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Explore the south of Fjord Norway

It's waterful!


Welcome! How do YOU like your water? Swimming, rafting, surfing, sailing, diving. Hike, alpine, cross-country – hot chocolate. Along the beaches, over snow-coated mountains, in a small, summer warm mountain lake, while island hopping or from a roaring waterfall. As snow, splashing

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of waves, light rain, morning mist – or ice cubes. From the Viking age, or straight from the stream. Renewable energy, or energy to walk the last mile. You decide, or water does it for you. Enjoy.


It's waterful!

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DEPARTING BY FERRY FROM STAVANGER

The Preikestolen Hike

(The Pulpit Rock) - your ultimate bucket list item Pulpit Rock is a glacial rock formation 604m above Lysefjord. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway which is why so many people hike up for stunning views of the fjord. The trek to the summit of Preikestolen is unguided and has a clearly marked path, but before you begin the hike, you need a simple way to get there.

DEPARTING BY FERRY FROM STAVANGER

Trolltunga

– combining adrenaline and nature The Trolltunga rock formation is just as magical as it looks in the pictures as it protrudes over the lake of Ringedalsvatnet. Just as magical is the feeling of getting there after the demanding hike, which is definitely not for beginners...!

DEPARTING BY BUS FROM STAVANGER

Kjerag

– one of the world’s most spectacular hiking experiences Wedged in a mountain crevice sits the Kjerag Boulder. This famous natural attraction lures thrillseekers from all over the world. Why? Well, because they dare to stand on the rock that’s elevated above Lysefjord.

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Welcome to the south of Fjord Norway! The Haugesund region, Ryfylke and the Stavanger region are somewhat different from the rest of Norway. In summer, in high season, yet also a long weekend in November: with nature just as overwhelming, and just as much too see as in the rest of the country. If not more. Only slightly wilder and wetter. And

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Content Top nature attractions

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Mountains

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Beaches & oceans

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Tips & Tricks

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Islands

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Fjords

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Active holiday

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Waterfalls 26

Winter & snow

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Rivers & lakes

Tourist routes

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Culture 38 This is where it all began

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Museums

Street art and wooden houses

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Art 56

Churches 46

Architecture

Great for kids

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Food 68 Shopping 72

Festivals

Plan your stay

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Accommodation

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Tourist information

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Getting to and around

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Maps

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More recommendations and tips on itswaterful.com, regionstavanger-ryfylke.com and visithaugesund.no. At the back of the brochure, please find maps of the region, city maps of the largest cities, see map reference on listings. Editor and layout: Destinasjon Haugesund og Haugalandet, Reisemål Ryfylke, Region Stavanger Prepress: Grafo | Printing: Ålgård Offset | Photo frontpage: Moxey Editions: Total of 300 000 ex., in Norwegian, English, German and Spanish Editorial closed in February 2019, may be subject to errors and changes. For all forms of reproduction, please obtain permission in advance. Distribution for free.

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N AT U R E Strandvik

TROLLTUNGA Ænes

Storebø Gjerdmundshamn

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Våge

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Tysnesøy

IN FJORD NORWAY

Folgefonna

Rosendal

Onarheim

ICONIC HIKES

Odda

Ølve

Bekkjarvik Våge

Tyssedal

Sundal

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Skare

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E134 E134

Fitjar Fjæra

Husnes Åkrafjorden Leirvik Bremnes

Håra

LANGFOSS

Sunde

Rubbestadneset

Åkra

E39

Skånevik Hellandsbygd

Moster Etne

Ølen

E39

Langevåg

Sauda Svandal

E134

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Vikebygd 520

Sveio Nedre Vats

E134

Vikedal

Suldalsosen

Sand

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Haugesund

Aksdal

Marvik Yrke

E39

HIMAKÅNÅ

Avaldsnes

Nedstrand

Utsira

Erfjord

Jelsa Nesvik

Kopervik

Tøtlandsvik

Ombo

Åkrehamn 47

Kleivaland

Hjelmeland

E39

Sandve

Jøsenfjorden

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Hervik

Judaberg

Skudeneshavn

Fister Årdal

E39

Rennesøy Tau

Lysebotn Jørpeland

PHOTO: KJETIL BENTSEN

TROLLPIKKEN

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PREIKESTOLEN

Stavanger

Lysefjorden Oanes

Hinna

 A POTENT ROCK FORMATION

Sola

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Lauvvik 45

Sandnes

Frafjord

2 HOURS RETURN

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4,2 KILOMETERS RETURN/ ALTITUDE 160 METERS

Bore

Gilja

E39

DIFFICULTY LEVEL BLUE MEDIUM Forget grand waterfalls and fjords - let yourself be amused by Trollpikken, a phallus-shaped rock formation that has become the most light-hearted symbol for the potency of Norwegian nature. In June 2017, somebody destroyed Trollpikken by cutting it off with heavy tools. The people of its home municipality Egersund worked hard to put it back in place with lifts, steel rods and epoxy. The landscape that surrounds Trollpikken resembles a scene from a Tolkien book with rolling hills, small mountains, rocks and shifting cloud cover. The Vikings also strode through the heather and granite of this area, where the last ice age carved out Trollpikken 10,000 years ago.

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Sirdal

Byrkjedal

Ålgård

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Bryne 44

Nærbø

Tonstad

Hegelstad Vikeså

Varhaug

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Vigrestad Brusand

Helleland

Ogna 44

Eik

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TROLLPIKKEN Egersund

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KJERAG

Flørli

Randaberg

Magma UNESCO Global Geopark

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Moi Sira


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TROLLTUNGA  A TOUGH CHALLENGE 1012 HOURS RETURN 28 KILOMETERS 14 KM ONE WAY / 1,200 METER ASCENT DIFFICULTY LEVEL BLACK EXPERT Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. It is situated in the high mountains, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The hike and the views are breathtaking. The hike is usually possible to do from mid-June until mid-September. It is a long and demanding hike. Consider carefully whether you are in good enough shape and have the right equipment before setting out. Prepare well and be a responsible and safe hiker. If you are inexperienced with challenging mountain hikes, you should consider to join a guided tour to Trolltunga. WARNING – do not try to hike to Trolltunga in wintertime by your own.

LANGFOSS  A THRILLING WATERFALL 3 HOURS RETURN

PHOTO: ESPEN MILLS

3,5 KILOMETERS / ALTITUDE 640 METERS DIFFICULTY LEVEL RED DEMANDING The sheer force of the 612-metre-high Langfossen waterfall in Åkrafjorden is spellbinding. No wonder that the CNN has listed this quintessential Norwegian waterfall as one of the ten most beautiful in the world. The best way to experience Langfossen is to follow the hiking trail on smooth granite, surrounded by thick pines and crooked birch trees. Calling the trail anything but steep would be pure fabrication, but the reward is an even more stunning view with every step. You will glance over the treetops at the fjord and the mountains while the waterfall roars in the distance. Sore and stiff calves will pass in a few days, but the memories of the magical views from Langfossen will last a lifetime.

HIMAKÅNÅ  TROLLTUNGA’S LITTLE SISTER

PHOTO: LINE MURPHY

2 HOURS RETURN 4 KILOMETERS RETURN / ALTITUDE 317 METERS DIFFICULTY LEVEL BLUE MEDIUM Situated a relatively modest 357 metres above sea level, the Himakånå rock formation has become known as “Little Trolltunga”. Whilst it is easier to get to than Trolltunga, the views are equally impressive. Compared to Trolltunga, the trek to Himakånå is faster, more accessible, and family friendly. The surrounding landscape flourishes with oak, beech and birch. The trail runs through mountain pastures, small forests and fields. From the top, Himakånå offers panoramic views of Lysevatnet lake, Nedstrandsfjord and farms surrounded by lush forests.

KJERAG  THE BIG BROTHER OF ATTRACTIONS PHOTO: TERJE RAKKE

DIFFICULTY LEVEL RED DEMANDING It is not just higher than Preikestolen, it also has a grand finale in Kjeragbolten: the large, round boulder stuck high up in the air in between two mountain sides. Nature must have been feeling playful when it wedged the boulder into the crack. Kjerag attracts the daring. Even though you can’t see the edge when you first arrive, you sense the abyss that awaits you. On a trek like this, it is OK to have butterflies in your stomach. Perhaps it’s the way it towers over the fjord? 1,000 meters of vertical granite does something to us humans. Kjerag is a demanding trip, with an unbelievable view offering memories for a lifetime. Do a bit of preparation in advance and make sure you have a safe hike to Kjerag.

PREIKESTOLEN

PHOTO: OUTDOORLIFENORWAY.COM

6 HOURS RETURN 10 KILOMETERS / ALTITUDE 550 METERS

 THE MOST ICONIC OF ALL 4 HOURS RETURN 8 KILOMETERS / ALTITUDE 330 METERS DIFFICULTY LEVEL RED DEMANDING

Trollpikken was first presented as a new tourist icon in 2017. Days later, the rock formation was cut off. Social media went crazy, and investigations began. Local enthusiasts contributed to restoring the 12 ton-stone block, only 13 days after it had been vandalised.

If Norway had been designed by landscape architects, Preikestolen would have been an award-winning work of genius. No other mountain better sum up the thrilling beauty that is the hallmark of Norwegian nature. Such a famous trek creates high expectations. Is Preikestolen really that good? It might be sunny or rainy, windy or foggy - but that is part of the charm. You know when you approach the end of the steep trail through the birch forest: The landscape opens up and you sense the depth around Preikestolen’s surprisingly small plateau.

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Top nature ­attractions

Lysefjorden © outdoorlifenorway.com


On the edge, thrillingly high above the fjord. On top of the waves, with surf in your heart and sea water in your hair. Splashes of snow and a beating heart at the bottom of the alpine slopes. Thoroughly sweaty after the bike ride along the roaring North Sea: It’s waterful. The Lysefjord  A 40 km-long fjord with fascinating mountains

on each side. Enjoy a day on the fjord with sightseeing and stunning nature. For the fit, there are ­spectacular views of the fjord from destinations

such as Preikestolen, Kjerag and Flørli. Also, expect stunning vistas from the top of Lysevegen above

Lysebotn or from the Lysefjord bridge at the entry of the fjord.

Season: Fjord cruise all year. VII/C5

Flørli 4444  Upon arrival to Flørli, you practically feel

­surrounded by history. Climb one of the longest

and steepest wooden stairs in the world at 4444 steps from the fjord up the mountain. Exhibition

and cafe in the old power station. Accommodation in apartments and hostel. School pub and hot tub on the dock. There are also guest docks for small boats.

Main season: May–September VII/C5

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Refsnesstranden © Aldente/Moxey

The Jæren beaches Norway’s longest beachline is spread over

70 km along the coast, with both sandy beaches and pebbled beaches. The coastal area is extra­ordinary in that it is a landscape of

­important geological, botanical, zoological and ­cultural ­historical elements. The beaches are

in a p ­ rotected landscape area as well as being in a plant and bird protection areas. The most ­famous beaches are Sola beach, Bore beach, Orre beach (Blue Flag), Refsnes beach and ­Brusand beach. VII/B5-6 Season: All year.

(Sola, Orre)

Sandvesand © Ørjan B. Iversen

The Karmøy beaches Let the Mediterranean atmosphere prevail at Åkrasanden, the

elongated sandy beach with a Blue Flag (lobal environment certificate). The beach is well suited for sailboards. Sandvesand beach

is another of Karmøy’s beautiful ­beaches and is located just north of Skudeneshavn. The area in which it lies is very rich in terms

of species. The vegetation surrounding the beach is exciting for a plant lover. There are good ­opportunities for wave surfing for qualified surfers. VII/A4 Season: All year.

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One blue sky above us, one ocean ­lapping all our shores, one earth so green and round, who could ask for more? Pete Seeger

Dalsnuten © Grim Berge/NLE Film

Røvær © Aldente/Moxey

Dalsnuten

Røvær

On top of the mountain peak of 324 m a.s.l.

The island of Røvær is 25 minutes west of

Sandnes, as well as of the mountainous area

less than 100 inhabitants, one hotel, summer

you have splendid views, both of Stavanger and facing east. The easiest hike to Dalsnuten is on a wide path, passing lake Gramstadtjørn and

through a small forest with shelters available. Pram-friendly hiking trails from Gramstad to

Kubbetjørn and Revholstjørn. Gramstad or Dale. Return trip 2 hours, 3.8 km VII/B5 Season: All year.

Haugesund, in the middle of the ocean. With cafe, boat harbour and Røvær Aquaculture

­Centre, this is a community most of us won’t see on a daily basis. Previously, the Vikings

lived here, and it has been homes of many a ­fisherman. This was a busy layover for seafarers. VII/A3 Season: All year.

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Mountains

Hellandsnuten © Ragnhild Solbakken

Hikes Bynuten 

Boknafjellet 

­magnificent views of the Lysefjord, Sandnes and the sur­rounding

­important sailing beacon for seafarers.

At 671 m a.s.l., is the highest peak in Sandnes offering

area, and in clear weather – views all the way to Stavanger.

­Parking by fv. 508 between Høle and Oltedal. 6 hours, 11.6 km. VII/C5 Season: All year (Note! Could be snow in winter)

Rennesøyhodnet 

A famous landmark (293 m a.s.l.), and an On the top, there has since ancient times been a fire cairn. Access from E39 towards Føresvik at ­Vestre Bokn. Hike up takes around 45 minutes. VII/B4 Season: All year.

At 234 m a.s.l. provides an amazing view in all directions. There

Steinsfjellet 

­Rennesøy. Starting points: Vikevåg, Sel, Dale or Østhusvik. Three-

you will find Steinsfjellet with a varied hiking

are altogether 20 km of marked trails in the highest areas of hour hike of 5.6 km, 3 hours. Season: All year. VII/B4

A small drive from Haugesund city centre,

­terrain. From here, there are panoramic views

of ­Haugesund and the region as well as of the North Sea. Car route all the way to the top,

however use designated parking area approx. 100 m from the top. On sunny days with no

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” (Lao Tzu)

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clouds, you can watch the sun set into the ocean. VII/A3 Season: All year.


Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. (John Ruskin)

Steinsfjellet © Ingun S. Harloff

Rennesøyhodnet © Ingrid Meling Lunde

Hovlandsnuten 

Hellandsnuten 

view of the fjord in Sauda! With two starting

Sandsfjord, the Hylsfjord, the Saudafjord, the Vindafjord and the

­versatile hike suitable for most people. The fairy-

Several steep parts on the hike that are demanding. The rewards

views from the cabin on top give you great

Time: 6 hours. VII/C3 Season: March–October.

Risvoll school at Saudasjøen. 6,8 km/ 4 hours

Gullbergtuva Lund 

Towers at 931 m a.s.l. and provides the widest

A stunning mountain peak with a view of the area’s five fjords; the

points, Sagastien is easily accessible and a

Lovrafjord. The hike starts from Joagarden kindergarden at Eide.

tale forest, the Sherpa steps and the panoramic

on top are some of the best panoramic views in the entire region!

experiences along the way. Starting point near return hike. VII/C2 Season: May–November

Skomakarnibbå 

(The Shoemaker’s Crag) at 700 m a.s.l. is a

­distinctive mountain south of the Jøsenfjord. It

At 463 m a.s.l. and offers gorgeous views of the entire Dalane region. Follow the “Opplev Dalane” path through the woods,

and along Dypingsvatnet lake to Røysland, from here, take the

red path in an open landscape to the top. Parking at information board for the “Opplev Dalane” path. 1–3 hours. VII/C7

can be viewed in profile from the Nor­wegian

Season: All year.

­Vindsvik. On clear days, a fantastic view reveals

Vinjakula 

Scenic Route Ryfylke between Vadla and

itself from the viewing points at Øksnafjellet

and by the Skomakarnibbå. The hike starts from parking (fee), 200 m before farm Hagalid. Do

not attempt to go out on Skomakarnibbå itself.

At 907 m a.s.l. is the highest peak in Magma UNESCO Global

Geopark and offers a grand view. Starting point: Veen. 4–5 hours /

13.4 km. VII/C6 Season: All year.

12,2 km/ 6 hours return hike. VII/C4

Season: May–October.

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M O U N TA I N S

Mor Norge © Odd Inge Worsøe

Holtaheia © Kristofer Ryde

Easy hikes Kyststien (Coastal path) 

Slightly north of Haugesund city centre, you will find the coastal trail that lets you wander along the shore in a historic area. You may experience the ocean in all kinds of weathers, Norway´s

only national monument and you`ll meet wild sheep that helps

­maintaining the cultural landscape along the ocean. 1-hour hike of

Mor Norge (Mother Norway) also known as Steinkjerringa (by Sigurd Sørensen/artist name S. Neandros in 1898) was meant for a school in Stavanger but was instead placed at Jæren in 1927. The transportation of the 3-ton heavy sculpture was carried out by youth from Nærbø and Varhaug.

6 km. Season: All year. III/A2-B2

Viglesdalen 

Lifjell 

The hike goes along Hiafossen waterfall, Granefossen waterfall

viewing points of northern Jæren. From the

through an enormous scree under imposing mountain walls,

Gandsfjord, the North Sea and Ryfylke. Going

lake. 13,8 km, 5 hours return. VII/C4

of Riska and Strandalandet. There is a winding

The hike to the valley Viglesdalen from Nes in Årdal is a classic.

For a great view, Lifjell is one of the best

and Sendingsfossen waterfall, over an ancient stone bridge and

top, enjoy magnificent views of Stavanger, the

before arriving at a lush plain by the end of the Viglesdals­vannet

up from ­Hommersåk gives you an amazing view

Season: All year (Note! Could be snow in winter).

road towards the top suitable for prams and

bikes. Starting point: Likaiveien, Hommersåk. VII/B5 Season: All year.

Synesvarden 

In 1961, 39 British school pupils, their teachers and crew, lost their lives in a plane accident at Holtaheia. Near the site of the accident, there is a memorial.

