Dominated by soaring peaks and sparkling lakes, Sirdal is a mountainous region east of Stavanger. A large part of the municipality is protected within the SVR Conservation Area, which provides a habitat for Europe’s southernmost wild reindeer herd. Sirdal’s ski resorts and hiking trails attract outdoor lovers and offer access to one of Norway’s most popular photo ops.
Things to do
North of Sirdal is the Sirdal Mountain Museum, which preserves several buildings dating back to the 18th century where everyday artefacts are exhibited. Wander between the old school, farmhouse and hunting lodge once owned by Thorvald Meyer Heiberg, who leased large tracts of land to English hunters. Rotating exhibitions are held at the museum throughout the year, as are cultural events.
If you’re visiting in the winter months, hit the slopes of Ålsheia, which is the biggest ski area in Sirdal. There are trails to suit all abilities and several lifts, as well as two terrain parks to challenge snowboarders. Beginners can head to the Hulderheimen where you’ll find a toboggan run and an ice skating rink and there are three restaurants to keep you refuelled throughout the day.
Sirdal makes an excellent base for visiting Kjerag, a spectacular hiking and climbing destination home to the Kjeragbolten. This massive boulder has become wedged in a crevasse suspended 984 metres above an abyss, making it one of the most popular photography spots in Norway. Kjerag’s high cliffs also attract BASE jumpers from near and far.
Sirdal is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Stavanger and Stavanger Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses are the main means of getting to Sirdal while having your own vehicle gives you greater freedom to explore the region.