Consider spending a day climbing the world’s longest wooden staircase. With its 4444 steps, Flørli is known to be one of the scariest stairs in the world. The climb is long and strenuous, but provides great lookout points where you can stop to catch your breath while enjoying the vista over the Lysefjord down below. This is a two-part hike that does not take you through the same scenery more than once. The descent follows the hundred-year old marked trail that was once used by the “Rallarer”. Rallarer were often underprivileged men that were employed in the 1800s Norway to help build infrastructure. They are remembered to have carried up to 80 kg loads on their backs, and are the ones that built the stairs along with the Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station at their base. The dam at Ternevatnet, which the return trail passes, also stands as a reminder of their mastery.
PROPOSED STANDARD SCHEDULEWe pick you up at the location you choose when booking. Note that drop-off location, upon return, will be the same as pickup location.Estimated pickup would be 05:00AM from your accommodation. Be ready 5minutes before pick up in front of main entrance.We first drive for an hour to the boat terminal in Lauvvik, from where we take the ferry to Flørli. The boat trip is in itself a great 45 minute long experience that provides the opportunity to see Pulpit Rock from below, while cruising on the Lysefjord waters. The Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station is our starting point for the hike. At the top of the stairs we will allow ourselves time to enjoy the view, and will most likely take some pictures. Meanwhile, we can enjoy our packed lunch, beverages and some snacks. On our descent, we follow the 100 year old track that the “Rallar” used when they built the dam at Ternevatnet. Once back in Flørli, we plan to spend the time before the ferry’s arrival looking around the village, visiting the power station museum and possibly the cafe. We expect to arrive in Stavanger around 5:30PM. Consider spending a day climbing the world's longest wooden staircase? This hike will give you good lookout points as we climb higher and higher and a scenic view at the top. On the way back you can relax your legs at the cruise and enjoy the beatiful fjord and Pulpit Rock from below. GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE HIKE DISTANCE: 4.8 kmDURATION: 4 to 5 hoursLEVEL: Moderate to difficult TRAIL START/FINISH Out-and-back from Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station LOWEST/HIGHEST POINT 0 m (0 ft.)/741 m (2,431 ft.) above sea level SEASON May to September TRAIL CONDITIONS The trip comprises two main parts: 4444 wooden stairs for the ascent and a marked trail for the descent. Some hiking experience is desirable, but not mandatory. However, we do advise that only visitors in good physical condition undertake the full challenge, while others may wish to experience the “light” version. GEAR AND SNACKS Hikers should be prepared with clothes and shoes suitable for the weather conditions. Hiking boots are strongly encouraged, or trail running shoes, at the very least. Other suggestions include warm, windproof and waterproof clothing.Be advised that we will not have the opportunity to refill your water containers for most of the trip, so make sure that you have enough water with you to keep hydrated. Lunch will not be provided, but we suggest that you bring your own lunch. Last but not least, each hiker is responsible for carrying his/her own gear, so a suitable backpack is recommended.