From island kingdom to deep fjords and high mountains; Ryfylke and the Lysefjord area are known for the mountain formations Kjerag and Preikestolen (the Pulpit rock). The hike to Preikestolen is one of Norway´s hiking icons.
The 42 kilometer long Lysefjord is located in the county of Rogaland, near Haugesund and Stavanger, south in Western Norway.
Some highlights from the Lysefjord area
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Ryfylke is one of Norway´s great hikes, and the view towards the Lysefjord is epic. Preikestolen is a mountain plateau raging 604 meters above the Lysefjord. The 4 kilometre long hike and 330 meter climb takes 2-3 hours one way. You start at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge and follow the marked path to the summit which is one of the best views in Norway.
At 1,084 metres above the fjord, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord. It has become increasingly popular to walk up the path to the Kjerag Plateau. Enjoy the view of the Lysefjord from the plateau itself , but for most of the hikers, the climax is to see and take photographs of Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice.
A good way to see the Lysefjord is to join one of several organised Fjord Cruises/Round Trip. Highlights are, in addition to the fjord itself, the view to the Mt. Preikestolen towering 604 meters above the fjord and Fantehålå Cove which is a “fjord pool” surrounded by vertical cliffs.
This popular tourist road goes from Lysebotn, a small village at the innermost end of the Lysefjord, to Sirdal. The steep mountain road has 27 hairpin turns and it´s highest point is at Lake Andersvatnet at 950 masl. At 640 masl lies the Øygardstøl Panorama Restaurant and the car park/starting point for the hike to Kjerag. During winter, the Lysevegen Road is closed.
Flørli is a small roadless hamlet serviced by four ferries per day, and is best known for the old power station, the old pipes leading up to the mountain lake and, above all, the wooden staircase connected to the pipeline. FLØRLI 4444 – Flørli has rental apartments and Flørli Historic Hostel, all with fjord view. It lies deep into the Lysefjord, close to the Kjerag Bigwalls. Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain – the longest wooden stairway in the world.
Experience the spectacular and accessible Lysefjord from sea level with the company Fjordexpedition. Forsand at the entrance of the Lysefjord are the starting point of the Lysefjord View Kayak Trip. The season is between April 1st and October 31st.
Driving to the Lysefjord from either the north or the east gives you the opportunity to experience the beautiful Ryfylkevegen National Tourist Route. The road goes between the roads “Road 13” and “Road 520”, stretching from the Oanes ferry quay in the south and Røldal in the north. At Ryfylke, idyllic green skerries and cultural landscapes are suddenly replaced by rockslides, polished cliffs, mountains and fjords. Along the 183-kilometre long road you pass villages, towns and cultural attractions. The drive is also a trip through the Norwegian Industrial History.
Experience the Lysefjord with the view of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag and Flørli 4444. Cruise the full length of the Lysefjord and explore the beautiful nature and all the hidden gems. The RIB-adventure starts in the harbour of Stavanger, close to the Fish Market. It is possible to hop on/hop off at Jørpeland, Lysefjordsenteret, Refså, Flørli and Lysebotn.
Mo Laksegard by the famous salmon river Suldalslågen offers Salmon and Trout Fishing, River Expeditions and Salmon Safari. They also have their own Farm Brewery.
Down by the shore at Solbakk, just beside the Ryfylke Road, lies a prehistoric rock carving site. The find, first discovered in 1923, it dates from around 500 BC.
Fossanmoen in Ryfylke is the site of extensive remains from Landa, a remarkable and unique chapter in Norwegian history.
Three well-preserved wooden mill buildings in their natural setting on the seafront at Tau, right beside the modern Tou Mill, make up the Old Tou Mill.
Hauand Bed & Breakfast is an old farm in Lysebotn at the innermost part of the Lysefjord, consisting of a farm house, a barn and an “eldhus”. They offer a good nights sleep in a made bed, a tasty traditional Norwegian breakfast, set in a rural and scenic environment. A great place to stay when you visit the Lysefjord area.
Restored farmhouses and hotel rooms with a beautiful view towards the Årdalsfjord await you at Høiland Gard Farm Hotel.
Tourist Information: Stavanger and Ryfylke
Information about Preikestolen
Fjord Tours: Guided hike to Preikestolen
Fjords.com: The Preikestolen Hike
The starting point of the hike to Preikestolen: Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Fjord Tours: The Norwegian Fjords
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway
The Lysefjord – Map Overview