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Ryfylke is in Norway.

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Ryfylke is a rural region in Rogaland county, southern Fjord Norway. Approaching from the south, you encounter the famous fjords from Ryfylke. in the south you will first meet Lysefjorden, known for Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and mount Kjerag in the inner part of the fjord. The Ryfylke National Tourist Route is one of 18 tourist routes established by the National Road Authorities in Norway, running from Oanes (road 13), Lysefjorden in the south up to Røldal in Hardanger in the north (road 520). This route offers a beautiful and lush landscape, with fjords, green isles and skerries, colourful heathlands and tranquil cultural landscapes, sceers and boulder fileds, towering mountains and sheer cliffs.

Already in the 19th century the wild and pristine landscape of Ryfylke attracted its first tourists, English salmon fishermen went to Suldalslågen river and exploring travellers went along the socalled Discovery Route. Today in continues to tempt travellers to great outdoor adventures. The highlights and attractions are many. You can fish in the rovers and streams and sheltered fjords, savour fruit orchards in full flower, go on mountain walks or enjoy more extreme sports. Here are many charming villages and small friendly towns that merit a visit, and ferries crossing the fjords invite to a break in the driving.

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Sauda Strand Hjelmeland Suldal

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'''Lysefjorden''' the first fjord when you arrive from the south, is one of the most famous fjord in Norway. The 40 km long fjord surrounded by impressive mountains and cliffs carved out during succesive Ice Ages is the dominante fesature of Forsand municipality.

For a magnificent view of the fjord, walk to the top of '''Preikestolen''' (Pulpit Rock), 600 m above sea level. The walk takes about two hours from the parking lot (paid parking) near the Preikestolen Mountain lodge. More than 130.000 persons made this walk in the summer season of 2010! Season. April - October

'''Kjerag''' mountain plateau rise up to 1084 m above the innermost part and southern shore of the Lysefjord. One dramatic attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in the mountain. Kjerag also attracts base jumpers and rock climbers. The trail starts from Øygardstølen by Lysevegen Road (closed in Winter, often until June). 10 km hike, climbs 570 m, Good shoes and hysical health are advised. Season June - September.

'''Lysevegen''' from Lysebotn in the bottom of lysefjorden in east up to Øygardstøl count 27 exciting hairpin bends, open in summer.

The National Tourist Road Ryfylke starts as Road 13 from Oanes by the northern mouth of the Lysefjord and goes 183 km through Ryfylke up to Håra, Røldal in Hardanger, the last part crossing Røldalsfjellet mountains as Road 520 (closed in winter)

Along Svandalsfossen waterfall by road 520 (National Tourist Road Ryfylke) you can follow the waterfall up close while climbing the striking stairs.

Allmannajuvet gorge near Sauda will get a visitor centerin 2012. here you can walk on the old mine road and get a guided tour into the dark zink mines.

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