The area surrounding Synesvarden is the largest remaining heathlands at Jæren. This is also how the rest of the flatland at Jæren looked like

­before the agriculture seriously changed Jæren in the last part of the 1800s. The roundtrip is

from Holmavatn to Synesvarden and further to the monument Mor Norge.

Starting point: Holma­vatn. 2 hours/7,6 km. Season: All year. VII/B6

Holtaheia 

Sokkanuten

being in the lowlands, the area is surprisingly mountainous. The

Oanes, and hike to Sokkanuten. This will give

From the parking, there are several hikes possible, and despite

peaks Moldhesten and Ormakammen and the memorial from the plane accident are all natural destinations. The hike to the top where the memorial is raised, is not signposted, however the

path is nice and clear. Path: Moldhesten/Ormakammen approx.

2–3 hours. Memorial: 1-hour return. VII/C4 Season: May–October. 18

Make an extra stop between ferry crossings at you an entirelt new perspective of the start of

the Lysefjord. From Lysefjord Hyttegrend, there

is a marked rountrip to the top. The view reveals itself on the top and just below is the bridge

Lysefjordbrua. The hike takes around 2 hours. VII/C5 Season: April–September.


Gloppedalsura © Eduardo Grund

Hattesteinene © Jan Ove Grastveit

Hiking areas

Unique places

Etnefjellene 

Gloppedalsura

find the mountains of Etne where Haugesund

on top of an end moraine. The boulders blocked the former

One hour-drive from Haugesund, you will

­Trekking Organisation operates several ­cabins.

The area offers varied, easily hiked terrain with

Northern Europe’s largest stone scree contains landslide ­boulders course of the Hunnedalselven river toward Veen and Vikeså and formed a lake in the bottom of the valley Byrkjedal. VII/C6

lush mountain valleys and mountain peaks

Season: All year.

Haugesund. Haukeliekspressen (express bus)

Ruggesteinen 

Level of difficulty and time depend on chosen

stone in Northern Europe. Parking at Linepollen, approx. 1 km

of up to 1400 m a.s.l. Access rom E134 from

has several daily departures from Haugesund. hike; Haugesund Trekking Organisation is happy to give advice on hikes suitable to you. VII/C2-3

At Indre Åmodt is with its 74 tons the largest moving block of east of Hauge i Dalane. VII/C7 Season: All year.

Season: All year.

Ritlandskrateret 

Magma UNESCO Global Geopark

struck at the moors of Hjelmeland. You must use your imagination

A window into the inner earth spanning over 2,329 km2. It has several beautiful hiking

­opportunities – not only for those interested

in geology. Several nice hikes including Troll­

pikken (p. 10–11), Galtadalen, Gursli mines with

500 million of years of geological history from when a meteor

to see the crater shape in the terrain, however, it is a stunning

hiking area. The hike is a roundtrip where the goal is the shelter

with a view of the meteorite crater at Ritland. Roundtrip: approx. 6- km/approx. 2 hours return. Season: March–November. VII/C4

Hattesteinene, Hellersheia plateau, Jibbeheia,

Glacial Potholes at Rullestad 

Season: All year.

some of Northern Europe’s largest potholes; several meters

Stoplesteinane, Varberg and Svartaknuten.

Sirdalsheiene

The moors of Sirdal offer short day trips but also longer hikes in the highlands. Some nice hikes include Degdammen, Hilleknuten, Kvinen og Gamlevegen in Finsnesbakkane.

In the steep mountain walls at Rullestadjuvet, you can see

in ­diameter. Glacial potholes are round caves in the mountain

made by water, ice and stones in the last ice age. The potholes

are close to E134; however, you cannot see them from the road. To ­experience them closely, you must follow the marked road ­Postvegen from Skromme. VII/C2

Season: All year (Note! Snow in winter).

Setesdal and Ryfylkeheiane nature reserve (SVR)

Norway’s second largest nature reserve with

fantastic hiking possible along the DNT hiking

routes and cabins. SVR starts in south from Evje and Tonstad to Haukeli and Røldal in north.

The plant and animal life are varied, and the

landscape itself is versatile. You find the hydro power reserve Blåsjø here. VII/D3-E3

Season: All year (Note! Snow in winter).

Ryfylkeheiane is a reindeer territory with the vegetation and wildlife of the highlands where you will find ­Europe’s southernmost wild reindeer. 19


TIPS & TRICKS

What to wear and how to act in Norwegian nature? Equipment

Be prepared for all types of weather in the

mountains, even in summer. This is why you must bring clothing and equipment apt for

­sunny and nice weather, but account also for snow, rain and heavy wind. The weather can change rapidly.

• Preferably wool clothing closest to body, then fleece and then windproof jacket. Bring rain-

proof clothing, hat, gloves and spare change. A reflective vest is a good idea as it makes you easy to find should you need help

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• It is important to have sturdy footwear – use hiking/mountain boots

• Pack enough food and drink adapted to You can hike in all kinds of weather; ­however, it is crucial to plan

ahead in terms of w ­ eather ­conditions, equipment, physical shape,

­experience and local knowledge. Hikes to top attractions such

as Preikestolen, Langfoss, Trolltunga and Kjerag (see p. 10–11) might be too demanding for some people, nevertheless there

are numerous other easy hikes to destinations in less dangerous landscapes (see p. 18).

length of your hike

• First aid kit

• Map, compass, GPS and flashlight

• Bring your phone, but remember that you might not have reception at all times

• Wind sack makes the mountains safer. A sack big enough for you to get inside and get

shelter from wind and weather. Cheap life insurance!

Hike on well-marked paths, listen to experienced ­mountain hikers and follow advice on signposts and information boards along the way.

The right to roam (Allemannsretten) Is fundamental for all outdoor activities in

­Norway. These rights come with responsibilities to preserve this valuable part of the nature law. • People have the right to roam freely by foot or on skis in nature

The Mountain Code (­Fjellvettreglene)

1. Plan the hike ahead and report to someone where you are going

2. Adjust the hike according to ability and ­conditions

3. Take weather and avalanche conditions into consideration

4. Be prepared for bad and cold weather, even on short hikes

5. Bring necessary equipment in case of having to help yourself or other

6. Make safe route choices. Recognize terrain endangered for avalanches and unsecure ice

7. Use map and a compass. Always know where you are 8. Turn back in time. There is no shame in going back

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• Do not walk on cultivated fields/cropland or meadows

• Close gates behind you and do not ruin fences • The use of fire and lighting of bonfires in the forest and fields are forbidden from 15 April to 15 September

• Always remember that dogs must be kept on a leash – be c­ onsiderate of grazing animals

• Take your litter/garbage back with you, do not leave in nature

• Motorised vehicles are normally forbidden in nature

• Do not disturb animals and birds, including nests including baby birds/ animals


Join us on a spectacular

HIKE LYSEFJORD’S ICONS – YEAR ROUND!

hike to Preikestolen

PREIKESTOLEN Pulpit Rock

Visiting Preikestolen is an experience of a lifetime, and the mountain cliff is one of the most famous attractions in Ryfylke and in Norway. Parking fee supports the foundation Stiftelsen Preikestolen, responsible for maintaining the trails and the service facilities at the site. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our members of staff. preikestolen365.com Season: All year Duration: 4 hours, round trip

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MS Sandnes Is one of Norway’s most beautiful veteran boats. Lysefjord cruise, theme and business trips, accommodation, etc. Food served on board. Tailormade events with serving, entertainment and excursions. mssandnes.no

46 locations in 5 municipalities for you to explore! Guided hikes and experiences – online booking!

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Order tickets and guide at pulpit rock.no

post@magmageopark.no – magmageopark.no

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Fjords Fjord is one of the few words that has become international, ­stemming from the Norse fjorðr. Frafjord © Aldente/Moxey


Helleren, Jøssingfjord © Eduardo Grund

Note the «Dråpen», (the drip) behind the red house at ­Helleren. Two ­buckets collect drops of water drizzling from the mountains. Allegedly, this was to serve travellers from afar.

A fjord is a deep, narrow and long-stretched sea channel with steep land on three sides. The mouth of the fjord towards the sea, is often shallow. Fjords were created by gigantic tongues of glacier through several ice ages that have formed the landscape. A fjord is a u-shaped underwater valley, and in western Norway, this valley is often surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes.

Frafjord

The fjords often have more calm waters than the open sea, and act as natural harbours. The Lysefjord is different from other fjords in Norway in all its wildness. The mountains are at their highest more than 1 000 m a.s.l., and some places it is as deep in the fjord as the mountains are high. Find out more about the Lysefjord on p. 12–13.

Extends from Stavanger to Sandnes centre.

Jøssingfjorden

Is a branch of the Høgsfjord and stretches from Dirdal and into the village of Frafjord. The fjord has steep and narrow sides, and on the northside the mountains tower almost 700 meters straight up from the fjord. Near the village

Frafjord, the river Frafjordåna runs into the fjord. VII/C5

Gandsfjorden

The fjord lies in the distinction between the flat “­Jæren” landscape to the west and the

heathlands towards the inland. 30 km of marked hiking trails easily accessible all year. Dalsnuten mountain peak is the highest point at 323 m a.s.l. See the fjord on a train ride between Sandnes and Stavanger. VII/B5

Jøsenfjorden

The fjord spreads around 27 km from Hjelme­

Known for the Altmark Affair, the first act of war in Norway (16

land/Nesvik into Førrebotn. The mountains

by the British navy and British sailors released. This became the

m a.s.l. The views can be admired from the

fjord is surrounded by steep mountain walls and ends up in a

on the fjord, you can watch powerful mountains,

are likely to be known to you. Can be seen from the North Sea

farms and crofts. VII/C4

February 1940), when the German military ship was boarded

­tower on both sides of the fjord, up to 700

pretext for the German attack and occupation of Norway. The

­Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke. From a boat

large stone scree. Two little houses under Helleren in Jøssingfjord

salmon and halibut elevation stations, remote

Route (rv. 44) between Egersund and Flekkefjord. Helleren forms a natural roof here, and people have lived here for thousands of

years. The houses from the 1800s have no roof thatch – precisely because the mountain provides a shelter. VII/D7

Åkrafjorden

The Åkrafjord is a narrow fjord with precipitous mountain walls on both sides. In powerful and wild nature, join a fjord cruise to ex-

perience the Langfoss waterfall. The contrasts in the Åkrafjord are massive; naked, steep mountains and lush hillsides, calm w ­ aters

and roaring water from glaciers, artefacts from the Stone age and a small hydro power plant. VII/C2

Åkrafjorden © Magnus Roaldset Furset

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Experience Langfoss

FjordCruise Langfoss Guida sykkelturar og sykkelutleige

Fotturar i Åkrafjorden

A 612 meter waterfall - named one of the world’s 10 most beautiful CNN Travel

Foto: Espen Mills

Traktorsafari til Eikemo

#fjordcruise #tractorsafari #farmvisit #hiking #toptour #wildernesscamp #bike #bungeejump

aakrafjorden.no

Åkrafjord © Espen Mills

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Waterfalls Månafossen © André Andreassen

Langfoss Langfoss waterfall is the 5th highest in Norway is

modation possible, must be booked in advance.

Åkrafjord. It has been named one of the world’s most beautiful

Månafossen waterfall. 1 hour to Mån. VII/C5

in the fjords for long periods at a time had many children,

Fotlandsfossen is the largest waterfall at

a habit of drinking water from the Langfoss waterfall. Locally, the

been a resource as long as people have been

5th highest in Norway and drops 600 meters straight into the

waterfalls. A saga from the 1800s, states that fisher­men ­working ­supposedly this had something to do with the fact that they had waterfall is called “Viagra falls”, see p. 10–11. VII/C2

Svandalsfossen waterfall has a drop of 180 meters and can

be found along the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke just upon

arriving at Saudasjøen. Park and walk under the bridge to experi-

Parking (fee) at Eikeskog, ½ hour from the

Jæren with jumping salmons. Running water has known to exploit waterpower since the 1200s.

The remains of mills can be f­ ound here. The last

two mills have been restored as memorials. VII/B6

Dorgefossen near fv. 468 is a stunning sight.

ence the waterfall up close via an impressive bridge and stair-

The river Sira is regulated and the amount of

part of the waterfall and you get rewarded by a fresh shower. In

passes above the waterfall and you can see

case. The steps are steep and lead up to the foot of the upper

periods with extensive rain, the waterfall partly covers the scenic route. VII/C2

Høsebrua bridge over the Sandsfossen waterfall

­water in the waterfall varies. The county road down into the fall from the bridge. A picnic

area has been built above it, and from here, is a

footpath down to the edge of the canyon. VII/D5

at Sand is the last part of river Suldalslågen, one of the longest

rivers in Rogaland. The waterfall is not high, however very wide

and with an impressive rumble. The drop is 4 meters. Just by the falls is Høsebrua bridge, a footbridge above the river Suldals­

lågen designed by Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter AS. Parking and picnic area nearby. VII/C3

Månafossen waterfall is with its 90 m free fall, the highest

waterfall in Rogaland. Reaching it, you hike on a steep and

­rugged path, there are chains and steps put up to help you.

­Several viewing points to the waterfall along the way. ­Continue

into Måndal valley and visit the open-air courtyard Mån. Accom26

A legend says that p ­ eople condemned to death could save their lives by jumping over Dorgefossen. Those who succeeded were spared.


Rivers and lakes Suldalslågen © Skattkammeret Suldal/Inge Riska

In some river and lakes, it is free to fish, other places you need a license. Check with private

landowners for fishing permits. Fishing seasons vary from river to river, and you should check

with local tourist offices for more information.

Bjerkreimselva river is a popular area for salmon and trout

fishing. Named one of the best salmon rivers in Norway. Several years the total catch has been more than 7 000 salmons. VII/C6

Rivers Dirdalelva and Frafjordelva are also fantastic

salmon rivers. VII/C5 Minimum sizes for fishing types: fiskeridir.no/English Fishing fee: fiskeravgift.miljodirektoratet.no Local fishing permits: purchase at inatur.no More about fishing: fiskeridir.no/English

Etneelva river is one of the most important

salmon rivers in western Norway, located in

beautiful settings. Trout is also available. Fishing fee applies. VII/B2

Suldalslågen river is one of Norway’s most

famous salmon rivers. At the end of the 1800s,

Soknaelva river is a small river, and thus important for all fish-

ers to respect each other, and do not stay too long at one fishing spot. VII/C7

Rv. 504 Fiskje consists of lakes Hedlevatna, Husavatn,

Kappatjern, Litlamos, Litlavatn, Mellomstrandsvatn, Oslandsvatn, Romavatn, Røyslandsvatn, Stevetjern and Storemos. Trout and char. VII/B6

Ørsdalsvatnet is the largest lake in Bjerkreim of 18 km. The

lake and the nature can best be explored on a boat trip with M/K Ørsdølen Sundays in summer. VII/C6

Walter Archer protected the river from using any

other fishing tools than the fishing rod, and since then, it has been popular for salmon fishing.

Also popular for salmon safari and river rafting expeditions by Mo Laksegard. VII/C3

Figgjoelva river starts at Ålgård and passes

the small community of Figgjo continuing to Sele at Jæren. The river is known for sports

fishing and is one of Norway’s largest salmon rivers. VII/B5

Ørsdalsvatnet © Eduardo Grund

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Beaches & oceans

Refsnesstranden © Aldente/Moxey

Did you know that ­Norway’s best surfing c­ onditions are found along the beaches of Jæren and Karmøy? Surfing – there is great surfing during summer and early autumn, especially for beginners, with mild water temperatures and relatively small

waves. Beginners can try the following beaches: Hellestø, Sele, Bore, Brusand/Ogna and Stav­ asand. For the more experienced, we recom-

mend Sandvesand, or surfing all of the above

during late autumn and winter when they offer better waves and conditions. Åkrasand is well

Kongevegen partly follows the old riding path over Jæren and continues along the coast from Kvassheim to Hå gamle

preste­gard. Parking at Varhaug old cemetery, Grødalandstunet and Hå gamle prestegard. 8,4 km, 3 hours. VII/B6

Åkrasand–Ferkingstad Between Åkrehamn and the ancient housing remains at Hop, you find cultural and historic monu-

ments. From here, enjoy views of the white beaches extending across the coastline. The hike follows a natural path where you

can also explore the rich fauna and birdlife in the area. The hike

comes to a natural stop at the «Fisherman’s Memorial», a memorial to commemorate the local fishermen lost at sea. Difficulty: Easy. Around 2 hours. VII/A4

For more information on places to swim, see page 67.

suited for sailboards and kiting.

Vigdel–Bore offers a nice hike in the open

and flat beach landscape. Follow the coastline

southwards, passing Sele harbour and continue towards Bore beach. Parking at Vigdel beach. 9 km, 2–3 hours. VII/B5 28

Large championships such as Eurosurf, Eurosurf Junior and the Norwegian Championship have taken place at our beaches.


Islands

Utsira © Tove Grimsby

Ryfylkeøyene (the Ryfylke islands) offer easy and short hikes

Mastravarden at Mosterøy is with its

and lush islands. Numerous prehistoric signs tell the story of a

giving a wide view in all directions. Parking at

in a fascinating coastal landscape; with views of fjords, straits

long settlement history that have put a stamp on the landscape.

