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Transport systems in the mountains and skiing areas

Mountains bring dramatic scenery and good snow in the winter, but also make for difficult transport. Some roads are closed in the winter, all roads can be slow and winding, needing a lot of work to keep them usable.

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Road system

The road system here is severely limited by the mountains and winter weather.  Some roads are closed throughout the winter, others may be closed for hours or days. Travelling by convoy and waiting in tunnels can be quite an experience! See the smaller areas for more details.

Car ferries

There is a car ferry between Stavanger and Lysebotn at the end of Lysefjord.  In winter it is the only way in. During the summer it is very popular with tourists, with views of Pulpit rock and Kjerag along the way. You may need to book ahead.

Fast boats

There are several fast boat services between Stavanger and Lysebotn at the end of Lysefjord.  Most are for tourists and give views of Pulpit rock and Kjerag along the way. "Slow" boats operate on the Telemark canal during the summer.


The Bergen - Voss - (Flam) - Geilo - Gol - Nesbyen - Oslo line is a tribute to engineering and perseverence. It is also a good way to access some of the mountain areas, especially in winter.

Bus and coach services

Buses and longer-distance coach services link within and beyond the area.


There are no major airports in the mountains, some places take small planes, subject to weather conditions. Other choices are: Stavanger, Bergen and Haugesund airports to the west; Kristiansand to the south; Sandefjord (Torp) airport to the south east; Oslo airport to the east

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