The beautiful and varied walking terrain in Sirdal makes it a paradise for hikers of all ages. The Stavanger Trekking Association (STF) has an extensive network of marked trails in the Sirdal area and neighbouring mountain regions. In total the local hiking network consists of more than 1,000 km (620 miles) of trails, with more than 40 cabins to stay in.
The mountain cabins are of relatively high standards, and there are three different types of cabins available:
- No-service cabins: Cabins have sleeping and cooking facilities, a wood-burning stove but no supply of food.
- Self-service cabins: Cabins have sleeping and cooking facilities, a wood-burning stove and a supply of canned food and other food items.
- Staffed lodges: Lodges have all the facilities you would expect from an accommodation establishment: meals, showers and staff on hand.
The mountain cabins are either owned by STF or Statskog. You can stay in the DNT cabins even as a non member. You pay by filling out a credit card form at the cabin. Most DNT cabins are unlocked in the period from mid-June to late September. Some cabins, however, will require a universal key which can be obtained by contacting DNT. Statskog require pre-booking. In Sirdal the keys can be collected at the Fjellbutikken grocery store in Suleskar. Statskog's cabins are mostly outside the marked trail network of DNT, therefore map, compass and GPS reading skills are required.
A hiking-guide book "Hiking in the Sirdalsheiane mountains including Kjerag and Sirdal's Seven Summits" covers the most popular hiking trails in Sirdal and Lyseheiane. 19 selected hikes are described (180 km (112 miles) in total), and each description includes waypoints, maps (1:40 000/1:25 000), height profiles, and bearings. In addition you can read about the area's geology, flaura and fauna, and find information on how to navigate, first aid and more. All routes can be downloadedonto your own GPS device from the website sirdal.no. As an extra motivation you collect points according to how many hikes you have done, and prizes can be obtained. The book comes in an English and a Norwegian edition.
Sirdal offers attractive mountain and red bellied trout fishing in beautiful surroundings. Buy your fishing licence and fishing map at the tourist office or in grocery shops locally.
Aktiv Villmark Opplevelse offers guided canoe trips into the SVR natural conservation area. Lodging in authentic hunting cabins can be arranged.
Several outlets offers canoe rental if you wish to go on your own.
Climbers will find over 100 bolted routes in Sirdal. The largest climbing areas are located in Hunnedalen, Liland and Sirekrok. All routes are of different difficulties, and a climbing guide of the region is available.
At Ådneram and Haugen you will find two narrow paved roads that are ideal for cycling into or along the different conservation areas. Enjoy the untouched nature. Distance: 24-30 kmetres.
Dogsledding on wheels
If you want to try something different, Sirdal Huskyfarm offers dogsledding on wheels in a ring trail on the farm. This is a popular activity with families.
Play golf at the scenic nine-hole golf course at Kvæven. The Sira River runs through the course, and the majestic Hilleknuten Peak (1,209 metres above sea level) can be seen from there too. A gravel pathway with picnic areas surrounds the golf course, a nice walk if you do not wish to play golf.
At Haugen Hytteutleie og Camping you can play a nine-hole mini golf course. When you have become good, why not try the real golf course at Kvæven?
Guided tours of Lake Sirdalsvatn
This popular guided tour focuses on the exciting history along the scenic Sirdalsvatnet Lake. The first part of the trip is by boat from Tonstad to Haughom. This is a great way to enjoy the lake andmountains in Sirdal. Return by bus from Haughom via the small village of Øksendal.
Guided tours of the Tonstad Power Station
Norway is among the few countries in the world which mainly rely on the supply of hydro electrical power. Sira Kvina represents one of the largest hydro electrical power developments in Norway, and Tonstad is Norway's capital of hydro electrical power development. In the summer, guided tours of Tonstad Power Station are offered twice a week. Come along on an exciting trip that will take you a half a mile inside the mountain, and be impressed by the big machineries on marble floors.
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