Green pastures alternate with marshes, heathland and deciduous forests. VII/B4–C4

Rennesøy, also known as the green islands are part of the

unique archipelagos of Ryfylke and located in the borderline

between the North Sea and the rich fjord areas in inner Ryfylke. The location makes for a large variation in range and difference

in nature and landscapes. The municipality has eight islands with settlements: Rennesøy, Mosterøy, Bru, Fjøløy, Klosterøy,

Vestre Åmøy, Sokn and Brimse. The coastal landscape at

­Rennesøy is shaped through thousands of years. The climate is maritime, mild and humid. VII/B4

154 m a.s.l. the highest peak on the island,

Haugvaldstad, Mosterøyveien. 30 min. VII/B4

Utsira is Norway’s westernmost located

island, the country’s smallest municipality, and haven for bird watchers. You find more than

300 different bird species here. Visiting Utsira

in the middle of the ocean is exotic; somewhere in between Norway and the British Isles, is this island, windblown and self-sufficient. In 2014, Utsira had their own street art, UtsirArt, now

with more than 50 artworks on the island. Daily ferry connections between Utsira and Haugesund. VII/A4

Finnøy consists of 16 inhabited islands. Bridge, ferries and

Eigerøy is located just outside Egersund

Finnøy, the others are Talgje, Fogn, Fisterøyene, Sjernar­øyane

­Eigerøy is almost split in two by the bay Lundar­

­speed boats bind most of islands together. The main island is

and Ombo. Traditions as an agricultural municipality, and especially tomatoes; almost 40 % of the ­country’s tomato production is grown here. VII/B4

and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. viga, Nordre Eigerøya and Søre Eigerøya. At Midbrødøya outside Nordre Eigerøya, lies

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Active holiday If you are not one to associate holidays with lazy days, we have just the thing for you! Laksesafari © Aldente/Moxey

Salmon safari

Float down Suldalslågen river from Mo

Laksegard

in a solid survival suit! See wild salmon and sea trout

under water. Seeing salmon and trout in the wild is an

experience of a lifetime! Suldalslågen is known for large

salmons of more than 20 kg. You do not catch the fish on a salmon safari, you swim with it! molaks.no VII/C3

KLATREPARKEN CLIMBING PARK FOR ALL

Klatreparken in Nedstrand consists of 5 trails in the trees, combined 78 obstructions and 11 zip lines. Different difficulty, here is something for everyone!

Canoe rental

Etne, Rullestad Camping

Sveio, Haugaland Golfklubb Utsira, Utsira Overnatting

Sauda tourist information & Suldal tourist information Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

Alsvik Natursenter, canoe rental via Kronen Gaard Hotell Stavanger Friluftssenter, by Store Stokkavatn

KFUM/KFUK scouts, Hauge i Dalane, contact Steinar

Stornes

Frafjord SUP & Kayak Center, Frafjord

FJORD GLAMPING

We now offer accommodation in luxury tent with lovely views to the fjord and mountains. From two people and groups that want different nature experience!

Sirdal, at Kvæven and at the culture dpt. at the town hall

Frafjord SUP & Kayak Center

Only one hours’ drive from Stavanger the fjord

­adventure awaits in Frafjord. A small distance from the

Lysefjord, we invite you to enjoy SUP and kayak paddling in untouched nature. Prices start at NOK 100,- an hour. May–Sep., year-round by appointment. Frafjord pier, frafjordsup.com VII/C5 30

VII/ B4

www.fjordglamping.no for more info.


Break some sweat with zipline or climbing! Climbing is very popular and there are several climbing facilities in the region. Recommended: Haugaland klatrevegg, Klatresenter at Fossanmoen, Sørmarka and Eigersundshallen.

Climbing and adrenaline rush Klatreparken Høyt & Lavt Nedstrand

Via Ferrata, Jøssingfjord © Eduardo Grund

5 tracks with the total of 78 elements, with a Zip line

of 304 m with a fjord view. The area is facilitated with ­barbecue and picnic area. Kiosk, cafe with local food. VII/B4

Cycling

Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

Explore stunning nature and stimulating culture and at

more experienced. The skilful activity leaders instruct

in the region make it possible to visit mesmerizing places

Several different climbing walls, both for beginners and

the same time get your blood pumping! Short distances

you safely up the mountain side. The large block of rock

whilst pedalling.

climbing efforts. preikestolenfjellstue.no VII/C5

North Sea Cycle Route

Zipline

follows the national bike route no. 1 all the way from the

near the water camp is a good place to attempt your first

Going from the Netherlands to Norway. In Norway, it

Just above the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, you’ll

Swedish border (Svinesund) to Bergen in Fjord Norway.

it is the longest in Norway. Enjoy the views of fjord

to Larvik, Skjærgårdsruten (archipelago route) from

­mountain tops and cliffs. The starting point is near the

from Kristiansand to Bergen. It passes most places in our

find the zipline, and with its 350 meters-steel wire

The route is called the Oslo fjord route from Svinesund

and ­landscapes while whizzing through the air above

Larvik to Kristiansand and the North Sea Cycle Route

path to Preike­stolen. From 10 years.

region, offering several ­options for nature escapades.

preikestolenfjellstue.no VII/C5

eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-12

Outdoor climbing in Sandnes

Karmøyrunden (Karmøy roundtrip)

ficulty 6-9. Dale is a climbing area with 80–90 degrees

­roundtrip of 97 km, and easy to bike. Possible to go by

(3–5+) is good for traditional mountain climbing and Spo-

tunnel Karmøy­tunnelen. The North Sea Route takes you

areas are Gramstad, Mulaberget, Dansen, Duelifjell,

and is signposted from Haugesund. VII/A4

Several fields. Bergsagel has 60 routes, degree of dif-

Part of North Sea Cycle Route. Karmøyrunden is a

steep walls, and more than 110 routes. (5–9). Himlingen

bus from Håvik kollektivterminal to Stavanger via the

raland (6–8+) is a small field of 18 routes. Other climbing

by ferry ­between Stavanger and Nedstrand in Tysvær

Nordland and Bynuten. VII/B5

Via ferrata, Månafossen waterfall

From Eikeskog, there is a Via Ferrata climbing route

going up the mountain side, and from the top of the

mountain, you are merely 500 m from Månafossen waterfall. All climbers must pay and register at the farm at the starting point of the Via Ferrata. Also, possible to rent equipment if needed. VII/C5

Via ferrata, Jøssingfjord

A climbing route along the mountain side with the

­Migaren, name given by the waterfall you must cross on

the way. Via ferrata means walking on iron, and the climb

partly goes along via bolts in the mountain. Guided tours with Magma Geopark. magmageopark.com VII/C7

Due to the mild climates in our region, you can play golf all year round. Choose from golf courts in the mountains or by the coast, where you must be careful not to hit the ball into the waves.

Preikestolen Golfklubb

VII/ C5

Challenging and exciting course. On the way to Preikestolen. Play golf on the field, or exercise near the club house, the range, the green and the junior area. Golf set for rental. Green fee valid all day. prgk.no | +47 51 31 18 14

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A C T I V E H O L I D AY

Karmøyrunden © Camilla Vandvik

Several accommodation ­establishments will have bike rental available to guests, remember to ­enquire in advance.

Blåsjø

Rail tricycle at Ålgårdbanen

reservoir leads into the heathlands at the

and Kongeparken. Open summer, Sundays rest of the year.

The paved service road along the Blåsjø ­water very heart of SVR Setesdal and Ryfylkeheiane ­conservation area. Bring your family and go biking! Season: Summer. VII/D3

See the green islands by bike

Narrow roads with little ­traffic. Easy terrain to bike through. Suitable for ­families. Start with

speed boat from Stavanger, to one of the islands

Tricycle on rails for 6 km, return trip along the salmon river, ­Figgjo +47 957 76 247, aalgaardbanens-venner.com VII/B5-6

Bike rental:

• Sveio bike rental via Haugaland Golfklubb • Utsira, bike rental via Utsira Overnatting

• Haugesund, rental of el bikes from Haraldshaugen Camping • Skudeneshavn tourist information total of 4 bikes for rental,

Torget

of Finnøy. Speed boats take up to 10 bikes,

• El bikes at Suldal tourist information, Gullingen, Vatlandsvåg and

no. Buy tomatoes straight from the greenhouse,

• Bysykken in Stavanger – el bikes, bysykkelen.no

book in advance and check times on kolumbus.

visit Handelsstedet R ­ amsvig’s open summer cafe or jump into the sea for a swim on a hot summer day. VII/B4

Vestlandske hovedvei

Former main road of western Norway between

Nesflaten

• Paa Hjul Jernbaneveien 3, Stavanger

• Sandnes turistinformasjon – free city bike (deposit). Vågsgt. 22,

Sandnes

• Egersund turistinformasjon/Magma Geopark. Elvegata 23,

Egersund visitegersund.no

Christiania and Stavanger. Became allowed for vehicles in the beginning of the 1800s.

­Facilitated for postal service, civil servants and

the military. Some original parts of the road have been well-kept and are today marked as bike

paths passing through rocky mountain scenery. Some of the road is part of North Sea Cycle

Route. The bike tour from Ogna to Hegrestad is 7 km. VII/B7

Tunnelstuo A bike picnic area in the former tunnel towards Jøssingfjord built in 1921, but also a spectacular opportunity for staying the night in hammocks. The tunnel has two large openings and is around 250 m long. From the opening by the large stone table, you have stunning views of the fjord and the valley surrounded by steep mountain sides.

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Jøssingfjord © Aldente/Moxey


Winter & snow

Sauda © Per Inge Fjellheim

Sirdal © Frank Haughom

Olalihytta © Svein Egil Økland

Curling and skating in the middle of the cities, cross country skiing in peaceful nature, alpine slopes ­giving butterflies. We do not always have snow in the lowlands, however, w ­ inter paradise is not far away! Ski centres

Skates & Curling

Sauda Skisenter, Sauda.

Sørmarka Arena, Sørmarkveien 20, Stavanger

Røldal Skisenter, Håradal, Røldal. Gullingen Skisenter, Gullingen, Sand. Gilje Alpin, Dirdal.

Ådneram Skitrekk, Ådneram, Tjørhom. Fidjeland Skitrekk Fidjeland, Tjørhom. Sirdal Skisenter, Tjørhom.

Stavtjørn Alpinsenter, Vikeså.

Bjørnestad Skisenter Bjørnestad, Tonstad.

The ski boat from Stavanger to Sauda runs on Saturdays and Sundays during winter every weekend the slopes are open. Buy boat and bus ticket as well as ski lift pass all in one ­package at rodne.no.

Stavanger Ishall, Siddishallen, Tjensvoll, Stavanger Nye Loen Ishall, Nærbø

Ishallen, Hanne Hauglands veg 8, Haugesund

Cross country tracks

are found at many locations providing there is snow; Olalia,

­Seljestad & Røldal, Gullingen, Sauda, Brekko, Sirdal and Stavtjørn.

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Award-winning Høsebrua bridge by the Sandsfossen waterfall. Impressive roar from the falls and a drop of 5 m. Visit Norway’s first salmon studio, hiking paths and community centre Sand.

The journey along the Scenic Route in Ryfylke is a journey of contrasts. Meet naked highland mountains, lush hillsides, steep mountain walls and deep fjords. The road is rough, raw and rebellious and you might ask yourself why on earth someone came up with the idea of constructing a road here. Forsand

Photo: Fjordexpedition Photo: Anita H Riskedal

Sauda Ski Centre. 8 km from Sauda centre. Choose between several routes in the alpine slopes, family lift, park and prepared ski tracks in the mountains.

Photo: Per Inge Fjellheim

Sauda

Riding tour on Icelandic horses with Fossanmoen Islandshestsenter to Uburen. Enjoy fantastic views of the entry to the Lysefjord and the Høgsfjord.

Strand Guided kayak tours with Fjordexpedition around the islands of Jørpeland. See the Norwegian Stone Henge – Solspeilet. Stunning nature and calm waters!

Hjelmeland Explore the majestic Ryganfossen waterfall between Årdal and Songesand, with an impressive drop of 560 m. The hike starts at Nes.

Read more about Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke passing through Forsand, Strand, Hjelmeland, Suldal and Sauda. Small towns, communities and villages inviting you to explore culture, nature and food. https://www.regionstavanger-ryfylke.com/top-attractions/norwegian-scenic-route-ryfylke 35


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Norwegian Scenic Routes and tourist routes

Suleskarvegen © Luke Tennant

Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren

Tronåsen

horizons and endless sea. Norway’s pantry, with

Bakke Bro, an old chain bridge from 1844, above the Sira river.

described with words such as high sky, wide

an intensive agricultural activity. The route runs from Ogna to Bore (41 km). The coast along

Jæren is open towards the sea and has from ancient times been known to be one of the

most dangerous coastlines along the N ­ orwegian coast. The build of the Jæren lighthouses

­started in the early 1800s. Visit Orre frilufts-

hus, Hå gamle prestegard, Obrestad harbour,

­Varhaug old cemetery or Kvassheim lighthouse – all with interesting stories of ocean and history. VII/B6

The North Sea Route

The journey along the sea, from Kristiansand

to Haugesund and Utsira. From Kristiansand, leave the landscapes of the south and travel

into the start of Fjord Norway. The North Sea

Route winds past the dramatic Jøssingfjord and further into the coastal town of Egersund. The

A listed road between Moi and Flekkefjord. The road ends at

Part of the old western main road (Vestlandske Hovedveg) with

8 sharp turns from Tronvik to the top and 3 curves down towards Vest Agder. Supposedly one of the most dangerous stretches

of Rally Monte Carlo in 1931. Every 5 years the veteran race is

organised on this listed road with high participation. Private car traffic during summer. VII/D7

Suleskarvegen

Suleskarvegen is known to be the highest road connection in

the south west of Norway. The road stretches from Suleskar in

Sirdal to Brokke in Setesdal and takes you over the mountains to

Dalen and Høydalsmo in Telemark. Discover the fjords of western Norway, charming and vibrant towns, authentic rural culture and breathtaking mountain scenery. So, take your time, look around and enjoy your trip! It’s as if the Suleskar road was made for

motorbikes. The road has been awarded “one of Norway’s best

motorbike roads” by among others Bike magazine. Note: closed in winter (Nov.- mid May). VII/E4–5

stone landscape eventually meets Jæren with ­elongated sandy beaches and pebbles. The

North Sea Road continues to Stavanger with

its vibrant city life. Furthermore, the trip goes

via Rennfast and Bokn. At the end of the route,

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Culture and nature adventures on the edge – where land, ocean and sky meet.


Lille Presteskjær fyr © Jan Ove Grastveit

From lighthouse to lighthouse along the coast of Rogaland

Start in Sveio with a visit to Ryvarden Kulturfyr with exhibits and

cafe open weekends and in summer. You can rent the lighthouse keeper’s residence and spend the night, sleeps 8–10 people.

and keep going southwards until making a

turn on the North Sea Road (fv. 507) on to the ­elongated Bore beach. From the beach, you sight Feistein lighthouse. VII/B5

ryvarden.no. VII/A3

At Nærbø, drive a short distance along fv. 44

After a good night’s sleep, return to Haugesund and take ferry

house, located between Hå gamle Prestegard

MS Utsira to the island. From the harbour in Nordevågen, it is

around 1 km to Utsira lighthouse, Norway’s only remaining twin lighthouse. Utsira island offers street art, geocaching, historical

hikes, restaurants and cafes. It is a haven for fishing enthusiasts or bird watchers. Book accommodation via the lighthouse at

utsira.net. VII/A4 The trip continues southwards from Haugesund via Avaldsnes (p. 40/41).

Continue to Arsvågen where you take the car ferry to Morta­

vika. Then drive in direction Vikevåg, from there go through the

before making a turn towards Obrestad light-

and Obrestad harbour. Accommodation possible at the lighthouse. In the harbour, explore the sculpture Konvoi, made by Elisabeth Jarstø. VII/B6

Back on to the fv. 44, continue southwards to Kvassheim lighthouse. Visit for exhibitions on rescue history and the protected landscape area. Open in summer. jarenfri.no VII/B6

Mastrafjord tunnel, then turn towards Mosterøy, cross the island

Head south to Egersund. Exit onto the fv.

the entire family. And lots of weather! You can also visit Utstein

hours’ walk from the lighthouse. The country’s

to island Fjøløy and Fjøløy lighthouse, a hiking area with paths for Monastery (p. 46/47). Accommodation possible at Utstein Kloster Hotel. VII/B4

Continue via the Byfjord tunnel, follow signposting to ­Tungenes

502 towards Eigerøy lighthouse. Parking 1

first ­tower in cast iron. Cafe open Sundays in ­summer. Accommodation possible. visitegersund.no VII/A7

lighthouse, a museum and a cultural arena, with exhibits,

Return on the same road to fv. 44 and continue

­tungenesfyr.no. Drive southwards via E39, turn towards Sola

Lille Presteskjær lighthouse. Possible to rent for

­concerts, gallery and cafe. Open Sundays and in summer.

(fv. 509) in direction Kvernevik. Continue until arriving on fv. 510

to Rekefjord, where you can catch a boat ride to accommodation. sokndal.kommune.no VII/C7

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Culture Avaldsnes © Aldente/Moxey


The stream you drink from is the same that the Viking king Olav Tryggvason drank from more than a thousand years ago. ­Svandalsfossen waterfall roars at you on top of the spectacular stairs. Street art in pouring rain and a steaming hot espresso at Fargegata: It’s waterful.

Throughout the course of time, people have

used nature and put their cultural mark on it.

Since the first people arrived in Norway, 10,000

years have passed. Natural mountain formations such as sheltered caves have been the starting

points for homes, and landscapes with remains

from different eras bear witness of the different generations who lived here. Not only nature

offers top attractions in this part of the country.

In 2008, Stavanger and Sandnes were European capitals of culture, and the areas broad cultural life is a testament to this. The Norwegian Film

festival is held annually in Haugesund, starting with the award ceremony Amanda.

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This is where it all began

Haraldshaugen © Jone Torkelsen

After the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago,

this is where the ice first melted, and the ­country came back to life. Thus, the first settlements

were established here, in the country that many

thousand years later were to become the nation of Norway. A number of prehistoric signs tells

the story of a long settlement history putting its stamp on the landscape.

The Stone age 10,000–1700 BC The first “Norwegians” used natural cave shelters as homes, often near large moving boulders near water.

Vistehola is one of the Norway’s oldest Stone Age settle-

ment sites. The first people settled here around 6,000 BC. The

Visit the museum of Archaeology in Stavanger and see our ancestors’ treasures and items that they used in day to day life.

cave now lies a good distance from the sea, 16 m a.s.l., but in

the Stone Age, the sea waters would have lapped at the cave’s ­entrance. A skeleton of a 15-year old person, known as Viste­ gutten (Viste boy), was found among bones, antlers and flint tools. It is one of the oldest discoveries of human remains in Norway. VII/B5

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Did you know that the Bronze Age b ­ egins hundreds of years earlier in Central ­Europe than in the Nordic countries?

