Difference between revisions of "Ålgård"
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Ålgård is a small town and the administrative center for the Gjesdal municipality in Rogaland, Norway. It is approximately 25 km to the southeast of Stavanger. Gjesdal municipality with just over 10000 inhabitants is traditionally known for the sheep, that outnumber the municipalities population. The area includes Ålgård, Oftedal, Gilja, Dirdal and a number of smaller places, with a total area of 620 km2.
It is currently not possible to get to Ålgård by train, but Ålgård did have a train station and the rail road was in use from 1924 until 1988. Recently, interest has been renewed to open the rail road once again, and various cost projections have been calculated; so far without any consequences.
You get to Ålgård by using bus 23 from Sandnes. Various bus stops can be used to get on or off the bus. The bus service is operated by Kolumbus. Signal the bus driver you want to get on the bus by waving and making eye contact.
If you take the E39 from Stavanger and Sandnes to Kristiansand, you will automatically pass right through Ålgård. From Bryne in the south west, you can take road RV506 (Timeveien). The RV45 begins just east of Ålgård, and gets you to amonst others Byrkjedal and Sirdal.
You cannot reach Ålgård by boat, but you can reach Gjesdal municipality by boat, as the fjord 'Frafjord' up in the north of Gjesdal has a direct connection to the North Sea.
Ålgård is small enough to walk around and visit the main attractions. If you want to visit the other parts of Gjesdal, you should use a car or bike. Local taxi service is operated by Gjesdal Taxi with phone number +47 51610007.
Ålgård is rather small but has an interesting history, mainly focused around DFU, where local farmers could rent machines for spinning their wool. Today, a number of buildings from that era have been restaured and are in use, such as 'Storahuset' which houses the municipality administration, and 'Veveriet' which houses the local library. DFU is situated around the river Figgjo, which starts at Edlandsvannet. Other interesting places include the traditional farm Limagarden, amusement park Kongeparken  and water fall Månafossen.