The Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep at its deepest. When you are at the Lysefjord, you can continue to Haugesund, Stavanger and Ryfylke.
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)
Preikestolen, a 604-metre high mountain cliff, is a landmark in the Lysefjord. The top of the cliff is 25 square metres and almost flat. Almost 100,000 people visit the majestic plateau every year. The walk to the plateau is steep and takes two to three hours, and when you arrive you have a fantastic view of the Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains.
Kjerag has become a popular goal for hikers the last decade. Kjeragbolten is a rock stuck between two vertical rock walls with a sheer drop of about 1,000 metres down to to the Lysefjord underneath. This area has become very popular among base jumpers, and they camp in Lysebotn all summer.
The starting point of the Kjerag hike is at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant in Øygardstøl, above the Lysefjord. From here you can enjoy the panorama view of the Lysefjord, the 27 hairpin bends that leads to Lysebotn, as well as the township of Lysebotn. Note: The restaurant is only open during the summer season.
The Suleskarvegen Road
Starting in Gjesdal either by bicycle or car, the Suleskarvegen Road will take you through beautiful nature with rivers, tall mountains and vallies. Make a stop at Byrkjedalstunet, where you can eat traditional food.
When you get to Sirdal, drive to Forsand and meet all the sheep grazing along the road. The hydro electrical power developments here are noticable. After a short drive, you reach a mountain plateau 932 metres above sea level.
Continue on your way and visit the Eagle's Nest Restaurant Øygardstøl. From here you can enjoy the panorama view of the Lysefjord, the 27 hairpin bends that leads to Lysebotn, as well as the township of Lysebotn. Øygardstøl is the starting point for the hike to Kjerag. Note: The restaurant is only open during the summer season.
Returning to Sirdal, the road continues to Setesdal, a valley known for its many silversmiths. A nice finish to your trip along Suleskarvegen, can be to visit the historic and Dalen Hotel in Tokke.
Why not take a day trip or an overnight stay at Byrkjedalstunet? The collection of wooden houses at Byrkjedalstunet have preserved their charm from the days when there was a cheese factory and later a candle factory here.
Today Byrkjedalstunet consists of a popular traditional restaurant, a hotel, a souvenir shop, as well as a spectacular hall inside the mountain used for art exhibitions and so on.
Byrkjedalstunet is located in Gjesdal municipality, at the junction between roads rv. 45 and rv. 503.
This is Northern Europe's largest rock scree. Some of the rocks are as big as houses! The scree was the scene of fighting during World War II.
The historical village at Landa is a lively place with guided tours during the summer season. The village dates back to 1500 B.C., and is the only reconstructed village of its kind in Norway.