Suldalsvatnet is 30 km long, stretching from Roalkvam to Suldalsosen. The lake has always been a key thoroughfare in inner Suldal.
In earlier times rowboats were the most important means of travel here – until 1885 when the steamer MS started carrying passengers across the lake. In the 1930s, the ferry MS began a scheduled route between Nesflaten and Solheimsvik. Many decades later, in connection with the Ulla-Førre hydropower development in the 1970s and 1980s, a road was built alongside the lake and the ferries were no longer needed.
Suldalsvatnet is one of Norway’s deepest lakes. Amongst fishermen it is known for its large and plentiful trout.
Today, the road along Suldalsvatnet is part of the National Tourist Route Ryfylke. Popular stops are Kolbeinstveit farmstead and Røynevarden croft, and a visit to both will yield many insights into the region’s old farming culture. But one thing is for sure: you must stop and take a photo of Suldalsporten, the striking narrows between two cliffs.