Langavatn – Kjerag – Lysebotn

Kjeragbolten, also called «Majesty of the Lysefjord», is wedged 984 meters above sea level. Standing on the boulder provides a real adrenaline kick, but nature along the trail is so spectacular, that the rock information itself is only one of the highlights. From Langavatn, the trip first goes over bare rock, before you reach the edge of the mountain plateau, overlooking the fjord, providing both horizontal and vertical vistas. Having finished this stage, you have come all the way to the end of the fjord – the cozy town of Lysebotn is surrounded by mighty mountain walls. Here you can frolic in three-course dinners, take a wonderful shower and sleep in soft beds, before heading off hiking the north side of the Lysefjord.

We recommend to hike the Lysefjorden Rundt Trail anti-clockwise. The information on this page is based on hiking west-east. However, it is possible to hike this stage in both directions.

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Difficulty Demanding
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 7-8 hours (south-north)
8-9 hours (north-south)
Total elevation gain 550 meter (south-north)
850 meter (north-south)
Season July – October
Link to digital hiking mapøygardstøl
GPX-file Langavatn-Kjerag-Øygardstøl (GPX)
More info

There are no roads to Langavatn. When coming from the west, you first have to hike from Flørli. See Flørli-Langavatn.

When starting at Øygardstøl, you can park at the trail head. From Stavanger, the fastest and easiest route is to drive around the mountains, via Sirdal and over the mountain pass (Lysevegen) to Øygardstøl (about 2.5 hours). However, you can also take the car on the ferry to Lysebotn, from Lauvvik, Forsand and Songesand.

The ferries have limited capacity and you need to book in advance (see Public Transport).

The road to Øygardstøl is closed from November to Mid-May due to snow conditions. 

The parking fee at Øygardstøl is 250 kroner. Talk with the parking attendants if you wish to leave your car overnight.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation to Langavatn. When coming from the west, you first have to hike from Flørli. See Flørli-Langavatn


Kolumbus – speed ferry
Ferry departures from/to Lauvvik, Forsand, Songesand and Flørli to/from Lysebotn (year-round).

SBK Base
Shuttle bus Lysebotn – Øygardstøl.

Kjerag Ekspress Buss
From Stavanger.



Hauane Bed & Breakfast

Lysefjorden Turisthytte


DNT Cabin Langavatn (unstaffed)

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Lysefjord Code of Conduct
  • Plan your trip according to your ability and current conditions. Pay attention to the weather – listen to local advice.

  • Be prepared and bring necessary equipment, including good footwear, rain/wind proof clothing, a torch, hat, gloves and an extra set of warm clothes. Expect the unexpected. Bring a backpack with a packed lunch, extra snacks and water.

  • Leave no trace. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Behave responsible, taking other hikers’ and nature’s wellbeing into account.

  • Bring a map. Follow marked trails and pay attention to signs and information boards along the way. If you lose your way, be on the lookout for cairns of rocks or red Ts. Please do not make your own cairns.

  • You hike at your own risk. Turn around in time.

  • In case of an emergency – call 113.