Known to the natives as the ‘fjord of lights’ for the way sunlight seems to dance across its landscape, the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord is home to both Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag, both of which are world-renowned hiking destinations. Besides these famous icons, the Lysefjord and its surrounding mountains offer limitless possibilities for outdoor adventures.
Join Outdoorlife Norway on our three-day guided trekking adventure and experience summertime in the beautiful Lysefjord. Traverse 20 kilometers while bridging a total ascent of 2,000 meters in just two days. Visit the former hydropower plant village of Flørli and climb the longest wooden staircase in the world (4,444 steps!). Get off the beaten track while navigating backcountry trails to the famous Kjerag Boulder, camp under the stars, and experience some of the best viewpoints Fjord Norway has to offer.
During the 3-day tour, in addition to trekking through some of the region’s most spectacular nature, you’ll experience the Lysefjord while aboard ferries/cruises, which will give you the opportunity to view both Preikestolen and Kjerag from the water. You’ll sleep under the stars in tipis, and enjoy the comfort of a warm bed at Flørli.
This is a demanding 2-day, 20-kilometer trek with a total ascent of 2,000 meters.
DAY 1 | FRIDAY
Before starting your adventure, you’ll meet your guide at 11:30am at Outdoorlife Norway’s office in Stavanger. After an information and safety briefing, you’ll be on your way. First, your group will walk to the city’s ferry terminal, where you’ll board a ferry that will transport you into the Lysefjord. It will set out across one of the city’s many urban fjords, the Høgsfjord, where you’ll have the opportunity to view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains.
During the 2-hour fjord cruise to Flørli, the ferry will navigate under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. The magnitude of Fjord Norway will become apparent as steep mountain walls, which tower hundreds of meters above the fjord, emerge. The cruise will transport you further into the Lysefjord where you’ll pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level.
Upon arrival at the historic village of Flørli, you’ll have time to settle into your rooms (shared apartments – single beds – up to four people per room), which will be your accommodation for the night. You’ll then enjoy a warm dinner at the disused hydropower plant facility, which has been converted into a local restaurant. After dinner, you may spend the evening exploring the village and its unique history. You’ll also have the opportunity to relax in a traditional Norwegian hot tub while taking in the spectacular fjord views.
DAY 2 | SATURDAY
After a traditional Norwegian family-style breakfast in the apartment, you’ll pack a lunch for the day before setting off on your third day of hiking. Your guide will lead you up Flørli’s 4,444 wooden steps, which run parallel to old water pipes that seem to precariously cling to the steep mountainside. Reaching an elevation of 750 meters above the fjord, Flørli is the longest wooden staircase in the world. En route, you’ll experience stunning views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains. Once you reach the top of the stairs, you’ll hike on a footpath along the south side of the Lysefjord. After about 3.5 hours of climbing/hiking, you’ll take a lakeside lunchbreak while your guide tells you a little more about Flørli’s unique history.
After lunch, you’ll continue in the same direction on backcountry trails for another 6 kilometers (3 hours), at which point your guide will choose a lakeside location where you’ll sleep for the night. While you settle in to your tipi-tents, the guide will prepare a hearty warm meal for the group. After dinner, if you still have energy to burn, you’ll have the opportunity to join the guide for an evening sunset walk and enjoy even more views of the Lysefjord.
DAY 3 | SUNDAY
After breakfast in camp, you’ll start your second day of trekking. On Sunday, your destination will be the Majesty of the Lysefjord, better known as the Kjerag boulder. Continuing along the south side of the Lysefjord, the hike to Kjerag takes about 3 hours and includes a very steep hillside that leads to the mountain’s plateau. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord, which is surrounded by 1,000-meter-high granite walls. Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy a classic backpacker’s lunch. If you’re among the brave, you’ll have the opportunity to stand atop the Kjerag boulder, which is suspended 984 meters above the fjord. Base-jumping is legal in Norway, so you may even get to look on as daredevils hurdle themselves off the side of the cliff.
After the rest, you’ll follow the main path down from Kjerag until you reach the trailhead, which takes approximately 2 hours. From there, you’ll be transported by van/bus to Lysebotn, a small village at the innermost end of the Lysefjord. From there, you’ll board a ferry that will cruise through the Lysefjord before returning to Stavanger. During the fjord crossing, you’ll be able to enjoy the highlights from the hike once more and see and your achievements from a different perspective.
The tour ends at our office in Stavanger at approximately* 17.45 (5:45pm).
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.