Sauda is the northernmost municipality in Rogaland, covering area of 514 km2. The municipality has around 4700 residents, most of them living in the town of Sauda. The town has several shops and restaurants, and near by there are different kinds of accommodation.
Archaeological finds show there were settlements in the Viking Era and throughout the Middle Ages. Until the 18th century, the sale and export of timber was of great importance. Mining in Allmannajuvet became a prominent activity in the 19th century, and in the 20th century industrialization led to the development of today’s modern Sauda.
Now the most important industries are hydroelectric power production, metallurgical industries, and the production of lumber and glass.
Fjords and mountains
The climate is typical for the western part of the country, with clear differences between the four seasons. In the municipality, visitors can experience a close proximity to nature, between fjords and mountains.
Sauda offers both summer and winter activities and is a dream destination for people who are interested in the outdoor.
Modern and historic architecture
The Architectural Route Suldal-Sauda-Røldal, along the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, has the best collection of architectural works in Fjord Norway. It is the only tourist route in Norway highlighting both modern and historic architecture in a day trip format.
Highlights of the route in Sauda include Svandalsfossen fall, Åbøbyen, which is one of the best-preserved residential areas for industrial and office workers, and Allmannajuvet by Peter Zumthor.
For a drive that’s a bit different, drive from Allmannajuvet and over Saudafjellet mountain, with its stunning scenery, and on to Røldal. The road is closed during winter.
Sustainable Destination Program
Sauda is participating in the Sustainable Destination Program. It mean that the municipality has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.