Known to locals as the ‘fjord of lights’ for the ways sunlight seems to dance across its landscape, the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord is home to some of Norway’s most famous outdoor attractions. With the world-renowned Preikestolen ‘the Pulpit Rock’ cliffside and the famous Kjerag bolder within trekking proximity, the mountains surrounding the Lysefjord offer limitless possibilities for outdoor adventures.
Join Outdoorlife Norway on our most demanding summer trekking adventure: traverse 40 kilometers while bridging a total ascent of 3,000 meters on backcountry/non-existent trails in just 4 days. Visit Preikestolen, the Kjerag Boulder, and experience the very best of the Lysefjord. Get off the beaten track and explore much less known landmarks such as Hengjanenibbå “the overhanging rock cliff” and Flørli, home to the longest wooden staircase in the world – 4,444 steps!
During the 5-day tour, in addition to trekking through some of Norway’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 hanging hammock tents, and enjoy the comfort of a warm bed at both Flørli and Hauane Bed & Breakfast.
July 15 – 19 (Monday - Friday)
August 12 – 16 (Monday - Friday)
DAY 1 | MONDAY
Before starting your adventure, you’ll meet your guide at 8:00am at Outdoorlife Norway’s office in Stavanger. After an information and safety briefing, you’ll be on your way. First, your group will take a ferry across one of the city’s many urban fjords. You’ll have the opportunity to view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. Your guide will then transport you to the base of the hiking trail. From there, you’ll embark on your first day of trekking, with your sights set on Preikestolen, the cliffside that towers 604 meters over the Lysefjord below. You’ll be led up through shifting terrain while following rarely-used trails. This will allow you to enjoy the beautiful nature around you while avoiding the masses of tourists that hike up the main trail. Along the way, you’ll visit lesser-known, exclusive viewpoints. After about 2.5 hours, you’ll stop for a lunchbreak at a location that overlooks both Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. Having eaten lunch, you’ll briefly join the crowds while standing atop Preikestolen, where you’ll have a chance to snap a few photos of the iconic cliffside. Your group will once again leave the crowds behind for the second leg of the day’s trek. After another 2 hours of hiking, your guide will find a nice place to camp for the night. There, you’ll spend your first night sleeping in hammock tents suspended amongst the trees. While you settle in, your guide will prepare a hearty warm meal for the group.
DAY 2 | TUESDAY
After a breakfast at the camp, you’ll start your second day of trekking with a short hike to the abandoned Hengjane farm, which is known for its seedy past as an illegal moonshine distillery. You’ll also visit Hengjanenibbå, “overhanging cliff rock”, which is close nearby. Because there are no signs or established trails leading to this rock formation, we can all but guarantee that you’ll be able to enjoy the location’s beauty in near-solitude. From there, it’s also possible to see Lysebotn Village and the Kjerag Massif at the inner end of the fjord, which you will reach after another 2.5 days of hiking. As you continue your way over the mountain plateau, you’ll have panoramic views of the entire length of the Lysefjord. After another 1-2 hours of hiking, you’ll take a relaxing lunchbreak while enjoying fjord views. For the last leg of day-two’s hike, you’ll descend from the mountain’s plateau down through wooded hillsides and along bubbling creeks until you reach the shore of the Lysefjord. A ferry service will then transport the group to the historic village of Flørli, the location of a disused hydro-electric powerplant, where you’ll sleep in an apartment for the night. You’ll enjoy a warm dinner at the local restaurant after which you may spend the evening exploring the village and its unique history.
DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY
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 precariously cling to the mountainside. Reaching an elevation of 750 meters above sea-level, Flørli is the longest wooden staircase in the world. On the way up, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains. Once atop the mountain, you’ll hike on a footpath along the south side of the Lysefjord. After about 3.5 hours of hiking, you’ll take a lakeside lunchbreak where you’ll learn a little more about Flørli’s history. After lunch you’ll continue in the same direction on backcountry trails for another 3 hours until your guide decides on a lakeside location where you’ll sleep for the night. While you settle in to your tipi-tents, the guide will once again prepare a hearty warm meal for the group. After dinner, if you have extra energy to burn, you may join the guide for an evening sunset walk and enjoy even more views of the Lysefjord.
DAY 4 | THURSDAY
After breakfast in camp, you’ll start your fourth and last day of trekking. On this day, 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 the Kjerag boulder takes about 3 hours and includes a very steep hillside that leads to the mountain’s plateau. Here you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord, which is flanked by 1,000-meter-high granite walls. Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy your 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 watch as daredevils hurdle themselves off the side of the cliff. After lunch, you’ll follow the main path down from Kjerag until you reach the trailhead, which takes about 2 hours. From there, you’ll be transported by van/bus to the valley of Lyse, where you’ll spend the last night of your tour at Hauane Bed & Breakfast. After a nice warm shower, you’ll have time to socialize over a home-cooked dinner before retiring to the comfort of a warm bed for the night.
DAY 5 | FRIDAY
Early morning on the fifth day, you’ll be served a traditional Norwegian breakfast before being shuttled to the quay in Lysebotn village. From there, you’ll board the morning ferry to Stavanger. While travelling through the Lysefjord by boat, you’ll be able to experience the highlights of your trek from a new perspective. This will allow you time to reflect over your achievements and wind down before returning to the realities of city life.
The tour ends on day five in Stavanger at approximately* 10:00am.
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR