Sokndal, the southernmost municipality in Rogaland county, is situated on the coast between Stavanger and Kristiansand. Sokndal is the first Nordic member of the international “Cittaslow” movement, a group of towns and cities committed to improving the quality of life of their citizens and creating a distinctive identity for their areas. Sokndal likes to think of its visitors as guests rather than “tourists”.
Among the many attractions of Sokndal:
- Sogndalstrand – protected area of 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings featuring ”Culture Hotel”, open-air amphitheatre, shop with local products, sea-rafting, golf course, gallery, fisheries museum, salmon river etc. Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular destinations in Rogaland.
- Jøssingfjord - famous as the setting for the “Altmark Incident” during World War II.
- Helleren - site of ancient settlement, thought to have been inhabited since the Stone Age; two 18th century houses below the rock face.
- Blåfjelldalen with the disused Blåfjell mines and Ruggesteinen - Northern Europe’s largest rocking stone, weighing 74 tonnes.
- Lille Presteskjær Fyr (Little Presteskjær Lighthouse) at the entrance to Rekefjord - available for hire for functions or overnight accommodation.
- Nesvåg - an old fishing village with a protected collection of sea houses, a maritime museum, certified fishing vessels, etc.
- Fertility cult at Rosland with a god’s head, stone altar and early Iron Age artefacts.
- Sokndal Church from 1803 with 17th-century pulpit and altarpiece.
- Unique fishing opportunities in salmon rivers, inland lakes and the sea.
- Great trekking areas with numerous marked trails.
- Hotel, camping sites, guest farms, cabins, etc.
- A wide range of culture events.
- Hauge i Dalane - municipal centre with a good range of shops; people have time for each other here, and you can count on good service and a total lack of stress.
Welcome to the good life in Sokndal!