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E 134 road over Haukelifjell

The Haukeli road between Røldal in Hordaland and Haukeligrend in Telemark is part of the main road between Haugesund and Oslo, and on the usual winter route from Stavanger and Haugesund on the west coast to the ski resorts of Hovden and Rauland.
It can be closed, or have traffic restricted to convoys during the winter, even as late as Easter.

wild snow-laden mountains near Haukeliseter
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tunnel approaching and high roadsigns to avoid being buried This road is not easy to keep open during the winter as it crosses the mountain plateau. The nearest road to the north is RV7 Hardangervidda 60 km away. To the south, the Suleskar road is 80 km away but closed in the winter, and it is 160 km to RV 42
Make sure you have warm clothes, food, drink and some way to entertain yourselves while you wait in a tunnel for the snowploughs.
For traffic information try telephone 175 or
Take care driving here - special danger points are tunnel entrances (they are narrow and can have snowdrifts inside or out) and sudden icy patches on a clear road.
Along the way you pass Haukeliseter hytte - a popular start point for ski touring across the Setesdalheiene or Hardangervidda.
This road is part of several long tours, including:
Stavanger - Sauda - Hovden - Sirdal round trip
Map reference:    3960 66360
By car:  Drive north from Stavanger by E39 or other route (e.g. RV13) to the E134 and head east
Parking:   very limited
By bus:  The Haukeliekspressen bus service passes along this road between Oslo and Haugesund or Bergen (via Odda)

Distance from Stavanger: 210 km
Distance from Haugesund: 150 km

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even on a clear road you can suddenly find ice or snow
Grungedal just east of Haukeligrend seen from the RV9 Hovden road Travel time from Stavanger:
4 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
the drive normally takes about an hour
Toilets by some tunnel entrances for those waiting for a convoy, otherwise none.
Kids verdict:
Looks scary, otherwise boring
See also:
Stavanger - Sauda - Hovden - Sirdal round trip
New road through the tunnel - old road buried in snow
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