Ryfylke Sauda Setesdal Sirdal round trip
This round trip takes you through some of the most dramatic and beautiful
scenery in Norway, starting and ending in Stavanger, with a minimum
of 2 or 3 more overnight stops although you might want to spend 2 or
more nights at each place for a 1 week holiday. It takes several roads
(marked green) which are closed through the winter.
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This is not about finding the quickest route, but showing you
unique scenery, nature and lifestyles .
. Stop off at Utstein
monastery or Fjøløy
lighthouse before continuing on the E39 through another undersea
tunnel to Rennesøy - take the Hanasand road for the Ferry to Finnøy.
Get a ticket for Hanasand - Ladstein and Judaberg - Eidssund
. Arriving on Finnoy you are now in another world - of
only by ferries and fast boats
- people commuting by boat to work and
school every day. In Judaberg take the ferry to Eidssund, then drive and
take the ferry for Nesvik ( RV13
north) towards Sand, and
the ferry across to Ropeid. Alternatively
, take the ferry
from Judaberg to Hebsnes and drive to Ropeid
B. Hotel in Sauda:
looks out over the fjord at Saudasjøen 3
km from Sauda, with the mountains climbing up behind the hotel towards the
ski resort. This is popular for teambuilding, winter or summer visitors
and summer tourists along the Ryfylkeveien (Ryfylke road)
. Leave Sauda on the FV520
road over the mountains to Røldal
. This road is closed until
late May because of deep snow. Take your time and enjoy the wild scenery.
You reach the E134
Haugesund to Oslo road close to Røldal
skisenter. Turn right through Røldal
. You now travel on the E
134 over Haukelifjell
and through the many tunnels
- refuges during the winter for traffic waiting for convoys to take them.
This is the only road across for many miles. Coming down into the valley
at Haukeligrend, you turn right again, up the hill on RV9
, over the top and into the top end of Setesdal.
is one of the biggest ski resorts in southern Norway, and has plenty to
interest summer visitors, with hiking, cycling and canoeing, for example.
You can also take the chairlift to the top of Storenos
, or relax in the large indoor leisure swimming pool.
. Leaving Hovden continue down Setesdal on highway 9 through
Bykle and Valle then turn right onto the Suleskar
road to Sirdal
. This is another road that is closed through the winter,
and the Sesilami ski race follows the same route. In early September there
is great excitement when the sheep are gathered in.
. Arriving in Sirdal
you have many
leisure options, and can either drive through Hunnedalen (below) or take
to Lysebotn and Lysefjord
. This is another dramatic mountain
road that is closed for half the year. Near the end is the vertigo view
of the hairpin bends down to Lysebotn and the walk to
is mainly a hydro-electric town, accessible only by boat in the winter.
runs only once a day (twice from 2008) so time it
right and book ahead. This takes you right back to central Stavanger and
passes below Pulpit Rock
also known as Preikestolen
. Alternatively, take the RV45
to Sandnes and Stavanger passing through Hunnedalen
- another difficult road in the winter, and impressive all through the year.
is a short diversion on the way down