The Lysefjord is one of Norway's most spectacular fjords, with it's up to 1000 vertical meters rock walls on either side. Located only 30 km from Suleskar in upper Sirdal, this is the attraction not to miss. The fjord is narrow and stretches 40 km inland, from Forsand near the coast to Lysebotn near Sirdal. A boat trip on the fjord gives you the best view of it's attractions like Kjerag and the Pulpit Rock. In addition to these you will see several old settlements along the fjord. Today the seals are the majority of the inhabitants in the fjord.
The Kjerag plateau has for over a decade attracted base-jumpers from all over the world. If you are lucky you might even see a jump of Kjerag when you are there! If you want to spend several days near the fjord, we strongly recommend a guided kayak trip along the fjord, where you can camp in the most magic spots along the fjord.
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)
Preikestolen, a 604-meter high mountain cliff, is a landmark in the Lysefjord. The top of Preikestolen is 25 square meters 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 meters down 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 Kjerag Panoramic 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 valleys. Make a stop at Byrkjedalstunet, where you can eat traditional food.
When you get to Sirdal, drive to Lysebotn and meet all the sheep grazing along the road. The hydro electrical power developments here are noticeable. After a short drive, you reach a mountain plateau 932 meters above sea level.
Continue on your way and visit the Kjerag Panoramic Restaurant at 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 in Forsand, 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.