Songedalen Fjellgard – Bakken

Follow the river Dalaåna from the mountains all the way to the fjord at Songesand. The river eventually passes through a spectacular gorge-like valley. If you come from the east, you have a view of the fjord, Neverdalsfjellet and Preikestolen in the distance, all day. From Songesand, the trail follows the shore along the fjord to Bakken. Do not be fooled: scree fields make this stretch a real challenge. Reward yourself with home-made pizza baked in the wood-fired pizza oven at the newly renovated Bakken Farm, former home of Pilt-Ola, the Lysefjord’s very own hiking legend!

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

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Difficulty Moderate
The scree fields between Songesand and Bakken are demanding at times.
Distance 9.5 km
Duration 5 hours
Total elevation gain 450 meter (west-east)
200 meter (east-west)
Season April – October
Link to digital hiking map
GPX-file Songedalen-Bakken (GPX)
More info

It is not possible to drive all the way to Songedalen Fjellgard. From Stavanger, drive the Ryfylke Tunnel and onward on road 13 to Årdal. Follow signs to Songesand. At Helmikstøl, you can park along the road, but consider safety and activity around the local farms. There are good parking facilities at Songesand quay.

If you wish to take a ferry to Bakken or Songesand (see Public Transport), you can park at Lauvvik, Forsand or Lysebotn quay, depending on where you travel from.

Public Transport

There are ferries to/from and between Songesand and Bakken

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


DNT Cabin Songedalen Fjellgard (unstaffed)

DNT Cabin Bakken Gård (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.