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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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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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