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Månafossen and beyond

This walk goes past the spectacular Månafossen waterfall and up into the beautiful valley beyond. This is a classic U-shaped glacial valley with plenty of places to stop for a picnic. You can hike for hours or even days from here using the network of tourist huts to overnight.
Månafossen is the biggest waterfall in Rogaland and is not far from Stavanger Norway. It sits on the border between the Ryfylke area and the high Jaeren to the south.

a classic U-shaped glacial valley
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autumn colours This walk begins with the climb up to the Månafossen waterfall. Continue on upwards and around the chasm cut by the waterfall, through woodland, and into the great open U-shaped valley above. For a good scramble over big boulders continue 2km up the valley to the glacial morraine and the lake beyond. It is beautiful here.

Come here in, or just after, bad weather; the river in flood is definitely worth seeing and the waterfall can be quite awesome after prolonged heavy rain.

Contact the Turistforening for more information on overnighting in mountain hyttes (huts) in this area.
Map reference:
Rogaland Fylkeskart (scale 1: 200 000) 488 273
By car:
Drive south from Stavanger on the E39. Just south of Algard turn left onto the RV45 towards Sirdal. Turn left at Gilje, go through the tunnel to Frafjord and follow the road to Månafossen.

At end of road
Distance from Stavanger: 60 km

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first glimpse of the valley beyond
impressive sights in wet weather Travel time from Stavanger:
1 hour
Duration of the visit:
2 hours or much more
Carpark (costing 20 kroner, put into an envelope).
Toilets at carpark
Picnic tables at carpark
Kids verdict:
First part very exciting near waterfall
See also:
Giljestolen skiing
Giljestolen to Frafjord bike ride
Hotel booking in the Stavanger area

Hotels in Sandnes
Hotel booking south of Stavanger (Jaeren)
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