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View over the Lysefjord from Kjerag, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Casper Tybjerg/Innovation Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Per Eide/Fjord Norway
Photo: Hanne Sundbø/Destination Ryfylke
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Hanne Sundbø/Destination Ryfylke
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway

The Lysefjord

The Lysefjord is situated close to Stavanger, and is especially known for the mountain formations of Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock).

Location

The Lysefjord is located in Ryfylke in the county of Rogaland, near Haugesund and Stavanger, south in Fjord Norway.

Top things to do and see

  • Go on a fjord cruise
  • Hike to the top of Preikestolen
  • Explore the Kjerag Mountain and if you dare, stand on Kjeragbolten
  • Go kayaking with a guide on the fjord
  • Drive the Lysevegen Road

What to do and see

Fjord cruises/round trips with a boat
A good way to see the fjords is to join one of several organized cruises/round trips with for example:

Hengjanefossen Waterfall
Sightseeing boats often stop on the fjord to savour the view of Hengjanefossen – unless, of course, their captain chooses to sail right up to the waterfall. The 400-meter high waterfall can also be experienced on a mountain walk along the northern shore of the Lysefjord.

Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)
The most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 meters over the Lysefjord. This flat mountain plateau, approximately 600 square meters, was most likely formed with the melting frost 10,000 years ago.

The modern Preikestolen fjellstue (mountain lodge) is located near the main road (rv. 13) south of Jørpeland and can be reached by car or, in the summer, by bus from Tau. From here, there is a trail to Preikestolen climbing 350 meters through somewhat uneven terrain. The hike takes approximately 2 hours each way. Along the trail, there are picnic areas and excellent bathing spots. Remember proper walking shoes/boots, warm clothing and food.

It is also wonderful to experience Preikestolen from the fjord, either from a sightseeing boat or from a car ferry from Stavanger, Lauvvik or Forsand, or from several other places of call.

Kjerag Mountain
At 1,084 meters above the fjord, Kjerag towers above the other peaks along the Lysefjord.

It has become increasingly popular to walk up the path to the Kjerag Plateau. Most people are happy just to enjoy the view of the Lysefjord from the plateau itself, but for some hikers, the climax of the excursion is to be photographed on the Kjeragbolten, a round rock wedged solidly in a mountain crevice.

Kjerag has also become a popular attraction for mountain climbers and base jumpers.

Lysevegen Road
This popular tourist road goes from Lysebotn, a small village at the innermost end of Lysefjorden, to Sirdal. During winter, the Lysevegen Road is closed.

Guided sea kayaking tours
Experience the spectacular and accessible Lysefjord from sea level with the company Lysefjorden Bigwall Kayaking.

The village of Flørli
Flørli is a small village close to Kjerag, that is most known for the old power station, the old pipes leading up to the mountain lake and, above all, the 4,444 step maintenance staircase connected to the pipeline.

Lysefjordsenteret (The Fjord Centre)
With outdoor fish ponds and aquarium, the centre shows the life in the Lysefjord in miniature. Sightseeing boats arrive at Lysefjordsenteret on every tour of the Lysefjord.

What to do and see in the Lysefjord area

Ryfylkevegen Road
Driving to the Lysefjord from either the north or the east gives you the opportunity to experience the beautiful Ryfylkevegen, a future National Tourist Route. The road goes between the roads rv. 13 and fv. 520, stretching from the Oanes ferry quay in the south and Røldal in the north.

Rock carvings at Solbakk
Down by the shore at Solbakk, just beside the Ryfylke Road, lies a prehistoric rock carving site. The find, first discovered in 1923, dates from around 500 BC.

The prehistoric village of Landa
Fossanmoen in Ryfylke is the site of extensive remains from Landa, a remarkable and unique chapter in Norwegian history.

The Old Tou Mill
Three well-preserved wooden mill buildings in their natural setting on the seafront at Tau, right beside the modern Tou Mill, make up the Old Tou Mill.

Horse riding
Go riding with Fossanmoen Islandshestsenter or Tjøstheim Ridesenter.

Where to stay

Preikestolen fjellstue
The modern mountain lodge lies near Lake Refsvatn, not far from the main road (rv. 13). There are several marked trails close to Preikestolen fjellstue, for example the path up to Preikestolen.

Hauane Bed and Breakfast
Stay in comfortable and cosy surroundings at Hauane Bed and Breakfast Hauane Bed and Breakfast, which is an old farm.

Høiland Gard Farm Hotel
Restored farmhouses and hotel rooms with a beautiful view towards the Årdalsfjord await you at Høiland Gard Farm Hotel.

Facts about the Lysefjord

  • Length: 42 kilometers
  • Depth: Almost 500 meters
  • Nearly 300,000 tourists visit the fjord each year
  • The name means light fjord, and is said to be derived from the lightly colored granite rocks along its sides

Getting to the Lysefjord

From Bergen
The Lysefjord lies approximately 300 kilometers south of Bergen.

