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Sirdal

Sirdal, Norway's most beautiful motorcycle road, wild reindeer and 5,000 sheep in untouched nature. Throughout the year, you have many different activities to explore in Sirdal.

Sirdal meets most requests on a year-round basis. As a ski resort, it is popular, with several ski resorts and around 200 kilometers of groomed and marked cross-country trails. Hilleknuten 1,209 meters above sea level is definitely worth a visit. You can also steer your own dog sled straight into the wilderness.

In summer, Sirdal's varied terrain is a good base for hikers. Stavanger tourist association has 1,000 kilometers of marked trails and more than 4000 cabins in Sirdal and the surrounding mountain areas, so here you can go from cabin to cabin, or just take a low-threshold walk around the house wall. If you follow the path from Øygardstøl, you will come to Kjeragbolten - the large rock that is sandwiched between two vertical mountain walls of more than 1,000 metres. The bolt itself is a world-famous photo motiv.

If you want to climb, Sirdal has more than 100 routes. The largest climbing areas are in Hunnedalen, Liland and Sirekrok and are suitable for both beginners who want to rock and experienced sport climbers.

The Suleskarvegen runs from the fjord in the west of Rogaland over the mountain through Agder and on to Telemark. The mountain passes from Sirdal to Lysebotn or Brokke in Setesdal are as narrow as 3.5 metres, and the highest point of the road is 1,050 meters above sea level. The road down to Lysebotn, with its 27 hairpin bends, has been voted Norway's most beautiful MC road by the motorcycle magazine Bike.

Large parts of Sirdal are located in the Setesdal, Vesthei, Ryfylkeheiane landscape conservation area, where Europe's southernmost wild reindeer tribe lives. In the landscape conservation area, the reindeer roam freely with little human interference. There is also good hunting and fishing ground here.

After a day in the great outdoors, there are few things more satisfying than sitting around the table for a meal prepared with local ingredients. The area's three most popular dishes are roast reindeer, roast lamb and roast trout, often topped with wild berries and mushrooms.

If you visit Sirdal in September, you can take part in the Sirdalsdagene with 10,000 visitors . The reason for the celebration is that 5,000 sheep are brought down from the summer pasture. They march in a herd down the main road in the valley to the crossroads at Kvæven, to be sent home to the farms at Jæren the next day. Sirdal days offer entertainment for the whole family.

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