The town of Sauda, at the head of the Saudafjord, has a population of just under 5,000 and covers an area of 514 km2. Sauda’s main industries are hydroelectric power and manufacturing. The town is the commercial, educational and service centre for the Indre Ryfylke region.

Sauda is a community of contrasts, where heavy industry and modern social amenities coexist with fjordside idylls and wellmanaged farms with fine traditional buildings. The district offers good hunting and fishing in rivers and lakes, as well as magnificent waterfalls and high mountains with many peaks over 1,500 metres above sea level.

In the town centre, the streets are heated to keep them free of snow in winter. The central area is compact, within easy reach of the pleasant, well-planned residential districts. Being so close to beautiful countryside is a further benefit.

Sauda has a number of modern sports facilities designed for all kinds of training, events and competitions. These include the Saudahallen sports hall, grass and gravel soccer pitches, a motocross track and a shooting range. In winter, Sauda Skisenter is the top sports venue – the county’s most comprehensive downhill ski centre, with fine alpine, snowboarding and telemark facilities.

There are also lighted cross-country ski trails right outside the town centre and in Slettedalen. In summer, there are waymarked walks in all the district’s valleys. Sauda is therefore an excellent base for a rich variety of outdoor pursuits on mountains and fjord, in winter and summer alike.

In the space of a few years, the district’s economy has been transformed. Now, its most prominent features are modern industrial parks, a dynamic tourism industry, and a variety of manufacturing and service businesses. In the next few years, the Ryfylke Highway (Hwy 13/520) is to be officially designated a national tourist route.

Sauda Ferie & Fritid – tourist information: Tel.: (+47) 52 78 42 00