Man holding chantarells
Hiking © Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Lise Bjelland
Lady on top of a moutain during sunset
Hiking © Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Espen E. Søreng

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Looking for inspiration for your next holiday? Are you going on a road trip through southwest Norway? Or perhaps you need a base to explore Ryfylke? Here are 10 good reasons to take your next summer holiday to Suldal!

1. Hiking Trails and Mountain Peaks All to Yourself.

In Suldal, you'll find several of the highest peaks in Rogaland, as well as fjord-side mountain tops offering magnificent views. There are vast expanses where you can have the landscape all to yourself, numerous delightful tourist cabins, and family-friendly strolls close to town. You might encounter a local or two along the way, but there are plenty of fishing spots, bathing areas, and hiking trails for everyone. Check out our hiking suggestions here and ideas for your next mountain adventure here. During the summer season, they serve three-course dinners and a delicious breakfast buffet at "the pearl in Ryfylkeheiane," Stranddalen Tourist Cabin. Suldal is also just a couple of hours' drive from Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Trolltunga.

2. Fjords Waiting to Be Explored.

Suldal is surrounded by majestic fjords, which on fine days lie mirror-smooth between towering mountains. Here, you can embark on micro-adventures to picturesque fjord villages, cycle along the fjord landscapes, settle down on a pier to hunt for crabs, or set out on a sea kayak. Fjord Experience offers guided tours in Økstrafjorden, Aktiv Fuglestein takes you out on SUP boards, and Helgøy Skyssbåt offers guided tours in Hylsfjorden in July. Learn more in our event calendar here. You can also rent boats, canoes, kayaks, and fishing gear at several locations in the municipality. If you're up for a longer trip, you can take a day trip to Stavanger by sea, just as they did in the old days.

3. Idyllic fjord alleys perfect for day adventures.

In Suldal you have enough villages and small towns to explore a new town every single day of the week! How about a village safari? Jelsa is the best-preserved beach town in Ryfylke, with white wooden houses close to each other down towards the fjord. In Erfjord, you can visit the museum garden Hålandstunet and go bird watching. On the Ropeid Peninsula you can find Viking graves and a memorial to the greatest Viking chieftain in Ryfylke! Through our cultural history trails, you can be taken several hundred years back in time and learn about the rich history of Suldal from local storytellers - directly through your own mobile phone. In the municipal center Sand you will find a number of local shops, cafes, a museum, a beach, and a cultural center - all a stone's throw from the fjord!

4.Beautiful Salmon Rivers and a Rich Selection of Fishing Waters.

Whether you're an experienced salmon angler or a beginner, Suldal offers fishing opportunities tailored to all preferences and skill levels. Suldalslågen is the most water-rich river in the western region of Norway, attracting salmon anglers from far and wide every year. Here, you can enjoy private fishing, guided fishing trips, salmon safaris, and river expeditions. In the highlands, you'll find pristine fishing waters where you can relish the fresh air and the sound of fish leaping. You can also learn more about salmon in Norway's first salmon studio.

5. Culinary Experiences.

In Suldal, we take pride in our local ingredients and culinary traditions, making it an ideal destination for delightful gastronomic experiences during your stay. In the town center of Sand, you'll find a variety of cafes and restaurants where you can savor delicious dishes while enjoying views of the fjord and the life in the town center. Every Thursday, locals gather for "komletorsdag," where you can taste Vestland's pride – a traditional Norwegian potato dumpling dish called "komle."

You can also experience a wilderness camp where you're served great dishes by a campfire in a lavvu (traditional Sámi tent), enjoy the daily catch by the river, relish a four-course dinner based on local ingredients at a design hotel in the small village of Nesflaten, buy locally sourced products from Sandsbygda, or indulge in a three-course dinner in the highlands as a reward after a fantastic hike in Suldalsheiane.

In Suldal, you can even visit the producers themselves at their beautiful farms nestled close to mountains, fjords, and lakes. At Midtsommar on the Ropeid Peninsula, you can get up close to wine production with a visit to the vineyard, and of course, there's time for some wine tasting! At Fuglestein Fruktgard, with over 17,000 apple trees, you can learn more about production and sample their various products. At Suldalshonning, you can gain insight into the important and fascinating life of bees and witness the honey-making process firsthand. Træ Gården also has its own farm shop in Sandsbygda, offering meat from animals such as Angus cattle, wild sheep, and woolly pigs. You can find an overview of all the culinary treasures in Suldal here.

In the town center of Sand, we also have our very own local food shop.

6.  Bathing areas all to yourself.

In Suldal, you can choose new bathing spots for the family every single day! All our hamlets have great swimming areas that you can have to yourself in both salt water and fresh water. Here you can enjoy a whole day at the beach at Mosvatnet, which can be combined with a walk in the heath, a boat trip to the nearest island and a refreshing shower in the waterfall. Beach equipment and kayaks can be rented at the Neset beach in the municipal center Sand. ‍

At Suldal Bad, you can challenge the family to a competition on the slide, from the diving board and on the climbing wall or relax in the jacuzzi or sauna. You can also treat the family to an evening in a wood-fired log cabin with a view of Suldalsvatnet or Suldalslågen.

7. Culture and history.

In Suldal you will find a number of museum facilities that you can explore both during and outside opening hours.

At Nesasjøhuset you will meet the white bear from Rasmus Løland's children's adventure, at the Kulturhuset in Suldal you can go to a gallery exhibition, from the Litunet cluster garden you will get a majestic view of the Hylsfjord and at the large garden Kolbeinstveit you can visit Rogaland's oldest wooden building! You will also find bowling, a cinema, a library and events at Kulturhuset in Suldal.‍

8. Architecture and wild nature.

The architecture tour Suldal-Sauda-Røldal offers historical and modern world-class architecture. The route has the best collection of architectural works in Fjord-Norway and is the only National Tourist Route that presents both historical and modern architecture in a day trip format. At Kilen på Nesflaten you meet a functionalist style from the power development in the 1960s, at Ropeid the fjord enters the window at the "waiting room", you can be inspired by Lars Hertervig at Ostasteidn, and at Høsebrua you can see Suldalslågen roaring under your feet. In 2021, also open a new installation at Ropeid kai!

9. Churches open in summer, street walks and art exhibitions.

During the summer there is a lot of fun to be found in the entire municipality. You can take in an art exhibition and cinema screenings at the Kulturhuset in Suldal, take a trip back in history at the Ryfylke Museum museum, explore a hand-painted starry sky in Jelsa church, and experience a fjord idyll during market days at Sand centre. The first weekend in June also organizes the folk festival Ryfylkedagane. The entire summer program and opening times can be found under "What's happening" and "Be inspired".

10. Take in the magnificent nature along two of Norway's most beautiful roads.

Suldal is a great starting point for exploring the region, midway between Preikestolen and Trolltunga. Nasjonal Turistveg Ryfylke and the Discovery Route pass through the municipality, while Nasjonal Turistveg Hardanger is close by. Folgefonna, the barony of Rosendal, Røldal stave church, Åkrafjorden, Haugalandet and Stavanger are great stops if you set out on a day trip.

All holidays to Suldal have in common good experiences, closeness to nature, and time to breathe and take the days at a more relaxed pace . We want you to wake up and feel the fresh air and the birds chirping. We want you to take time during breakfast to plan today's adventure. We want the focus to be on being in a team and getting to know each other.

If you want more suggestions for good experiences in Suldal, you can read here or download our app "Visit Suldal" in Google Play or the App Store. We are also more than happy to hear from you at or via message on Facebook and Instagram if you need help or tips for planning!

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