Sand and Suldalsosen
There are lovely picnic areas along the road. Stop at Ostasteidn on the northern side of the Sandsfjordbrua bridge, and enjoy a packed lunch while you soak up the fantastic view of the Sandsfjord. The unique toilet building and the rest of the area have been inspired by Lars Hertervig’s paintings of the Ryfylke scenery.
You should also stop at Ropeid quay. The waiting room there has large windows that draw the fjord and mountains in, and there are yellow and red stools and tables of different sizes by the sea that resemble clusters of artificial mushrooms. They are made from recycled plastic boats from Ryfylke and glow in the dark.
In Suldal, you come to Sandsfossen waterfall, the last section of Suldalslågen, one of the longest rivers in Rogaland. The waterfall has a four-metre fall and is just a short walk from the centre of Sand. You can also park at Suldal’s biggest tourist attraction, the Salmon Studio, where you can watch the salmon that come to spawn from July to September/October. The Høsebrua bridge nearby is also worth seeing. It is one of the many interesting architectural attractions along Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke.
If you would like to sample local fare in beautiful surroundings, head for Ryfylke Fjordhotell, whose restaurant has a lovely outdoor seating area beside the fjord. You can also sample food made from local ingredients at the nearby Mo Laksegard. They serve their own home-made sausages, cured meat and game. You can also visit the farm museum Kolbeinstveit, which is due east of Suldalsosen, where you can see the oldest preserved wooden building in Rogaland. Guggedalsloftet, dating from 1281, is a unique cultural heritage site that provides insight into the region’s cultural history.