a unique hiking destination!
42 kilometer long fjord
The Lysefjord is a perfect hiking destination. The most known hikes in the area are Preikestolen and Kjerag – two of Norway’s biggest natural icons. They are part of the longer Lysefjorden Rundt trail, marked by the Stavanger Hiking Association, circumnavigating the whole fjord.
The Lysefjord is located in Forsand municipality, Rogaland county, Fjord-Norway. The 42-kilometer-long fjord was originally a river valley, created by creeks and rivers eroding through an old plain landscape. Through a series of ice ages, this valley was carved out by moving glaciers and transformed into its current deep U-shape. At its deepest, the bottom of the Lysefjord measures 457 meters below sea level. Granite mountain walls tower above the Lysefjord – some places they are 1,000 meters high.
Fjord total length
highest point of the fjords
Time to explore everything
Explore by boat
A boat trip on the Lysefjord is an experience that provides many visitors with long lasting memories. Glide through the fjord while gazing upon the steep mountain walls. You will pass waterfalls, colonies of harbor seals, also called fjord seals (phoca vitulina), domesticated goats and secluded farms. Several ferries service the Lysefjord, year-round. During summer, the tourist ferry as two daily departures between Lauvvik and Lysebotn. By using the ferry, you can combine fjord sightseeing with a hike, or other activities. Several local tour companies offer guided activities, like hiking, kayaking, sailing or RIB-boat tours.
At the end of the Lysefjord, where sea water gives way for mighty inland mountains, lies Lysebotn. Since the 1990s, this cozy town, with only 10 permanent inhabitants, has attracted BASE jumpers from all corners of the world. In recent years, many so-called ‘extreme’ outdoor events have taken place in Lysebotn and other places in the Lysefjord. Some are pure running/marathon events – like Lysefjorden Inn, Flørlitrappene Opp and Preikestolen.
Festivals and Marathon
Lysefjorden is a popular destination for those who like to hike and also for those who like to challenge themselves in more extreme activities.
Lysefjorden hikingfestival is a festival that combines hiking, local food and local history. You can join the festival mid September every year in Lysefjorden.
Lysefjorden Running offers a variety of marathons in Lysefjorden every summer. There are also different extreme sport activities like Rockman swimrun, Tripp Trapp Triathlon and a rollerski event from the bottom of Lysebotn to the top – Øygardstøl.
When to go
You are welcome to Lysefjorden all year round! To experience Lysefjorden from sea level is beautiful through all seasons, with shifting colours and weather. You can join a Lysefjordcruise all year round.
The trail to Preikestolen and Kjerag is well facilitated and marked and should be easy to find and follow. However, there is always a risk of accident or sudden illness. Mountain rescue and emergency services are on standby.
In case of an emergency – dial 113
A significant share of visitors perceives both Preikestolen and Kjerag as a hard hike. Remember to eat a proper breakfast before the hike to ensure you’ll have energy throughout the day. Make sure you bring a backpack with a packed lunch, extra snacks and plenty of water.
Guided tours to Preikestolen, Kjerag and Flørli are organized year-round. Especially in winter and/or to less-experienced hikers, we recommend joining a guided tour. NOTE: You cant reach Kjerag off season without a guide. Regardless of the season, guided tour companies take the hassle out of the logistics and make sure you are prepared for a safe hike. Hiking with a local also ensures you get the most out of your experience. Maybe you meet new friends as well!
When hiking in the Norwegian mountains you need to be prepared. Be a pro and bring the right equipment. Your safety, wellbeing and a great experience depend on it. On the video below, you can see what type of clothes and equipment we recommend using throughout the year.
There are garbage bins at the parking lot/trailhead only – there are no garbage bins along the trail in Lysefjorden.
We believe all hikers are nature lovers, who do not like to see garbage in nature. Please respect the common ‘leave no trace’ practice. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. If you can take something with you up the mountain, you can also take it back down.
TA VEKK DETTE: Do not take disposable barbeques to Preikestolen. It is our experience that many people do not take them home because they are hot. Smoke can be inconvenient for other hikers, and during periods of drought barbeques may pose a fire hazard.
At Preikestolen, Kjerag and Flørli there are toilet facilities at the parking lot/trailhead only – there are no toilets along the trails.
Be prepared to be out in nature for several hours, without having access to a toilet. Make sure you have visited the toilets at the parking lot before starting your hike.. It is our desire that all visitors will have a pleasant hike, without having an impact on nature. Therefore, if at all possible, we kindly ask you not to relieve yourself in nature. If you really must, please do not leave any toilet paper or other sanitary products behind.
The parking lot at Preikestolen and Kjerag has a capacity of 1,000 cars. Upon arrival, you will be met by our parking attendants. To ensure a smooth parking experience and avoid unsafe traffic situations, please cooperate with our crew and follow their instructions.
The parking fee is 250 Norwegian kroner at Preikestolen, and 300 Norwegian kroner per car at Kjerag. 100% of the parking fee revenue is used to finance daily operations and reinvest in infrastructure. This includes staff salaries, security and rescue measures, cleaning, maintenance and improvement of the parking and toilet facilities, the trail and signposting, and much more.
Hiking with kids
Preikestolen: Part of the trail goes alongside high cliffs. Here, it is very important to take good care if you bring children. Children sitting in child carriers must be dressed well. Remember that children in carriers sit still and will cool down much faster than the hiking adults.
During winter, we do not recommend hiking with infants under the age of 5.
Kjerag: The hike is demanding and it is not recommended for small kids.
«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»
The path is market with hand painted T’s on the rocks and trees. It’s an easy trek to follow all the way to the top.