The Bronze age 1700–500 BC During the bronze age, the society became more organised. The

richest chiefs went on trading or war raids to Europe, where they exchanged bronze from southern Europe with leather, horns and fur from Norway. Settlements became increasingly more perma-

nent, and the rich acquired symbols of status, lived in longhouses, and were often buried in burial mounds. There are ­numerous

Jernaldergården © Arkeologisk Museum

­burial mounds from the bronze age in the region, and rich

­findings have been made. People in the bronze age ­worshiped

the sun as a god. They carved images into the mountains or on

Jernaldergården (the Iron Age farm)

Åmøy (VII/B5), Løland (Ombo) (VII/C4), Solbakk (VII/B5) and

Age and is today run as living open-air museum.

caves; rock carvings. Some of the sites in this region are: ­Austre ­Helgaberget (Etne) VII/B2, with distinct symbols of ships, circles

and foot soles.

A reconstructed farmstead from the older Iron The fire is burning on the fire place, and if you are lucky you get to taste the fresh, historical

food prepared by the lady of the house. Guided tours in Norwegian and English. New visitor

centre with cafe and exhibitions. Open daily in

summer, rest of year Sundays. Madlamarkveien 152, Stavanger. jernaldergarden.no VII/B5

Landa Park – prehistoric village

At Fossanmoen, you can witness the remains of the Landa settlement; the archaeological

­discoveries at Landa are unique and can point

to a history 2,000 year back in time – from the Bronze Age, about 1500 BC to the Migration Solbakk © Olav Breen

The late Iron age and the Migration period (500 BC –570 AD) The late iron age was a time of expansion for the agriculture. All over southern Norway, fields were cleared for agricultural

use. Iron was first imported, then later extracted in Norway. The

Period, about 600 AD. Based on the findings,

Landa Park has been restored with three recon-

structed buildings representing the bronze age, the iron age and the migration period. VII/C5

Domsteinene (the domes)

A reconstructed stone circle near Stavanger

International Airport. Theories claim that it was

a place of trials or of sacrifice, or just a symbolic site representing the sun and seasonal cycle. VII/B5

further processing of the iron to make i.e. weapons, tools and jewelry became of great importance, as it made it possible to build large oceangoing ships. This was a precondition for the

Viking raids. All over the region, you can find traces from this era, remains from farms, castles, burial mounds and “thingstead”. Examples of such sites are the Tinghaug area at Klepp and ­Rehaugene at Karmøy.

The fertility cult at Rossland in Sokndal consists of a god’s head, stone altar and blood tubs. The legend tells that the altar was used for the sacrifying of horses to the God Frey.

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THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

At Avaldsnes, Viking chiefs and leaders were for 3,000 years in control of the shipping in and out of Nordvegen, later to ­become the kingdom of Norway.

Sverd i fjell ©thislifeintrips © Fritz Røed / BONO 2019

Viking age (approx. 750–1100 AD) Avaldsnes was a king’s farm for national kings

Gyda and Harald Fairhair According to the legend, it was love that forced Harald Fairhair to gather Norway into one kingdom. Allegedly, he wanted to wed the daughter of a king, Gyda Eiriksdatter. Supposedly, she did not find him sufficiently powerful, and she challenged him to become the sovereign of the entire Norway. Only then would she have him. Harald Fairhair rose to the challenge and chose also not to cut his hair before he had united Norway into one kingdom. The rest is as they say – history.

starting with Harald Fairhair and his descendants and continuing into Medieval times.

It was Harald Fairhair who united Norway into

one kingdom in the battle of Hafrsfjord, where you can find a monument to commemorate

the battle by. The monument, Sword in rocks,

is made by Fritz Røed. The national monument for the unification of Norway, Haraldstøtta, is

located in Haugesund. Both monuments are in popular hiking areas. Season: All year.

Erling Skjalgsson (975–1028) was a powerful

going ships, they were also known to be brutal warriors who

ducing Christianity. Next to Sola ruinkirke, there

­knowledge of the Viking’s justice system and their development

Viking from Sola, where he is known for intro-

rape and stole treasures to take back. Equally fascinating is the

is a memorial to commemorate him.

of ­democracy, their near contact with nature and nature’s forces.

Magnus Erlingsson (1156–1184) from Etne was

the time, as well as the Norse literature heritage that they left

crowned king when has was only 5 years old.

behind.

alliance with the church in order to make this

Learning more today

the law of succession were introduced who

stories from the sagas and traces that have been found on land

It was his father, Erling Skakke, who made an ­happen. At the same time, the monarchy and ­stated it was the king’s oldest legitimate son

The history of the Viking kings and the lives they led, is based on or at sea. At the Nordvegen Historiesenter, an audio-visual Harald

who had first-line rights to the throne.

Fairhair can take you on a journey. The Viking farm is ­located

The immense interest in the Vikings might

structed buildings from the 800s. Every summer, the ­largest

have something to do with the fact that they were daring voyagers travelling with ocean42

Not to mention the strong position of the Viking women of

only a short walk from the centre. The farm consists of reconViking festival in western Norway is organised at ­Avaldsnes. Opplevavaldsnes.no VII/A3


NORDVEGEN HISTORY CENTRE Meet rulers who have reigned throughout 3000 years. With our audiovisual exhibition, you can participate in a magical world people once believed to be true. Opening hours Main season

29.04–29.09 Mon–Fri 10–16 Saturday 11–16 Sunday 12–17 Opening hours Low season Wed 10–16 Sun 12–17

THE VIKING FARM AT AVALDNES Come and experience how the Vikings lived; meet Vikings in their various roles and feel how life was lived back in The Viking age. The Viking Farm is open from 19.06–13.08 Daily from 12:00–16.30 GUIDED TOUR LEAD BY A VIKING: at 13:00 at 15:00 English

ENTRANCE FEE MULTIPLE TICKET Adult NOK 170,Children NOK 60,-

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Street art and wooden houses

Street art © Brian Tallman Photography/Art: Ener Konings/Nuart

International and large, yet with a small town’s charm and warmth. Explore possibly the world’s largest outdoor gallery with striking and eye-catching street art on houses and murals. Side by side, but still in perfect union, stand the street art works in contrast to the gems of Instagram friendly, white painted

houses. The largest concentrations of listed wooden houses in E ­ urope are found here! Don’t miss locations old Stavanger, Skudeneshavn, Egersund, Sogndalstrand, Røvær, Utsira and Jelsa.

Street Art

The street art has put its stamp on Stavanger and the region for several years now. The annual Nuart festival has received attention from all over the world. As a visitor, you will experience a

visual statement hard to forget, with works from grand artists,

such as Fintan Magee, Snik, Milu Correch, AFK, Skurk and Martin Whatson. Mainly on murals in Stavanger and Sandnes

(nuartfestival.no). Several places at Jørpeland, you can observe street art of local motifs such as «Krokhølsmeden», and «Jenta

med Preikestolen» by Bart Bergen/Naeem Searle. Utsira is similarly known for street art; the island with no streets. Known inter-

national artists (Stik, JPS, 3F, Pichi&Avo, ATM and LaStaa) have

painted more than 70 stunning artworks along the roads at Utsira. Enjoy it on your own or with a guide.

Skudeneshavn © Ørjan B. Iversen

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Skudeneshavn

Situated at the southernmost tip of the island Karmøy, facing the Skudefjord and the North Sea. With its narrow streets, picturesque small boat harbour, 130 white wooden houses and sea

houses it is easy to be charmed by the small city by the sea. The

museum at Mælandsgården (summer open) shows how it was like to live here in the 1800s. The “Time Travel” app takes you on a historic tour with a theatrical touch. VII/A4

Strandstedet Jelsa

Jelsa in Suldal is the best-preserved fjord side village in Ryfylke. There has been a church here since the 13th century and com-

mercial activity since the 17th century. The old settlement and the wharf constitute a unique environment in architectural terms. The present church at Jelsa (1647) is in the Renaissance style. Jelsa is

Gamle Stavanger © CH/Visitnorway.com

reached via the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke. VII/C4

Sogndalstrand Traditionally, people built log houses, and evidently, people who came for work in the cities, rowed from the islands in rowing boats with house parts onboard. Log houses were easy to dismantle and reassemble. Imagine the number of trips they had to make!

The only settlement in Norway where both the 18th and 19th century wooden buildings and surrounding cultural landscapes are heritage listed. Get a taste of history and tradition in

this spectacular scenery and enjoy the tranquility of the little neighbourhood. Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell has contributed to bringing more

Old Stavanger

Consists of 173 wooden houses built towards the end of the

1700s and in the beginning of the 1800s. The area is character-

businesses to the area, thus helping to regenerate the old trade environment there. Today, the community consists of a gallery, souvenir shop, cafe, country store and a museum. VII/C7

ised by residents who are proud of their homes and gardens; most buildings and gardens are decorated with gorgeous

flowers in summer. Houses are generally small and painted in white. The Norwegian Canning Museum and the Stavanger

Maritime ­Museum are located here. Stavanger was pointed out

by ­UNESCO as one of the conservation worthy cities in Norway

with the largest collection of cohesive wooden houses in Europe comprising about 8,000 houses. II/A2

Øvre Holmegate

#fargegata is Norway’s most colourful street and has been

referred to as Stavanger’s “­Notting Hill”. The area’s renaissance started in 2005, when Tom Kjørsvik, local enthusiast and hair-

dresser, desired to do something unique to the street. Houses

were subsequently painted in different hues according to a colour scheme offered by artist Craig Flannagan. The street is known for charming cafes and pubs as well as niche shops. II/B2

Egersund city centre

Cittaslow (from Italian città= town and English slow) is an international movement created in Italy in 1999. The idea is to slow down the pace and prioritise quality of life and living the good life. Currently, 236 municipalities from more than 30 countries, are members of Cittaslow. Sokndal was the first municipality in Norway to become member of Cittaslow in 2003. In this community, you have full allowance to be different and somewhat crazy!

Explore the region with a guide! Guidecompaniet

provides tours and experiences all year and

tailor for events on request. Teambuilding, tour guiding, hosting and interpretation ­services.

Consists of lovely houses well preserved found i.e. in Strandgat-

­Authorised guides speaking 25 ­languages.

of Egersund, is also worth a visit. Today, the houses contain niche

booking@guidecompaniet.no

en, the city’s former main street. Haugen, the “medieval village”

+47 51 85 09 20,

shops in pleasant pedestrian streets. V

guidecompaniet.no

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Churches

Stavanger domkirke © thislifeintrips

People have at all times searched answers to the central existential questions. The events we could not explain naturally, we attributed to the spirits and to the gods. When it stormed and thundered at its most, the Vikings were convinced it was the Norse god Thor wielding his hammer and made a noise. This attitude continued after Christianity arrived in Norway. Saint Olav (Olav Haraldsson) was then subject to cause for any special natural formations. There are many water sources in Norway named after him

(Olavskilder/Olav sources). ­Christianity came to Norway from England and Europe, and it was the elite who first became Christianised. In Norway, the introduction to Christianity was linked to the three C ­ hristening kings; Håkon Adalsteinsfostre (around 935–960), Olav Tryggvason (around 995–1000) and Olav Haraldsson (1015–1028). The latter introduced Christianity as the country’s official r­ eligion around year 1020.

Røldal Stave Church

Utsira church

the 1200s and is one of the oldest stave churches in the country.

is a small, timbered church from 1785. Heritage

The natural place of gathering in the village. The church is built in It is still operating, and open to visitors in summer. The church is well worth a visit due to its unique history and embellishments.

Røldal is the country’s largest destination of pilgrims in terms of ­wanderers. VII/D2 46

The oldest church in the Haugesund region, and listed. The altarpiece from 1870 is a golden

coloured cross in a neoclassic frame. The sacristy and the tower with weaponry were built in 1954. VII/A4


Utstein kloster © Elisabeth Tønnesen

The Olav’s church

Årdal gamle kirke © Reisemål Ryfylke

but were restored and reconstructed in 1995.

The oldest parts of the stone church were built in 1250 on

­Popular for concerts and weddings. VII/B5

church was built on top of remains of a wooden church that Olav

Varhaug old cemetery

on an ancient place of cult, surrounded by obelisks. Today, the

the Varhaug farm in Hå. The cemetery dates to

the church. The church is currently undergoing restorations.

ably built here around year 1200. Small chapel

­initiative from the king Håkon Håkonsson, but it is said that the

Tryggvason constructed 250 years prior to this. The church is built

Located with the sea as its closest neighbour, at

only remaining obelisk is the largest, located to the northside of

the Middle Ages, and the first church was prob-

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from 1951. VII/B6

Årdal old church

In Årdal in Ryfylke is one of the most distinctive and ­beautiful

wooden renaissance churches from the 17th century. The church was built in three stages, the first stage in 1619. Inside, the

church has many beautiful painted decorations of prophets,

­angels and flowers. The pulpit and the altarpiece were decorated by the church artist Godtfred Hendtzchel. Open summer. VII/C4

Utstein monastery

The only preserved medieval monastery in Norway (1260). Has

been the King Harald Fairhair’s garrison. In medieval times, it was a monastery for Augustine monks and later a bailiff farm in the 1700s. Today, the monastery is run as a museum, a ­conference centre, a concert venue as well as offering rooms for private

On the northside of the Olav’s church, is a large obelisk. The legend says that when the time comes for the stone to touch the church wall, it is dooms day. There is currently 9,2 cm between the stone and the church wall! On top of the stone you can see chisel marks, supposedly these are from various priests, who in the dead of night climbed to the top and carved off a piece when they felt it was dangerously close to the wall.

­functions. Mosterøyveien 801, Mosterøy, utsteinkloster.no VII/B4

Stavanger cathedral

The cathedral is built in an Anglo-Norman style, supposedly

around 1125, when Sigurd Jorsalfarer made Stavanger a ­cathedral city. Bishop Reinald from Winchester was responsible for the building works. The church patron is Saint Swithun, and it is

­presumed that his arm is one of the original relics of the church. After the cathedral was damaged by a fire in 1272, it had a

new Gothic chancel. It’s the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has kept its original appearance while being in continuous

use. Stained glass works by Victor Sparre on the east façade of ­building, and a wood-carved pulpit from the 17th century. II/B3

Sola ruinkirke (ruin church)

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Guided church tours Strand church, 1874, is designed by the same archi­ tect that designed the castle in Oslo. Unique church art from the 1600s. Jørpeland church (Ryfylkebasilikaen) is also worth a visit. strandchurch.com

is built on the ruins of a Roman stone church from 1100. Large sections of the church were demolished during World War II

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Museums

Nordvegen Historiesenter © Ørjan B. Iversen

Follow the traces of Vikings, kings, fishermen, artists, writers and North Sea divers and see how their lives influence the region.

Museums open all year (More museums in Great for kids p. 62)

Karmsund Museum of Cultural History Depicts history of

the town and region. Exhibits show important parts of this history: farming, herring fisher-

galleri – valid on the same day. Skåregt. 142, Haugesund. karmsundfolkemuseum.no VII/A3

Nordvegen History Centre Learn about the sovereigns

ies, ­shipping trade and the development of

that controlled the coast of Norway from Avaldsnes. Some of

­exhibitions, the museum shows varying ­thematic

known from archaeology. Get a glimpse of the magic world that

­Dokken frilufts­museum and Haugesund Billed-

warriors and Norse gods. History will be told using modern

­Haugesund. In addition to the permanent

them are known from kings’ sagas and old songs. Others are

exhibitions and local films. Joint ticket with

people once believed to be real. You’ll meet sorcerers, female

­means. A short stroll form the centre, is a reconstructed viking farm. Kong Augvaldsvei 103, Avaldsnes. opplevavaldsnes.no VII/A3 

Nesasjøhuset (Ryfylkemuseum) at Sand in Ryfylke is the main

museum for the Ryfylke museums. Fjord view cafe, gift shop with books and handicrafts from Ryfylke. Visit the ­exhibitions “Folk

music and nationalism” and “Kvitebjørnen” (the white bear), an Nesasjøhuset © Jarle Lunde/Suldal Foto

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interactive adventure for kids, inviting to play and use your imagination. Nordenden 14, Sand. ryfylkemuseet.no VII/C3


The Norwegian Petroleum Museum An interactive museum suitable for everyone. Learn about the history of the Norwegian oil

industry, explore interactive games, play in the make-believe platform or see films. Open all

year. Kjeringholmen 1a, Stavanger. norskolje. museum.no II/B2  

Museum of Archaeology Viking

­exhibition with interesting findings including exhibits of rune stones. Meet people from

the past, i.e. the 8,200-year-old skeleton from

Norsk Oljemuseum © Espen Grønli

Vistehola. See the polar bear from Finnøy and

learn about origin myths from all over the world. Travel back in time in our time machine to the

Stone Age, play in the Viking longhouse or go for a walk through the museum exhibitions. Cafe. Peder Klowsgate 30 A, Stavanger. arkeologiskmuseum.no II/B5  

Norwegian Canning Museum

A vibrant museum in a former canning factory

located in old Stavanger. Follow the production

line of the manufacturing of conserved sardines and fish balls. Cafe and shop. The museum is

closed from 16 August 2019 due to the building of the new Norwegian Printing Museum. Øvre Strandgate 88, Stavanger.

norskhermetikkmuseum.no II/A2

Stavanger Maritime Museum Sea

Stavanger museum Portrays natural history exhibits along

with exhibitions of cultural history. Included is the Norwegian

Children’s museum with exhibitions of children culture and childhood history. Every Wednesday, meet a furniture carpenter in

the exhibit MUST’s Musty Chairs. Every week, join the baby cafe, Children’s Hour and Sunday tours. Cafe and shop. Muségata 16, Stavanger, stavangermuseum.no II/B4 with assistance

Arne and Hulda Garborg Arne Garborg (1851 born Jæren – 1924), one of Norway’s most prominent writers who struck a blow for nynorsk (new Norwegian). He married Hulda (1862–1934), author, actress, feminist and politician. They lived east in Norway, however Arne was homesick and built a holiday cabin at Jæren, Knudaheio. From here, he could see all the way to his childhood’s home, Garborgheimen. Both open in summer.

