Mo Laksegard © Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Lise Bjelland.
Laksefiske © Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Lise Bjelland.
Mo Laksegard © Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Meister Fotografi

Short break: Water and wild salmon

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In Suldal you will find one of the biggest rivers on the West Coast, which stretches 22 km from Sandsfjorden in the southeast to Suldalsosen in the northeast. From there you meet Suldalsvatnet, which is the deepest and largest fjord in Rogaland, which stretches all the way to the village of Nesflaten. The Suldalslågen river is one of the best salmon rivers in Norway, and every year it fills up with national and international fishermen hoping to catch the large salmon for which the river is so famous. On this short holiday, you will get close to the river, the lake, and our wild salmon!

Day 1: Salmon farm, salmon safari and wild salmon

Along the entire Suldalslågen you will find a number of landowners who have rights to salmon fishing in Suldalslågen. Several of these also have their own cabins on the farm where you can spend the night with a fantastic view of the river. In some places, you are actually so close that you can see the salmon jumping from the water! You can find an overview of these cabins under "Eat and Stay".

After you have settled into the cabin, it is time to explore the river, there are many great experiences and activities connected to our river. Most landowners sell fishing licenses for their stretch of the river in the period July-September and can be contacted for this.

Here it is wise to think ahead about leaving on time – to book well ahead of time, as the fishing license is often bought months in advance. If it is the first time you are out fishing, it may be a good idea to get a local guide in the river. If you don't want to stand in the river yourself - don’t want to fish, Mo Laksegard offers his exciting salmon safari where you float down the river, and those who are lucky can actually catch a glimpse of the river's silver! They also offer river expeditions for those who want a slightly calmer experience.

Here you go ashore at the riverbank where you are served lunch and coffee in the open air. On the farm, they also offer a tour of their own farm brewery and a social area with their own sauna stove. There are also several great hiking trails in the area around and along Suldalslågen, such as the Sand safari trail, the Førlandsøyane, a tour of Suldalsosen, and more. Check out our village maps under "Hiking" for more information.

Day 2: Fjord, village life and salmon studio

After nice day in the river, they might want a little break, and what could be better than a trip to our municipal center, Sand, which is located where the Suldalslågen flows into the Sandsfjorden. Among the white wooden houses close to the fjord, they find a number of great niche shops, cafes, museums, cultural centers, and activities. How about lunch at the Ryfylke Fjord Hotel where, from the restaurant with a panoramic view of the fjord in season, you can watch the salmon jump during their journey up the salmon river. At Brunsj you can enjoy fresh lunch dishes, local Jordnær, and freshly roasted coffee at Sand torg. At Garaneset you will also find the great cafe KULP.

Within a short walking distance from the center of Sand, you will find Laksestudio, which is Norway's very first! Here you can look into the fifth step of the salmon ladder that has been set up at Sandsfossen, where many large salmon pass each year. In the exhibition, you can learn more about this unique salmon species and how power developments have affected the waterway. End the day with a kayak or SUP trip out on the fjord, a walk in the local area, or perhaps a visit to our own water park Suldal Bad.

Day 3: Sea bream fishing and an evening at Suldalsvatnet

To complete the water experiences in Suldal, it is well worth a trip to Suldalsvatnet, which stretches from Suldalsosen to Nesflaten. Here you can find a variety of fish species, although it is perhaps the area the lake is most famous for! Feel free to rent a boat, canoe, or kayak from Vikane Hyttetun or Energi Hotellet to set out on the water. Energihotellet also offers guided experiences.

During the summer season, the Kolbeinstveit museum garden remains open, with its own pier by the lake. Feel free to stop by for a tour, waffles, and maybe a plate of local food. In the evening, you have many great accommodation options. On Nesflaten, you can spend the night at our own design hotel, Energi Hotellet, with a panoramic view of Suldalsvatnet. They also have access to their own heated outdoor pool.

At Vikane Hyttetun, you stay in your own cabin close to the water, where they have their own barbecue cabin and hot tub that you can rent at the water's edge. You also have great alternatives such as Osa-Bu with its own barbecue hut, a short distance from Suldalsvatnet. In the area around Suldalsosen and Nesflaten, you will also find many great hiking experiences. You can find a hiking map for the area under "hiking".

Price and order?

This short holiday is tailored to your needs and wishes and can be combined with a number of other experiences and places to stay. You can explore this further here at

Contact us at Visit Suldal for more information and tips for a meaningful holiday in the Suldal Treasury.