Scenic route Ryfylke in Norway /
The scenic route Ryfylke shows the great diversity of the Norwegian landscape. The route starts near the city of Stavanger and from the urban environment you go up long high mountains, steep mountain walls, deep fjords, powerful waterfalls, nice villages and special viewpoints. A trip to Stavanger can easily be combined with this special route!
Where is the route located? /
The Ryfylke route is named after the area the route passes through. The route starts at Oanes and consists of a through section and a circle. At Lake Lovravatnet, two routes can be taken to the end point Håra. The place Håra is also called Horda.
Almost the entire route is located in the county of Rogaland, only a small part and the end point Håra are located in the county of Vestland.
General information about scenic route Ryfylke /
During a tour of Norway, the scenic route Ryfylke is a must to drive. The route is 161 miles (260 kilometers) long and connects the places Oanes, near Stavanger, and Håra with each other. About halfway the route there are two options to drive to Håra, the most beautiful is of course to drive both parts of the route. On road maps, the roads can be found under the numbers 523, 13, 46 and 520.
The region attracts many tourists every year due to the city of Stavanger and the natural attractions in the area. The famous Lysefjord is located along the route. This fjord is best known for the spectacular rock Preikestolen, also called the Pulpit Rock. This rock is one of the most visited locations in Norway and can be reached by making a total of 4 hours walk (round trip). The rock hangs 604 meters above sea level above the Lysefjord and offers a great view. A little further in the fjord is the famous Kjeragbolten. This boulder hangs between two rock walls and can only be visited via a walk. With a duration of 6 to 10 hours, this walk is a lot longer. While driving the Ryfylke route you will only pass the beginning of the Lysefjorden, but it is definitely worth taking a turn here. You can also drive to the adventurous scenic route Lyseveien, this road has 27 hairpin bends and is located at the end of the Lysefjord! Along the Ryfylke is the Høllesli lookout point, where you can take a seat and enjoy the view over the 24 mile (40 kilometer) long Lysefjord.
Between Hjelmeland and Nesvik a ferry crossing has to be made. The route also passes the Svandalsfossen. This powerful waterfall is located along the road and with a staircase of 540 steps you can get close to the waterfall. The powerful waterfall sometimes creates a lot of fog, which requires the police to intervene to allow traffic to pass safely. Vehicles may then pass one by one.
Snowfall in winter /
In the winter months snow falls in many places in Norway, which means that certain roads are closed. Part of road 520 will also be closed, then it is not possible to drive the entire tourist route. The road between Hellandsbygd and Håra is closed from November to early June.
National Scenic Route /
With the many highlights along the scenic route Ryfylke, it is not surprising that the route is one of the most beautiful Norwegian routes. It is officially a National Scenic Route, of which there are 18 in total. On the south side of Stavanger is the National Scenic Route Jaeren, this coastal route is definitely worth driving during a tour of Norway. From Håra you can also continue on road 13, you will then drive onto the National Scenic Route Hardangervegen.
What makes the route special? /
The scenic route Ryfylke shows the diversity of Norwegian nature to the full. From steep mountain walls to deep fjords and the Preikestolen to beautiful lakes. Most tourists only drive to the Preikestolen, but it is really worth to drive the whole scenic route Ryfylke. Not only do you drive past the waterfall Svandalsfossen, you can also visit the former zinc mines Allmannajuvet.