Our home town Jørpeland is the unofficial capital of the Ryfylke region. The landscape is very varied. Ryfylke is very suitable for first-time visitors to Norway, as the region is a sort-of Norway in miniature, with islands and islets, inlets and hamlets, amidst fjords and mountains. The beautiful and world-famous Lysefjord with its even more famous Preikestolen lies in the south. The much lesser known sister fjords of Jøsenfjorden and Hylsfjorden lay hidden in the north. This is our backyard!
Long story short: Ryfylke is a very attractive region for a varied multi-day biking adventure. Ever since our son was just a few months, we had taken him on day trips with our bikes. We bought an electric bike in 2019, and after we purchased a bike trailer, the second electric bike followed. Now, we had no more excuses, being able to take both our son, and all the stuff we/he needed, and face the many hilly sections.
As it was our first multi-day adventure as a family, we kept it “simple”. 3 days of cycling along the fjords, while island-hopping. The ferries between the islands were a good break for us, and a mini-adventure for our son in itself. For this adventure, we chose to sleep inside, not in the last place because it was only April. This way, we did not have to think too much, and we could reduce the amount of luggage.
Along the way, we did not meet so many other cyclists. We think this will change. Ryfylke has a lot to offer, but it is still quite unknown. And with “everyone” now buying electric bikes, we think more people will discover the freedom, happiness, and adventure that comes along with the slow-travel mode of biking along Norwegian fjords.