Foto: Hans E. H. Jacobsen, Stavanger Aftenblad Kjærlighetsuka uke 39. / Love and Affection Week, week 39. / ”Woche der Liebe” in Woche 39. 4 Sokndal Guide Welcome to the good life in Sokndal! Sokndal is the southernmost municipality in Rogaland and has around 3,250 inhabitants. Its administrative centre is Hauge i Dalane (Haua). Other villages in the region include: ÅnaSira, Jøssingfjord, Sogndalstrand, Rekefjord, Nesvåg, Ålgård, Myssa, Mydland, Barstad and Eia. County road 44 ('The North Sea Road') runs through large parts of the municipality and links Sokndal with Egersund and Flekkefjord. There is an express coach service from Sokndal to Stavanger. The mining company Titania is a cornerstone of the municipality's economy and employs around 275 people. It operates the world's largest ilmenite ore mine, an opencast mine. Otherwise Sokndal has a varied business community with a number of smaller companies. Accommodation can be found at the culture hotel, campsite and private cabins/houses. The administrative centre Hauge i Dalane offers a range of shops, well known for their good service. Jøssingfjord Museum – a place where nature and cultural history meet – is under development. There are plans to organise activities relating to the themes hydropower and mining. Hiking and climbing routes have been marked out for visitors. A regional motor sports centre is being planned. Licence applications have been submitted for a number of large wind power projects, both onshore and offshore. The municipality of Sokndal is actively seeking to establish new jobs. Plots ready for business development, available office premises and attractive residential plots. New/renovated primary and lower secondary school. Full nursery school coverage. Sogndalstrand Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rogaland. Sogndalstrand is the only village in Norway where both the wooden buildings from the 1700s and 1800s and the surrounding cultural landscape are protected. It used to be a staple port and its own municipality up until 1944. In the last few years it has experienced quite a boom with the development of a culture hotel, gallery, golf course, village shop, outdoor amphitheatre, sculpture jetty, sea rafting, a fishing museum and more. Several large concerts are held in Sogndalstrand Amfi in the summer. The Sokna, a salmon river, flows into the fjord near Sogndalstrand. Foto: Nils Jacobsen Sjøhusrekken på Sogndalstrand. / Seaside houses in Sogndalstrand. / Umgebaute Bootsschuppen in Sogndalstrand. Sea, fjords and mountains The North Sea coastline stretches for 48 km. Seven small fjord arms penetrate the land, creating natural harbours. It’s never far from the open sea and excellent fishing opportunities. There are unique fishing opportunities in the sea, the salmon river Sokna as well as lakes. Sokndal stretches inwards from the coastal areas through a hilly landscape with peaks of up to 600 metres. There are great trekking areas with numerous marked trails. The marked hill walks are very popular. The North Sea Cycle Route and Nave Nortrail both pass through Sokndal. A rare geological heritage The geology of Sokndal and Dalane is unusual and resulted in its characteristic landscape. Geological processes 935 to 920 million years ago produced a unique geological heritage that cannot be found anywhere else. Geological resources in the form of ore veins provided a basis for the establishment of the mining company Titania. Magma Geopark became the second Scandinavian member of the European Geoparks Network. Magma Geopark's ambition is to be an innovator who adapts, promotes, develops and strengthens the region based on its unique geology and cultural history. For more information, please visit: www.magmageopark.com. Cittaslow – a brand of many qualities Sokndal was the first municipality in the Nordic Region to join Cittaslow, an international movement which started in Italy in 1999. The idea is to slow down the pace of life and choose quality of life instead. Here in Sokndal, nonconformity is encouraged and competing with your neighbours and colleagues forgotten. We have our own 'love and affection week' and focus on the things dear to us. We do not have any tourists – only guests! Why not visit one or more of the other Scandinavian Cittaslow municipalities? Kristinestad in Finland, Falköping in Sweden, Svendborg in Denmark, and Eidskog and Levanger in Norway. www.cittaslow.com. Sokndal - municipality of culture Sokndal is a municipality of culture and home to a number of voluntary organisations, sports hall, football pitches with artificial grass, shooting range, tennis courts, courts for other ball games, plastic ice rink and more. A number of events, big and small, are held throughout the year. For more information about events in Sokndal, the municipality of culture, please visit: www.sokndal.kommune.no.
Foto: Gunnvor B Krone Foto: Jan Ove Grastveit Malmtoget på vei til Blåfjellet. / The ore train on its way to Blåfjellet. / Mit dem Erzbähnchen zum Blåfjell. Kulisser til filmen Skumringslandet ved nedlagte Blåfjell Gruver. / The set for the film 'Skumringslandet' at the closed Blåfjell mines. / Arbeiterbehausungen des stillgelegten Stollens Blåfjell (Skumringslandet). 5