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Lysebotn road from Lysefjord to Sirdal

The road from Lysebotn at the head of Lysefjord to Sirdal near Ådneram was finished in 1984, and was built in connection with the development of Tjodan hydro-electric power station.
It opens in May, and closes in October. Both dates are selected by the weather, not by people - sometimes it can be quite late in May before the snow ploughs finish their work, and you can still see snow well into the summer.

Lysebotn road over the mountains
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road snaking ahead This is an impressive road in the high mountains of Rogaland and Vest Agder - highest point 932 metres - some of it single carriageway with passing places - with impressive scenery and weather.
The 27 hair-pin bends and tunnel down to Lysebotn are impressive and can be seen from Øygardsstølen, the cafe-restaurant and viewing point near the top.
You will see thousands of little cairns around the high point - who knows why - but get out and build your own, when you come this way.
Two of the main reasons to travel this road - apart from to experience the road - are the walk to Kjerag and the ferry through Lysefjord, back towards Stavanger
Map reference:

By car:
From the E39, take RV45 to Sinnes and Sirdal. Turn left in Sinnes towards Suleskard. Just before Suleskard , turn left onto the Lysebotn road
various places along the way.

Distance from Stavanger: 150 km

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single track with passing places
thousands of small cairns of rock Travel time from Stavanger:
2 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
Expect an hour or more - including stops - to drive along this road
Carpark, toilets and cafe at Øygardsstølen
Kids verdict:
Building a cairn is weird fun - if we're not feeling carsick.
See also:
Suleskard road to Setesdal
Kjerag walk
Boat trips in Lysefjord
Sirdal Fjellmuseum
Hotels in the Stavanger area
the 27 hairpin bends down to Lysebotn
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