - but can also be quite exposed.
About 4 hours drive from Stavanger - or 3 hours by ski-boat and bus
as a long daytrip (weekends and peak times like Easter).
Some hyttes, and one hotel, plus hotels
in Odda and further away into Hardanger.
Hovden is the main resort
in Setesdal, in Aust Agder county. About 5 or 6 hours drive away. Several hotels
and apartment centres.
Rauland is 6 hours by
car (though it once took 2 days!). Several
hotels, apartments and hyttes for rent.
There are other ski senters in Telemark further away.
All of these resorts are a long drive through Hardanger and beyond - but worth it.
Voss resort is 5-6 hours away. A long-established resort beside the town.
Voss Fjellandsby - Myrkdalen is a new and growing skisenter 30 km north of Voss, about 6 hours drive
is a famous resort in Hallingdal, in Buskerud county. About 7 hours drive from Stavanger.
It is also on the Bergen to Oslo railway line.
is a 8-9 hours drive - but is a fantastic
resort with great skiing and a long season.
is only 1 hour away, just off the RV 45, at a campsite. Stavtjørn
is a little further away - again surrounded by hyttes and camping
caravan sites. Bjørnestad is close to Sirdal
on the RV 42 road from Egersund.
Gullingen is north-east of Stavanger, beyond Hjelmeland.
Most people drive to these places - either as a day-trip or staying in private hyttes.
Less than an hour away
are Brekko, Madland
with Hunnadalen and Sirdal - including Furuåsen
a little further.