The drive along the Ryfylke National Tourist Route is a trip full of contrasts. Here you will encounter high barren mountains,
lush hillsides, sheer mountainsides and deep fjords. The Saudafjellet mountain displays special natural characteristics. It
is rugged, brutal and unyielding, and you might find yourself wondering what on earth it was that persuaded someone to lay
a road exactly here. At the Svandalfossen waterfall you can walk up the steps and really feel the force of the rushing water
and the might of the cascade. Sometimes the water runs so high that the police must take charge, directing cars one at a time
through the mist of spray that covers the road. It is quite an exotic experience. At the southern point of this road you will
find Lysefjorden. This fjord is perhaps most enchanting when dark clouds hover above, only penetrated by bands of golden light.
Since Ryfylke National Tourist Route is a long and varied stretch of road, it is worth taking your time. There are lots of
opportunities on the way to make short detours and to take a break from driving, whether you are keen to find out more about
Sauda’s industrial history or just want to explore one of the lovely little shore villages such as Sand. Along this route
you can take part in a salmon fishing safari and rafting, or you can set off on a hike in constantly changing terrain. The
drive through Ryfylke offers a versatile experience on a challenging road with many charming aspects.
Hellandsbygd exemplifies how the social structure in the community was built up around energy-intensive industry and access
to cheap electricity. Industry is also the reason for the actual location of the road over Saudafjell, since this was the
shortest and fastest route eastwards.
Many tourists make a pilgrimage to Ryfylke. Here you will find some of the most spectacular natural attractions Norway has
to offer. Both Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and the Kjerag boulder with Lysefjorden in the background are popular as destinations
and photographic motifs. There are also many idyllic spots along the road that are worth looking out for. In addition there
are two short ferry trips where you can breathe in fresh sea air and admire the fjords at close hand.