National Tourist Route Ryfylke and National Tourist Route Jæren pass through the Stavanger & Ryfylke regions, and are two of the 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway. The routes take you through some of the most stunning of Norwegian nature, amazing viewing points and adapted resting areas with exciting architectural features.
National Tourist Route Ryfylke starts at Oanes by the Lysefjord, and ends at Hårå in Røldal. It runs along the roads Rv. 13 and Fv. 520 and is 260 km long in distance. Travelling along this scenic path gives you an ideal opportunity to experiencing the southernmost fjords. The tourist route invites you into Fjord Norway showing you a landscape of varied, striking and lush scenery, where green, tranquil archipelagos and well maintained cultural landscapes are superseded by screes of stone, polished cliffs, fjords and mountains. The most famous attractions in Ryfylke is the Lysefjord, Preikestolen and Kjerag, however whilst driving along the road, you will find places to stop along the way with both stunning natural beauty as well as interesting cultural mementos from ancient times.
National Tourist Route Jæren – is often described with words such as high sky, wide horizons and endless sea. Its characteristics are ever-changing weather and light, miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes that are replaced by pebbles and salmon rivers at the other end. The area is further Norway’s pantry, with an intensive agricultural activity in a flat, wide stretched and well-kept cultural landscapes in an area with mild climates all year round.
National Tourist Route Jæren runs from Ogna to Bore, and is 41 kilometres in distance. The coast along Jæren is open towards the sea and has from ancient times been known to be one of the most dangerous coastlines along the Norwegan coast. The large building of the Jæren lighthouses started in the early 1800’s. The task at hand was to safely lead the ship traffic on the North Sea through the luring Jæren coast in windy weather, darkness and fog. During history, a number of lighthouses were built, with Kvassheim lighthouse in 1912 being the latest to be built.
Fun fact about the Tourist Routes
National Tourist Route Ryfylke is part of the Fjordvegen stretching from Sandnes in south, via Hardanger and Vikafjellet to Førde in north. Several National Tourist Routes are parts of Fjordvegen (Hardanger and Gaularfjell).
Nasjonal Turistveg Jæren – along the National Tourist Route Jæren, the landscape is flat and a coastal landscape characterised by agriculture, and the first thing that springs to mind is not ski jumping. Jæren is not known for neither snow nor skiing, however, it was here that in 1938, the creative Ragnvald Skjærpe found out that he would build a ski jump. He had heard about ski jumping on the radio from eastern Norway, and he would very much like to organise the same at Obrestad. Most people surely thought he was a little bit crazy, nonetheless he managed to engage the local sports club, and in 1938, the ski jump was finished; Obrestadbakken. They organised two ski jump contests in 1938, and one in 1939. The last time the ski jump was mentioned in history books, was in 1940 (Source: Sverre Askø, 1943, Nærbø turn og idrettslags historie).