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Hike to Flørlitrappene and Rallarstien in the Lysefjord

In Flørli in the Lysefjord, Ryfylke, you'll find the world's longest wooden staircase (Flørli Stairs) with 4,444 steps. A demanding but family-friendly hike.

Flørlitrappene (the Flørli Stairs) is located in the small village of Flørli, on the south side of the Lysefjord. The roadless village has a long history of hydro power, but is best known for the world's longest wooden staircase of 4,444 steps.

How long is the hike up Flørlitrappene?

The hike up Flørlitrappene and down Rallarstien is 5 kilometres long. The staircase itself is 1,470 metres long and has an ascent of 740 metres. The round trip takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes, excluding breaks and photography.

It is a demanding but child-friendly hike. Allow a little more time and be extra careful on the steepest parts if you have children with you.

How to get to Flørlitrappene?

To get to Flørlitrappene, you need to take the boat to Flørli.

You can take the express boat that runs between Lauvvik and Lysebotn. This boat does not run on Saturdays.

The tourist ferry runs every day during the summer season.

We recommend booking tickets in advance, especially during the high season.

NB! There will be new timetables in 2024. We will return with new information as soon as it is ready.

You can also travel to Flørli by private boat and moor at the guest jetty.

When is the season for Flørlitrappene?

The season for Flørlitrappene runs from June until the end of October.

You hike at your own risk! The stairs are very slippery when wet, and there is a risk of avalanches all winter. The snow normally melts in May-June.

Walking down the stairs is potentially dangerous as it has several steep sections. It can also cause problems for other hikers on their way up the stairs.

Tour description

Flørlitrappene, which runs along the old pipe street, is 1470 metres long and has an ascent of 740 metres. The tour starts from Flørli quay and you follow the stairs up to Ternevatnet lake. Here you have a beautiful view of the Lysefjord and the Preikestol massif.

When you reach the top, you'll find a solid cairn that points the way down the more than 100-year-old Rallarstien trail. The path was originally used by the rallars when the dam at Ternevatnet was being built.

As you walk down the path, you will see several large boulders set up as signposts. The path runs for a while on the bare rock, before you have to cross a stone scree field. Sherpa stairs have been built on the most demanding sections.

When you come down to the vegetation, you cross the construction road. You must then cross Flørliåa and one of the tributaries on a bridge. You then follow the marked path that takes you back to Flørli.

Important info for the hike

Bring food and drink. You cannot fill up your water bottle during the hike.

Dogs must be leashed from April to November. There are grazing animals in the area.

In summer, there is an art exhibition and café in the old power station on the quay, and you can join a guided tour of the roadless village.

Accommodation at at Flørli 4444 or Stavanger Tourist Association.

There is a guest pier for small boats.

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Other hikes

If you want a short hike, you can walk around 700 steps. Then exit the stairs and walk down to the tourist centre and follow the gravel road back through the village.

For a long round trip, continue on when you reach the top. Follow the old construction road to the dam in Stora Flørlivatnet lake. From here, follow the red-marked trail back to Flørli. From Flørlistølen, follow the old track. Remember to turn off the gravel road just below Stora Flørlivatn at Åkroken at 700 masl. The road only leads to a closed tunnel. The hike is approx. 9.7 km, 860 metres in altitude and takes around 4 hours 30 minutes.

Flørli is also the starting point for hikes to the tourist cabins Langavatn and Blåfjellenden. You can also follow the Lysefjorden Rundt trail to Kjerag, Skåpet or Vinddalen.

Source: Reisemål Ryfylke


Hike to Flørlitrappene and Rallarstien in the Lysefjord

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