Coastal road trip from Flekkefjord to Egersund

If you have your own vehicle, forsake the E39 and take the coastal Rv44 from Flekkefjord to Egersund – it's one of southern Norway's most beautiful drives. The road swerves through barren, boulder-blotched hills with a few forested sections, lakes and moorlands, before descending to Jøssingfjord, around 32km west of Flekkefjord, with its breathtaking, perpendicular rock scenery and fine waterfall. Two 17th-century houses, known as Helleren, are nestled under an overhanging cliff and were definitely not built for the claustrophobic. Despite the danger of falling rocks, the overhang did provide protection from the harsh Norwegian climate. The houses are open year-round.

For more information on scenic lighthouses and other attractions along this route, and the entire coastal road from Kristiansand to Haugesund, visit the excellent www.nordsjovegen.no.