Welcome to Lysefjord


There are two compelling reasons to explore this wonderful place: a cruise along the fjord, or the four-hour hike to the top of Preikestolen, the plunging cliff face that's graced a million postcards from Norway, not to mention as many Instagram posts. Daredevils might also want to brave standing on the Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged between two sheer cliff faces.

The ferry ride from Stavanger takes you to the fjord head at Lysebotn, where a narrow and much-photographed road corkscrews spectacularly 1000m up towards Sirdal in 27 hairpin bends. From Lysebotn, the road twists up the mountain and on into the Setesdalen region and Oslo.


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$172.92 Outdoor Activities

Preikestolen off the beaten track hike

Your professional nature guide will pick you up at Stavanger Tourist Information Office at 07:10am. You will be transport to the trailhead by car and ferry.  You’ll embark on your trip by canoeing across Refsvatn Lake (30 minutes). During 70% of the hike, you’ll follow off-the-map trails which are overgrown and have (almost) been forgotten. These trails are rarely used and the cairns that lead the way through dense forests are difficult to find. Once above the tree-line, the trail completely disappears: the remaining 30% of the hike is thus comprised of off-trail hiking & scrambling.During this portion of the hike, you’ll experience out-of-this-world and rarely-seen views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. After about 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a viewpoint of Preikestolen that the majority of others only get to see in tourist brochures.You will then hike down to Preikestolen and enjoy a well-deserved break atop the impressive plateau that towers 604 meters above sea level. There, you’ll get to view the 1000 meter-high mountain walls surrounding the 42 kilometer-long Lysefjord from a new perspective.At that point, as you begin the long descent back to civilization, you’ll start by joining the masses of people who are following the main trail away from Preikestolen. After about 20 minutes, you’ll escape the crowds by detouring back onto one of the off-the-map trails. You’ll be able to enjoy the remainder of the hike in near-solitude while you take in the beauty of the Norwegian wilderness from ever-changing perspectives. The hike down will take approximately 2 hours.After the hike, your guide will take you back to Stavanger.Duration:Total: 10 hoursHiking: ~7 hours (including breaks)Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)Drop-off:The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:30 (5:30pm).

$160.48 Outdoor Activities

Preikestolen Sunrise Hike

Your professional nature guide will pick you up at Stavanger Tourist Information Office at the following time:June 1st - July 15th: 00:15amJuly 16th - August 19th: 01:00amAugust 20th - September 30th: 02:35amOctober 1st - October 31st: 04:05amNOTE: Make sure to book the right date. The guide will pick you up (very) early in the morning, and you’ll be back around noon on the date you select. You will be transport to the trailhead by car and ferry.  On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2018, approximately 300,000 hikers are expected to make their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that clings to the mountainside 604 meters above the Lysefjord, and offers some of the best views Fjord Norway has to offer.Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Start your day in the midst of darkness, and hike with headlamps through the morning twilight on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas. Experience standing atop Preikestolen before the crowds of tourists arrive, and watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord. Finish off the morning with a well-deserved breakfast/lunch at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.This is a moderately-demanding 6-hour, 8 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 500 meters.After the hike, your guide will take you back to Stavanger.Duration:Total: ~9-12.5 hours (depends on time of year, weather, and pick-up location)Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)Post-Hike Rest: ~1 hour (breakfast at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge)Drop-off:The tour ends in Stavanger between* 10:00am and 13:30 (01:30pm).*This is an approximation which depends highly on the time of year, weather, and other factors.

$160.48 Outdoor Activities

Kjerag Summer Hike - Beat the Crowds

Your journey begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at Stavanger Tourist Information Office at 04:55am. While being transported to the edge of the fjord, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of some of Norway’s stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at the shore of the Høgsfjord, you’ll board a speed-ferry.*The ferry will set-off navigating under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. Steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord will then emerge. The cruise will transport you further into the Lysefjord where you will pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level.Once ashore, you’ll be driven through 26 hairpin turns along the road from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains and then onward to the Eagle’s Nest trail-head. Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjerag boulder.During the 2.5-hour hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter 3 periods of steep climbing interspersed with 2 shallow valleys. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of the village of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord. The final 2 kilometers leading up to the Kjerag boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the spectacular nature around you. Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord.Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy your packed lunch. If you’re among the brave, you’ll have the opportunity to stand atop the Kjerag boulder. Base-jumping is legal in Norway, so if you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch as daredevils hurdle themselves off the side of the cliff. =)After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down, which takes approximately 2 hours. On the drive back to Stavanger, the guide will navigate over a mountain pass through the municipality of Sirdal. You’ll pass through a barren, glacier-scoured landscape that many experience as being moon-like.*On Saturdays, the speed ferry does not run and we will drive around the mountains. To compensate, the Saturday hikes are 100 NOK cheaper. On Sundays, the trip’s itinerary is reversed: instead of at the start of the day, you’ll cruise through the Lysefjord during the afternoon, before traveling back to Stavanger.Duration:Total: ~11-12 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location)Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)Fjord cruise: ~1 hourTransportation: ~1.5 + 2.5 hoursDrop-off:The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm). (depends on weather conditions and drop-off location.)

$148.04 Outdoor Activities

Preikestolen Autumn Hike

Your professional nature guide will pick you up at Stavanger Tourist Information Office at 07:45You will be transport to the trailhead by car and ferry.  Join Outdoorlife Norway on an autumn hike to Preikestolen, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight. Experience Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air while hiking on trails that were recently upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who ‘paved’ the way using local stones. Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. This late in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use (ice spikes, etc.) in accordance with the changing conditions. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. After 2.5 hours* of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Standing atop the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains are nothing short of awe-inspiring. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of becoming one of the very few to have experienced Preikestolen off-season =)This is a moderately-demanding 6-hour, 8 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 500 meters.After the hike, your guide will take you back to Stavanger. Including Swords in Rock monument visit!Duration:Total: ~9 hours (depends on time of year, weather, and pick-up location)Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)Visit to Swords in Rock: ~20 minutesDrop-off:The tour ends in Stavanger at 17:30 (5:30pm).*This is an approximation which depends highly on the time of year, weather, and other factors.

$138.34 Shore Excursions

Stavanger Shore Excursion: Waterfalls, Caves and Rock Tour By Sea

I am sure one of the reasons you have booked your cruise was to experience all the Norwegian fjords has to offer.  Let Stavanger be one of the highlights of your cruise.  The fjords were created by glaciers. In the Earth's last ice age, glaciers covered just about everything. The Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) are some of the most impressive sights you will enjoy on the tour. The tour really shows off the natural nature at its best. You will meet your professional guide with an easy 5 minute walk from the cruise pier, the boat offers a sundeck as well as a kiosk.  One of the first memorable sights will be the mysterious Vagabond's Cave, a gorgeous cove where dramatic cliffs surround an aqua-marine pool. As legend has it, the cave was named after a group of vagabonds who hid in the shelter for months trying to escape police.We then head to the famous Pulpit Rock this is a natural rock formation consisting of a steep cliff, rising 1981 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, with an almost flat top of approximately 80 metres. Also on this exhilarating tour of memorable Lysefjord with its towering waterfalls, idyllic islands, and breathtaking scenery, you'll visit goats at summer pasture and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane falls. Book early as this tour books up quickly each time a cruise ship is in port.  This popular tour guarantees to get you back to the ship in time and we know it will leave great memories of your day.