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.


Season and Safety

Many of the activities and attractions mentioned on this website are open only in summer and are closed in winter. This also applies to many of the roads and accommodations mentioned. Season and opening time will vary. It depends on where it is and what activity, attraction, road and accommodation it is, it usually opens in the summer and closes in the autumn, depending on i.a. the amount of snow and the risk of avalanches in the area. Read more about season, important safety information and your own responsibility…

Important information about roads in western Norway: Remember that many roads in western Norway are prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. This may include rock falls, rockslides, landslides, debris flows, mud flows, erosion, snow avalanches and rock avalanches. Some of the roads are particularly well-known for their high level of mass movements exposed over them. Many of the roads in western Norway are some of these exposed roads, and many of the roads are narrow and winding.

Region Stavanger

Region Stavanger is the official destination company for the Lysefjord Area.

Some highlights from the Lysefjord area

FJORDS NORWAY - Enjoying the view from Preikestolen towards the Lysefjord.
Enjoying the view from Preikestolen towards the Lysefjord.

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).

Preikestolen is a flat mountain plateau raging 604 meters above the Lysefjord. The plateau measures only 25 times 25 meters and with three of the edges going vertically straight down into the fjord.

Stay overnight in new innovative cabins while exploring the Ryfylke area. Go on a fjord safari or take a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord.

Drive Ryfylkevegen National Tourist Route. Flørli is located deep into the spectacular Lysefjord, at the base of the Kjerag plateau. Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain, the longest wooden stairway in the world. Lysevegen road runs from Lysebotn at the innermost part of the Lysefjord to Sirdal.

The Lysefjord is 42 kilometers long and 422 meters at its deepest and is located in Rogaland county, near Stavanger which is a great starting point for exploring the Lysefjord and Ryfylke area.

Hike to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

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 four kilometer 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.

Video from the Hardangerfjord by Go Fjords.

Guided Hike to Kjerag Mountain above the Lysefjord

At 1084 meters 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. The bus from Go Fjords will bring you from Stavanger to the start of the hike to Kjerag, the bus tour is not coordinated with the guided tour from Lysefjord Adventure.

Fjord Cruise on the Lysefjord

This fjord cruise from Go Fjords takes you from Stavanger to the Lysefjord and Preikestolen in Ryfylke. Here you can see the famous tourist attraction Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) from the fjord. Preikestolen in Ryfylke is a flat plateau at about 25 times 25 meters, raging 604 meters vertically above the fjord. Video by Go Fjords.

Private Cruise on the Lysefjord

Private Cruise is a private cruise & charter company in Stavanger. They deliver daily private sightseeing cruises in the Lysefjord area as well as delivering a service which is completely customized, unique and personal. A perfect way for you and your family to experience the Norwegian fjords.

CEO and owner Helge Ljones carries unrivalled knowledge and experience which comes as a result of a countless of hours in Stavanger’s surrounding fjords. Video by Private Cruise.

Lysevegen Mountain Road

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.

The village of Flørli

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. Video by Flørli.

Ryfylkevegen Scenic Road

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-kilometer long road you pass villages, towns and cultural attractions. The drive is also a trip through the Norwegian Industrial History.

Boat from Stavanger to Flørli in the Lysefjord

Experience the Lysefjord with the view of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Kjerag and Flørli 4444. Cruise the Lysefjord and explore the beautiful nature and all the hidden gems. And you get to walk the 4444 steps from Flørli and up to the mountain plateau. This adventure starts from Strandkaien at Vågen in Stavanger, close to the Fish Market.

Mo Laksegard (Salmon Farm)

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.

Rock carvings at Solbakk

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.

The prehistoric village of Landa

Fossanmoen in Ryfylke is the site of extensive remains from Landa, a remarkable and unique chapter in Norwegian history.

The Old Tou Mill

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.

Horse Riding

Go riding with Fossanmoen Islandshestsenter or Tjøstheim Ridesenter.

Hauand Bed & Breakfast – Lysebotn

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.

Høiland Gard Farm Hotel

Restored farmhouses and hotel rooms with a beautiful view towards the Årdalsfjord await you at Høiland Gard Farm Hotel.

Accommodation in the Rogaland and Lysefjord area

Region Stavanger – Accommodation in the Rogaland and Lysefjord area

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

The Lysefjord – Map Overview