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about us

Utvikling AS

The Lysefjord is an important destination for the whole region, and that is precisely why Lysefjorden Utvikling AS (Lysefjord Development) was established by Rogaland County Council and a number of municipalities around the Lysefjord. Lysefjorden Utvikling AS will participate in the development of the tourism industry in and around the Lysefjord and has its main task within infrastructure, business development and hosting.

Vision: The Lysefjord – a vibrant fjord

Our goal is to develop the Lysefjord as an innovative, year-round and sustainable destination, world-renowned for its unique hiking experiences. We want the Lysefjord to be a destination where people live and work throughout the year.

The Lysefjord – a sustainable destination?

The Lysefjord is part of the sustainable destination scheme, which means that in the development work we take great responsibility for protecting nature, culture, and the environment. We will develop the Lysefjord as a positive asset for the local community and create a long-term profitable industry. The basis for everything we do is to create good experiences for those who visit the destination as well as those who live in the area. New technology and new solutions that support this work will be given priority. 

What does Lysefjorden Utvikling actually do?

Lysefjorden Utvikling is set to participate in the development of the tourism industry in and around Lysefjorden, with its primary tasks being infrastructure, business development, and hosting.

To achieve the vision of a vibrant fjord, and to work in line with the values of a “sustainable destination,” we use visitor management as a method. For us, this means working to attract exactly those guests we want, at the right place, at the right time, in the right amount, and who behave responsibly. At the same time, we aim to ensure the best experience for the guests, avoid damaging nature, and create ripple effects that benefit the local community.

Our visitor management is knowledge-based. Lysefjorden Utvikling regularly conducts surveys among guests, tourism operators, local residents, and cabin owners.

As a part of visitor management, we work on, among other things, the ferry service on Lysefjorden, Lysefjorden Rundt as the world’s most beautiful hiking experience, a master plan for the conservation and development of Flørli, a new regional plan for Preikestolen and the Lysefjord area, and much more. To ensure that actors and guests “do the right thing,” we also work with guidelines for responsible marketing, employment, and pride in the tourism industry, climate adaptation, and a “Lysefjord Visitor Guide”.

Visiting Numbers Lysefjorden

Lysefjorden utvikling AS

Our people

Helge Kjellevold

Helge Kjellevold

Managing Director

Lysefjorden Utvikling AS og
Stiftelsen Preikestolen
Phone: +47 957 97 266

Johannes C. Apon

Johannes C. Apon

tourism developer

Lysefjorden Utvikling AS
Phone: +47 95558952

Henrik Lilleheim

Henrik Lilleheim

Operation manager Kjerag

Lysefjorden Utvikling AS
Phone: +47 93656665


Based on our experience, we would like to share some recommendations with you


Several hiking trails start in Flørli, some of which are connected to the Lysefjorden Rundt Trail


Information tools to plan for a safe and enjoyable hike to Preikestolen, whatever season.