­houses and merchant’s houses from the

1800s. The exhibits show shipping, trade and ship­building. The museum currently has the

­exhibition “Seafarers at war”, telling the story

of the sailors’ efforts at sea during World Wars I and II. Audio guide in Norwegian, English

and ­German. Cafe and shop. ­Strandkaien 22, ­Stavanger, stavangermaritimemuseum.no stavangermaritimemuseum.no II/B2 with assistance

Garborgsenteret has on the following themes: ­marriage,

language, democracy, literature, modernity and ­tradition, media, life and society. Learn not only about Arne and Hulda Garborg, but get inspired to have a mind of your own. Open all year. garborg.no VII/

Sirdal Fjellmuseum/Kvæven rural museum has a

­collection of several buildings and objects showing the ancient

rural culture in Sirdal. The oldest house is from the 1770s. In the main building, the museum shows a glimpse of everyday life in

Sirdal through the course of several generations. Cafe. Tjørhom, Download the App “Ryfylkemuseet” and get your own guide on the mobile! Listen to exciting stories about the people who used to live on these farms or hear about the industrial history in Sauda.

sirdal.kommune.no VII/D5

Egersund Fayancemuseum Large collection of Egersund

Fayance factory’s production and 132-year-old history. A touching

gallery especially adapted for the blind and visually impaired. Museum shop. Fabrikkgaten 2, Egersund, in shopping centre AMFI Eikunda. dalanefolkemuseum.no V/C2

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EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE IRON AGE 22. June – 18. August Open daily 11.00–16.00

Open Sundays the rest of the year

Iron Age Farm Madlamarkveien 152. Tel. 51 83 26 00 jernaldergarden.no

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Universitetet i Stavanger

Vikingsummer at the Museum of Archaeology Opening hours 2. May – 31. August Monday – Friday 10.00–16.00 Saturday – Sunday 11.00–16.00 Peder Klows gate 31A Tel. 51 83 26 00 arkeologiskmuseum.no

Universitetet i Stavanger


Everything from art to monastery all on one ticket Our museums are a unique combination of natural history, culture and art shown through captivating exhibitions and special events throughout the year. Buy a ticket at one museum, and get free entry to all the others, all on the same day. See the program at museumstavanger.no BREIDABLIKK, LEDAAL, THE NORWEGIAN CANNING MUSEUM, STAVANGER ART MUSEUM, STAVANGER MARITIME MUSEUM, STAVANGER MUSEUM WITH THE NORWEGIAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, STAVANGER SCHOOL MUSEUM, UTSTEIN MONASTERY

To think that oil hides innside a rock!

Difficult tasks...

Retrieving oil and gas from the depths of the Northern sea made Norway one of the richest countries in the world. Learn how: Open for public all days: 1 September - 31 May Monday-Saturday/Sunday 10.00-16.00/18:00 1 June - 31 August Open daily from 10.00-19.00 We are located at Kjerringholmen in the city centre of Stavanger - Norway

norskoljemuseum.no

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MUSEUMS

Arquebus Krigshistoriske museum

Museums open in summer Dokken open-air museum See boathouses

with living quarters, a herring salting plant, cooperage, ­general store and apartment buildings from the her-

ring boom, which lasted from the 1850s to the 1960s. The open-air museum is also a nice recreational area.

The Sildajazz Festival opens each year at Dokken Mu-

seum. Groups tours by appointment. Joint ticket with

Museet i Mælandsgården © Ørjan B. Iversen

Visnes Mining Museum This area was t­ ransformed

from a quiet community with fishermen to a hectic m ­ ining village, thus changing Norway’s history in the 1800s. The museum tells the story of the mining community and

­exhibitions illustrate the work methods they used. The copper from this mine is used in the Statue of Liberty in NY, and a smaller copy of the statue is s­ ituated in

“Fransehagen”, the mansion garden of d ­ irector Charles de France. Visnes, Avaldsnes. v­ isitvisnes.no VII/A4

­Karmsund Folk Museum and Haugesund Billedgalleri,

valid on same day. Brogt. 1d–13c, Hasseløy, Haugesund. karmsundfolkemuseum.no VII/A3

Arquebus War History Museum is one of

Norway’s largest museums exhibiting artefacts from

the Second World War. Follow the dramatic history of

the occupation on April 9th, 1940, through to ­liberation in 1945. Experience everyday life, the contribution of the merchant marine navy, the home front, weapon

drops, and secret radio transmissions. The museum

shop sells military effects, books, clothes, and souvenirs. ­Gardsvikveien 20, Førresfjorden, arquebus.no VII/B3

Did you know that copper from the mines in Visnes is used as ­material on the Statue of ­Liberty in New York? Karmøy Fishery Museum The museum displays

the more recent era of the region’s fishing history, the

motorised time, that commenced after 1950. in addition, there are also large aquaria that contain typical saltwater fish species common to the district. Sletten, Vedavågen. fiskerimuseum.net VII/A4

Note: Has open-year facilities

Visnes Gruvemuseum The mining industry here started in 1865, was of great significance to the nation and left marks on the world society.

The Ryfylke Museum

The Statue of Liberty in New York contains copper from Visnes. Learn more about how this happened on a visit.

Welcome to Visnes! 9 June–22 Sep. 12–16, Sundays. 1 July– 16 Aug 12–16 Sunday to Friday Groups all year by appointment.

Visitvisnes.no

Come and visit our sites in Ryfylke. Go back in time and see how people lived. ryfylkemuseet.no

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Kolbeinstveit © Vidar Lunde

Litunet © Jarle Lunde

Åkrehamn Coast Museum Home to a large

apartments from 1920s and 1960s. Håkonsgaten 51–53,

­number of objects and photographs that depict

Sauda. ryfylkemuseet.no VII/C2

­exhibition covers the contact between west Karmøy and

Litunet A museum farm with an amazing view of the

Karmøy’s past as an important fishing centre. The

America. “Nora sea house” is one of the few herring

Hylsfjord in Suldal. The composition of the 13 buildings

and photos. B ­ oktavegen 17, Åkrehamn.

buildings here were built using traditions of craftsman-

­salting works that remains intact. Numerous artefacts akrehamnkystmuseum.no VII/A4

Museet i Mælandsgården The museum is

­situated in the old, preserved wooden building in

Skudenes­havn. The museum provides an insight into

how the town grew in the 1800s during the rich herring ­fishery period. You can see how a middle-class family

lived 150 years ago. the museum also contains a shop

from 1840, a merchant’s house, a dentist’s surgery, sea

houses and old workshops filled with fishing equipment and boats. Holmen 16, Skudeneshavn. skudenes.no VII/A4

Industrial Workers Museum and Åbøbyen

The industrial history of Sauda. Åbøbyen is a unique and well-preserved residential area built for industrial and

office workers at Sauda Smelting plant (1916-). New ex-

hibition depicting the industrial history and the workers’ Note: Has open-year facilities

Experience Participate Explore

centers s and science 13 museum d Region the Rogalan throughout

from the 1700s and 1800s gives a medieval feel, and the ship pointing back in history. Litunet was heritage-listed

in 1974. The visit here is an adventure. Open in summer.

Vallskorvegen 347, Suldalsosen. ryfylkemuseet.no VII/C3

Kolbeinstveit In Suldal is a vibrant museum farm

with animals and caretakers. Exhibits, serving of

­traditional food and playing for kids. At the courtyard, is the oldest preserved building in Rogaland, Guggedals­ loftet (1281). Suldalsvegen 1995, Suldalsosen. ryfylkemuseet.no VII/D3

Vigatunet A museum farm in Hjelmeland, A ­museum farm in Hjelmeland of high value in terms of cultural

­history and fruit cultivation. The buildings are lined up

on a courtyard with farmhouse, fire house, ­Sisselastova parlor, storage house and a barn. Exhibitions on craftsmanship and of fruit and berry production in Ryfylke. Vigavegen 30, Hjelmeland. ryfylkemuseet. no VII/C4 Note: Has open-year facilities

Unique experiences Dalane Folkemuseum offers historic surroundings and Norwegian cultural heritage. Find activities and trips at dalanefolkemuseum.no

DALANE FOLKEMUSEUM • EGERSUND FAYANCEMUSEUM THE MARITIME MUSEUM IN SOGNDALSTRAND MYSINGHÅLÅ • HELLEREN IN JØSSINGFJORD

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MUSEUMS

Tungenes fyr © Randaberg kommune

Slettebø © Dalane Folkemuseum

Kvitsøy hummermuseum (lobster museum)

Limagarden Is a typical mountain farm, with ­buildings

and lobster history. Visit the hatchery, where they hatch

­located on the land with views of Limavatn lake. Ytre

Exhibits over three floors, boats and engines, fishing

little baby lobsters in order to help increasing the lobster population. The museum is an ancient sea house with a

guest harbour. Grønningen 22, Kvitsøy. ryfylkemuseet.no

from early 19th century until 1939. It is beautifully Lima, Ålgård. Jaermuseet.no VII/B6

Dalane Folkemuseum consists of the Magistrate

V11/A/B4-5

Feyer’s old country home, with main building, farmhouse

Skolehuset Breidablikk from 1910 is today a folk

the 1830s. During World War II, Slettebø was used as a

and wagon shed from the 1850s. The gazebo is from

museum with a large ­collection of items connected to

military camp for the occupation power. The ­museum’s

Guided tours and waffles and coffee in summer.

­buildings. Museumsveien 20, Egersund.

industry and everyday life in Strand for the last ­centuries.

handcraft and farming departments are in these

­Monanevegen 49, Tau. V11/B5

dalanefolkemuseum.no VII/C7

Tungenes lighthouse (1828) is protected and

Lund bygdemuseum og kulturbank

as a museum and an important cultural venue in the

­vicarage in Moi. Here are 10,000 objects that give you

summer and Sundays all year. Tungenesveien 217,

various times; both in terms of agriculture and industry.

restored to be authentic to the 1930s. Today, it ­functions

(folk museum and culture bank) is located by the

­region, i.e. with exhibits, gallery and cafe. Open in

an interesting insight into former everyday life through

­Randaberg, tungenesfyr.no VII/B5

The crofter’s home, “Haien” has a cultural history fruit

Flyhistorisk Museum Sola Exhibits local,

Nystedveien, Moi, lundmuseum.no VII/D7

garden with a clone archive under the Nordic Gene bank.

­Norwegian aviation history from World War II to ­present day. Explore 35 historic aircrafts, both military and

­civilian. Uniforms, models and photo montage on display. Flyplassvegen 131, Sola. jaermuseet.no VII/B5

Grødalandstunet is one of the best kept farms in

Rogaland county. A typical farm by the sea with a lovely view of the ocean. The buildings are from the 18th and 19th centuries. Grødaland 64, Nærbø, grodaland.no

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Culture does not create people. People create culture. (Margareta Rönnberg)

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EVERY SUNDAY IN JULY AT 13:00

Experience

Karmøy

you are welcome to a theatrical walking tour in Skudeneshavn. 18th century figures will show you around the old town as only they know it. PRICE: 100 NOK. Free for

children under 12 years. MEETING POINT: Tourist Office, Town Square, Skudeneshavn.

Time Travel in Skudeneshavn What events have occurred on these streets? With the ”Time Travel” App you can follow 18th century figures on an exciting trip through the history of old Skudeneshavn.

elcome on W a historical walk with a theatrical touch! Meet Vikings at Avaldsnes. AT THE VIKING SETTLEMENT you will meet Vikings and participate in challenging Viking activities. During the period June 19th to August 13th, a Viking will take you on a journey back in time. Tours take place daily at 13:00 and at 15:00 (English-speaking). PRICE: Adults NOK 170.

Children NOK 60, including entrance Nordvegen Historiesenter.

www.visitkarmoy.no

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Art Solspeilet © Stian Skjæveland

Haugesund Art Gallery

Hå gamle Prestegard (old vicarage)

The art gallery is one of the city’s museums and

Various exhibitions with both Norwegian and international

is located north in the centre of Haugesund.

leading conveyers of visual art. On display, is art from their own collection as well as changing exhibits with borrowed and their own works. Some of the central works in the collection,

are artwork from artists with connections to

western Norway, i.e. Ole Frøvig, Nikolai Astrup

is an art and culture institution in a traditional, listed building. contemporary art, as well as cultural history exhibits. Art shop,

cafe with local food from Jæren. Rent entire building, and sleep at Obrestad lighthouse. Nice starting point for hikes along the Konge­vegen and the North Sea Road. Open all year. Håvegen 347, Nærbø, hagamleprestegard.no VII/B6

and more. Gallery shop. Erling Skjalgssonsgt. 4, Haugesund, haugesund-billedgalleri.no VII/A3

Art and culture – your heart’s healthy madness. (Tor Åge Bringsværd)

Haugesund Billedgalleri © Ana Goncales

Stavanger Art Museum

displays art from its own collections as well

as temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and ­International art. The collections consist of

art from the 19th century to the present. Visit ­Norway’s largest collection of Lars Hertervig, and enjoy works from artists such as Frida

Hansen, Kitty Kielland and Arne Ekeland. Cafe

and shop. Open all year. Henrik Ibsens gate 55, Stavanger, stavangerkunstmuseum.no I/B9 56

Stavanger kunstmuseum © Martin Håndlykken/Visitnorway.com


Art outdoors

Broken Column

is a sculpture project by British Antony ­Gormley,

Rex Garden/Rhododendronparken

A special nature park with over one thousand rhododendron and other plants, some of which are exclusive to the flora in Norway.

The park was built in 2014 and is located at Lauvsneset in Førde/ Sveio. There are several beautiful wooden sculptures around the

consisting of 23 iron sculptures placed in an

imaginary column from Stavanger Art Museum to the Stavanger harbour. The sculptures are

based on a cast of the sculptor’s own body with his altitude of 195 cm. II

park made with a chain saw by local artist Kenneth Ravn Ottesen. VII/A3

The Norwegian Stonehenge – Solspeilet

On the islet of Klungholmen near Jørpeland village in Strand,

Ryfylke, is a stone circle, an artwork by The Norwegian artist Stian H Skjæveland. Solspeilet ressembles an 8-meter tall Egyptian

pyramid 14 m a.s.l. The Norwegian Stonehenge can be seen from The Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke and from the hiking trail at Jørpelandsholmen. Open all year. IV/A3

Snøprinsessen © Fritz Røed/BONO 2019

Sculpture park/Rosehagen

The sculptures at Rosehagen and elsewhere placed at Jørpeland are a result of the world’s only symposium in acid-proof stainless

steel, and a cooperation between both national and international artists as well as Scana Steel Stavanger, Strand municipality and initiated by Melting Pot. IV/B2

Fritz Røed Sculpture park

consists of 10 sculptures of different sizes

and styles. The Bryne artist (1928–2002) de-

signed the park with a hint of humour, severity, ­playfulness and contemplation. VII/B6

Hå gamle prestegard © Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Kvassheim fyr © Eduardo Grund

Hå gamle prestegard

Obrestad lighthouse

Kvassheim lighthouse

Art and culture institution in a historic building. National and international contemporary art and cultural history exhibitions. Art shop and café serving local food.

Facility of cultural history with museum and exhibitions. Accommodation possible in two residential houses and one studio apartment. The lighthouse from 1873 is a good starting point for hiking along Kongevegen and the North Sea Route.

The lighthouse was built in 1912, and houses exhibitions portraying the rescue history as well as the protected landscape area. The lighthouse is part of the “Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren”. Accommodation possible. Rental of party and meeting venue. Café.

The lighthouse museum is closed during summer 2019. For information and rental contact Hå gamle prestegard. +47 51 79 16 60. leige.obrestadfyr@ha.kommune.no

Open: 24.6.–16.8.: Weekdays (not Sat.) 11–16 Rest of the year: Sun. 11–16. +47 51 66 71 70 post@jarenfri.no – jarenfri.no

Open: 1.9.–14.5. Tuesday–Friday 11–15 15.5.–31.8. Tuesday–Friday 11–17 All year Sat.–Sun. 12–17 Håvegen 347, Nærbø, +47 51 79 16 60 post.hgp@ha.kommune.no hagamleprestegard.no

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Architecture

Stavanger konserthus © Jiri Havran/Stavanger konserthus

From Haugesund in north to Sogndalstrand in south, you can explore great architecture! Our cities have northern Europe’s largest concentration of protected wooden houses, see p. 45. Haugesund city has a unique structure of which Art Nouveau holds a strong position, with grand Swiss villas and towers on corner houses. At Nesflaten in Suldal, you can ­witness ­functional design with

the power station, residential housing and Energihotellet. Places such as the neoclassical Haugesund city hall, unique buildings such as Norwegian Petroleum M ­ useum, the Lantern and the Stavanger Concert Hall, are all striking architectural gems not to be missed.

Iconic buildings Haugesund Town Hall is a neoclassical building designed

by architects Gudolf Blakstad and Hermann Munthe-Kaas. With

its magnificent, outstandingly striking corner section embellished with double pillars, the town hall is the result of impressions the

two architects acquired during a study trip to Italy in 1921. III/E3

Staalehuset is one of the largest sea houses in northern

­Europe, designed by E. Halleland. Built in 1916 as a herring

­salting station in one of the most hectic times in Haugesund,

referred to as “jobbetiden” (working period). The building has a carefully planned Art Nouveau exterior. Today, Staalehuset

functions as party venue, amphitheatre and concert venue – from 50 – more than 400 guests. III/B4 58

Haugesund rådhus © Vestfoto.no


Haugesund Folkebibliotek

Designed by David Sandved and constructed in 1965–1967.

“We shape our ­buildings, and afterwards, our ­buildings shape us.”

