a mecca for mountain hikes and adventures
42 KILOMETER LONG FJORD
The Lysefjord is a perfect destination for hiking. The most famous mountain hikes in the area are Preikestolen and Kjerag – two of Norway’s biggest nature attractions. They are part of the longer Lysefjorden Rundt trail that goes around the entire Lysefjorden, marked by the Stavanger Tourist Association.
Lysefjorden is located in Sandnes municipality, Rogaland county, Fjord Norway. The 42-kilometer-long fjord was originally a river valley, created by streams and rivers that eroded through an old, plain landscape. Through a series of ice ages, this valley was transformed into its current deep U-shape.
Total length of the Fjord
Highest point in the fjord
Time to explore everything
How to travel to our region
Stavanger and Sandnes are the region’s main transport hubs.
By train, you can travel “Sørlandsbanen” from Kristiansand / Oslo with Go Ahead Nordic.
By car, you can travel to us from Bergen (north) and Kristiansand / Oslo (south-west) by driving the E39. From Hardanger and Røldal, the road 13 through Ryfylke is the best option. From Setesdal, you can drive the Suleskard mountain road (summer only).
Stavanger Airport (Sola) is our closest airport.
Risavika Havn is our closest port, with ferry connections to Bergen and Hirtshals (Denmark), operated by Fjord Line.
Access roads to the Lysefjord
Driving the E39, take exit 27 and follow the signs to Lauvvik. From Lauvvik, you need to take a ferry to Oanes, operated by Boreal.
Take road 13, driving the “Ryfast” tunnel (world’s longest undersea road tunnel), following signs towards Røldal. At the end of the tunnel (Solbakk), you can choose to drive south to Jørpeland, Preikestolen and Forsand, or north/east to Tau and Årdal, from where you can drive the mountain road to Songesand.
From Hardanger / Ryfylke / Hjelmeland
Driving road 13 from the north, take the exit towards Songesand, just south of Årdal. The mountain road is narrow and winding, but spectacular. Remember to check the ferry schedules if you want to travel onwards to Flørli and Kjerag.
From Setesdal / Sirdal
When coming from the east, the stunning Suleskard mountain pass is recommended. It is narrow and winding. Arriving in Sirdal, follow signs to Lysebotn, leading you over another beautiful mountain pass. This is the easiest road to reach Kjerag by car. Remember to check the ferry schedules if you want to travel onwards.
Basecamps around the Lysefjord
The “City of Ryfylke” is the largest settlement around the Lysefjord. It offers accommodation, restaurants, shopping and many outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, golf, disc golf, and more. It is the perfect basecamp for day trips to Preikestolen and many other attractions in the region.
Lauvvik / Oanes / Forsand
These 3 small settlements at the mouth of the Lysefjord – each on their own shore – are connected by a car ferry between Lauvvik and Oanes, and the Lysefjord bridge between Oanes and Forsand. Here, you will find several accommodation options, the “Lysefjordsenteret” (Oanes), a boat marina and grocery stores (Forsand). There are also many (guided) hiking, biking and even horse riding options. From Lauvvik and Forsand, you can take ferries through the Lysefjord.
Songesand is scenically located half-way the Lysefjord. It is connected to the outside world by a stunning mountain pass over Lyngsheia. At Songesand, you can stay at Songesand Camp. Songesand is a natural start for a variety of day hikes and the multi-day Lysefjorden Trail. From Songesand, you can take ferries to Flørli, Lysebotn/Kjerag and Forsand/Preikestolen.
Flørli is a roadless hamlet serviced by four ferries per day. It lies deep into the spectacular Lysefjord. Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain – the longest wooden stairway in the world. It is also known for its hydropower history – in the power hall you can visit the exposition and enjoy the summer-open Power Café.
Flørli is a place to relax. It is also a basecamp for great outdoor adventures, such as kayaking and fishing. Use Flørli as your base for hiking and trail-running in the Frafjordheiane Landscape Reserve.
In the heart of the Lysefjord is the power village Lysebotn, which has supplied electricity to large parts of the country since the 1950s.
This small village has only 10 permanent inhabitants, but attracts a lot of tourists and BASE jumpers from all corners of the world during the summer season. It is also the perfect basecamp for hiking Kjerag and many other day hikes. You can start or end your multi-day hike along the Lysefjord here.
In Lysebotn you will find accommodation, café, country store and tourist information. Located at the very end of the fjord, you can take a ferry to Flørli, Songesand, Forsand/Preikestolen and Lauvvik from here. By car, 27 hairpins take you up to the mountain to the Kjerag Trailhead and the mountain pass to Sirdal.
Ferry offer on the Lysefjord
Explore by boat
A boat trip through the Lysefjord is an experience that gives long-lasting memories. Glide through the fjord while looking at the steep mountain walls. You will pass waterfalls, flocks of copper – also called fjord seals (phoca vitulina), domesticated goats and beautiful secluded farms. By using ferries you can combine fjord sightseeing with a mountain hike or other activities. Several local tour operators offer guided activities such as hiking, kayaking, sailing or RIB boat trips.
Lauvvik – Oanes
15 minute car ferry ride – operated by Boreal between 6 am and 6 pm every day.
Lauvvik – Lysebotn
In the summer months of June, July and August, the tourist ferry has two daily departures between Lauvvik and Lysebotn, also calling Forsand, Songesand and Flørli.
Outside the summer season, only the year-round local speedboat calls at the quays in the Lysefjord – Lauvvik, Forsand, Bratteli, Bakken, Songesand, Kallali, Flørli, Håheller and Lysebotn. Tickets must be booked in advance through https://billetter.kolumbus.no/
When should one travel?
You are welcome to the Lysefjord all year round! Experiencing the Lysefjord from a boat is beautiful throughout all seasons with changing colors and weather. Lysefjordcruise is offered throughout the year by several local companies.
Plan your stay
Follow the link below to plan your stay in Lysefjorden
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.
«The surroundings and nature in the area are breathtaking all the way from the drive there, the hike up and of course the view on the top»
Follow the «T»-s
The paths are marked with a hand-painted T on the stones and trees. By following these signs, you will always find your way home.
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