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Ryfylke is in Norway.

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Ryfylke is a rural region in Rogaland county, southern Fjord Norway. Approaching from the south, you encounter the famous fjords from Ryfylke. in the south you will first meet Lysefjorden, known for Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and mount Kjerag in the inner part of the fjord. The Ryfylke National Tourist Route is one of 18 tourist routes established by the National Road Authorities in Norway, running from Oanes (road 13), Lysefjorden in the south up to Røldal in Hardanger in the north (road 520). This route offers a beautiful and lush landscape, with fjords, green isles and skerries, colourful heathlands and tranquil cultural landscapes, screes and boulder fields, towering mountains and sheer cliffs.

Already in the 19th century the wild and pristine landscape of Ryfylke attracted its first tourists, English salmon fishermen went to Suldalslågen river and exploring travellers went along the so-called Discovery Route.

Today it continues to tempt travellers to great outdoor adventures. The highlights and attractions are many. You can fish in the rovers and streams and sheltered fjords, savour fruit orchards in full flower, go on mountain walks or enjoy more extreme sports. Here are many charming villages and small friendly towns that merit a visit, and ferries crossing the fjords invite to a break in the driving.

At Haukalivatnet lake (near Lysefjorden) there is a distinct end moraine presumably created by a prehistoric glacier. This moraine led professor Jens Esmark (in 1824) to formulate the theory of an ice age over Scandinavia and other parts of the world. Esmark believed that climate changes due to the changes of the earths orbit caused ice ages.

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