Planned as a complete work of art, where the architect was

responsible for both the interior and the inventory. In 2012,

the library was temporarily protected as a cultural memorial of ­National value. III/D2

(Winston Churchill)

Norwegian Petroleum museum

opened in 1999. Designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth. The building is a symbolic inter­

pretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape towards the ocean and offshore installations at sea. II/B2

Stavanger concert hall is designed by

RATIO Arkitekter. Consist of two wide-stretched building bodies; where one is light and open

made of glass and steel, and the other is heavy and closed off made of red/brown bricks. The Breidablikk © Tove K. Galta

foyer splits into several stories, with an airy feel to it. The mezzanine appears to be floating,

­providing a panoramic view of the city, islands and mountains. II/A1

Breidablikk was built in 1881 by the shipowner family

­Berentsen. The exterior is built in Swiss style with neo-Roman and Gothic style features. The interior is one of the richest and best kept examples of the historicism style. Comedian and antique’s expert, Stig Roar Olsen, currently lives at Breidablikk with the

title “housewife”. He greats the visitors with stories of life from

the 1800s. Ticket is also valid for the property next door, Ledaal. Eiganesveien 40a, Stavanger. breidablikkmuseum.no II/A4

The new city hall of Sandnes is one

of the first buildings in the transformation area of Havneparken, a project within Fremtidens

byer (Cities of the future). Designed by Code of P ­ ractice Architects GmbH and opened in January 2019.

Vitenfabrikken (the Science factory) in

Ledaal was built as a summer estate for the Kielland ­family

Sandnes opened in 2008. Built/designed by

in 1803 and is today Stavanger’s royal residence as well as

architects Askim Lanto Arkitekter MNAL. VI/C5

a ­representation house. The interior is richly equipped with

­furnishings and other fixtures in Rococo, Lous Seize, Empire and Biedermeier. Guided tours every day. The facility with buildings

and park is listed. Ticket is also valid for the property next door,

Breidablikk. Eiganesveien 45, Stavanger, ledaalmuseum.no II/A3-4

Midgardsormen is a 230-metre-long foot-

bridge bending its way over lake Frøylandsvat-

net, connecting Sandtangen and hiking areas on the west side with the forest Njåskogen on the east side. Midgardsormen refers to a mythi-

cal sea snake from Nordic mythology, and the bridge resembles the shape of a snake. VII/B6

Norwegian Wood, one of the main projects of Stavanger2008, European capital of culture, where the ambition was to develop wooden architecture in a new and environmentally friendly way through various wooden building projects. Some of these are: The Lantern (Lanternen) in Sandnes, The Preikestolen mountain lodge and the waterfront at Siriskjær. Lanternen © Atelier Oslo/AWP Arkitekter Paris

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ARCHITECTURE

Allmannajuvet © Andrew Meredith

The Architectural Route along Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke

Kraftarkitektur © Dag Jenssen

Architecture and hydro power At Nesflaten, you will see the hydro power facility

Experience world class and historic architecture while

of Hydro; Røldal-Suldal, built in the 1960s, designed by

Sauda and Røldal. Highlights of the route include

plant and the homes surrounding it is the best-preserved

driving through a spectacular landscape in Suldal,

Allmanna­juvet in Sauda by Peter Zumthor and Geir Grung’s ­architecture for Røldal Suldal Kraft in Nes­

flaten. The A ­ rchitectural Route has the best collection of ­architectural works in fjord Norway and is the only

tourist route in Norway highlighting both modern and

architect Geir Grung. The entire area with the power

examples of Norwegian functionalism. This is also home

to Energihotellet, with an interesting history behind the combination of concrete and sustainable energy ­solutions. Øvre Kilen 1, Nesflaten in Suldal. VII/D2

historic architecture in a day trip format.

Allmannajuvet

As part of the establishment of the Norwegian Scenic

Route Ryfylke, renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed new facilities at Allmannajuvet gorge: service facility, a cafe and an exhibition gallery to show the

history of the mines. Join in on a guided tour along the

the design hotel in Fjord Norway VII/ D2

mining path and into the mine entrance. The zink mines in Allmannajuvet are no longer operating (1882–1899). Located in Sauda in Ryfylke. Season: June-August.

­Saudaferie.no VII/C2

ENERGIHOTELLET post@energihotellet.no +47 51200555 www.energihotellet.no

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KONGEPARKEN

VITENFABRIKKEN

RUSH TRAMPOLINEPARK

NORSK HERMETIKKMUSEUM

NORSK OLJEMUSEUM

MUSEUM STAVANGER

ARKEOLOGISK MUSEUM

PREIKESTOLEN

NORWEGIAN OUTLET

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Create good ­m emories, give your kids the ­h oliday of a lifetime!

Vitengarden © Jærmuseet


In fantasy, anything is possible, in our region too. Belly flops and laughter - let your trip be a memory for generations. Build sand castles in the sun, pick pine cones in the woods or flowers on a meadow. Ride on Icelandic horses at Vagleskogen or at ­Uburen in Forsand. Experience magic in the Fairytale forest at Årdal, splash and play among gushing pine trees, roaring geysers and mountain streams at Vann-vittig in amusement park Kongeparken or enjoy stars and planets at the Science factory. At Avaldsnes, you get to be a Viking or an Archaeologist for a day! In our entire region, the kids can romp around at several playparks and swimming spots.

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Tysværtunet Kulturhus At Tysvær, the culture house has a

Vitenfabrikken (the Science factory)

element, kids can play in two pools with a slide, a diving tower

can you drive a wheel chair? At the ­Sience

cinema, a climbing wall and a great swimming facility. In the wet and a cave. tysvertunet.kulturhus.no VII/B3

«Viking for a day» and «Archaeologist for a day»

Who in the family is best at relaxing? How fast ­factory, there are several floors of exhibitions where visitors get to be active; seeing and

touching. You will get to know the ­industrial

At Nordvegen History Centre, in the cultural landscape and at

­history of Sandnes and the region in an

for dress up are included in the price. In Viking for a day, you

Sandnes, vitenfabrikken.no VI/C5

during the Viking Age. In ­Archaeologist for a day, you can dress

Vitengarden (the Science centre)

­archaeologist works. opplevavaldsnes.no VII/A3

exhibitions and activities, both outdoors and

the Viking settlement at Avaldsnes. Activity books and ­costumes get to dress up like a Viking and experience what life was like

up and p ­ articipate in ­activities that will give answers to how an

Salmon studio at Sand Next to the salmon ladder at

­engaging way. Open all year. Storgata 28,

An engaging science centre and museum with ­indoors in addition to a museum farm with

­animals and hay to jump in. Explore natural

Sandsfossen waterfall is one of the first salmon studios to be built

science and history in new and engaging ways.

allowing us to observe the fish through two large glass windows,

­selections of agricultural items in the country,

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Open all year. Kviavegen 99, Nærbø,

in Norway. The lower part of the salmon studio is under water,

The Science farm also has one of the largest

as they move up the ladder. Open: June–September. visitsuldal.no

with tractors and farming tools. Great location! vitengarden.no VII/B6

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Fossanmoen Islandshestsenter

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Icelandic horses

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SkogSprett klatrepark

Experience nature from horseback! Join us on a riding tour with one of our amazing Icelandic horses.

Riding tours with instructor in a varied landscape and speed, for riders of different experience. Length of tours from 1–3 hours. No age limit, open to everyone.

A modern activity park for the entire family at Melshei. 5 trails of different degrees of difficulty. Trampolines, slides and gym balls. Kiosk and free parking. Avoid waiting upon arrival, order online at:

www.fossanmoen.no

tryggvi.no | +47 918 71 497

skogsprett.no | +4790976009

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Play & fun Fairytale hunt

Fairytale hunt at Skudeneshavn, Åkrehanmn,

Kopervik and Visnes is an activity quiz for the

adventurous. Different maps for each location. Do combine with park life, playing or a stop at a coffeeshop. In doing the fairytale hunt, you

get to know the history of the place. Maps and diplomas can be downloaded at opplevkarmoy.no. VII/A4

Minigolfen Familiepark

Mini golf park at Torvastad is the largest and

most modern facility in the country. With two 18-hole-courses, each with its own theme,

“The farm” and “The mine” Play area and kiosk. VII/A3

Dalsnuten © Aldente / Moxey

The Geopark

Did you know that there are goblins and trolls in the fairytale forest at Årdal? Fairytale Forest in Årdal in Ryfylke A place of adventure for the senses. You walk

through a mystery forest with trolls and other creatures lurking in the woods. The roundtrip

takes you through several fairytales, read signs along the path. Suitable for the entire family. Length: Approx. 1 hour and 1,2 km. VII/C4

An experimental and different city park in Stavanger ­constructed and developed through recirculation of scrapped ­materials and objects from the oil industry. The park is built around

a ­constructed landscape based on the contours of, and the

­topography of the Troll oil and gas field on a scale of 1:500.

Often used for activities such as skating, climbing and beach volleyball. II/B2

Trollskogen

at Hundvåg is a recreational area with paths, tables, benches,

­barbecues and shelters. Popular for birthday celebrations outdoors. The path along the coast is particularly recommended,

with a visit to the trenches from the war where kids find their way through the tunnels. VII/B5

Kids’ nature favourites Haugaland Zoo

An animal park at Torvastad, Karmøy. The park currently holds

around 250 animals, birds and reptiles – a number that increases steadily. Open every day during summer. VII/A3

Recreational area at Jørpelandsholmen

The foot pathway “Staalverksbruå” takes you to Jørpelands­

holmen just outside of Jørpelad. Universally adapted hiking trail of 2,1 km around the island. Accessible for leisure boats, kayaks and a swimming pier. Handicap toilet, shelter, swimming spot and outdoor scene. 12-hole frisbee golf course provided by Eventyrskogen © Geir Viga

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Strand Frisbee Golfklubb. Recreational area for the entire family. Season. All year. IV/A3


More than 60 activities for the entire family! Book your family package (admission+hotel) at

Ryttergarden

kongeparken.no

Welcome to the small island RøvÌr where everyday life is an experience. The island with one summer cafÊ, one hotel, one aquaculture center, one museum, one grocery store, one lifestyle and an ocean of opportunities. Foto: Randi Rasmussen

rovarhavbrukssenter.no rovarkulturhotell.no // rovar.no

Foto: John Mikal Torgersen

Just 25 min. by boat from Haugesund Foto: Erik Nordgaard

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Hike to Rindatrollet near Preikestolen M ­ ountain Lodge

Short hike, also for the little ones. The hike is in light ­terrain, and ends at lake Rindavatnet where the troll Rindatrollet, a nice, old troll of 2,3 m waits for you. Roundtrip 1 hour. Season: all year. VII/C5

Lutsivatnet lake/Alsvik Natursenter

Is ideal for families with prams. Shelters and barbecues

© Røvær Havbrukssenter

with fire pit and benches. Exit from rv. 13 at Furunes­

veien towards Alsvik. Near the lake Lutsivatnet there are canoes for rent. Rental Kronen Gaard Hotel. VII/B5

The fairytale of big wolf and the 7 wolf pups (Store Ulf og de 7 ulvungene)

Røvær Aquaculture Centre

Learn about Norway as a seafood nation and the way we have developed into a world leader for producing farmed salmon. Fish farming is important along our

Hiking trail from Sandnes centre to Hana­trappene to

coast. Learn more at the at the aquaculture centre. Easy-

Sandnes and Gandsfjorden. Along the path, find the

such as aquaculture, history, the environment and natural

Majestetsutsikten (viewing point).

and activities. Join us for an ­excursion to the fish farm.

Ulvanutane via the most spectacular viewing points of

to-under­stand introduction to big and exciting subjects

wolves and the secret cave. Binoculars for free use at the

­conditions. Interactive screens with ­information, games

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Sandvedparken

Vistnestunet

the lake Storånå from the city centre to Stokkalands­

and animals. This is a nice area for families with kids.

Sandnes city’s green lung stretches over 3.5 km along

is a farm from 1897 with a house, barn, wind machine

vatnet lake at Ganddal. In addition to play and rest

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areas, you will also find the Planet Trail (Planetstien), with ­insight into the dimensions in our solar system. The sun,

the earth and the other planets are ­located at the correct distance from each other on a scale of 1: 1 billion. VI/B4

t? ing with del Boudncwater is fresh and ight. Come swim with us, alrigh

Rogaland Arboretum

One of Norway’s largest collection of trees and bushes

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with more than 1,400 varied species. Picnic areas and

there is a swimming area with benches and barbecue.

station. Free-range peacocks, ducks, geese and diverse types of hens. Try the 700 m-long activity tracks. VII/B6

Geocaching An international treasure hunt that provides refreshing experiences in nature. Use a GPS device to search for hidden containers in the mountains, forests or fields, called geocaches. Free activity and for all age groups. Required: GPS device, most smartphones have this built in. geocaching.com

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Have you been to Nedstrand yet? If not, it is about time. Nedstrand is as made for sharing with others. We gladly welcome visitors, and we are known to host events and festivals to entice people to come. For more info, visit

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Lie swimming spot

In Vindafjord. Often with 2-3 degrees above what is found

­elsewhere at Skjoldafjorden. The area has two small beaches with large grassy hills behind. Facilitated with barbecue. Diving board. VII/B3

Swimming facility at Sauda

Indoors swimming hall with slide, diving tower, kids’ pool and

sauna. In addition to the swimming hall, there is also an outdoor

pool open all year. Kids’s pool, jumping pool and slide, as well as

recreational area with seats. The water in the outdoor pool holds © Fotografen AS

Swimming spots With our long-stretched coastline, there is a large selection of beaches suited for bathing on hot

summer days. Some of our favourites are already mentioned on page 28. On colder days, the

swim might best take place in one of the many swimming halls; i.e. Suldal Bad (new 2019), the

new outdoors pool at Gamlingen in Stavanger or Lundbadet. In addition, there is a whole raft of

lakes used for sunbathing during summer. Here is a small selection from north to south:

Holsvika

Is located at the start of the Ålfjord, Sveio, 3 km south of Tittelsnes. Facilitated with pier, beach and toilet. Accessible for wheelchairs. Fishing possibilites from the shore, nice hiking area.

More than 1 km of beachline with several bays

with nice swimming conditions. Parking. VII/A3

Eivindsvannet lake

Near Haugesund city centre, freshwater lake

with two beaches. There is a wheelchair ramp, as well as universally adapted sanitary facility with

toilets. Bathing jetty during summer. Nice hiking areas. VII/A3

Notaflåt

Sandy beach and swimming fleet. Wheelchair

ramp. Grass field, tables and benches. Toilets.

Accessible from the west of the water locks at Skjoldastraumen in Tysvær. VII/B3

32 degrees and can be enjoyed all year. VII/C2

Swimming in Ryfylke

There are several swimming areas in Ryfylke, both publicly

­facilitated, but also small, unique places only known to the locals. Some suggestions: Dørvika in Forsand, Nordlys at Jørpeland,

Sande at Hjelmeland, Sand in Suldal and Rødstjørna in Sauda.

Godalen, Møllebukta and Vaulen

Stavanger’s most popular swimming areas with sandy beaches and summer open kiosks. Both Godalen and Vaulen have play

areas, diving towers and barbecues. At Møllebukta, you swim in historical surroundings next to Fritz Røed’s sculpture “Sword in rock”. (p. 42). Vaulen has a wheelchair ramp. VII/B5

“Perlå”

New beach in the centre of Ålgård suitable for kids. VII/B6

Bråsteinvatnet lake

is near the hiking area Melsheia with swimming jetty, raft, ­benches and toilets. VII/B5

Tengesdalsvatnet lake

Swimming area for wheelchair users with a ramp, benches, toilets, hiking areas, fishing. Located by Høleveien between Sandnes and Lauvvik. VII/C5

Melsvatnet lake

Along fv. 506 between Bryne and Ålgård. Good swimming

­options. Jæren Friluftsråd has facilitated parking with toilets and hiking areas. Fishing pier adapted to wheelchair users. Hiking around the lake. VII/B6

Vannbassengene

The area suitable for swimming and fishing, with toilets, parking, illuminated hiking paths, has its name from the old water plant

that for many years supplied the population with drinking water. VII/C7

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FOOD

The culinary ­region

Sterling White Halibut © Elin Engelsvoll

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Salmon so fresh it’s jumping, the joy of a g ­ ourmet nine-course dish, self-picked strawberries. The l­argest food festival in the Nordics, freshly made “svele” (Norwegian batter-based cake) on the f­ erry, a local brew in the glass: Mouthwatering is a ­common reaction in the culinary region. Here are our best ­recommendations for hungry foodies: The mild climate in the south of fjord Norway

is a good basis for growing quality ingredients, along with talented farmers. The restaurants

in the region know how to make advantage of

what nature gives us, and products such as halibut from Sterling White Halibut, award-­winning salmon from Mikals Laks and other seafood,

lamb, tomatoes, potatoes, fruit and herbs are merely some of what local chefs can utilise in their cooking. Skilled chefs are furthermore

essential, an asset the region is full of – giving us some of the country’s best restaurants! In fact,

Stavanger has two restaurants with one Michelin

star each; Renaa Restaurants and Sabi Omakase! Or what about a 6-course dinner at Lothes Mat & Vinhus?

Good food can be enjoyed all year!

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Grønvik Gard © Elin Engelsvoll

Local producers Grønvik Gard

In the lushest area of Ryfylke, on a western hillside by the Fisterfjord in Hjelmeland, is

Grønvik. With a climate and soil conditions ideal

for growing apples, their apple juice is fresh and fruity, delicious and refreshing. Grønvik, Fister. gronvikgard.no VII/C4

Restaurants

Garasjebryggeriet – Haugesund Microbrewery

The first brewery in Haugesund – from 2012. The ­brewery

­searches for the taste of the Haugesund region. Concert venue as well as brewery store. Strandgata. Haugesund. garasjebryggeriet.no III/E3

Did you know that most of the parsley produced in Norway, is produced in Randaberg?

Flor & Fjære

Restaurant on a palm island 20 minutes by boat from Skagenkaien in Stavanger. Pre-booking.

