The Lysefjord offers an overwhelmingly beautiful landscape. In addition to the dramatic panoramic views from Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag, you might be equally rewarded by tranquil vistas from a hillside by the fjord or overlooking the lush valleys of inner Ryfylke.
You may be tempted to ascend Skomakernibbå, Reinarknuten or Napen, but be sure to slow your pace and stop at the many view points along Ryfylke National Tourist Route too.
Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)
Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord and rises 1084 metres above sea level. This tall cliff is popular with hikers and base-jumpers alike, though several of the latter have lost their lives here over the years. Of particular interest is Kjeragbolten, a rock wedged in a crack in the cliff-face and a popular place to be photographed. No special gear is required to get onto it, but care is advised - it is far down.
Squarely jutting out from the cliff 1981 feet above the fjord, a hike to Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) can also be a gut-wrenching but exciting experience. In good weather you can see for miles around, though, so there is no need to look down at the Lysefjord far below unless you particularly want to. The trip to the plateau is not long, but is somewhat steep in places and can be slippery in wintertime.
If you don't feel like engaging in hiking, have no fear. You can still experience Kjerag and Preikestolen, but from below - looking up - by taking a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord.
The fjords of Ryfylke
Like fingers on a hand the fjord arms of the Boknafjord stretch eastwards – the Høgsfjord, Jøsenfjord, Lysefjord, Sandsfjord and Saudafjord.
You can cross or travel the length of Ryfylke's fjords by express boat, ferry or sightseeing boat. However, you can also follow the roads along the fjords, such as the scenic Lyse Road, or head inland on the mountainous Røldal Road. Travel Ryfylke National Tourist Route (rv. 13), which runs from Oanes by the Lysefjord to Håra in Røldal, covering a total of 114 miles - it is one of the longest of Norway's 18 National Tourist Routes.
Rivers and waterfalls
Suldalslågen River in Suldal is known for excellent salmon fishing in its strong currents, and the roaring waters of Sandsfossen Waterfall can be heard all year round. Another salmon river, Storåna, runs through Årdal.
In Sauda, the magnificent Svandalsfossen falls is easily accessible from the new car park.
Numerous waterfalls cascade into the Lysefjord, and if you are lucky the sightseeing boat will take you right up to the falls - providing you with a great photo opportunity.