This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway, located in Ryfylke – a sheltered fjord region situated north of Stavanger and east of Haugesund. The Lysefjord is perhaps the most famous part of Ryfylke, offering an overwhelmingly beautiful landscape. In addition to the dramatic panoramic views from Preikestolen and Kjerag, you might be equally rewarded by tranquil vistas from a hillside by the fjord or overlooking the lush valleys of inner Ryfylke.
You can climb the mountains along the fjord, hike on the moors, cycle on the islands, swim in the fjords, or take a cruise on the Lysefjord. All of this followed by a taste of the region. Some local specialities that will tickle your taste buds include “komler” (potato dumplings), fresh seafood, and “Suldalsskinke” (Suldal ham).
Throughout Ryfylke, which you can reach in several ways, there are monuments from various historical periods. The rock carvings at Solbakk show the early importance of boats to people along the fjords, whilst the Ryfylke Museum has numerous and varied facilities throughout the region, for example Kolbeinstveit Farm by Lake Suldalsvatn.
Find more inspiration on Ryfylke’s official website.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.