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Mountain skiing in Sirdal, Norway - Photo: Sirdalsferie/Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
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Mountain skiing in Sirdal, Norway Photo: Sirdalsferie/Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Key facts about Sirdal

The community centre of Sirdal is Tonstad, Norway's capital of hydro electrical power development.

Sirdal is the largest municipality in the county of Vest Agder, but one of the least populated. Sirdal, which is a valley, is named after the river Sira which runs through the entire valley and connects the small villages.

Geography

Sirdal is charactrised by mountains and lakes. Tonstad, which is the municipality centre in the south, is located by the scenic Sirdalsvatnet Lake at 50 metres above sea level. The mountains get higher the further north you travel - the highest peak, Urdalsknuten, reaches up to 1,434 metres.

History

Sirdal was a poor agricultural community until the mid-1960s, when a major hydro electrical power development started. Today Sirdal produces about 5 percent of the country's annual power production, and is often referred to as the hydro electrical capital of Norway. Sirdal is now a rich municipality, where about 45 percent of the workforce is employed by the civil service. The hydro electrical power company Sira-Kvina, and tourism, are other important industries.

Tourism

Sirdal is a popular ski resort, with more than 3,000 cabins/holiday homes in total. Five ski fields and 200 kilometres of cross-country slopes make it a popular resort in the Stavanger region. In summer the main attractions are the Lysefjord and Kjerag, which are located in Forsand municipality, less than 30 kilometres from Suleskar in upper Sirdal.

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Last updated:  2012-12-06
Tonstad Kraftverk in Sirdal, Norway - Photo: Sirdalsferie
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Mountain skiing in Sirdal, Norway - Photo: Sirdalsferie/Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Key facts about Sirdal

The community centre of Sirdal is Tonstad, Norway's capital of hydro electrical power development.

Key facts about Sirdal

Source: Visitnorway

About Sirdal

Sirdal

Sirdal is known for good hiking and skiing. The famous mountain plateau of Kjerag in the Lysefjord is not far away.

Key facts about the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger region consists of the municipalities of Randaberg, Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Gjesdal, Klepp, Time and Hå.

Tourist information in Sirdal

There are two tourist information offices in Sirdal. Here you will find all the information you need to plan your holiday in the area.

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