  • By car:
    The drive from Bergen takes approximately four hours and fifteen minutes (not included three ferries). From Bergen follow the E39 and 134 to Ølen, and then follow fv. 514 to Ropeid. Continue southwards on rv. 13 Ryfylkevegen. 
  • By bus:
    You can take a bus from Bergen to Stavanger (approximately five hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress. During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the ferry to Lysebotn. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen fjellstue. 
  • By boat:
    You can take a boat from Bergen to Stavanger (approximately four and a half hours). During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the tourist ferry to Lysebotn for fjord sightseeing. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen fjellstue. 
  • By plane:
    Direct routes between Bergen and Stavanger. Flight time approximately 35 minutes. For timetables and booking, please contact SAS and Norwegian. During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the ferry to Lysebotn. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen Fjellstue.

From Oslo
The Lysefjord lies approximately 400 kilometers southwest of Oslo.

  • By car – choose between three different routes:
    1.
     Follow the E18 to Drammen. From Drammen you follow the E134 through Telemark. At Ofte you follow fv. 45 to Suleskar and onwards to Lauvvik or Lysebotn. This route takes between five and six hours. The road over the mountain is closed during winter.
    2. Follow the E18 to Drammen. From Drammen you follow the E134 through Telemark over Haukelifjell and on to Røldal. Continue southwards on rv. 13 Ryfylkevegen to Oanes. This route takes approximately seven hours.
    3. Follow the E18 soutwards to Kristiansand, and then the E39 to Ålgård. From Ålgård you continue on fv. 45 and fv. 508 to Lauvvik. This route takes approximately eight hours and thirty minutes.
  • By train:
    You can take the train from Oslo to Stavanger (approximately nine and a half hours). For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB). During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the tourist ferry to Lysebotn for fjord sightseeing. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen fjellstue. 
  • By plane:
    Direct routes between Oslo and Stavanger. Flight time approximately 55 minutes. For timetables and booking, please contact SAS and Norwegian. During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the ferry to Lysebotn. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen fjellstue. 

From Stavanger
The Lysefjord lies approximately 35 kilometers east of Stavanger.

  • By boat:
    During the summer season you can catch a bus from Stavanger to Lauvvik, and then take the ferry to Lysebotn. Another alternative is to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and continue by bus to Preikestolen Fjellstue. There are several sightseeing boats from Stavanger and the Lysefjord Centre, taking you on trips at the fjord, past the Pulpit Rock and the Kjærag mountain plateaus. The Lysefjord lies approximately 10 nautical miles (18,5 kilometers) from Stavanger. 
  • By car:
    Drive the E39 southwards to Sandnes, and then follow rv. 13 to Lauvvik. Catch the tourist ferry from Lauvvik to Lysebotn for fjord sightseeing, or take the car ferry from Lauvvik to Oanes.

organized trips

You can travel with organized roundtrips from Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger with Pulpit Rock and Norway in a nutshell®. Season: 26th May – 2nd September. Duration: 3 days or more

For more information about the Lysefjord and its surrounding areas, please visit the following sites:

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Last updated:  2013-07-03
The famous Kjeragbolten above the Lysefjord in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
The famous Kjeragbolten above the Lysefjord in Norway
Walking the 4444 stairs in Flørli by the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, Norway - Photo: Hanne Sundbø/Destination Ryfylke
Walking the 4444 stairs in Flørli by the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, Norway
Base jumpers at Kjerag, Norway - Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway
Base jumpers at Kjerag, Norway
Sailing on the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, Norway - Photo: Hanne Sundbø/Destination Ryfylke
Sailing on the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, Norway
Hengjanefossen Waterfall diving down into the Lysefjord, Norway - Photo: Hanne Sundbø/Destination Ryfylke
Hengjanefossen Waterfall diving down into the Lysefjord, Norway
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord, Norway - Photo: Dieter Schaedel
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord, Norway
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View over the Lysefjord from Kjerag, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/nordic Life/Fjord Norway

The Lysefjord

The Lysefjord is situated close to Stavanger, and is especially known for the mountain formations of Kjerag and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock).

The Lysefjord

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Attractions in the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger Region boasts many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Solastranda Beach and the mountains of Preikestolen and Kjerag.

Tour suggestions in the Stavanger region

Go on a sightseeing tour of Stavanger, the Lysefjord or Norway’s only "palm island". Rent a bicycle or car and explore the region on your own.

What to do in the Stavanger Region

Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, go on a cruise on the Lysefjord, ascend Preikestolen or join a guided sightseeing trip around Stavanger.

Preikestolen and National Tourist Route Ryfylke 360 panorama SkyCam

Get a bird's eye view of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the Lysefjord and the rest of Ryfylke, home to the southernmost fjords in Norway.

About the Lysefjord

Key facts about the Stavanger Region

The Stavanger region consists of the municipalities of Randaberg, Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Gjesdal, Klepp, Time and Hå.

Tourist information in Stavanger and Sandnes

The Tourist Information Offices in Stavanger and Sandnes can help you with just about any query.

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