Welcome for a treat out of this world. Summer only. Sør-Hidle. Booking online at florogfjare.no VII/B5

Byrkjedalstunet

Food, history and authentic adventures. Meals

made from scratch in line with good, Norwegian food t­ raditions, and preferably Hereford beef

from farm on site. On site bakery. Open all year. Hunnedalsvegen 3231, Dirdal, byrkjedalstunet.no VII/C6 70

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There is no love sincerer than the love of food. (George Bernard Shaw)

Local producers

Cafes

Mikals Laks A/S VII/ C4

Jøsnesvegen 142 NO-4146 Skiftun (+47) 51 75 01 90 mikal@kingmikal.no Facebook.com/ kingmikalsalmon

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Award-winning quality salmon from Norway. Welcome to our smokery at Skiftun. Smoked and marinated salmon prepared from traditional recipes. kingmikal.no

Rosehagen

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Is Paradis

Close to Preikestolen. Cafe/ restaurant with a view of the fjord and Rosehagen gardens. Large terrace and cosy indoors in this beautiful wooden house. Local products and fully licensed. Small country store.

More than just ice cream Near Swords in rock. Great selection of delicious Norwegian ice cream. Lunch dishes, freshly made coffee/ tea, hot chocolate, Chai Latte, frappe and snacks. Welcome!

rosehagen.net

facebook.com/isparadis.no/

Restauranter

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Fish & Cow og Tango

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– 2 concepts under one roof – Informal lunch or dinner in our comfortable brasserie Fish & Cow. Or experience Tango – 7 courses, local and seasonal products. Welcome!

Enjoy fresh fish and seafood inspired by today’s catch.

Smiå Bistro & Pianobar

In central Skudeneshavn, you will get a tasty culinary experience and a pleasant atmosphere. From the menu, choose from fish and meat dishes. Tue.–Sat.: from 15. Sun.: 14–18. +47 52 85 36 15 | smiaabistro.no

fisketorget-stavanger.no

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Lanternen

Kro & Restaurant

The finest outdoor restaurant in the district. Between the town square and the seafront at Skudeneshavn. Nautical and maritime. Cafe, restaurant and pub. Fully licensed. Open all year. +47 52 82 82 00 post@lanternen.org

Ostehuset Domkirkeplassen Cafe, restaurant and wine bar – in the middle of the city centre

Our experienced chefs offer tasty dishes for lunch and dinner with locally sourced ingredients.

Fishandcow.no | tango-bk.no

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Fisketorget

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www.ostehuset.no

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Welcome to Spiseriet We are located on the ground floor in the concert hall Opening hours: Monday closed, Tue–Sat at 11–22 Sunday brunch at 12–16

Table reservation at spiseriet.no

Utstein Kloster Hotell © Monica Larsen

Renaa:Matbaren Local Bistro run by Michelin star rewarded chef Sven Erik Renaa. Good, local and handcrafted food and great ambivalence. Open for lunch and dinner every weekday 11:00–24:00 restaurantrenaa.no

For more restaurants in the region:

visithaugesund.no ryfylke.com

regionstavanger.com

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Shopping

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Øvre Holmegate © Liv Kristina Jehl


Fancy a shopping spree? You have come to the right place. A multitude of shops and quaint shopping streets can be

street, with niche shops, cafes and cultural

and ­restaurants offering a breather between shopping and

in smaller cities such as Kopervik, Åkrehamn,

found in our region. ­Pedestrian streets are laced with cafes

venues. Tempting shopping is equally found

­errands. Do not miss Norway’s most colourful street, Øvre

Holmegate, with boutiques, cafes and art galleries and great photo opportunities. Enjoy pleasant shopping in Langgata in Sandnes. Haraldsgaten in Haugesund is the city’s pedestrian

Skudeneshavn, Sauda, Jørpeland, Bryne and Egersund. In the countryside, explore farm

shops filled with fresh products from Jæren and the Ryfylke islands, discover handicraft

outlets and locally produced goods. Finally, a

wealth of shopping centres are available, where

Interior/ Norwegian ­design

you can spend rainy days and perhaps make a bargain.

Ryfylke Landhandel AS

Local food, gifts and postal cards. We sell

many a ­ ctivities: Guided mountain hikes, guided kayak tours, rental of kayaks and boat tours.

Stålverksveien 38, Jørpe­land. +47 977 37 448. ryfylkelandhandel.no IV/B2

Mingarwalker Glassblowing Studio Stunning products of high quality and with

functi­onal ­elegance in the glass blowing ­studio

at Jæren. ­Experience blowing of glass and the making of glass art up close. Group ­activities by appointment. Open Mon.–Sat. 10–17,

Sun. 12–17. Nordsjøvegen 2012, Nærbø.

+47 915 93 966, mingarwalkerglass.no VII/B6

Byrkjedalstunet Lys

Candles from their own production in all forms and colours, Norwegian handicrafts, interior

items and s­ ouvenirs. Children can dye their own candles. Hunne­dalsvegen 3231, Dirdal, byrkjedalstunet.no VII/C6

Shopping centre Kvadrat

One of the biggest shopping centres in Norway. 170 shops, i.e. H&M and H&M Home and 17

restaurants/­cafes, amongst others Starbucks,

Sabi Sushi, Street Burger, Cucina Italia, Liqueur store, 3 pharmacies, tourist information office, free WIFI. Mon.–Fri. 10–20, Sat. 10–18. Gamle Stokkavei 1, Sandnes, kvadrat.no VI/A1

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SANDNES YARN FACTORY OUTLET • Big selection of thread and patterns • Cozy clothing for the whole family from Lilleba & Herremann • Embroidery, buttons and accessories • Woolen clothing from Janus • Big interior section with many well-known brands • Upon display of the ad we will give you 10% discount

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am–4pm Thursday: 9am–7pm Saturday: 9am–3pm Welcome to a pleasant shopping

Kvernelandsvegen 126, 4323 Sandnes, tel.: 51 60 86 50, post@sandnesgarn.no, sandnesgarn.no

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OLEANA

Figgjo factory outlet

Sports shop at Jørpeland, with a personal touch. Sports clothes and equipment, we have a broad selection of hiking clothes, and a large outdoor section. We are here for you!

In our shop you can find almost everything you need of equipment/clothing adapted for the Norwegian outdoors, by leading brands such as Norrøna, Arc’teryx, Bergans, Salomon, Shimano and Osprey.

Find the entire award-winning collection of merino wool, silk and alpaca. All Oleana’s products are knitted and fabricated in their own factory in Ytre Arna, near Bergen.

25 minutes south of Stavanger. Timeless, durable and retro inspired porcelain. Small cafe with toy area for kids. Open every day.

+47 48 40 50 50

sport1.no | +47 51 74 00 90

oleana.no | +47 51 89 48 04

+47 94 00 10 43 | figgjo.no

RØL DA L www.roldal.no

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Short distance to Trolltunga, Preikestolen, Buerbreen, Låtefoss, Langfoss, Hardangervidda Røldal Stavkirke

Welcome to Preikestolen Village - Jørpeland!

preikestolenvillage.com

Fotograf Kristofer Ryde / Negative

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ENJOY EVERY SEASON

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Interesting shops

Beautiful nature

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-30-70% DISCOUNT ON EVERYTHING. ALWAYS! 27 brand stores, restaurant and hairdresser, only 30 minutes south of Stavanger.

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F E S T I VA L S

What’s on?

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City festivals, village festivals, roller ski festival, the biggest food festival in the Nordics, fruit and salmon festival, music festivals in abundance, street art festival, film festival, hiking festival, potato festival, tomato festival, sports events in the fjord, in the countryside and in the cities, bike races along beaches and up hairpin turns from Lysebotn. Whatever makes your heart happy, why not make it into a festival?

The cultural city of Haugesund is mostly known for Sildajazzen and the film festival, however tempts with a song and lyrics festival, several music festivals, a Viking festival, a blues festival and the Skudefestival. Stavanger and Sandnes were in 2008 European capitals of culture, a testament to both cities’ rich cultural life, and mostly known for the Gladmat food festival, the Nuart festival, the Blink ski festival, 100-ugå and Maijazz to mention some.

Rogaland teater

Stavanger konserthus

high-quality art. We have agitated, engaged

rock, classical music and family events on the

is filled with magic, creativity, energy and

and enthused our audience since our doors

opened for the first time in 1883. In other words, Rogaland Theatre is the place where the new is created and the traditional gets renewed!

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Cultural entertainment such as dance, pop,

program year-round. Foyer concerts and guided tours during summer. Nicely located by the sea,

three different halls, enjoyable foyer area, with a

­highly recognised restaurant, Spiseriet. Sandviga 1, Stavanger, stavanger-konserthus.no. II/A1


March 7.–10.

Joy of life festival in Bryne – food, culture and activities

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Sirdal Ski Marathon. At Ådneram. 23 km or 45 km in classical technique

April

Stavanger Vinfest. Wine and food event

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Fartein Valen. Classical music, Sveio & Haugesund

5.–6.

Sauda Backcountry Challenge, Sauda

5.–6. 5.–7.

20.–27. 24.–26. 24.–28. 27.

May

Sur & Bitter, beer festival, KINOKINO at Sandnes

Boligmesse. Housing fair. Sørmarka Arena, Stavanger WC in curling. Sørmarka Arena, Stavanger

Deadly serious in the village. Crime fiction festival at Randaberg Village week/Spring fair at Randaberg

Siddisløpet. Race along lake Stokkavatnet, Stavanger

2.–4.

Karmøygeddon. Renown metal festival, Karmøy

4.

Hårfagrerittet. Bike race, Tysvær & Haugesund

3.–4. 4. 5.

6.–11. 9.–12. 17.

22.–26. 25.

24.–26. 24.–26. 24.–25. 24.–26. 26.

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Sesilåmi. A 52 km-long ski race from Setesdal to Sirdal

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Song and lyrics festival, Haugesund

Northman OCR. Obstacle race at Sandnes

Wings for Life. A different charity race, Stavanger

Maijazz. Reputed jazz festival, Stavanger & Sandnes AVTRYKK art festival, Haugesund

National day with kids parades and cultural events Sauda days and folk festival, Sauda

Riska Trail Run. Marathon of 2100 meters elevation, Sandnes

Hammer Stavanger 2019. Different bike race, Sandnes & Stavanger

Jærdagen at Bryne. The largest sales fair in the region for the entire family Jærnåttå at Bryne. Norway’s most including music festival Sokndal days, stands, events and activites for the family 7-nutsturen, 7 mountain peaks tour, Sandnes

Fyrfestivalen in Egersund. Culture festival for disabled

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Musikkfest. Local musicians play for free at venues all over Stavanger centre

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Fisterdagen. Concert and events, Hjelmeland

6.–9. 7.–9. 7.–9. 8. 8. 8.

10.–15. 12.–15. 13.–15. 13.–15. 14.–15.

Kopervik festival. Concerts, Karmøy

Viking festival. The largest viking festival in western Norway, Karmøy Sira days. Food, coastal culture and music, Utsira Ryfylke days at Sand, Suldal

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Lysefjorden Inn. Ultra Marathon Running

Bon Jovi concert, SR-Bank Arena, Stavanger Hovlandsnuten Opp. Uphill Run, Sauda Barnas By, festival for kids, Sandnes Sandnes week

Deep sea fishing festival, Tananger, Sola Stranda days at Jørpeland, Strand

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Altibox Norway Chess 2019. International chess tournament in the Stavanger region

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Suleskar Marathon. Setesdal–Sirdal and half marathon, relay and mini marathon

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Music festival Mablis, Stavanger

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13.–15.

Dalane Blues festival. Concerts and interaction seminar in Egersund

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Energy festival, Tonstad centre

26.–30. 28. 30.

July

Flørlitrappene opp (4444 steps race). Race for the extreme, Lysefjorden Viglesdalsløpet in Årdal, Ryfylke. Mountain race, Hjelmeland

NM-veka 2019 (Norwegian Championship). Different sports, Stavanger & region Lysefjorden rundt. Extreme Ultra Trail

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Iron man. Full distance and 70.3, Haugesund

4.–6.

Skånevik Blues festival, Etne

4.–7.

Skudefestivalen. Norway’s largest coastal culture festival, Karmøy

11.–14. 12.–14. 20.

24–27.

24.–28.

31.7.–3.8.

August

Vikedal Roots Music Festival, Vindafjord

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Egersund visefestival. The oldest song festival in the country

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Pippi-festivalen. Kids theatre, mini circus and parade, Etne Ranglerock. Local and national artists at Bryne

Fishing festival at Sjernarøy for the 51st time, Finnøy Gladmat. Food and culture festival, Stavanger

PODIUM festivalen. Classical music, Haugesund

Ski festival Blink. Roller ski festival, Lysebotn up and folk festival, Sandnes

1.–4.

Fiskeridagene (Days of fisheries) at Åkrehamn. Coastal culture, Karmøy

2.–4.

Etnemarknaden. One of the largest sales fairs in the country, Etne

15.–18. 15.–18. 17.

17.–23. 17.

23.–24. 24.

23.–25. 24.

24.–25. 30.–31.

30.8.–1.9. 30.8.–1.9. 31.8–1.9. 31. 31.

Sildajazz. Jazz festival, Haugesund

Havnedagene. Harbour days, coastal culture, Haugesund Tomato festival. A different food festival, Finnøy ThorXTri. Triathlon, Lysebotn & region

The Norwegian Film festival, Haugesund

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The world’s longest herring table, Haugesund

Utopia Stavanger. City festival, pop and electronica Bonden i sentrum, Farmer day in Sandnes

Den Festivalen i Vangen. Music festival, Haugesund Steinsvikrittet. Bike race, Tysvær

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Viking Festival at Landa Park, Forsand

Brynerocken. Hard Rock Festival, Bryne

Vegan weekend, Quality Hotel Residence, Sandnes Sirdal days, sheep and festival at Kvæven, Sirdal Jærmessa. Sales fair, Varhaug, Hå

Byfest (city festival), Sandnes centre Rennesøy days

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Stavanger Chamber Music festival, Stavanger

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Trolljegerprøven. Long obstacle race for the extreme, Sandnes

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Babeluba. Kids festival. Tysvær

7.

Preikestolen Marathon and half marathon, Ryfylke

13.–15.

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Norwegian organ festival, Sandnes & Stavanger Lysefjorden hiking festival, Ryfylke

Chapter 19. International literature festival, Stavanger

Days of research 2019. Science research festival, Stavanger & Sandnes Potato festival, Bryne

Eventyruka (Fairytale week), Sandnes

Village week/Autumn fair, Randaberg

Nordic Edge Expo. Smart City Conference, Stavanger

October fest, Egersund – singalong and entertainment

Bjerkreim fair. Animals, heavy machinery and entertainment, Vikeså

4.–5.

October fest, Egersund – singalong and entertainment

5.

Ryfast race. Strand & Stavanger

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25.–27.

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Norwegian fruit and salmon festival, Hjelmeland

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Autumn fair, Sand in Suldal

Das Grosse Oktoberfest, Haugesund

Bønder i Byn. Sales and Market day, Sauda Kulturnatt. Art and culture, Haugesund

Tysvær Skrekkfest. Horror movie festival, Tysvær

SILK Skudeneshavn international literature and culture festival, Karmøy

November 2.

SIDDIS Brass. Competition for Norwegian brass bands at Stavanger concert hall

6.–10.

bLest. Literature festival, Tysvær

2.

15.–17. 16.

3 lakes race. Half marathon, Stavanger

Christmas market at Varatun gård, Sandnes

Stavanger Open, competition for school orchestras

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For updated and more extensive information visit: visithaugesund.no and regionstavanger-ryfylke

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Accommodation Flørli © Hessel Haker

Find a broad selection of different places to stay, whether it is urban, historical or family run hotels. Camping sites offer activities practically on your doorstep, while small island ­communities with hotels and guest homes give you peace of mind. Waking up in a fjord

VII/ A3

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Ryvarden Kulturfyr

VII/ A4

Norneshuset Overnatting

cabin to a breath of fresh mountain air, or in a cabin by the sea. Are you in the mood for something out of the ordinary, you can sleep at a farm, in a hammock or rent a room at a lighthouse.

VII/ C5

Flørli 4444

VII/ C5

Haukali 33/3 in Forsand

Where ocean meets the sky Untouched, stunning and wild nature. Art exhibition, gallery shop and lighthouse history Cafe and gallery: March– November. Accommodation 8–10 people, all year.

Rooms and apartments with breakfast for rental in the renowned Norneshuset. Good standard. Private atmosphere. Pier. Outdoor patio. By the sea at old Skudeneshavn.

Unique village with no roads. Flørli is known for hydro power, as well as the world’s longest wooden staircase with 4444 steps. Hostel and apartments, cafe, pub and events. Get to Flørli by ferry, boat or by foot.

Experience life as in 1850, the quiet and authentic way of living. Stunning and raw nature. Good options for recreation in the surroundings with hiking, swimming or fishing. Groups of max. 8 people.

ryvarden.no | +47 95 19 58 00

+47 900 59 007 | norneshuset.no

florli.no ︱ +47 902 65 133

haukali333.com | +47 47510147


LIGHTHOUSE VACATION

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ON UTSIRA

GENUINE PEACE AND QUIET WITH ACCOMMODATION ALL YEAR.

VII/ A4

01.06-18.08 GALLERY, SECOND-HAND SHOP AND CAFÉ

VII/ B5

Choose any of our five hotels – we look forward to welcoming you. Make your reservation today: scandichotels.com

T: +47 912 42 714 utsiraovernatting@utsira.com www.utsira.net

scandichotels.com

RYFYLKE FJORDHOTEL

Hotel by the fjord Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, Road rv 13

NO-4230 Sand Tlf. 52 79 27 00 ryhotell@online.no www.ryfylkefjordhotel.no VII/ C3

Ryfylke Fjordhotel is a family-run hotel which attaches great importance to personal service, good food and pleasant surroundings for its guests.

VII/ C4

All rooms with fjordview Restaurant, bar, spa and private harbour

The hotel is located at Sand in Ryfylke (Suldal Municipality), one of the most beautiful natural areas in Norway, the land of the fjords. All the town centre functions such as shops, express boat, buses, etc., are within walking distance of the hotel. 64 rooms, comfortable lounges and fully licensed restaurant/bar.

