Road trip Ryfylke in Norway 🇳🇴
The road trip Ryfylke shows the diversity of Norway! The 161 miles (260 kilometers) long route takes you past mountains, fjords and waterfalls. Read all about the route, highlights along the way and which sights there are near the road trip route.
About the road trip Ryfylke
The road trip Ryfylke is located in southwestern Norway, near the city of Stavanger. The route is named after the region where it is located, Ryfylke. The route is one of the longer tourist routes in the country.
The route is 161 miles (260 kilometers) long and starts at the place Oanes, this place is located at the beginning of the Lysefjord and near Stavanger. The Lysefjord is known for the Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten and Lysevegen. The terminus of the road trip Ryfylke is in Håra.
Very diverse landscape
The landscape of the Ryfylke region is characterized by great diversity. From deep fjords to high mountains and from steep mountain slopes to hills, you will pass them all along the way.
One of the best known and most beautiful parts of the route is the Lysefjord. This more than 24 miles (40 kilometers) long fjord is located at the beginning of the route, near Oanes. The fjord is famous worldwide because of the special rocks that are located there. The well-known Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten are both located in the fjord. The Lysefjord therefore attracts many tourists every year, who visit the rocks themselves and take a ferry trip through the fjord or admire it from the water.
The route is 161 miles (260 kilometers)s long and connects the places Oanes and Håra. The road trip Ryfylke does not consist of a through route, but of a ‘straight’ part and a circle. From Oanes you follow road 13, until at Lovra -about halfway the route- you can choose between two roads to drive to the end point Håra. To drive the entire route, choose a road and drive back at Håra on the other route.
One of the most beautiful routes in Norway
The road trip Ryfylke is officially one of the most beautiful road routes in Norway. The country designated a total of 18 routes as National Scenic Route in 2005. These routes each show the special and diverse landscape and many sights of Norway. With the title National Scenic Route, it is not only a beautiful route, the roads are also well cared for. In recent years, the government has built many facilities along the route, such as toilet blocks. There are also works of art and special vantage points.
Partly closed during the winter months
In Norway, a lot of snow falls in the winter months, making some roads impassable. Important routes such as highways are kept free of snow as much as possible so that they can remain open.
The road trip Ryfylke partly consists of highway 13, which is kept free of snow. Road 520 is partly closed in the winter months, this concerns the section between Hellandsbygd and Røldal. This section is often closed from November to June, depending on snowfall, the road may be closed earlier or opened earlier.
There are no special points of interest on the part of the route. You can drive from Lovra in the direction of Hellandsbygd and visit sights such as Ostasteidn and Svandalsfossen. At the closure you then have to turn and drive back to Lovra, where you can then drive on the other part of the route (highway 13) to Håra.
Hiking in the area
Norway is a country where perfect hiking trips can be made, for both beginners and advanced hikers. The landscape is so diverse that anything is possible. Hiking on a mountain plateau, through a fjord, to the top of a mountain or to a special rock.
Along the road trip Ryfylke, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking. The most special and also best-known hiking tours are at the start of the route, namely in the Lysefjord. Here you can take a walk to the well-known Preikestolen (also called Pulpit Rock) or a little further on to the Kjeragbolten, the boulder that hangs between two rocks. Both sites are not directly off the road from the road trip Ryfylke, but are well worth a drive.
Cycling the road trip Ryfylke
The varied landscape also makes the road trip Ryfylke an attractive cycling route. It is a journey full of contrasts, where you have to stop a few times along the way to admire the sights.
On the route near Saudafjorden there are a number of tunnels, cyclists can take the old road outside to avoid having to go through the tunnel. On road 46 between Ropeid and Ostasteidn there is a 1100 yard (1 kilometer) tunnel that cannot be avoided. Cyclists are not advised to ride on the highway 13 between Lovra and Håra, because of the heavy traffic and the long tunnels on this part of the route.
Route and highlights of the road trip Ryfylke
The road trip Ryfylke is 161 miles (260 kilometers) long and runs from Oanes to Håra. However, to drive the entire route you will have to cover more miles/kilometers, because about halfway the choice can be made between two routes to Håra. The entire tourist route therefore consists of a ‘straight’ part and a circle, at the top of this circle is the end point Håra.
The sights are listed in a row from Oanes to Håra, but the route can of course also be driven in a different way. Because there are two routes that can be driven on the road trip Ryfylke, the route is divided into parts below.
Route from Oanes to Lovra
Lookout point Høllesli
At the beginning of the road trip Ryfylke, the Høllesli lookout point has been realized, which is located between the ferry connection with Høllesli and the bridge to Forsand. A path takes you to the lookout point that offers a beautiful view of the beginning of the Lysefjord. The lookout is built between the rocks and is partially accessible for wheelchairs.
The world famous rock Preikestolen
The Preikestolen is one of the icons of Norway. On road 523, turn off to Preikestolvegen and park your car in the parking lot at the end of the road. The 4-hour hike to the special rock starts from here. The Preikestolen, also called Pulpit Rock, is a gigantic rock that rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord. Not only is the rock impressive to see, from the plateau you also have a breathtaking view of the wider area.
A trip to the city of Stavanger
The city of Stavanger is not located directly on the route and is therefore not officially part of it. Because the city is easy to reach, it is certainly worth mentioning.
At Tau, take the Ryfasttunnel/Ryfylketunnelen tunnel, which leads directly to the city of Stavanger. A trip to one of the largest cities in Norway is made easy. The city is known for its great diversity. It is in fact a modern city full of cultural activities and sights, but also has a historic center with centuries-old houses.
Route from Lovra to Håra, via roads 46 and 520
Resting place Ostasteidn
Due to its status as a National Scenic Route, various facilities have been realized along the road trip Ryfylke, resting place Ostasteidn is an example of this. The rest area offers seating and sanitary facilities. It is not a simple structure, the Norwegians have really turned it into an architectural resting place. In the evenings, the resting place is beautifully lit.
The rest area is right next to the road, just after the Sandsfjord Bridge. From Ostasteidn you have a view of the Sandsfjord and the surrounding area. The toilet block at the rest area is open 365 days a year and is wheelchair accessible.
Peninsula of Ropeid
The Ropeid peninsula is located on one side of the Sandsfjord. At the tip of the peninsula is a quay where the ferries to Sauda and Stavanger depart from. A waiting area with large glass windows has been built at the ferry connection. The waiting area is ideal for waiting for the ferry, but also for enjoying the beautiful view over the water. There are sanitary facilities in the building, which are open all year round. The Ropeid waiting area is wheelchair accessible.
See the Svandalsfossen waterfall up close
The Svandalsfossen waterfall is right next to the road trip Ryfylke and is an impressive sight. The water falls at great speed down a total of 180 meters, in several parts. At the top is a free fall of 40 meters. The flow of water will probably be different every time you visit the waterfall, as the watercourse depends on the amount of precipitation that has fallen. In rainy periods it can happen that the waterfall partly runs over the road.
The special thing about the Svandalsfossen is that you can get very close to the waterfall. A number of bridges and stairs have been built at the waterfall, so that you can walk all the way to the base of the upper part of the waterfall. From here there is also a great view of the surroundings.
The zinc mines Allmannajuvet
The Allmannajuvet zinc mines have been out of use for more than a century and can be visited. The mines in the town of Sauda were used from 1881 to 1899 and a total of over 12,000 tons of zinc ore was extracted here.
The area is now a museum with several buildings in the canyon, telling the story of the mining industry. During the tourist season, guided tours of the mine road and inside the mine are held daily at 11 AM and 1 PM. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and is for a fee.
There are also sanitary facilities at the museum, which are closed from December to March.
Part of the route closed in winter
Part of the road between Lovra and Håra is closed in the winter months due to heavy snowfall. Usually this is between November and June, but closing and opening are weather dependent and could be earlier. The road is closed in the winter months between Hellandsbygd and Røldal. To get to Håra you have to drive back to Lovra and take road 13 the other part of the road trip Ryfylke to the place. Road 13 will remain open in the winter.
Route from Lovra to Håra via road 13
Lovra lookout point is located right next to road 13 and offers a view over the Lovrafjord. Like many roads in Norway, part of the road trip Ryfylke runs through a fjord, with beautiful views. The Lovra resting place is conveniently laid out on one of the most beautiful spots, in order to offer you a great view. It is a small rest area with benches and picnic tables.
Bridge Høse bru
The bridge Høse bru is a footbridge over the river Suldalslågen. The bridge is located in the village of Sand, which is also the main village in the municipality of Suldal. The region is known for producing hydropower, mining and aquaculture. The footbridge not only offers a beautiful view of the surroundings, but is also particularly illuminated.
The Høse bru is wheelchair accessible.
Highlights near the road trip Ryfylke
In the southwest of Norway, many highlights can be found close by. It is always important to plan a trip to the country well so that you do not miss anything special. There are several highlights in the vicinity of the road trip Ryfylke, which are listed below.
The city of Stavanger
While driving the road trip Ryfylke you will pass the Ryfasttunnel/Ryfylketunnelen near Tau. If you drive through this tunnel, you will arrive at Stavanger. Visiting this city is therefore not a difficult task. The city has grown enormously since 1969 after the oil industry settled in the city. Today it is a modern city full of museums, nice shopping streets, culture and in the area there is also plenty of beautiful nature and special beaches. If you go to Stavanger for antiquity, this is also the perfect place to visit. In the center of the city stands Gamle Stavanger, made up of white wooden houses built in the 18th century.
The town of Sandnes
The town of Sandnes lies in the south against Stavanger and has also benefited from the Norwegian oil industry. It is the perfect city for nature lovers, as there are many beautiful hiking trails in the area.
The hanging boulder Kjeragbolten
In Norway there are a large number of attractions that are shaped by nature, including the Kjeragbolten. With the Preikestolen it is one of the most famous rocks in Norway. It is a boulder stuck between two rock walls. For many people an ideal place to take a picture. Just like the Preikestolen, the Kjeragbolten is located in the Lysefjord, only this rock is almost at the end of the more than 24 mile (40 kilometer) long fjord.
Drive over the Lysevegen
The more than 24 miles (40 kilometers) long Lysefjord is known for the Preikestolen and the Kjeragbolten. A lot less known is the road trip Lysevegen, which lies near the village of Lysebotn. This road has 27 hairpin bends and is similar to the famous Trollstigen, but has more bends. Because this road is a lot less known, there are also fewer tourists here. The road is ideal to combine with the Kjeragbolten, as these are both at the end of the Lysefjord.
Tourist route Jaeren
Norway’s 18 National Scenic Routes each show special parts of the country. In the west and southwest of Norway, several of these routes are located near each other, making it easy to combine them. Where the road trip Ryfylke is east of Stavanger and Sandnes, the road trip Jaeren is south of the cities. The road trip is a true coastal route, it runs largely along the sea and offers a view of the special beaches for which the region is known.