Location: Forsand, Rogaland county, Norway
Length: 29 km
Built: between 1953-1964
Wide: 5 m standard, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 10
Highest point: 932 m
Operating times: open only during summer from May to October/November
Via Fv500 and Fv986
Route: from Fylkesveg 986 62 to Fylkesveg 500
Lysevegen Road Description
The Lysevegen road is one of the most famous tourist routes in Norway and the world. It’s a curvy mountainous road located in Norway. It’s going from Lysebotn innermost in the Lysefjord to Sirdal and has a length of 29 km (18 miles).
The aerial view of this way is quite impressive. It features zig-zag hairpins in the high mountains of Rogaland and Vest-Agder. Also, it’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world, a title that always attracts passionate drivers.
The location of this road is in the Rogaland county, south-west of Norway. It’s only open throughout the summer because it’s not safe during winter. So, from May to October or November drivers can take this route and enjoy what it has to offer. The opening and closing dates are selected depending on the weather. It can be closed at any time if it happens to snow. The weather in the area is harsh and unpredictable like in most places in Norway.
The highest point on the Lysevegen road is at the Andersvatn Lake, with an elevation of 932 m (3057 ft.) above sea level. The path is a dangerous one because it features 32 sharp turns and an average gradient of 9.4 %. The first section of the road is the most challenging, even for the most experienced drivers. It has no less than 27 hairpins, in a row. One must pay attention driving here, also because the road can become misty.
The last section of the road, of 1.1 km, will take you through a steep 340 degrees curved tunnel. It’s called Lysetunnelen. Once you get to the top, you will have a fantastic view that goes 900 meters down.
The surface of the road is asphalted. It was finished in 1984, in connection with the development of Tjodan hydro-electric power station.
Sightseeing in the area
There are two main reasons to travel the Lysevegen road. The first one is the experience of driving in. The second one is represented by the walk to Kjerag and the ferry through Lysefjord, back to Stavanger. Since the Lysevegen road drops nearly 1,000 m, the views from the top are stunning. Also, if you stop along the way, the scenery is still a breathtaking one. At the end of the route, you will get in the quiet town of Lysebotn. At the summit, there is usually a lot of snow. There is also a cafe-restaurant, Øygardsstølen. From this point, you can view the hairpinned road in all its glory.
The Lysevegen road’s winding design offers a panoramic view and a unique experience. It’s very curvy, and it’s best when driving slow to have the chance to enjoy the views. The ascent is 8.9 km long, and the elevation gain is 840 heightmeters. This is one of the best roads to drive, and no passionate driver should miss it.
Photo sources: https://www.motogpsroutes.com/blog/tarmac-scenic-road-passes/item/92-fv500-lysebotn, https://driveeurope.co.uk/2015/07/29/farmer-blocks-iv/, https://driveeurope.co.uk/2015/07/29/farmer-blocks-iv/, https://www.cyclingabout.com/best-roads-in-the-world-to-ride-your-bike/