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Sveio and Ryvarden

Ryvarden Lighthouse and Cultural Centre, and Flokehyttene cabins are the most well-known attractions, but more and more people are opening their eyes to lesser-known gems, such as Rex Garden rhododendron park in Førde, and the ‘cultural village of Valestrand’. Sveio is conveniently situated whether you are traveling by land or sea. The E39 road runs through the municipality, and the coastal shipping lane crosses Sletta, passes Ryvarden and runs along the Bømlafjord. Sveio borders the Ålfjord to the east. Camp Ålfjorden offers, among other things, great places for glamping and it's only a short distance from the main road. The centre of Sveio is small but nonetheless has almost everything you might need in the way of shops and services. The centre is close to excellent recreation areas and other activities, such as Albatross Spa and Sveio Golfpark – one of Norway's most beautiful 18-hole golf courses.

Rex Garden in Førde

Innermost in Førdespollen fjord is the idyllic village of Førde, easily accessible from the main E39 road. The rhododendron park Rex Garden has become a major attraction in the village, which also has a grocery shop, a second-hand shop, a great area for swimming and a network of walking trails.

Fartein Valen and the villages

The villages of Valestrand and Valevåg, in the north of the municipality, have a rich cultural life. Many artists are associated with the villages, the most famous of whom is the composer Fartein Valen (1887–1952), whose memory is honoured annually with the Fartein Valen Festival. His home, Valenheimen, is both a museum about the artist and a living cultural building. The village also has many other important cultural heritage sites, the most well-known being Einstadbøvoll farm, Valen chapel and the cholera cemetery in Leirvåg. The campsite Valevåg Camping and Hyttetun is also situated here.

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