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This route passes through constantly changing scenery of verdant fjords and stark mountains. The drive through the Ryfylke region is a varied one, and the motorist encounters small hamlets and towns with active agriculture and a multitude of industries.

Sauda, famous for its smelters, is located between mountain peaks and waterfalls at the northern end of Ryfylke, and provides a hands-on encounter with Norwegian industrial history, as do the disused zinc mines of Allmannajuvet gorge. The trip across the Sauda mountains into the Røldal valley is spectacular, along a road that snakes through the towering mountain landscape. Some of Norway's most widely reported destinations, such as the Prekestolen plateau, the Lysefjord and the natural phenomenon of Kjæragbolten, can be explored on short detours from the route. The route includes two ferries that provide an opportunity to see the fjords directly from the water.

National Tourist Route Ryfylke runs from Oanes on the Lysefjord to Hordalia in the Røldal valley over a total distance of 183 kilometres.

The stretch from Helandsbygd to Røldal is closed in the winter season. This road usually closes in November and reopens in June.


Information about National Tourist Route Ryfylke, download pdf.

Travel info Ryfylke

Ferries must be used on parts of the route. Clicking on the ferry routes indicated will bring you to an information site for the chosen route.

Ferries operate the routes Oanes - Lauvvika and Hjelmeland - Nesvik on National Road 13 and the route Sand - Ropeid on County Road 46. More information on the ferries can be obtained by clicking on the links in the menu on the left. 

Parts of National Tourist Route Ryfylke are closed during the winter season. The stretch between Helandsbygd and Røldal is normally closed in November and reopens in June (see the "Map" menu and red flaggs).

On parts of the route, especially over the mountains to Røldal the road is narrow and winding. There are currently no maximum permitted length for buses, but it is recommended a shorter length of the bus.

Questions concerning places to stay, places to eat, itineraries etc. should be addressed to local and regional tourist agencies and enterprises. In the menu on the left you will find some links that may be helpful.

Have a good trip!

The Lyse fjord at Forsand in Rogaland County, seen from Høllesli. This location is being considered for development of a viewing platform.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
The Lyse fjord at Forsand in Rogaland County, seen from Høllesli. This location is being considered for development of a viewing platform.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
Under screes and steep slopes near Tysdalsvatnet lake in the Strand district.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
Under screes and steep slopes near Tysdalsvatnet lake in the Strand district.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
Målandsdalen valley in Hjelmeland.

Photo: Werner Harstad
Målandsdalen valley in Hjelmeland.

Photo: Werner Harstad

A solitary tree in a farmyard is a recognizable landmark in the cultural landscape at Tjentland near Årdal in the Hjelmeland district.

Photo: Werner Harstad
A solitary tree in a farmyard is a recognizable landmark in the cultural landscape at Tjentland near Årdal in the Hjelmeland district.

Photo: Werner Harstad
Lay-by with a view over the Lovra fjord south of Sand in Suldal.

Photo: Per Kollstad
Lay-by with a view over the Lovra fjord south of Sand in Suldal.

Photo: Per Kollstad
A secluded cabin on the Lovra fjord, Suldal.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
A secluded cabin on the Lovra fjord, Suldal.

Photo: Helge Stikbakke
Overview map of the stretch, with locations described under the "Architecture" menu. Red flags indicate tourist routes that are closed during the winter season.

If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
This route passes through constantly changing scenery of verdant fjords and stark mountains. The drive through the Ryfylke region is a varied one, and the motorist encounters small hamlets and towns with active agriculture and a multitude of industries.
Here you can find a simple map providing a geographical overview of the route. If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
Ryfylke