The drive along the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke 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 Scenic Route Ryfylke  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.


This is a long tourist route through varying terrain. If you start on County Road 520 from Håra close to Røldal, you will have a steep climb up toward the Sauda mountain and a pleasant cycle ride across the mountain before you make a recommended stop in the closed-down zinx mines in Allmannajuvet. Along Saudafjorden there are a number of tunnels, but here it is possible to take the old road on the outside. On County Road 46 between Ropeid and Ostasteidn, you have to go through a tunnel that is approximately 1 km long. The southernmost part of the route from Lovra to Oanes is relatively hilly, but provides a nice experience of the fiord landscape of Ryfylke. We do not recommend that you cycle the northernmost part of National Road 13 from Håra to Lovra, as this road has a number of long tunnels that cannot be avoided by cycling around them.

You can combine this trip with National Cycle Route 2, which includes the road from Stavanger to Lysebotn. From Stavanger you can also follow National Cycle Route 1 along the coast. This stretch is also part of the European “North Sea Cycle Route” EuroVelo 12.


The spectacular viewpoint above Lysefjorden known as “Preikestolen” (Pulpit Rock) is without doubt the highlight of Rogaland, and one of Norway’s most visited attractions. But the area also has many other unique hiking destinations that are little known beyond the local area.

On sunny days you should consider hiking to Reinaknuten and Skomakernibå. From both tops you will have an impressive view of large parts of Ryfylke, including Lake Tysdalsvatnet and Jøsenfjorden. The circular trail to Ritlandskrateret - the Ritland Crater - is a unique experience where you take in the crater of a meteor that hit the Earth 500-600 million years ago.

Near Sauda, sherpas from Nepal have built solid stone steps to facilitate the walk to Hovlandsnuten. At the top is a small cabin that provides shelter from the wind while you admire the view of Saudafjorden.

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outdooractive hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is 267 km long and travels between Oanes at Lysefjorden and Håra. At the southern part of the stretch are two ferry crossings: Lauvik-Oanes and Hjelmeland-Nesvik. From Lovra in Suldal the tourist route splits into two sections. One section travels across the Sandsfjord Bridge to Sauda (road 46/520) with a short detour to Ropeid. The other section continues north (road 13) with a small detour to Høse Bridge at Sand, before it continues up Suldalslågen and Brattlandsdalen where the road sections meet at Håra – creating a round trip.

If you would like more information about the ferries, you will find links in the menu below.

Sections of the road, particularly over the mountain to Røldal, are narrow with a number of bends. There is currently no maximum length for buses but the use of shorter buses is advisable.

Winter notice: The road is open - 01. May 2021. The road from Helandsbygd to Røldal is normally closed in the winter in November and reopens in June. Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed.

Travelling by electric car? Map of EV charging points in Ryfylke.

Opening and closing of scenic routes closed in winter and statistics >>

Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.
Traffic alerts in map >>

Alternative route via Ryfasttunnel.

GPS: Oanes 58.910563, 6.077167 -
Håra 59.81383432, 6.77366577