Welcome to Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell – a hotel with character VII/ C7

We have 30 rooms, all ensuite. Restaurant. Standgata 22, 4380 Hauge i Dalane +47 51 47 72 55 – post@sogndalstrand-kulturhotell.no

Vågavegen 44, NO-4130 Hjelmeland | Tel. +47 480 50 600 post@hjelmelandspa.no | www.hjelmelandspa.no

VII/ A3

Andersen Airport Service Camper van rental direct from Haugesund Airport, Karmøy. Short distance to fjords and mountains. Pick up and delivery at the airport, it does not get any easier than this. +47 52 84 04 70 andersenairportservice.com

Find more

­accommodation options: visithaugesund.no ryfylke.com

regionstavanger.com

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Scandic Maritim © Gerd Kallevik

Hotels Røvær Kulturhotell

+47 52 71 58 00

5549 Røvær

Park Inn by Rezidor ­Haugesund Airport

+47 52 86 10 90

Helganesvegen 24

Utstein kloster hotell

+47 51 72 01 00

Mosterøyveien 661

Fjordbris Hotell AS

+47 922 33 900

Østhusvikveien 609

Sola Strand Hotel

+47 51 94 30 00

Axel Lundsvei 27

Byrkjedalstunet

+47 51 61 29 00

Hunnedals­vegen 3231

Bryne Kro & Hotell

+47 51 77 75 00

Morenefaret 3

Grand Hotell Egersund

+47 51 49 60 60

Johan Feyers gate 3

post@rovarkulturhotell.no

rovarkulturhotell.no

Parkinnhotell.no/hotellhaugesund

post@utsteinklosterhotell.no

utsteinklosterhotell.no

booking@fjordbris.no

fjordbris.no

booking@sola-strandhotel.no

sola-strandhotel.no

post@byrkjedalstunet.no

byrkjedalstunet.no

post@brynekro.no

brynekro.no

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Thon Hotel Saga

III/ E3

Scandic Maritim

Comfortable hotel for groups and inviduals. Good parking available, also coach parking onsite. Free access to one of the city’s best gyms. The most central hotel in the city.

The hotel is one of the leading conference hotels in the country. Located at the seafront. Rogaland’s best breakfast and 311 hotel rooms.

thonhotels.no/saga +47 52 86 28 00

www.hotelmaritim.no +47 52 86 30 00

VII/ C2

4262 Håvik VII/A3

4156 Mosterøy VII/B4 4150 Rennesøy VII/B4 4055 Sola VII/B5

4335 Dirdal VII/C6 4340 Bryne VII/B6

booking@grand-egersund.no

grand-egersund.no

III/ D3

Info.haugesund@rezidorparkinn.com

VII/A3

Kløver Hotel

4370 Egersund V/A3

VII/ B4

Unique brewery hotel

Cafe and restaurant with Norwegian and Chinese food. Bar fully licensed. In the centre of Sauda. 50 rooms incl. Mettes lille hotell with 4 suites. Venues for meetings and conferences. Free fishing, boat rental.

A natural choice for visitors to Preikestolen. Only 500 m from the Tau ferry. Own microbrewery, restaurant serving local food and newly renovated rooms and communal areas. Enjoy your stay with us!

kloverhotel.net | +47 52 78 69 99

lillandhotell.no | +4751747434


© Smarthotel Forus

“All our dreams can come true — if we have the ­courage to pursue them” (Walt Disney)

II/ B2

Havly Hotell Traditional and modern In central Stavanger Free WIFI.

Valberggata 1, 4006 Stavanger +47 51 93 90 00 | havly-hotell.no

VII/ B5

Quality Airport Hotel Near Sola beach, the airport and Stavanger city centre.

IV/ B2

Verkshotellet

II/ B2

Victoria Hotel

The only hotel at Jørpeland. Dates to 1911, renovated 100 years later. It oozes of history from Stålverket’s (Steel plant) days of glory. Beautifully located above the harbour in Jørpeland. 28 rooms and restaurant.

Accommodation where the historic atmosphere still lingers. Beautifully situated by the harbour in central Stavanger. The best of food and drink at Big Horn Steak house and Cocktail bar Holmen.

verkshotellet.no | 407 21 233

victoria-hotel.no

VI/ D5

Quality Hotel Residence

VI/ B1

Stay at a street art hotel

Good price deals in summer and family-friendly facilities.

Centrally in Sandnes with short distance to Preikestolen, Jæren beaches, Kongeparken. Kid’s hotel in July. Large family rooms, children’s buffet, play room and activities. Good parking.

Full service budget hotel with perfectly sized rooms. Short distance to Kongeparken, Preikestolen, RUSH, Kvadrat. Free parking. Breakfast buffet included when booking online

choice.no | +47 51 94 20 00

choice.no | +47 51 60 27 00

smarthotel.no | +47 415 36 500

Free parking and shuttle bus to/ from the airport.

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Stranddalen © Marius Vervik

Cabins & Apartments

VII/ C3

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Mo Laksegard

VII/ C4

Sande Fjordferie

VII/ C4

Solvåg Fjordferie

VII/ C4

Høiland Gard

Cabins by river Suldalslågen. Salmon fishing, salmon safari, river rafting. Outdoor pool. Self-catering. Course/conference. Rooms/breakfast, full and half pension for groups. Fully licensed bar. Farm brewery.

2 exclusive holiday homes near beach and centre. With swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and sunbed. 6 rooms with 14 beds. 5 bathrooms with shower & toilet. Satellite tv. Boat incl. engine for rental.

At a fruit farm by the sea, fishing and hiking possibilities. 4 holiday homes and 6 apartments of good quality. 5 with jacuzzi and sauna. Sleeps 2 to 12. Boat rental. Private sandy beach.

Farm hotel with panoramic views of Årdal. Accommodation in hotel rooms and apartments. Fantastic hikes just outside the door. Rental of canoes at lake Riskedalsvatnet. Parking for camper van.

molaks.no | +47 970 42 825

+47 913 59 131

solvag.com | +47 928 57 007

hoiland-gard.no | +47 919 14 524


© Åmøy Fjordferie

B&B & Camping Strandgaten ­Gjestgiveri

+47 959 98 285,

Strandgaten 81

Åmøy Fjordferie

+47 90 77 50 01

Varebergveien 47

amoyfjordferie.no

VII/B5

Mosvangen Camping Stavanger

+47 51 53 29 71

Mosvangen 15

stavangercamping.no

I/D10

Ølberg Camping

+47 51 65 43 75

Ølberg Havnevei

jarenfri.no

VII/B5

Open all year.

Open all year.

Open from 10.5 to 30.8

VII/ C4

Hamrane Hyttefelt Welcome to Hamrane Hyttefelt. Cabins near Preikestolen in stunning and peaceful surroundings overlooking mountains and waters. hamrane-hyttefelt.no +47 464 77 965

mybo1510@online.no post@amoyfjordferie.no

info@stavangercamping.no

friluftscampen.olberg@gmail.com

VII/ C2

Sauda Fjord Camping

5528 Haugesund III/E3 4152 Vestre Åmøy

4021 Stavanger

4054 Tjelta

VII/ C5

Preikestolen Camping

VII/ C5

Landa Park

– Norway’s oldest village. Historic accommodation (1500 B.C – 600 A.D). Camping (May–Oct.), rooms to let, cafe, boat and kayak rental Historical activities and guided tours. Pub in Gildehallen landapark.no | +4795428451

VII/ C7

Bakkaåno Camping

Camping & camper van parking near the stunning Saudafjord. 19 well-equipped cabins/apartments. With shower/toilet for 2–7 people. Free WIFI. Boat rental, playground, hiking area, beach, golf and ski centre.

Near the starting point of the Preikestolen hike.

Kiosk.

Rural camping and rooms in beautiful natural surroundings. Accommodation in camping cabins or in our unique silo. 100 km from Stavanger. 150 km from Kristiansand. Welcome!

saudafjordcamping.no

preikestolencamping.com

Bakkaanocamping.no

Top sanitary facilities, restaurant with beer & wine license.

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TRANSPORT

Getting to & around It doesn’t matter where you come from. As long as you get here! Getting here by train! – nsb.no

Train from Oslo and Kristiansand to Stavanger.

Getting here by bus! – nor-way.no

Haukeliekspressen (Oslo–Haukeli–Haugesund) Kystbussen (Bergen–Haugesund–Stavanger)

Konkurrenten (Oslo–Kristiansand–Flekkefjord–

Stavanger)

Getting here by plane to Haugesund or

Stavanger and take the airport shuttle to the cities!

Airport Shuttle to/from Haugesund, Stavanger

and Sandnes– flybussen.no

Jærlines to/from Bryne – jaerlines.no

Getting here by ferry! – fjordline.no Fjordline runs from Hirtshals/Denmark to

­Kristiansand, Stavanger and Bergen.

Getting here by camper van! – bobilplassen.no

Getting here by car! Read our roundtrip suggestions p. 36

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Local transportation Tickets to both bus and train can be purchased on a ticket

­vending machine or via App (Kolumbus/Skyss/NSB). When

­purchasing tickets on the bus (Nord-Jæren), or on the train

(only if your station has a ticket vending machine) there is an

additional fee. It is not possible to pay with credit/debit card

on local buses (Kolumbus/Skyss). On buses in Haugesund city

centre (Kolumbus), the ticket fee is NOK 10,-. Reduces fares for children from 4–15 years and seniors over 67 years. Kids under the age of 4 travel for free. Your bus ticket is valid on the train and vice versa. The least expensive way of buying tickets for

speed boats in Ryfylke, N ­ edstrand, the combination boat to the Lysefjord, the ferry to ­Utsirda and Røvær/Feøy, is on kolumbus. no. You can also purchase tickets onboard, or at the Kolumbus

service centres at Byterminalen and Fiskepiren in Stavanger. It is

free of charge to bring along bikes on the speed boats to Ryfylke, however ­remember to reserve this when buying your ticket, as there are only 10 bikes per departure. Tickets for ferry Stavan-

ger–Tau must be purchased on board. Both the Lauvvik – Oanes ferry and Hjelmeland – Nesvik you buy at the harbour. On the

­crossing Mortavika – Arsvågen, you pay only for the car, not for the ­passengers.


© Anne-May Waage

The tourist car ferry on the Lysefjord

has two daily departures in each direction, at 9.30 am and 3 pm from Lauvvik, and at 12 (noon) and at

Road toll – auto pass For those who do not have an Auto pass chip or chip from BroBizz or Øresundbro Konsortiet (Øresund Bizz), simply drive through the toll station, and they will send you an invoice to the registered address of the car after you get home. Everything is automated.

6 pm from Lysebotn (1 June–15 September). It is ­recommended to book seats on thefjords.no

Useful apps: Entur (timetables for all of Norway) Kolumbus Billett (local bus and trains in Rogaland) Skyss Billett (local bus in Hordaland) NSB (train)

Taxi Stavanger Taxi

Hertz Stavanger

Open 24 hours a day, we transport you and your loved

Olav V’s gate 13

ones safely to your destination. Free booking app; ­Taxifix. +47 51 90 90 90, stavangertaxi.no

Rogaland Travel

II/ B4

hertz.no +47 51 53 82 02

We have 12 tour coaches ranging in size from

16-­seater-mini bus to 80-seater-doubledecker at your

­disposal. All kinds of transport – transfer, sightseeing,

short and long trips. We also have a limousine service. +47 51 90 90 20, rogaland-taxi.no

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Leisure boat Sheltered guest harbours welcome you to picturesque archipelagos, fjord and mountains, urban landscape

and unique islands, with several adapted harbours with family-f­riendly beaches and places to fish crab from.

Eat fresh bread and traditional food from the pier.

­Restaurants near the sea offering local produce that

make your taste buds rejoice. A more detailed overview of ports, bunkering and other facilities can be obtained from the tourist information offices.

For more information about harbours, visit friluftsradetvest.no ryfri.no velihavn.no

II/ B2

Egersund havn © fotografenas.no

bOat CHaRteR Guest harbours Vågen and Børevigå in Stavanger are suitable for boats up to 15 meters-length. Room for around 50 boats. Access to electricity and water. Service centre open in summer.

norled.no stavanger.havn.no/maritimt/ fritidsbat

Enjoy the view from one of our comfortable catamarans. Boats in different sizes available for charter. Contact us today for a good offer! +47 51868700 | fjord@norled.no

Great travel experiences

FIND YOUR NATURE HIKE 112 natural recreation areas

ÅKRASANDEN BEACH - the Blue Flag

We do our utmost to give you a clean coastal land­ scape, offering unique possibilities for recreation and a diversified outdoor life.

Hiking paths along the coast and in the mountains - VALHEST

Go to our web pages to find inspiration, where you also can download maps and other useful information. www.ryfri.no

Fishing - Bathing - Boat Life

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Up to the fjords !

10 ½ h

from Euro

Stavanger

185,–

Photo: Erik Ask

Hirtshals

1 passenger car up to 1,95 m heigth and 5 m length and 2 persons, incl. reclining seat (during the high season), taxes and fees

Journey-of-a-lifetime ferries

Bergen Oslo Sandefjord Stavanger

Langesund Strömstad

Kristiansand

Hirtshals

Fjord Line GmbH Nizzestraße 28 | D-18311 Ribnitz-Damgarten | Germany | Tel.: +49 3821 709 72 10 | Email: Buchung@FjordLine.de

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I N F O R M AT I O N

Tourist information Haugesund tourist information

III/ D3

Located north in the pedestrian street.

itswaterful.com visithaugesund.no – post@visithaugesund.no ryfylke.com – info@ryfylke.com regionstavanger.com – info@regionstavanger.com

  Tourist informations open all year Sveio Libris&Ringo

+47 96 91 34 44

Rådhuset, Aksdal

+47 52 75 70 07

Oasen Storsenter, Karmsund

Ølen

Unni Marie Rosemaling.com, 5580 Ølen

Etne

Skånevik

Åkrafjordtunet Avaldsnes Kopervik Sauda Suldal Suldal

Hjelmeland Strand

Forsand

Stavanger Sandnes Kvadrat Bryne

Bjerkreim Lund

Sirdal

Fugl Fønix hotel, 5590 Etne

Skånevik Fjordhotell, Skånevik Teigland, 5590 Etne

Nordvegen Historiesenter, Avaldsnes Rådhuset, Kopervik

Folkets Hus, Skulegata 20, Sauda

Sommer: Fossheim, Postvegen 18, Sand.

Vinter: Næringsparken, Sandsvegen 134, Sand Vågavegen 116, Hjelmeland Rådhusgaten 7, Jørpeland

Fossanvegen 380, Forsand Strandkaien 61, Stavanger Vågsgt. 22, Sandnes

Gamle Stokkavei 1, Sandnes

Arne Garborgsveg 38, Bryne Vikeså Veiservice

Moi Hotel, Lundveien 2740, Moi Sirdal Fjellmuseum, Kvæven

  Tourist informations open in summer Skudeneshavn

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+47 53 77 07 00 +47 53 75 42 60 +47 52 81 24 00

+47 52 85 75 00 visitkarmoy.no +47 52 78 62 78 saudaferie.no +47 99 56 30 01 visitsuldal.no +47 99 56 30 01 visitsuldal.no +47 51 75 00 00 +47 98 21 99 75

+47 51 70 36 60 visitforsand.com +47 51 85 92 00 +47 51 85 92 00 +47 51 96 00 44 +47 51 77 60 00 +47 51 45 97 00 +47 51 40 99 00 +47 38 37 93 30

+47 53 64 20 33

Preikestolvegen 521, Strand

Sirdal

+47 53 77 14 40

Kyrkjevegen 27, Røldal

Preikestolen Eigersund

+47 53 76 86 61

+47 52 85 80 00

5586, Vikedal

Lysebotn

+47 52 83 10 89

Torget 7, 4280 Skudeneshavn

Vikedal Røldal

+47 52 01 08 30 visithaugesund.no

Sveio senter, Sveiogata 66, Sveio

Oasen

Tysvær

Mon.–Fri. 10–16:30. Mid June–31 Aug.: Mon.–Fri. 9–17, Sat.–Sun. 10–15. post@visithaugesund.no

Lysebotn

Elvegata 23, Egersund Biblioteket på Tonstad

+47 95 91 55 54 +47 93 61 18 56 +47 93 61 19 40 +47 47 48 84 09 +47 47 45 67 43


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Photo: Paul Edmundson/fjordnorway

Fairy-tale adventures in the fjords. Year round.

Explore fantastic fjords with sheer mountains, mighty waterfalls and towering Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Our fjord cruises to Lysefjord and Preikestolen create memories for life.

Fjord Cruise Lysefjord & Preikestolen

3 hours

Lysefjord’s stunning scenery includes majestic mountains and is simply unforgettable. Gazing up at Preikestolen towering over the fjord adds a new dimension to the concept ‘works of nature.’ See the enchanting hideout “Vagabond’s Cave,” be charmed by the goats at summer pasture and taste clear mountain water from the Hanging Falls. We offer three departures a day in June, July and August.

Preikestolen Cruise & Hike

8 hours

Enjoy lovely Lysefjord, see Preikestolen towering over you and hike to what some call “the world’s best view.” The cruise includes legendary hideout “Vagabond’s Cave,” tasting pure water from Hanging Falls and a view of Preikestolen from our boat. Then hike through glorious scenery to Preikestolen plateau itself. Do the summer hike by yourself on a clearly marked trail. The winter hike is guided.

Tickets are available at rodne.no, at the gangway prior to departure, or at Tourist Information. Phone: +47 51 89 52 70 | mail@rodne.no | rodne.no

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Explore the south of Fjord Norway - It's waterful - english  

The official travel guide for Destination Haugesund, Destination Ryfylke og Region Stavanger. English version.

Explore the south of Fjord Norway - It's waterful - english  

The official travel guide for Destination Haugesund, Destination Ryfylke og Region Stavanger. English version.

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