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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)
Your guide will pick you up at the Tourist Information Office in Stavanger (8am) and drive you to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge*, the start of the hike along the Lysefjord. Our first goal is the famous Preikestolen, towering 604 meters above the fjord. While most tourists follow the main path, we will hike off the beaten track, on a to the crowds unknown trail, providing you with a different experience. After a lunch at the viewpoint, we leave the crowds behind. After two more hours, we’ll camp and sleep in hammock tents in the forrest.
* It is highly recommended that you spend the night before the hike (Sunday to Monday) at the cozy Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. It is possible to add a booking request for this accommodation when booking and select Preikestolen Mountain Lodge as your meeting point (direction will be sent to you by email).
After breaking up camp, we hike to the abandoned Hengjane farm near the Hengjanenibbå (“Overhanging Cliff Rock”). This rock formation has no signs or trails, garanteeing a tranquil experience at one of the most beautiful view points of the whole Lysefjord. From here, we can already see Lysebotn Village and the Kjerag Massif, 2 1/2 days of hiking away, at the end of the fjord. The views are just getting better when we continue our way over a mountain plateau, from where we can see both the east and west end of the fjord. We descent all the way down through wooded hillsides and along forest creeks to the fjord. A ferry service takes us to the water power plant of Flørli, where we stay the night in an appartment. You can spend the evening exploring Flørli Village and it’s special history.
Thought you had seen all the highlights of the Lysefjord already? Think again. After breakfast, we are going to climb the world’s longest wooden stairway, counting 4.444 steps, following the old iron tubes the fed the power plant with falling water. You can count them all, or enjoy the gradual transition from fjord to mountain. Back on the top, we now follow the south side of the fjord. After a lunch and three more hours of hiking, we’ll find a nice spot for a new camp, near one of the many mountain lakes. We share tents and sleep in a tipi. Those who are interested can join our guide for an evening walk to enjoy the sometimes vibrant skies and views on the Lysefjord.
After breaking up camp, we have do to a bit more climbing. It’s all worth it, because today we are visiting the very Majesty of the Lysefjord: the Kjerag Boulder. Standing on the boulder – which hangs at an altitude of 984 meters – is reserved for daredevils only. When we encounter the edge of the mountain plateau, panoramic views on the 42 long Lysefjord – flanked by 1000 meter high mountain walls – will unfold. If we are lucky, we’ll be able to see basejumpers – a legal sport in Norway. We’ll take it easy and enjoy a lunch and break at the boulder. The walk back to the parking lot takes approximately 2 hours. Here, civilisation is waiting for us. Meaning a good meal, shower, a good conversation and a soft bed. You couldn’t wish for a better destination of the hike: Hauane Bed & Breakfast is one of the most cosy and hospitable bed & breakfasts you’ll have ever visited, situated in the scenic Lyse Valley, just a few kilometres from the fjord.
Our host will wake us up early to provide us with a local breakfast and shuttle us to the quay. The morning ferry will take us back to Stavanger. Travelling through the Lysefjord one more time, you’ll be able to enjoy the highlights from the hike once more and see and your achievements from a different perspective.
We are back in Stavanger on Sunday at approx. 09.00 am.
INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR