Forsand and Lysefjorden
In summer you can stay at a bed & breakfast, at a charming farm, a youth hostel or camping in Lysebotn , or rent a holiday apartment in the fjordside village of Flørli. Follow the National Tourist Route Ryfylke, rv.13, from Forsand – and you will find cabins and camp sites beautifully situated beside the fjord or near the mountains.
The spectacular lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue is an example of fine modern architecture using traditional wood as its prime building material. This is the perfect starting point for your walk to the top of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock). In the center of Jørpeland you will find the newly restored Verkshotellet, opened in 2011. If you continue toward Hjelmeland, at the heart of the Ryfylke region, you can rent cabins, rooms, a holiday apartment or house from one of the friendly and helpful hosts. Try cabins at Hamrane Hyttefelt or Wathne Camping or a room in Vaulali Summer Hotel.
A number of cabin owners will offer their guests the use of a boat, either included in the rental fee or at a reasonable price. After a long walk in the mountains or forest, why not reward yourself with a soothing spa treatment at Spa-hotell Velvære in Hjelmeland? Excellent dining and a fjord panorama will make your stay memorable. On the island of Randøy there are nice cabins at Kaadavaagen Fjordhytter and Breivik Fjordferie. At Fister Solvåg Fjordferie is excellent.
Your northward journey takes you to the municipality of Suldal. Consider a rewarding detour, leaving Ryfylke National Tourist Route and heading towards Gullingen, stopping at Øvre Moen. From there you can enjoy a beautiful walk to Stranddalen, a lodge run by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). On arrival in summer, you will find hearty traditional fare and a good bed.
If you continue driving to the village of Sand, there is additional accommodation, including Mo Laksegard, a renowned estate on the Suldalslågen River catering to salmon anglers and other guests. New holiday houses Dysja Fjordohytter are located on the Ropeidhalvøya peninsula.
Up in Nesflaten Energihotellet offers nice rooms overlooking Suldalsvatnet Lake. The best place to try Suldal ham ("Suldalsskinka").
The National Tourist Route Ryfylke rv. 13 follows the run of the fjord, and continues on fv. 520 to the town of Sauda. It is a great place from which to explore the surrounding scenery and the area's fascinating industrial history. Rent a cabin at the camp site, or enjoy a stay at Sauda Fjord Hotel (pages only in Norwegian) or Kløver Hotell.
For fishing tourists or families there are cabins near the fjord or at a farm (bed and breakfast), try for example Soltun Fjordhytter. Sjernarøyane Islands are recommended for cycling, here you find Norda Hidle, Sjernarøytunet and Ramsvig Handelsstad (summer restaurant).
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