The popular tourist road Lysevegen in Forsand in Ryfylke (FV500) is a curvy mountainous road going from Lysebotn innermost in the Lysefjord to Sirdal, with a length of 29 km (18 mi.) This is an impressive road in the high mountains of Rogaland and Vest Agder some of it single carriageway with passing places - with impressive scenery and weather.
This road, located in Rogaland county in the southwest of Norway, has its highest point in the Andersvatn lake, at an elevation of 932 m. (3057 ft.) above the sea level. At the top of the turns is Øygardstølen that has a parking lot, service building for trips to Kjerag, and food services.
The road, heralded as one of the most spectaculars roads in the world by the dangerousroads.org users, was built as a works road during the building of the Tjodan hydroelectric power station and was officially opened in 1984. Prior to that, boats were the only regular means of communication with the outside world for people in Lysebotn. The first road was built in 1953-64 inside the mountain, and it was used to get rid of all the removed stone-masses during construction.
This road is open only in the summer when it is ice free and safe. It opens in May, and closes in October/November (depending on snow conditions). Both dates are selected by the weather, not by people - sometimes it can be quite late in May before the snow ploughs finish their work, and you can still see snow well into the summer. It can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. The road is not small business. It is a long road, twisting and turning the whole way down. People must take their time and be exceedingly careful driving this endlessly winding road. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera!
The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It has 32 sharp curves, a drop of 800 height metres on the last 8 kilometres (0.5 miles). The last 1.1 kilometer (0.7 miles) is driving through a steep 340 degree curved tunnel also with three switchbacks inside, called Lysetunnelen. This is the view 900 meters down, once you get on top. The highest point on the road is by Andersvatn lake, 950 metres above sea level. Any barriers along the edge afford little more than token protection; large stretches should be taken at a snail's pace and a lookout kept for vehicles coming from the opposite direction!
The experience of using this road is very impressive. The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. The road from Lysebotn at the head of Lysefjord to Sirdal near Ådneram was finished in 1984, and was built in connection with the development of Tjodan hydro-electric power station. The 27 hairpin bends and tunnel down to Lysebotn are impressive and can be seen from Øygardsstølen, the cafe-restaurant and viewing point near the top. You will see thousands of little cairns around the high point - who knows why - but get out and build your own, when you come this way. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers.